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Japan 2020 - planning and stuff.

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Donzah, Feb 27, 2019.

  1. mannyk

    mannyk One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    ..I did have a pre existing condition but it was removed..so I dont have the condition anymore..:confused:
    I guess being treated for gout might mean its a pre existing condition...So a gout flare up wont be covered??
    Im not overly concerned just curious.. as my gout is well managed..if thats the case
     
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    lol yeah, so best keep away from that red wine?
     
  3. mannyk

    mannyk One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Not a big red wine drinker..;)
    Gout comes from excess pruine in your blood which can be found in many foods.
    But thats for another thread.
     
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  4. Hyst

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    Old people (not me of course) often have some kind of pre exesting condition and insurance companies will often say - it's to dangerous - however I go anyway, just have to use my own money if things go very wrong.
     
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    The time since being treated/medical intervention changes from insurance company to insurance company. One of the reasons I am with the company I am with is their time frame of exclusion, for the condition I have had previously, is 3 months. Some companies exclude you if you have had any treatment/intervention (for the condition I have) is within 12 months.
     
  6. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    got around to testing the citibank card to withdraw cash today, from a Lawson ATM.
    it is limited to 50k, but I know the post office is limited to 50k also. from memory 711 atm's might allow 100k if you're using credit, 50k for savings/cheque.

    cost me 220 yen atm fee (charged by Lawsons) and I got a rate of 74.39 yen/aud.

    xe.com reports 75.21
    crowncurrency 74
    anz 73
    travelex 71.74
    nab 70.90

    transferwise debit mastercard also working first go everywhere I try, including a store that initially rejected my NAB Visa card last year and took the store's staff 20 mins of calls to get working.
     
  8. Hyst

    Hyst Enjoyer Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ok, that is of course a other way using the waiting time LOL
     
  9. Dave6

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    I think Citibank card has $1000/day limit also.
     
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  10. mannyk

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    Thank you for the confirmation, I have been using citi bank for a few years now, only hassle I had was I hadnt considered the exchange rate affecting my withdraw limit. I know.. But otherwise its great.
     
  11. mannyk

    mannyk One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I got caught out a few trips ago, now I ask them to extend my limit while I am away.
     
  12. Sandy

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    Generally, the 50k yen limit is imposed at the Japanese end
     
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  13. mannyk

    mannyk One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I was after a lot less than that, but its good to know.
     
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    oh, apologizes for any confusion.
    the 50k limit is most certainly imposed by Lawson ATM.

    all the atms in town changed to 50k limit about 6-7 years ago when they began to be allowed to charge a transaction fee.
    in the last few years some even have added a 30k limit, presumably for more money grabbing fee collection.

    I didn't know you could change it.
    If I find whatever atm it was that lets me do 100k is still there (which would be $1400), i might try to change my citibank limit to match and see what happens.
     
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  15. mannyk

    mannyk One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    It may well have been their limit after all. what freaked me out was it said no funds available..:eek::eek::eek:
     
  16. blowfin

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    Eyew, almost as grubby as Australian banks.
     
  17. Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Worse....
    You should try changing your AUD to JPY at a Japanese bank.
    It's about 75.2 today, expect 62-65
     
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  18. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    If anyone is keen , this is great deal. From the QF website.
    Sydney to Osaka (Kansai) Thursday, 9 January 2020 Departs 09:35 Flight Duration 9h 55m Arrives 17:30 ECONOMY
    Osaka (Kansai) to Sydney Thursday, 30 January 2020 Departs 19:00 Flight Duration 9h 40m Arrives 06:40 Fri Subtotal: $1,155* AUD 1 Adult
     
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    711 atm let me try 100k in chequing mode, but citibank obviously didn't appreciate it and it didn't go through.
    they let me manually punch in 70k tho.
    surprisingly there was zero fees, on either end.
    i got 74.38 yen/aud.
    xe reports 74.63, quite a bit less than yesterday, so it seems like 711 or citibank don't follow the rate very closely, probably citibank right?.
    so if i need any more cash ill be targeting 711 to save on the 220yen fee. even more excuses to go there and buy that addictive chicken now :)

    i checked transferwise just now. they report that they'll exchange aud for 74.735. however their 2% fee for cash withdraw stings (first $300 per month is free, fees after).
     
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  20. mannyk

    mannyk One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Whos they? re 2% cash withdrawal?
     
  21. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    What are doing when you're not financing revolutions @Any ?
     
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  22. smackies

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    You needed more? :eek:;)
     
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  24. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'm catching those same flights in February plus the connections to Adelaide in February for the same price.
     
  26. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah sweet. At least it's on a A333 (with maybe @piolet at the helm) Sydney to Tokyo is on a old 747
     
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  27. nezumi

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    Buy stereos off a couple o' geezers in London - or choke a dozen donkeys.

     
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  28. elSpike

    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    Closing the loop on this; SnowCan Ichinose came back with:

    waist length Model Type
    95 165 VOLKL REVOLT95 All Round
    91 179 SALOMON RIMIX All Round
    90 177 SALOMON Q90 All Round
    89 171 VOLKL KINK Free Style
    89 171 VOLKL KINK Free Style
    88 168 FISCHER RANGER All Round
    88 172 FISCHER RANGER 90 All Round
    87 169 VOLKL WALL All Round
    86 176 SALOMON SUSPECT Rld All Round
    85 161 SALOMON THE MYRIAD All Round
    85 172 SALOMON SPACEFRAME All Round
    85 174 SALOMON Q85 All Round
    85 171 VOLKL Step Free Style
    84 176 ATOMIC PUNX Free Style
    84 170 K2 IKONIC84 All Round
     
  29. Sandy

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    At least they're newer skis.
    But notice that the skis are narrower and shorter than you might want in Japan....
    Only one ski of 95mm, which is not so surprising given that Shiga Kogen is still a very Japanese resort area, catering to Japanese skiers.
     
  30. elSpike

    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    That was my artificial limit. I asked for skis in the 85-95 widths cause that is where Im comfortable at the moment.
     
  31. Nozawaman

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    Are they skis for your girlfriend ...... pretty short hahahaha
     
  32. elSpike

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    Ok boomer.
     
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  33. blowfin

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    Interesting experience with Japanican, booked an Onsen hotel with the only option being 2 meals. Sent a couple of enquiries trying to change the booking to breakfast only and was told I'd have to cancel and book again, and if there wasn't breakfast only options available, to go and book through another site or at another hotel. :confused: So I did a bit more digging and found a breakfast only plan at Japan Traveller Online for 5000 Yen less in total. Thanks Japanican? Got a decent enough deal on the other hotel (Aomori Kokusai) I booked through them though.
     
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  34. Nozawaman

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    What's a boomer ????
     
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    its a dismissive insult to babyboomers trying to impose their outdated opinions and ideologies on the rest of society, who are sick of it and dgaf anymore.

    baselessly judge someone on their selection of ski length implying that only long skis are good, whilst simultaneously typecasting women as not being capable of skiing long skis. you kind of deserve it :)
     
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    Zing!
     
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  37. blowfin

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    Probably not quite in the same league as people who want to dismiss the worst bushfires in living memory as "cyclical" though.
     
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    or call climate changers inner city green lefties....
     
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  39. LMB

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    I suppose it is all dependent on your particular flavour of opinionated arsehole....

    Everyone has an opinion. If we share them nicely and without insisting others have the same opinion as our own then we will happily share the sandpit.

    Personally I love a short ski. But that’s because I can’t ski, not because I’m a girl
     
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    Have you tried anything wider? What's your height and weight?
     
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    Or @elSpike could have taken it as a laugh as it was clearly intended. No need to be so touchy particularly so that Nosawaman has a history of being informative and helpful on the forum.
     
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    I haven't. Only made it to 88mm this last season. Going to get a powder lesson (weather permitting) in Shiga this season if I can and will get to try something in the 100-110 during that.

    Im 184 and 80kg.

    Couldn't have said it better myself.

    Nosawaman has indeed been helpful in the past and continues to be. I adore the advice we receive. However, the days of using girls as a slur are well and truly over. It may seem to you that I'm being 'touchy', but I disagree. I'm calling out an inappropriate comment.

    That said, it's probably presumptive of me to imply Nosawaman is a boomer as I have no idea of their age, but the comment content fit the stereotype.

    Enough derailing of the thread. Let's talk about Japan and skiing.
     
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    Back to Japan and skiing then! If you really want to progress your powder skiing ability, it would be beneficial to try some longer skis (185cm) and something wider (95mm+) if you're skiing powder of more than 20cm deep.

    The skis will help you float and pop in the powder. Anything narrower will make you work harder to stay on top of the fresh snow
     
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    If you want to improve as a powder skier(and who doesn't if you're skiing in Japan), I would disregard any of those ski mentioned above that are below 176 cm in length for someone of your height and weight. You're only making it more difficult for yourself.
     
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    Snap Froff. I got bogged down in spelling errors. :)
     
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    And I would say Nozawaman was only inferring that in general women are shorter than men. I'm 183 cm and ski a 184 cm ski in Japan. My wife is 157 cm and skis a 157 cm ski. I don't think he meant it as a slur.
     
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    Glad to see someone STILL has a sense of humour . I made the light hearted comment to lead into giving feedback with choice of ski , but obviously the majority here seem to be so PC that it is lost in translation .
    could one of the millennial please tell me why girls skis are still coloured and named by gender stereotypes ?
    ie DPS Yvette which is also pink ...a Wailer in the boys version . Armada VJJ ( not very subtle play on words ) ...Boys version JJ
    etc , etc .
    Harden up .
     
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    I'm currently going the 177 q90s as my first choice. Nord is also checking if they have QST92s I can rent from them.
     
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    Not a millennial but as a female in the ski industry marketplace this makes me so mad. As does trying to buy tech gear or hire a decent women’s board and being told “oh we don’t carry anything that aggressive, perhaps hire a mans board” FFS (head desk:double facepalm:biggest eye roll ever)

    However things are improving.
    Slowly.
    I think we are making our voices heard.
    Not sure about Japan in general but definitely Niseko is catering for women much better, and I don’t come up against the shocked looks there very often anymore.
     
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