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Culture Only In Japan ....... (Again)

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Nozawaman, Nov 14, 2015.

  1. Hully

    Hully One of Us

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    Exactly right, I have had the same opinion since they started using the 'slow vehicles' description here.
     
  2. Hully

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    Yep, I drive the road 6-7 days per week in winter and don't even try to overtake where the lanes are....I just move to the left and keep driving.
     
  3. M_G

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    I think that's the problem in my local Japan area. 9/10 times cars will stay in the right lane.
     
  4. Sandy

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    In Japan, they have a strange way of doing things. (needless to say!! ;) )
    In this case, if Japanese drivers want to go fast, they somehow think that they are not allowed to drive in the slow lane (They think back to instructions when they did driving lessons, and they remember "Slow lane for slow cars, fast lane for fast cars", and they think it's a rule, not just a sensible way to drive. What would have been better, is if they were instructed "the slow lane is for all cars, while the fast lane is just for when you are passing slower cars")

    If you take a 400m stretch of road, with 3 lanes, you usually get something like:
    - 1 car in the slow lane
    - 5 cars in the middle lane
    - 15 cars in the fast lane

    And often the middle lane is faster than the fast lane.
     
  5. Vermillion

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    You guys have more experience than me but IME single lane expressways tend to have better driving habits than multi-lane expressways. Single-lane local roads are a raffle though.
     
  6. Ramenman

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    Japan has been doing "Sakura(Cherry blossom) forecast" since a very long time ago, and I thought it was "only in Japan", but it seems it's actually not now, I mean, Korea, Taiwan, China, etc are doing the same thing now:p.

    Sakura is likely to bloom around March 25th in Tokyo and May 15th in East Hokkaido.
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    Korea
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    Taiwan
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  7. azzski

    azzski Should know better Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    A friend of mine has just been selected as 2019 Miss Sake Australia.
     
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  8. 2ESki

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    Bugger :( son and self will be in Tokyo 13 till the 22 April so we will miss it, hope their wrong and its a bit later :p
     
  9. Ramenman

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    There are many different cherry blossom species in Japan. The most popular one is Somei Yoshino cherry, and the sakura front forecast(cherry blossom front forecast) above is when Somei Yoshio is likely to start blooming. Some other cherry blossom species are blooming later. Plus, if they say "March 25th", it's the day of starting to bloom and the peak is later. Maybe, around April 1st - 3rd and your son will still be able to see some Somei Yoshino blooming when he arrives on 13th, if not it's at its best, though. And, the forecast is for the downtown(almost 0m above sea level). Western Tokyo has many mountains, and spring comes there later = Sakura starts blooming later, so if he is willing to make an hour excursion to the west, he can see Somei Yoshino cherry there.

    Somei Yoshino cherry : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_×_yedoensis

    Anyway, in modern Japan, Hanami is for having drink & yummy foods together with friends, co-workers and family members, rather than seeing cherry blossoms.

    Hanami : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanami
     
  10. Ramenman

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    Oh, Finland, I thought this kind of thing is Only In Japan:rolleyes:
     
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  11. skifree

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  12. Telemark Phat

    Telemark Phat Pass the butter Ski Pass: Gold

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    Raclette Japanese curry was stranger.
     
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    Last year we took our parents for Hanami.
    We had planned to be in Tokyo for Peak Hanami but it came earlier, fortunately we got Peak flowering in Hiroshima a few days before and it was stunning.

    When we got to Tokyo pretty much all of the trees in Ueno had shed their flowers - it was so sad! But what was sadder were the people we talked to who had booked Cherry Blossom trips and missed it. Why on earth they didn’t have a travel contingency to go see them elsewhere where there were blooms is beyond me! Especially as an organised Hanami Tour!
     
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  14. shabu_shabu

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    I've always been impressed by Niseko/Kutchan's skiing potato but I think they have been outdone by Pippu:
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    The skiing strawberry.
     
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    What about castle mascots?
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  16. almontyrat

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    I actually saw someone dressed in a strawberry suit skiing at Pippu last time I was there, they did not look to be having a good time......
     
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    In Nagano, this was the mascot I bumped into. I thought it was an apple but its a bear.
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    Hybrid Apple Bear?
     
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    Haha, the mascot is Arukuma, the official mascot of Nagano Prefecture. Arukuma is not always wearing apple, but many different things which Nagano Prefecture is famous for and the things that Nagano prefecture want to promote (Apple is the most common costume for Arukuma, though). Japan consist of 47 prefectures and 800+ cities and all prefectures and cities have at least one official mascot. Aruku = walk, Kuma = bear, so Aruku + Kuma = Arukuma = Walking bear.

    This is when Arukuma is promoting Nagano's Matsutake(Matsutake = expensive Japanese mushroom).
    About Matsutake : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matsutake
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    This is when Arukuma is promoting Nagano's wine.
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    This is when Arukuma is promoting Nagano's ski resorts. And Apple is the most common costume for Arukuma.
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    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    And then there's this:
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    Rilakkuma. Cute.
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    Great for kids!!
    Loves honey!!!
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    So what's with these:
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    Great with kids but secretly wants to prevent them.
     
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    Reiwa - Leiwa - but it is Kanji.

     
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    REIWA cashing in

     
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    Regarding Last Week Tonight episode with Chiitan, you know the things are being setup by HBO when most of Chiitan's tweets are now in English. All ready for next weeks episode of Last Week Tonight. It was a funny episode though, John Oliver can be entertaining at times.[/QUOTE]
     
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    Looks a bit like Liverpool against Barcelona. :whistle:
     

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    ANA have upped their game with this pretty cool safety instruction video

     
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    Talk about resurrected threads!!!! (See OP)
    A far simpler method to test the myth would be to have a female hold one hand out the window of a moving car whilst ummm, feeling her own breast and judging at what speed there was synchronicity!
     
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    Great effort put into such video
     
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