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

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

  1. Hyst

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    Just you all wait, time eats up all you advantages (my wife keeps on telling me).
    When I tell her my nice bond hair has become distinctly silver - she answers "what hair". :(

    So watch out when you are over there. :nono:
     
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  2. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Back in the 80's when I was with a tour group it was always the blond guys that got the attention.
     
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    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'm hoping grey is the new blond
     
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  4. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    LOL I don't think so.
     
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    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    :(
     
  6. Ramenman

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  7. Tonester

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  8. Jonkl

    Jonkl Hard Yards

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    I wonder if there's any chance left for a non Japanese Asian looking guy from Australia :whistle:
     
  9. Ramenman

    Ramenman One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    There is a good chance. Having a foreign partner can bring a lot of new things to his / her life. In that sense, hair color, skin color, etc doesn't matter. There are a lot of people who are bored of their daily life, asking for something new to happen to their life. If you are Australian, you surely have different background and culture, etc from her(=your future Japanese wife;)), and it can be a reason for her to choose you;).
     
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  10. Ozgirl

    Ozgirl Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    @Any may as well delete tinder!

    Your not blonde, nor grey!

    Sorry mate!
     
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  11. Hyst

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    Ah, that is why he has been going to Japan for so many years - maybe the car upgrade was not hot enough - Kei convertible might help.

     
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  12. Jonkl

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    My current wife may object to the idea of me finding a future Japanese wife haha LOLLOL
     
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  13. Hyst

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    Well is not that unusual to have a second "wife" in Japan. ( current wifes just do not know - or my infact know ).
     
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  14. Jonkl

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    Too high maintenance to have a second wife I think. . Already got one wife, 2 kids and a few snowboards and skis to maintain:p
     
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  15. Hyst

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    Yeh, you see there is where the second comes in. The first family stays home that way. The second could come along snowboarding.
    "Only in Japan".

    Realy wonder where the female uprising is on here? No comments yet.
     
  16. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Blue eyes.
    I get stopped all the time.
    I wear dark sunnies a lot.

    My favourite question: are they your real eyes...
    ROFL
     
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    coloured contacts used to be in fashion a couple of years ago, was really confusing especially when they bleached their hair as well
     
  18. Ramenman

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    Haha, anyway, if you are seriously looking for a Japanese partner, the first thing you need to do is to install "Line" to your smartphone(and computer as well). Line is a messenger app like WhatsApp + Skype and I'd say 95 - 99% Japanese people between 15 and 65 years old use Line.

    Line : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Line_(software)
     
  19. Jonkl

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    Already got Line on my phone for a few years, was obsessed play the Disney Tsum Tsum game few years ago, competing with my current wife .haha.

    On a more serious note, please do install Line if anyone travelling to Japan, you do get the occasional discount on it or require you to access the discount through Line app.
     
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  20. Sandy

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    This is true. In fact, it's becoming more and more common to get discounts on everything from snow gear to electronics, to pharmacy stuff.
     
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  21. Ramenman

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    This was seen at AEON. AEON is one of the biggest nationwide department stores in Japan:confused:
    About AEON : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AEON_(company)


    Good, they've corrected it. But somebody was writing "Black Fly Day", it should be Black FridayLOL
     

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  22. NeoSamurai

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    Sorry - IMHO after 35yrs+ travelling/living/working/marrying in Japan there's still nothing more totally tacky and sad than a gaijin dressing up and emulating a Japanese. Cultural appropriation at its worst no matter how well anyone speaks the speak the language/culture, studied or have lived there. Clowns... The disintergration since the 80s/90s of true, authentic Japanese culture dating back 100s and 100s of years.
     
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  23. M_G

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    LOL
     
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  24. Sandy

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    Hmmm..... "a gaijin ..... emulating a Japanese".... Ironic with a name like "NeoSamurai" ;)

    I have a friend who studied Japanese Tea Ceremony (chadō) for a year in the Urasenke school of tea ceremony in Kyoto. She is required to wear kimono during lessons she attends, and when she is teaching as a tea master in her home city in the US. Is she "culturally appropriating" and emulating a Japanese?
     
  25. Sandy

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    I've found more Kit Kat varieties I haven't seen before:

    - Hojicha roasted tea
    - Party Ice Cream
    - Chocolate Orange

    These are not the overpriced 800yen boxes, they are the multipacks you find in the supermarket, usually for between 220 - 260yen for 12 minis. i.e. When in Japan, always look in the supermarket for the seasonal varieties!!
    Not sure what happened to the usual pumpkin flavoured Halloween Kit Kats this year though.... ;)
     
  26. LMB

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    Ohhh I thought I saw some in Shinjuku. The department store that was diagonally opposite the World Cup store has a food section with big gift packs, multipacks, imported chocs and gift packs of Japanese usuals. I bought heaps for Xmas gifts and stacked them into my new suitcases that I’d bought (clever girl). I was sure there was pumpkin kit Kat there - did not buy! :puke:
     
  27. Sandy

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    Actually, the pumpkin Kit Kats are ok!!

    Oh, that that reminds me, at Narita Airport, they sell these boxes with 10 smaller boxes(with 3 minis) of Kit Kats for 1500 yen (which is better value than the 800 yen boxes), BUT they are all the same flavour. However, they were smart and opened some boxes, and sold each smaller box for 150yen.
    Flavours:
    - Peach
    - Kyoho Grape
    - Hokkaido Melon & Mascarpone cheese

    The best of these 6 new ones that I haven't tried before are the Chocolate Orange, the the Melon. The Hojicha roasted tea is a bit ordinary, IMO. (the green tea ones are much better)
     
  28. Any

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    I can vouch for Choc Orange.
     
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    Choc orange would almost entice me back to Japan.

    My eldest son is addicted to the rockmelon.
     
  30. azzski

    azzski Should know better Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Well, you better tell the Japanese how to handle their shit then, because it's their tourism board running the show.
     
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    I'll just leave this here to be annoying.


    https://www.katashinakogen.co.jp/

    Strictly speaking it isn't only in Japan because 3 resorts in the USA don't allow snowboarders. And @LMB, Ms Border didn't even get an apology.
     
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  32. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Or even Mr or Ms Boarder LOL

    Actually, I’d have no problem with a small beginner slope being for the use of beginner skiers (or for beginner boarders) exclusively. It would make for a better learning environment. Everyone doing the same thing at the same level. Then join the big kids in a mixed sliding environment.
     
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  33. Saski

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    Where can you buy all those flavours? I've only ever seen strawberry and matcha and maybe a couple of others but none of those exotic ones you're talking about like Party Ice Cream and Rockmelon! Could I get them in Tsuruya in Iiyama or one of the other bigger supermarkets? Maybe Shinjuku? We'll be there for a few days this time around. A bit of a novelty item to bring home for chocolate lovers...
     
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    Some of them are local varieties that match a local speciality so you might struggle to find them out of those specific regions. Nagano province should have Apple and Shimichi flavoured ones if you look around ;)

    You should be able to find plenty in Tokyo. There were a heap of them in Don Quijote Shibuya when I looked last year, there are speciality stores around too (https://nestle.jp/brand/kit/inbound/en/chocolatory/store.html). Your last chance is duty free as you leave, plenty of Kit Kats on offer.
     
  35. Sandy

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    Supermarkets sell seasonal multi packs with 12 mini Kit Kats, for around 250-350yen, usually in supermarkets. There are also special boxed ones that sell for 800yen for 12 minis, in 4 smaller boxes inside, iirc. Mostly not worth it, although I did buy some wasabi flavour ones last week.
    At Narita Airport, the have big boxes, 1500yen for 10 small boxes inside, so 30 minis. However, this kiosk near the departure gate fir Qantas, splits them and sells ech sub box for 150yen, do you can mix 4 or 5 flavours.

    There's also Kit Kat shop just outside Tokyo station underground mall, on the Maranouchi side (east side)
     
  36. Sandy

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

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    The main problem with many of them, is that they are mainly the overpriced 800 yen boxes.
     
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    Mmm, thanks. I've looked for them at Narita but I've never seen them, obviously looking in the wrong places (usually stocking up on umeshu and using up coins on massage chair). I did get some Tokyo bananas one time which were ok. Maybe the green kit kats I got previously were apple and not matcha, I don't recall them tasting like either. Anyhow I'll be right near Don Quijote in Shinjuku so can check there too.
     
  38. Sandy

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    It's a tiny kiosk at Narita, not far from the departure gate for Qantas.
     
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    Noted, thanks
     
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    Not sure if it is only in Japan or not. Frozen is quite popular in Japan but somehow a lot of Japanese around me who have never watched Frozen think Anna is Elsa. I mean, Japan often change the original titles of foreign movies into Japanese titles which means a lot different from the original titles. Japanese title of Frozen is アナと雪の女王. It means "Anna and snow queen". Elsa is more often seen than Anna in tv ads, posters, etc, but only Anna's name in the Japanese title, so they misunderstand Anna is Elsa. Well, it might be "Only around me(Ramenman)", rather than "Only in Japan":p

     
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    My nieces are totally mad about them but I can never tell them apart (Anna and Elsa that is)
     
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    Ok wasn’t sure where to post this but this thread seemed as good a place as any. I did a big supermarket shop and when I got back to the apartment google translated the receipt. What I found left me speechless- question is should I throw out the pistachios I bought??
     
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    Yes machine translation of japanese can turn out funny. :D
     
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    I thought it might have been a bored Google engineer having a laugh. “Wait till someone translates pistachios with shell...”
     
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    Faux pas is very common
     
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    Faux pas is Japanese????
     
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    Of course, where do you think the French borrowed it from?
     
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