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Question Tokyo in a day

Discussion in 'Japan' started by dmz, Oct 16, 2018.

  1. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty

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    Oishii is always a good one.
    Watch any of the many Japanese food theme shows and it gets used repeatedly.
     
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    ojisan station master Ski Pass: Gold

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    yep... if they've flown with them internationally...
     
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  3. Sandy

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

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    The main problem with Japanese pronouncing English is the fact that when taught English, they convert to Japanese sounds first, write in Katakana, instead of starting out pronouncing it correctly in the first place.

    Japanese has vowels: a, i, u, e, o [Ah (a), we (i) soon (u) get (e) old (o)]
    However, there is only one (or two) consonants that are on their own (m & n, which in Japanese are the same sound, and only the last sound!!!)
    So there's no "k" on its own, it's ka, ki, ku, ke, ko. Or na, ni, nu, ne, no. But sa, shi, su, se, so just to complicate things. And ta, chi, tsu, te, to.
    So sounds are added when trying to pronounce English, because they've been taught the sounds using katakana. And no L, no TH,V

    That means you end up with strange English pronunciation.
    uea izu za uisuki? Ai wonto tsu shito daun ando dorinku ito.
    (Where is the whisky? I want to sit down and drink it.)

    Australia = Os(u)toraria
    McDonalds = Mak(u)donnarudo
     
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    Froff Life A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    We could start a new thread for some basic Japanese language tips? I'm certainly writing all this down!!

    Gomennasai Baka gaijin is a phrase I use every day haha
     
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  5. ojisan

    ojisan station master Ski Pass: Gold

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    my wife always prounounces
    don't accidentally use ninjin instead of gaijin ;)
     
  6. dmz

    dmz More cheeeese Gromit Ski Pass: Gold

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    The sign on the bus stop near seicomart at Niseko used to actually read "For Hirafu Gondora". They've since changed it.
     
  7. dmz

    dmz More cheeeese Gromit Ski Pass: Gold

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    Sorry I should have done that from the start...
     
  8. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Still one at the corner of the Main Street and that top cross street (near Owashi).
     
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    Hermannator One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Apparently also a problem when Italians go to Malta...
     
  10. JoeKing

    JoeKing Old n' Thrusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    LOL

    I don't even know the lady...
     
  11. Ramenman

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    It might be off topic, but it's also English and Japanese language related. English is killing one specific Japanese word now. It's kinki. The region of Kyoto, Osaka, etc has two names "Kinki Chihou" and "Kansai Chihou". Chihou = region. There was "Kinki university" in Kinki ≒ Kansai region. Kinki university started targeting foreign students but their foreign students disliked the name because they had to say "I go to Kinky University in Japan" to their friends & family:p(Kinki sounds like Kinky). So the university has changed the name. Similar cases keep happening recently. Kinki Chamber of Commerce also have changed their name to Kansai Chamber of Commerce.
    [​IMG]
     
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  12. Chalkie

    Chalkie One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    So I took Sandy's advice today and went to Yanaka. Totally charming. Loads of cemeteries with shrines, a signposted cultural walk from the park near Nishi-Nippori and a market street. A lovely way to spend (another) sunny morning in Tokyo.







     
  13. dmz

    dmz More cheeeese Gromit Ski Pass: Gold

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    Got my Tokyo in a day plan:
    First stop 10am at https://borderless.teamlab.art/
    Then over to hang out around shibuya/harajuku/shinjuku
    and finish with dinner at 35 steps.
     
  14. Sandy

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

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    You need to book 35 steps. Opens at 5pm
     
  15. dmz

    dmz More cheeeese Gromit Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thanks - My airbnb host booked it yesterday
     
  16. NeoSamurai

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    ^^^ This ^^^ Harajuku and Akihabara - not really much to see these days as far as cosplay anymore - they should amend the guidebooks. I'm pretty sure those Elvis impersonators in 2018 are the same ones that were doing it back on my first trip in 1985!

    If you want to see really amazing cosplay you need to go to one of Japans cosplay festivals/expos - just incredible! Many of the girls outfits are very risqué. We went to 2 in 2018. Literally 1000s of cosplayers - all really good/amazing - none average. Also recommend Halloween in Shibuya too - technically not cosplay but some crazy costumes and fun times!


    NicoNico Chokaigi


    Halloween in Shibuya
     
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    JoeKing Old n' Thrusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I enjoyed that.
     
  18. NeoSamurai

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    If I retrace my steps I can probably find it.
    Then you'll probably enjoy this Joe. Mind you these clips are really tame for family viewing compared with the costumes I saw.

     
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  19. dmz

    dmz More cheeeese Gromit Ski Pass: Gold

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    From what building can you get an aerial shot of the Shibuya crossing?
     
  20. Melskius

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    The starbucks one of the floors above the dvd/music shop.
     
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  21. dmz

    dmz More cheeeese Gromit Ski Pass: Gold

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    I found a rome2rio website that showed me how to get from Shirokanedai to Aomi stations. Is that a good website for showing you the best train route?
     
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    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Hyperdia or google
     
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    PMG One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    The upper floor of the station isn't bad. Probably not high enough for you though.
     
  24. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    LOL
    My brother has just put a photo on FB of his wife taken from this kind of vantage - I joked he must’ve scaled a power pole! Certainly a better photo than my selfie attempt!
     
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    I'd say Hyperdia or Jorudan. Hyperdia has more (free) options and shows more results but can be really slow, Jorudan has easier input and a more clear output.
     
  26. Melskius

    Melskius One of Us

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    The official japan travel app us a good user friendly alternative to hyperdia. Also has other info than route searches too.
     
  27. NeoSamurai

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    If I retrace my steps I can probably find it.
    We've always found the staff at Starbucks Shibuya almost hostile to customers wanting to use it as a personal photography/video vantage point - even if attempted very discreetly and after making coffee purchases. They are right on to people trying to sneak in some secret footage. I don't see the problem myself - but I guess they've had past (poor) experiences with foreigners to warrant this.
     
  28. dmz

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    The gaijin are at the airport heading to tokyo!
     
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    dmz More cheeeese Gromit Ski Pass: Gold

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    And what a beautiful day we have for our one full day in Tokyo!
     
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    sourmash One of Us

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    What's the recommended convenient travel card for for a few days in Tokyo, Suica? Does this cover most JR and metro lines?
     
  31. dmz

    dmz More cheeeese Gromit Ski Pass: Gold

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    So far it has for us. Just not the narita express
     
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    dmz More cheeeese Gromit Ski Pass: Gold

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    That was amazing - Its a must see for Tokyo IMHO. Make sure you get there when it opens as there a queues not just for entry but for a number of amazing exhibitions inside.
     
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    Suica covers every train for around Tokyo.
    It also works in stores, vending machines, bag lockers .
     
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    Just googled "nuru massages" :eek: glad the wife and daughter weren't standing behind, although I'm going with my 22yo son in april for 9 days in Tokyo :whistle:
     
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    VR Zone Shinjuku is awesome. Highly recommended. Arise - Ghost in the shell was incredible.