Densha Unten Shirei: Tokyo-wan Hen (電車運転指令 東京湾編)

Just wanted to post a quick note alerting everyone who enjoyed the first Densha Unten Shirei that a sequel has come out!osaka-hotel-window-train

This time we’re going in the other direction from Tokyo, following the coast east and south down past Tokyo Disneyland and into Chiba Prefecture.  Continue reading

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Selling Used Goods in Japan

I’m taking a look at a Japan Guide post that is not the original post for a change:

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“So, basically, these stores are asking YOU to give your CDs away so that THEY can make money out of them?!?!  Is this some kind of Bizzaro parallel universe??”

To answer the second question first:  yes, it is.  Seriously Japan is as different as you can get from the West while still maintaining developed “first-world” institutions.

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Airbnb Japan – Stay Away If Possible

Just wanted to point out some things about Airbnb (and “minpaku” style rentals in general) that many people don’t seem to realize:


  1. All Airbnb rentals in Japan are illegal.

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Image Models?

So if you search for “booth babe” Wikipedia will tell you that the official term is “promotional model.”  The more you know.  But it goes on to tell you what they are called in Japanese too.

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Tokyo Game Show – For Kids Only

Check out this ad for the 2016 Tokyo Game Show in the latest issue of V-Jump:

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At the top it says “Tokyo Game Show 2016, Special area that only middle schoolers and younger can enter!”  What’s more, those in elementary school and younger get in to the entire game show for free.

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Take a Japan Whirlwind Tour?

Another question from Japan Guide.  I imagine many people might consider taking a tour to take the stress out of planning a Japan trip.

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Japanese Urban Planning

I want to share with you what is easily one of the best blogs in existence.  Which is inaccurate to say, as it’s more like an urban planning beginner’s textbook published as a blog.  I spent several days reading through posts on Urban kchoze and it has really given me a whole new appreciation for Japanese cities.  When I walk around now, I notice all sorts of things that I hadn’t thought about before.

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To summarize, Japan has the best designed cities in the world.  They’re walkable, they’re bikeable, there’s lots of good public transport that sustains itself, car use is kept to a minimum, and there’s lots of places to live for every budget in every area.  Most visitors to Japan probably know most of these things already; they’ve felt and experienced them.  But the great thing about Urban kchoze is he tells you why these things exist.  He explains what Japan does differently from how we do things in the West that makes the urban environments here such a pleasure to live in.

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