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JAPAN, here I come!

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Enjoy the trip! 

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Have fun!

 

Stay away from anything with tentacles.

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Say hi to Gojira!

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Safe travels, and have fun!

 

Remember, I wear XL t-shirts.::P:

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I loved the castles there and the tour of the (old?) emperor's palace in Kyoto was fantastic.  

 

Have fun!

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always bow with your feet together. 

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The easy part is done, I'm at my mother's place. From her time zone's POV, I got up at 1:30am this morning to get here. As usual, the deal is I bring her a fresh filet of cod.

 

Tomorrow, my sister and her family will be over to help clean out the fridge (we're away for nearly three weeks after all).

 

I called my bankto tell them of my travels, but they don't seem to care anymore (same for my mother's bank). Claiming their "advanced automated fraud system" will do the job. I don't have a history of buying anything in Japan, hardly ever buy stuff in airports, our meals and entries are prepaid nearly everywhere in our trip, and my plane tickets were purchased indirectly from my bank accounts. So... I have some reserves. The only positive sign is that I purchased some Yen from my bank last month, so there is one clue somewhere that indicates that Japan will be somehow involved.

 

On 10/5/2017 at 9:07 PM, Clearman said:

I saw about a dozen of the Japanese Kit-Kat at the Japan pavilion at Epcot this summer.  The only one I remember is green tea. 

I hear that green tea is currently one of the most popular flavors.

 

On 10/5/2017 at 9:05 PM, NebulousMissy said:

Have fun, good luck, and don't get lost in any haunted forests.

 

Remember, not all kit kat flavors are created equal. Some are better than they seem at first glance.

Though I'm willing to try anything once, flavors like baked potato or soy sauce may not be my top choices. But a quick search does reveal a ton of tasty ones. It's just as varied as ice cream flavors.

 

On 10/5/2017 at 9:20 PM, Pegazus said:

Have fun! And remember, if you’re going by bus, and they make road stops, the snacks and gifts you see inside might be the only place you see them. So, I’ll give you Pegazus’s First Rule of Japanese Souvenir Shopping:

 

You see something you might like? BUY IT NOW! No! Do NOT debate about it. Purchase it now. You may never see it again.

 

I still regret missing out on the little alien worker toys from my first visit. So sad.

 

Bonus? Okay. Pegazus’s Second Rule of Japanese Souvenir Shopping:

 

Keep as many 100 yen coins in your pocket as you can stand. The toy vending machines are gold mines of weird and fun figures. And see the First Rule if you have any doubts.

 

And if you get free time in Akihabara and want to, there’s a tiny little miniature figure store in a back alley. Miniature Park. Close to the McDonalds; maybe directly behind it.

I read that souvenirs are unique in each region of Japan. Sounds like it's a common experience to a lot of travelers.

 

I'll keep in mind the 100 yen coins. :lol: Right not, smallest denomination I have are 1000 yen bills.

 

Don't know if we'll drop by Akihabara.

 

Some souvenirs I'm interested in (granted, most can be found anywhere on the internet) are:

  • Personalized stamp
  • Quality decorative chopsticks
  • Fruit flavored sake (it seems they don't export it, but you can buy some for yourself).
  • Daruma doll

I got a bunch of niece and nephews I also want to find souvenirs for. Any tee-shirt or night gown with Japanese characters will probably do. Though one of them asked for "one of those diapers sumo wear". :blink:

 

22 hours ago, EvilJames said:

Watch out for unnecessarily huge hornets.

Sparrow hornets are on my "NOPE!" list.

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Loft would be a good department store for chopsticks, possibly the stamp. I think they have the daruma dolls too. That’s where I got my Godzilla inside the famous tsunami woodcut prints. They’ve got a bunch of things, possibly even that knife you want. 

 

Tokyo station has an interesting shopping area as well. Tomy car store, Ghibli store, and a couple of other cutesy kid stores. And I would t be surprised if the NHK store would have mawashis. Or at least a sumo wrestler wearing one. 

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This whole story this comes from is quite good, but this is my favorite part.^_^

1 hour ago, Cranky Dog said:

Sparrow hornets are on my "NOPE!" list.

Just make sure they don't put you on their "NOPE!" list. They like to cross things off it.:devil:

At any rate, super jealous as other than a brief trip into the Canadian border decades ago, I've never left the country.

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7 hours ago, Pegazus said:

Loft would be a good department store for chopsticks, possibly the stamp. I think they have the daruma dolls too. That’s where I got my Godzilla inside the famous tsunami woodcut prints. They’ve got a bunch of things, possibly even that knife you want. 

 

Tokyo station has an interesting shopping area as well. Tomy car store, Ghibli store, and a couple of other cutesy kid stores. And I would t be surprised if the NHK store would have mawashis. Or at least a sumo wrestler wearing one. 

 

Ah, that reminds me. If you spot them, Tomytec makes Tomix brand model railroads which are N scale which is CAV scale.  They sell a wide range of modern buildings and Japanese-style urban terrain, some in kit form.

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ARRGH, brain freeze, it was CAV scale!
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48 minutes ago, Pingo said:

 

Ah, that reminds me. If you spot them, Tomytec makes Tomix brand model railroads which are N scale which is 28mm scale.  They sell a wide range of modern buildings and Japanese-style urban terrain, some in kit form.

 

N Scale is 1:160, which is generally about 10mm figures. HO is 1:87.1, which is about 20mm.

 

28mm figures are probably in between S Scale, which is 1:64 and rare (because it's not very popular with model railroaders) and O Scale, which is 1:48. (I make them closer to S Scale, but YMMV.)

 

(I know nothing about Tomix, btw.)

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4 hours ago, Doug Sundseth said:

 

N Scale is 1:160, which is generally about 10mm figures. HO is 1:87.1, which is about 20mm.

 

28mm figures are probably in between S Scale, which is 1:64 and rare (because it's not very popular with model railroaders) and O Scale, which is 1:48. (I make them closer to S Scale, but YMMV.)

 

(I know nothing about Tomix, btw.)

 

GAH!  You are correct.  I apologize for conveying wildly inaccurate information.

 

N scale is the same as CAV scale.  It is nowhere near 28mm scale.

 

I have corrected the earlier post.  Thank you!

 

That’ll teach me to post technical info in an insomniac haze.

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