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#31 CheapyD

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Posted 19 December 2005 - 02:42 PM

I updated the OP with some new FAQs.
Here are answers to some other questions.

As a gaijin, Is it really easy to get a seat in a crowded sinkansen? I heard japanese would get up and leave as soon as they see an English speaking Gaijin in Sinkansen.

Its really easy to get a seat on the Shinkansen if you reserve it ;)
No, people have been nice to me (at least I think they are nice, I don't really know what they are saying). I haven't had anyone get up and move after I sat down on the subway, bus, or Shinkansen.


I'm coming to Japan this summer with my friend for graduation present from my dear mother...what's where to do there?

That's like asking what is there to do in America. Where in Japan are you traveling to? I recommend picking up a Fodor's Guide or something like that to see what might appeal to you.

#32 Droogs

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Posted 19 December 2005 - 06:05 PM

i beleive we are flying into tokyo. I forget sometimes that Japan is real...

#33 darkje

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Posted 22 December 2005 - 03:50 AM

Are you enjoying tv there?

It's freaking hilarious...You'll pick up alot of spoken words from just watching tv...


Oh here's a good one, last game is the best, lol.

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Bob sapp is scary!

http://video.google....971845178619832


Did you visit a pachinko or pachislot parlor yet? Those are awesome! Try to find the starwars pachinko, it's sweet :)
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#34 CheapyD

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Posted 22 December 2005 - 05:18 AM

We don't have cable tv yet so I haven't watched too much.
I'm gonna make a thread of all funny J-videos since there are so many on Google Video.

#35 levi333

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Posted 23 December 2005 - 05:39 AM

Is the Christmas season as heavily celebrated and comercialized in Japan as it is in the US?

#36 Mr. Anderson

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Posted 26 December 2005 - 04:58 AM

How is the nightlife around your area, Cheapy? Do you and the Mrs. go out drinking a lot? I know I would.

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#37 Graystone

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Posted 28 December 2005 - 03:33 AM

Cheapy how do you go about Japan without knowing that much Japanese? Of course I'm talking about when Mrs. Cheapy is not around.

#38 BirdofTruth

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 02:34 AM

is it possible for you to get a job there? do you work? there are english speaking private schools there you could probably work at.
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#39 hotwls13

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 04:01 PM

If you are looking for work, once you get a grasp of the Japanese language, you could try teaching English to the local kids. When I was in the Air Force, I had a bunch of friends stationed in Japan, and for side jobs, they would teach English and make really good money. The kids would just come to your house, it's like tutoring. Of coarse my friends knew how to speak Japanese.

Enjoy the Yakisoba (spelling?). I ate noodles all the time when I was there.

#40 MadFlava

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Posted 11 January 2006 - 02:40 PM

Hey Cheapy, I'm really enjoying reading about your adventures in Japan. Just wondering, are you currently working in Japan or do you get to spend you days exploring the city?
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#41 CheapyD

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Posted 12 January 2006 - 02:42 AM

How is the nightlife around your area, Cheapy? Do you and the Mrs. go out drinking a lot? I know I would.

We have not really gone to many bars, but I think we will check out this super club this weekend (its near our apartment).
http://www.ageha.com/

Is the Christmas season as heavily celebrated and comercialized in Japan as it is in the US?

Christmas here is more like a super Valentines Day. Men are expected to buy their ladies expensive gifts and take them out for a fancy dinner and then for a night an expensive hotel. At least they will probably get laid.


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#42 technic

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Posted 12 January 2006 - 05:31 PM

Hey Cheapy - I'm going to Tokyo for the first time for a week in mid-Feburary. I'll be staying in the New Otani which I guess is in between Shinjuku and Akasaka (Chiyoda?). I was curious if you have any recommendations for places to eat or izakaya to check out while in Tokyo?

I've been researching some clubs and am interested in checking out Space Lab Yellow and Womb, have you been to either of those?

Edit: BTW did you go to ageHa on the day Mondo Grosso was playing?

#43 urzishra14

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Posted 15 January 2006 - 11:43 PM

I guess I want to ask an interesting question.

Knowing that a lot of people here are heads over arms about anything Japanese (be it good or bad) .. take Anime for example.. theres great animes and there are a bunch of subpar animes. I was curious if people over there are like that about stuff American or "European" I mean I know Disneyland is huge there (and Sea disney) but thats kinda universal. I meant like superheros (i know spiderman over there is radically different) but in the traditional sense. Are Marvel or DC graphic novels sell like hot cakes like the Magna does over here? Are there Japanese versions of American cartoons (like turtles or Teen Titans or the Justice League)?

But I am enjoying the thread. The girlfriend and I will eventually get out to Japan.. we just want to check out stores and arcades.

I read a thread about import (american games in stores) .. is there a heavy Japanese import scene? Like in america we have a fairly big market for import games.. is there a heavy market for American games (not localized) in Japan?
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#44 shieryda

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Posted 25 January 2006 - 10:05 PM

Cheapy, are you planning on attending a Pride fighting match? It is so much more brutal than the UFC is here in America.


Do you miss eating at some of the great fast food places that we have here?

#45 CheapyD

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Posted 27 January 2006 - 12:23 AM

I was curious if you have any recommendations for places to eat or izakaya to check out while in Tokyo?
I've been researching some clubs and am interested in checking out Space Lab Yellow and Womb, have you been to either of those?
Edit: BTW did you go to ageHa on the day Mondo Grosso was playing?

Hmm...I don't really have any food recommendations as I have yet to have a bad meal here. It seems as if you pretty much can't go wrong.
I have not been to those clubs yet...we didn't make it to Ageha yet either.


Are Marvel or DC graphic novels sell like hot cakes like the Magna does over here? Are there Japanese versions of American cartoons (like turtles or Teen Titans or the Justice League)?
is there a heavy Japanese import scene? Like in america we have a fairly big market for import games.. is there a heavy market for American games (not localized) in Japan?

I don't think American comics/cartoons do well here. They don't contain enough girls in short skirts.

My guess is while there is a market for American games (imports), it is probably not heavy. I've been to a few stores in Akihabara, but they are small. The demand might be similar for Japanese imports in the USA, but I couldn't me sure.

Cheapy, are you planning on attending a Pride fighting match? It is so much more brutal than the UFC is here in America.


Do you miss eating at some of the great fast food places that we have here?

Yes, I do want to see a Pride match at some point. I watched some on TV and I liked it.

I am not a big fast food fan, but Japan pretty much has the fast foot bases covered, and they do a much better job over here. Imagine a land with clean fast food restaurants (and bathrooms) and service with a smile!
The only fast food places I haven't seen are Burger King and White Castle (which I do actually miss).

#46 y2jedi

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Posted 06 February 2006 - 09:58 PM

So Cheapy,
If the average height of a Japanese male is 5'5", are you worshipped as some sort of God ?
I'm not sure how tall you are, but I'm assuming taller than 5'5".



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#47 SaMiDaDrAgOn

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Posted 08 February 2006 - 04:53 PM

Hey very cool forum, gives me more insight on this crazy country. :D

#48 almostrice

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Posted 08 February 2006 - 10:14 PM

I have been to Japan between 2001 and 2003. Fast Food was always clean and smaller portions than in the US. I stayed in Aizu-wakamatsu and Yokaichi(sp). How much time did you spend in Akihabara? In 2001 the Flat panel displays were a hot thing, what is the new hot item this year?

Do you miss anything in the US?

Have you used a bidet? Do you like using the autoflushing toilets. I remeber they were almost everywhere in 2002 there. Also have you used the old style(not Western) toilets?

#49 Bstiff

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Posted 28 February 2006 - 12:59 AM

Conbratulations on your move. Tokyo has always been one of the places Ive wanted to visit forever. I start a new job in July and will be worrking one week on/ one week off. After I take my boards in August I may finally have to splurge and make the trip. I guess one minor point is I speak like 2 words of japanese so I guess Ill be just another dumb white tourist there. Would you recommend going with a tour group or just getting a hotel and seeing things solo?

err... congratulations... apparently Im not doing too well with english these days either.

#50 darkmere

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Posted 14 March 2006 - 01:31 AM

The only fast food places I haven't seen are Burger King and White Castle (which I do actually miss).

i've been living in vancouver for school for the past 9 or so months now. i remember when you were about to move i mentioned to stock up/enjoy what you could from the states because a lot of products you take for granted are no where to be found in foreign countries. so i guess my question is now that you've been there for like 5 months, what do you miss from home?

for me it's things like taco bell, peter pan honey roasted peanut butter, land o lakes butter, tostino's pizzas, ben & jerry's vanilla heath bar crunch, etc. it can be more than food, like favorite stores, channels, whatever. it's funny how you never expect your favorite things to not be there, or when they're gone how much you'll miss them.

#51 Sirfragalot

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Posted 25 April 2006 - 09:41 PM

Yo Cheap, you ever see a bad Ingrish sign?

#52 Escobar4Life

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Posted 30 April 2006 - 06:45 PM

Cheapy, can you tell us how life in Japan is? And is it expensive living there?

I plan to move to Japan like in 10 to 15 years. I want to work in Japan as a video game developer.

#53 Chrono72090

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Posted 30 April 2006 - 11:52 PM

Cheapy, can you tell us how life in Japan is? And is it expensive living there?

I plan to move to Japan like in 10 to 15 years. I want to work in Japan as a video game developer.


I can answer those questions.

Good, somewhat (depends where you're living).

Also, you share your naive dream of being a video game developer with many a tween gamer in the US :lol:

Heh, I'm just playin' around. I also plan to be a game developer, though I doubt I will make it to Japan unless I start learning Japanese soon :roll:

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 02:32 AM

Hey Cheapy, is Japan everything you expected it to be? More than you expected it to be? Less than you expected it to be?

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#55 Escobar4Life

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 03:39 AM

I can answer those questions.

Good, somewhat (depends where you're living).

Also, you share your naive dream of being a video game developer with many a tween gamer in the US :lol:

Heh, I'm just playin' around. I also plan to be a game developer, though I doubt I will make it to Japan unless I start learning Japanese soon :roll:


Yeah, I know many gamers want to become game developers. But I think I have what it takes to be one. I also think I'll make it to Japan. I want to learn Japanese. But not sure when I'll start. I'm thinking of improving my English and Spanish before learning Japanese. I'm fluent in them but I have a few speaking problems (accent and other stuff). Or do you think I should just learn Japanese instead of improving my other languages (which I can do later on)? Being trilingual would be awesome.

#56 Escobar4Life

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 03:45 AM

One more question. Is it true that girls are considered women (adults) at the age of 15? That's what I heard on some forums. That would explain the DOA girls and why their age was removed from the non-Japanese versions.

#57 striker199

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Posted 17 May 2006 - 04:01 AM

Hey cheapy, what are the internet access speeds over there? I heard like 20Mpbs for $20 a month? Is that true?

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Posted 03 June 2006 - 03:08 PM

You chased a chick all the way to Japan? Not that's whipped!

Just kidding....By the way, great podcast by you and Wombat.

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Posted 26 July 2006 - 04:48 PM

Any new update or content from japan Cheapy?
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#60 Quintox

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Posted 12 August 2006 - 03:08 AM

Uh kind of off topic here but is anyone else besides Cheapy allowed to make a thread? Don't know why anyone would just curious