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    Well folks, it looks like this summer may be my first opportunity for playtime in Japan. I will be in Japan all by myself from June 27 to August 25 until the rest of my family arrives. Anybody got any suggestions? Brian, still need some help with Koi-Bito?

    I'm going to start pumping you Japan travellers for some insider information. Aloha all.
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    Dang! It just gets better all the time. :>)

    -steve

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    • #3

      Carl:

      Good news...Good luck on this new adventure...Take an umbrella it'll be raining in June...

      When your wife and family get there, be sure that the AC is on in your home before you pick them up and make sure that any car you borrow has a working AC ...It'll be in the 90's with humidity at 80-90% .

      We moved to Japan in Aug. of 95...We took a bus from Narita to Tokyo then a train to our home...Only had to walk too sort blocks, I carrying the luggage and my wife just walking...She overheated during the 10 minute walk and almost fainted...Needless to say, Tokyo is hell on earth during August...

      But you're young and you'll love it...

      Aloha! Mike

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      • #4

        Akai-san wish you and your family luck in Japan...
        The world sleeps as the chance to learn something new passes.

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        • #5

          Akai-San best of luck to you and yoru family. Don't be suprised if you find a bunch of hungry koi kichi at yoru door step.. LOL Have fun!

          Joe
          It's a living creature (chit happens)

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          • #6

            Take plenty of T-shirts from your favorite college sport team to hand out as souvineers!!

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            • #7

              I'm jealous. Hope you have lots of days off to see what you can during the growing season. ...Reports on everything are mandatory.

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              • #8

                Ichiro on the seattle Mariners Team T shirt is an always popular traveling gift.

                There are some wonderful bonsai nurseries to see as well as gardens.

                You know you will be expected to post dialog and pictures of your trip during your adventure to help those suffering left behind!
                Dick Benbow

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                • #9

                  Don't forget to hike up to the top of Mount Fuji and watch the sunrise. It is a very easy hike.
                  Bancherd

                  Thai Koi-Keepers' Group

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                  • #10

                    Originally posted by Akai-San
                    Well folks, it looks like this summer may be my first opportunity for playtime in Japan. I will be in Japan all by myself from June 27 to August 25 until the rest of my family arrives. Anybody got any suggestions? Brian, still need some help with Koi-Bito?

                    I'm going to start pumping you Japan travellers for some insider information. Aloha all.
                    I'm not one to turn away a willing hand!

                    Seriously, it's going to be much hotter here in the summer than you're accustomed to in Hawaii. You'll also find that many people are adverse to air-conditioning, so that may take a bit of getting used to as well.

                    Will you have to ride the trains, or will you be getting a car? They both have their respective advantages and disadvantages around Tokyo. Hope your a "people" person, as you'll be sharing the city with 12,000,000 of your closest friends.
                    Brian Sousa
                    Koi-Bito Forum

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                    • #11

                      Brian,
                      Looks like I'll be getting a car for our initial base use. Probably take the train every chance I get. Friends have told me that tolls alone will make me think twice about driving to a destination...of course not forgetting to mention the traffic for 12+ million?

                      Sorry, I can't speak Japanese....yet. Will it be difficult getting in and around the country?

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                      • #12

                        Originally posted by Akai-San
                        Brian,
                        Looks like I'll be getting a car for our initial base use. Probably take the train every chance I get. Friends have told me that tolls alone will make me think twice about driving to a destination...of course not forgetting to mention the traffic for 12+ million?

                        Sorry, I can't speak Japanese....yet. Will it be difficult getting in and around the country?
                        As long as you're not going on the freeway, there aren't any tolls. I always drive up to Niigata when I go, and it still comes out cheaper than the train even adding up tolls and fuel.

                        Trains are excellent here for their reliability, but in Tokyo they can run at well over 400% of passenger capacity during rush hours. Nothing like being packed in like sardines on a hot train during summer so badly that you can't even manage to move your hand to wipe the sweat from your brow.

                        I wouldn't worry about not speaking Japanese in regards to driving. Many road signs are in English, at least as far as direction and destination or concerned. What you will have to get used to are the roads, the manner of driving, and more than anything...the pedestrians. You absolutely have to watch out for pedestrians and cyclists here, as most of them certainly do not look out for themselves. You'll probably know what I mean after your first week behind the wheel.
                        Last edited by Brian; 04-29-2005, 10:43 PM.
                        Brian Sousa
                        Koi-Bito Forum

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                        • #13

                          Carl:

                          Brian jogged my dormant mind...Here's a few more tips:

                          1. Few streets in Tokyo have names, only the main thoroughfares most side streets don't have any. So you have to have a map which show all the streets, find a main intersection, the count streets...

                          2. House Addresses do not designate where the house is on a given block but rather the order in which the house was built on the block... As an example:

                          our address was: 3-21-7 Denen Chofu, Ohta-Ku, Tokyo 145 Japan... As I said above there are few street names so the numbers mean: 7, our home was the 7th built on block 21 which is in the 3rd Chome in the town of Denen Chofu...

                          A map will usually tell you where the chomes are... to find the block you have to go to a utility pole and find the numbers 3-21 that tells you you're on the right track, then all you have to do is walk around the block until you find the #7 on the mailbox or home post. So if someone wants you to visit them, they'll usually have a map from the closest train station...

                          3. Business cards are must in Japan...In addition, it doesn't hurt to have a family card with the names of your whole family, your address and Ph. Number A map to your home, on the reverse side is also very helpful...Most Expats have them...

                          4. Often times English stops at the off ramps of most major highway signs especially in the rural areas. So brush up on you Kanji...

                          5. If you drive into Tokyo, there's no on street parking from Mon-Fri. You can only pull over to pick something up, other than that you have to use the department store parking or a pay lot...

                          6.Never agree to meet a local (Hawaii born) Japanese girl, who you've never met, at the Hachiko stature at Shibuya Station... There are at least 20K 5'2" Japanese girls at the location, at any given time, meeting friends, and they all look alike... Been there, Done that...

                          Good luck! Aloha Ke Akua, Mike

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                          • #14

                            Thanks Brian & MikeT. I'm sure I will need some break-in time to feel brave enough to venture out. But of course being on my own will be the best time for me to learn "the hard way". That way when the family arrives, I can at least feel safe enough to take them around the main areas. Hell, I'll sleep in the train station if I have to. I hear good things about those cozy rooms...hahaha...

                            In any case, we are full of excitement and also plenty scared...but I think this will be A GREAT EXPERIENCE for us all. Not really counting the days yet...SO MUCH to do with our home and moving arragements...I'm sure that once more things start being accomplished, we will get into the swing of things...

                            Anymore words of advice out there?

                            Aloha,
                            Carl

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                            • #15

                              Get an international driver license.

                              It is a REAL challenge getting a Japanese driver license. I thought I was a fairly good driver but it took me three(3) attempts before I could pass the driving test. I was told that I did well.
                              Bancherd

                              Thai Koi-Keepers' Group

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