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mirai Fri 20-May-11 10:42:24

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highlandcoo Sat 02-Feb-13 14:32:36

Hi Japanese MNers and thanks to TanteRose for pointing out this thread smile

I am so excited to be travelling to Japan in March to visit my son who's a JET in Sendai. It's great that he's able to take a week off to have a holiday with me and my husband and after a couple of days visiting his school and looking round Sendai we're planning to head to Kyoto for three nights and then end up in Tokyo for four nights before flying back. I'm lucky to have a friend who lived in Tokyo for 5 years and has given me some great suggestions for what to do but more ideas from you all would be fantastic.

Yesterday I started my "Learn Japanese in six weeks" CD. A fairly optimistic title I fear grin and in reality we will probably find ourselves being lead around by our son but I'm giving it a go!

Look forward to hearing from you if there's anyone still there smile

highlandcoo Wed 20-Feb-13 16:28:01

bump <hopeful>

TanteRose Mon 11-Mar-13 05:46:09

Hi everyone!

Thought I would post a message today, the 2nd anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Remembering the 15,000 people who lost their lives in the terrible earthquake and tsunami, and the on-going tragedy of the Fukushima disaster sad

Sorry I didn't get back to this thread, highlandcoco - I guess you are in Sendai now, maybe? Hope you are having a lovely time with your son. Sendai is a great city.

mirai Tue 09-Apr-13 03:34:08

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mirai Tue 09-Apr-13 03:36:26

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TanteRose Tue 09-Apr-13 03:43:40

Hi mirai

I know, I find I have missed this thread, even after I recommend it to others (sorry, highlandco sad) hope your trip was fun!)

no spring hols for me - except that I didn't have to get up and make bentos for the DCs because THEY were on spring break, so it was nice.

back to the grindstone with bentos this week though...sigh...

DD started High school yesterday - so a new beginning for her! Excited and nervous in equal measures, I think

the cherry blossoms arrived so early and then we had various storms/rain on the weekends, so I didn't bother with hanami. I admire them on the way to and from work smile

Hope you are well - staying for another year?

we are off to the UK in the summer for a visit - not booked flights yet, but no doubt they will be expensive and then we get fewer pennies for our yen when we get there.

oh well - will be nice to see family and friends. Really hope it doesn't rain all summer in the UK like it did last year.

TanteRose Tue 09-Apr-13 03:46:33

oops missed your p.s. about North Korea

they would be mad to try and attack

but they are a mad bunch, so who knows?

not too worried, as any missiles will likely be intercepted, but it will be interesting how things turn out in NK - the Chinese and South Koreans will not be able to cope if the country collapses entirely, and millions of NK refugees flood over the borders.

just finished reading "Nothing to Envy" about life in NK - highly recommended

mirai Tue 09-Apr-13 03:56:25

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mirai Tue 09-Apr-13 03:58:30

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BadLad Mon 15-Apr-13 02:56:41

Two very different experiences last week.

I dropped my wallet in town. This being Japan, I filed a report at the local Koban, hoping to get it back.

What actually happened was that someone found it, looked inside, found the alien registration card and takkyubinned it back to me, at their own expense!!!!

Inside was a little note. Please enjoy your time in Japan. Fantastic!

This morning I have been on the phone to a garbage company, wanting them to come and take my broken rice cooker away.

They want 8000 yen for it. 8 thousand fucking yen.

It really is astonishing here that you have more chance of getting your lost valuables back than anywhere else in the world, but the services industries will rob you blind without batting an eyelid.

BadLad Mon 15-Apr-13 02:57:44

last week = in the last week

TanteRose Mon 15-Apr-13 04:02:08

Badlad smile at the person who sent your wallet back

and angry at the garbage people

do you not have one of those trucks that drive slowly through the neighborhood, playing music and asking if you have any old denki-seihin? Bit like a rag and bone man... They will take things off your hands for free

completely different issue, but I am currently sad and angry because the festival in Tokyo in May has been cancelled, and I won't get to see Blur etc.

hope everyone else is fine smile

BadLad Mon 15-Apr-13 04:14:58

We do have one, but he turned his nose up at the rice cooker, which was broken, so not that surprising. When I lived in Tokyo, they also refused to take a TV I wanted rid of.

Oh well. Sorry to hear your Blur gig was cancelled. One of my friends saw Carter USM in the UK recently. Do you remember them? That got me digging out the old Brit Pop CDs.

Did you get to a hanami party? Unfortunately bad weather on both weekends put paid to mine.

mirai Mon 15-Apr-13 07:32:45

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mirai Sun 21-Apr-13 08:28:32

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TanteRose Wed 24-Apr-13 02:48:02

did you go to the enkai, mirai?

bet it was fun once you got there smile

yeah, it was Blur I really wanted to see...and Primal Scream...

DD and I were going to go, and she had a few Japanese bands that she was looking forward to seeing so we are both gutted sad

Oh well

any plans for Golden Week (or at least, the two long Golden Weekends!)?

it is always so crowded at any touristy spots, so we usually don't bother going anywhere special.

We have spring cleaning to do - I am going to get the whole family to declutter (may well be an epic fail, with two teenagers...) confused

I am determined to reform my balcony, so we can actually sit out there grin

mirai Fri 10-May-13 03:59:16

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TanteRose Fri 10-May-13 04:07:45


sorry to hear you're feeling low sad

have you made any Japanese friends? I know its difficult to connect without the necessary language...

erm, about my grand balcony never happened - my excuse was that I needed to give it good scrub with lots of water, but because of the sunny days we had, my neighbour downstairs had all her washing out most days, so I couldn't splash around and ruin her futons etc.

Will wait until the next rainy day (tomorrow?) and set to with the bucket and brush grin

hope you meet the OU deadline - the final piece, eh? then it will be all over? Good luck!

OK, lunchtime here at work - am starving so will return later if you want to chat more smile

and MEET UP!
we need to plan one smile

mirai Fri 10-May-13 04:21:59

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BedHanger Fri 10-May-13 04:45:02

Hello, can I crash your thread for a bit, mirai? In my defence, although I'm in the UK, my half-J children seem to currently be functioning on Japanese time and got me up at 4am <yawn>. Plus I did reply with useful info under a previous name back in 2011!

Where are you based? And how long are you planning on being there in total?

BedHanger Fri 10-May-13 04:50:24

PS, your friends are probably holding back for the same reasons you are - thinking you want your space and not wanting to appear pushy. I would plunge in a try and arrange something else with each. If you're offering them the chance to learn about your culture, speak English and act as a gateway to Japanese culture, tbh they'd probably be super keen to spend more time with you even if you didn't get on (which it sounds like you do!).

mirai Sat 25-May-13 03:52:07

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Hooya Sun 26-May-13 12:08:40

Hello everyone - newbie to this thread which now thanks to mirai I actually know exists! smile

As a quick intro, I live in Tokyo with my DP, have been here about 2 years since I took the chance for my job to move me here (I work for a Japanese company). I'm not quite a mum yet but I will be in September - due our first baby which we're going to have in Tokyo!

There are many things I love love about living here and a few I really don't, but overall it's an incredible experience and I think we're some of the luckiest people to be able to do it!

Would be great to hear about other MNers living over here!

TanteRose Mon 27-May-13 02:05:15

Hiya Hooya grin

how exciting - a newbie!

Thanks, mirai, for alerting to me to this development on the thread - we really need a Japanese klaxon to alert us to any new posts...

anyhoo, welcome flowers

I live south of Tokyo near Kamakura - been here nearly 22 years shock

<realises just how ooolllld I am - sob>

I would love to chat more, but I am ridiculously busy at work, so will check in again this afternoon, hopefully.


mirai Tue 28-May-13 14:46:25

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