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Ever been to Japan?
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yeah I went there. haha. Tokyo was SUPERB. the bad thing was, Fahrenheit was having there concert in Tokyo Dome the day before we arrived in Tokyo *sniff* WHYYYYY
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Posted 5/23/11
no but the first country i'll go if there is a chance i'll pick japan ^^
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25 / M / De Island
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Posted 6/1/11

CptJackSwallows wrote:

I wanna go just to see the cherry blossoms ;_;


Same here!
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I lived in Osaka for a month as a student ambassador for my home town. It was super fun! I lived with a Japanese host family and they were very kind to me. I went to their family's main home where the grandparents lived to celebrate Obon and got to help them harvest watermelons from their family orchard where they also grew a type of orange tree. I also learned how to make a chawan, a traditional tea bowl I believe. I visited high school and talked with local government officials. I visited Nara and Kyoto. Nara was really fun but the deer that freely roam the park are very agressive they thing you have food x.x I also had the chance to cosplay at a convention called CosJoy. So many fond memories....I miss Japan a lot, especially the friends I made there. I would rate my time in Japan as a 10.
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Posted 6/3/11
I took classes when i was in Japan. I got to go to a lot places, I really love Tokyo and Kyoto but my favorite town was Kochi the girls there...
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I have been, I spent two weeks in Tokyo with friends of the family, I'll share some points from my time there:

First off, the size of Tokyo is mind blowing! I thought London was a big city, but I was wrong
The trains though made travel incredibly easy, and cheap, they all ran beautifully and on time
There are vending machines everywhere! They only sell drinks though, so you'll never go thirsty
Some sell tobacco and alcohol, but they're rare
The food was all delicious
Everyone has a bicycle (for getting to their nearest train station I assume or to avoid the using the train)
No one is fat, a plus for me as I don't like fat people (sorry but its disgusting! don't argue)

A few downsides:
Pretty much no animals like squirrels or anything, only insects in the summer (I went early spring so no insects)
Your can barely see a single star at night due to light pollution
Karaoke bars everywhere! Maybe not a downside if you like them, but I wasn't a patron
You really need a friend who knows the area to enjoy it to its fullest (I was alone, but still had a hell of a time)
Best if you're over 20 so you can enjoy things like the bars (drinking age of 20)
Be wary of Kabukichou (the red light district)

The BEST thing for me though has to be:
How polite everyone is! All of the shop owners and store clerks are the nicest people in the world, and they all smile to you, I never noticed it but people who work in stores in England are all miserable
But walking into a Japanese restaurant and hearing all the chefs and waiters shout "Irrashaimasu!" (welcome to our store) is such a nice feeling

I really miss the place, of course I only visited Tokyo, the rest of Japan will be a lot different
Its not perfect, but absolutely wonderful
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30 / F / Maryland, U.S.A.
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Posted 6/9/11
I went to Japan in 1999. I really hope to go again someday. I can speak a lot more Japanese now, that's for sure. ^^;
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I've been to Japan several times. I have family there so yeahhh. Just recently I stayed with a host family, but only for two weeks. They were really nice, and i really miss them >.<
I also attended an all girls high school while I stayed with my host family. The uniform was kinda ugly though D: But other than that it was really fun. The schools are much different from the schools I'm used to (Canada). They are very strict. You can't wear makeup, dye your hair, wear jewelery, or bring phones/Ipods. Everyone with hair below shoulder had to tie their hair with a BLACK or BROWN elastic. I'm used to people talking while the teacher is talking, but everyone was very quiet during class in Japan. Students show a lot of respect to the teachers. For example, when class starts, everyone gets up and bows to the teacher saying "Gokigenyo" (I think it means good day... not very sure.) And they did the same at the end of class. School hours are much longer than in Canada. I'm used to getting home before 3, but when I was in Japan, I got home before 7ish (when I had clubs which was almost every night.) But remember, different schools have different students, rules, and all that, so the things I said might not imply on the school your going to.
And you should think of a club to join too. It's a great way to make new friends. If you are like me that is used to a very lazy American lifestyle, you may get tired at first, but I'm sure you will get used to it. And I'm glad to hear that your host family seem nice :D. Japanese people are really interested in foreign lifestyle, and the English language, so I'm sure there will be lots to talk about. The family I stayed with were always curious about my life in Canada, and they always praised my English (lol).
I only know a little Japanese too. I'm quite fluent when having a casual conversation, but I don't know many mathematical/ science/ school- related/ difficult words. Also I can't really read or write. If you are like me, and can't read or write, I would recommend working on it. I was able to memorize the entire hiragana while I was at the home stay (2 weeks). I'm still very slow at reading, but I recommend getting a start at that, so you can at least know whats going on in class, and read signs and stuff.
And if a Japanese girl approaches you, its probably cause she wants to practice her English. So I guess you wouldn't have to be all like WAKARIMASENNN but if you do everyone will find you funny. Or they will be impressed that you know Japanese :P
Well the home stay trip I went on I rate 10/10. The others (with my family), I rate 8- 9/10, cause I wasn't with friends, or people my age. Well sorry I wrote this much. It's okay if you don't read it. It's kinda like reliving my time in Japan. But if you do and you have nay questions, just PM me.
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Posted 7/3/11
I wish I can visit soon , maybe after I move to Malaysia I can visit with my gf
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Posted 7/3/11
nope haven't been to japan, but i would love to go after i've learned some japanese
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27 / M / Japan
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Posted 7/4/11

Rilachan wrote:
And if a Japanese girl approaches you, its probably cause she wants to practice her English. So I guess you wouldn't have to be all like WAKARIMASENNN but if you do everyone will find you funny. Or they will be impressed that you know Japanese :P


This is actually quite true (although in my case, it was an middle-aged man). This happens more often in Tokyo rather than Osaka, but their general intent is to practice English. Most friends I know keep an eye out for "foreigners" when going through the JR stations, because chances are, you'll find someone there who can't tell left from right where they're going.

In my case, the man was surprised to find himself talking to a fluent Japanese speaker. I asked him if he was learning English, and he said he'd been taking a couple night classes - hoping for some job at a local company as a sales rep for international sales. I'm pretty sure students have different reasons for wanting to practice English, but from my experience, most students in Japan don't really take their English studies all too seriously. I believe this is pretty true, because I've found myself meeting more middle-aged people and young adults with a so-so level of English as compared to younger students.
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Posted 7/5/11
im really hope it .. but
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Posted 7/9/11
No, but I heard it was really expensive in Japan.
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14 / F / Fresno, CA
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Posted 7/9/11
Its my dream to go to Japan.
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