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Posted 12/7/14 , edited 8/13/15


As per requested by one of my members, redrikraynor we now have this thread! I really love hearing stories so please share your adventures here! Tell us anything you have done recently or plan to do!

Here's some ideas for topics:
1) what happened in your Japanese class
2) what Japanese events you went to (please share pictures with us!)
3) any cool manga / Japanese bands you have found
4) any cool Japanese stores you went to
5) any Japanese products you have bought

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In Sydney darling harbour, there's going to be a Japan Festival.
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I had a field trip my junior year in high school and we went to Little Tokyo. When we got free time to roam around we went to a restaurant that had a challenge called The Bikkuri Don Challenge which was a 5 pound bowl that had a crap ton of rice and all sorts of meat and you had to finish it under 15 minutes. it cost 50 dollars but after you finish you get the whole meal free and it was the most horrifying experience in my life but i finished it then when we left and i puked a lot later on! that day was friggin awesome. sadly the store is closed now, not that i wouldve tried it again. hell no never again
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That sounds awesome! If you go, you should take some pictures and share them with us!
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**PREPARE FOR LARGE POST**

This past March I actually went to the Land of the Rising Sun with my Grade 12 Japanese Class. Please excuse any spelling mistakes you may find.

Landed in Tokyo Narita and got a connecting flight to Osaka. Keep in mind that I, unlike everyone else, have not slept in the past 41 hours as I was just to dang excited to get there. So we meet up with our host families later on, at which point my awake count is closing in on 43 hours. Since it is only like 7 PM however, nobody is ready for sleep so I stay up and talk with my host family, much with the help from my host brother who felt like he was more fluent in English than I was. xD Had quite a few embarrassing Japanese language slip ups there, but they helped me out.

After staying with them for three days (tears everywhere), we moved on to Kyoto and stayed there for 3 days and saw a bunch of awesome things. We stayed in a りょかん (ryokan, basically a Japanese Inn) and one thing I can say about Japan is that their baths are HEAVENLY. Absolutely heavenly. Might sound ridiculous.. but sometimes I feel like I wanna go back just for the baths. xD Of course, there is more to it than that. ahaha!

Sometimes while we were there we traveled to Osaka, at which points we got to see Osaka Castle and the Osaka Aquarium... both of which were absolutely fascinating places to visit.

Moving on, we travelled down to Hiroshima, but we stayed at a Hostel right by the ferry to Miyajima. for those who don't know, Miyajima is the island that has the giant 鳥居 (torii) that stands in the middle of the water. When the tide is out you can walk around the base of it, but the water is easily ten times above your head if it were to instantly be all the way in.

We spent a day looking around Miyajima and found some really interesting things like the world's largest rice spoon.. no I am not kidding. Miyajima is home to the most friendly deer in the world, I swear. I sat less than like a foot away from one and he just kinda looked up at me, and went back to sleep. Later on in the day we took a tram up the mountain on Miyajima much to my distress as I am afraid of heights, but that was made all better when we waved to people going down and they waved back. We visited all the shrines up there, and saw a flame that has been kept alive for 1200 years. Then after all was said and done, we scaled down the mountain and visited many of the little things at the base. There were also some statues with some really funky clothing on... like... the statue was normal.. but someone had put a hat and glasses on one.

My goal for that day was to see a monkey, 'cause my friend who had been there before saw a monkey and I did not want to feel left out. I would say I was disappointed.. but I was in Japan.. so there was never a time I was disappointed. xD

We traveled to Kyoto by train and we went to the Hiroshima Museum, and let me tell you... I feel like everyone should travel through there at least once. 'Cause man... that was something. I was one of the three people in my group who didn't rush through it because of how intense it was. I will not be uploading any pictures from the museum. Best to be seen for real.

Moving on to something far less heavy.. it was also in Hiroshima where I found one of my biggest money sinks... Taito Game Station... Kinda funny I discovered it in Hiroshima and not in Akiba.

However it was also here where I found that I was really good at crane games, and managed to win three figurines, an Armin (SnK) baggage tag, and an awesome blanket. However, this addiction I had with Taito also led us to getting lost... but also somehow led us to the discovery that you could buy manga in Japan for 100 ¥ .. which is approximately about $1. Blew my mind that did.

So we spent some more time in Hiroshima sightseeing and the like, but eventually we hopped on the shinkansen and went to Tokyo once more. Arrived in Ikebukuro and went straight to our hotel... which was right beside a Taito Game Station (see where this is going?).

We spent the most time in Tokyo. We went to the Ramen Museum in Yokohama, saw Shibuya Crossing (and spent a lot of money in Shibuya), and I swear we went to the busiest temple in existence; Sensō-ji. Sensō-ji was where I went on my own little adventures, and went to some very interesting areas and ended up getting lost since I was not with anyone else.

Oh yes.. I should also mention the trip to Akiba (Akihabara). That was definitely something else. I would have loved to have spent an entire day there, but alas it could not be so that time around. Probably for the best too as I would have spent way too much money on the everything that was there. That said, I did buy a few Japan exclusive games for the Famicom (I really need to order one of those in so I can play these things xD). Lets see... spent even more time in Taito Game Station (cause I was officially hooked)... found myself in a store selling eroge, which I just kinda casually browsed... which was pretty great in of itself.

To end this before the post gets way larger than it already is, going to Japan was an amazing experience. I plan on going back in my third year of University, and I am greatly looking forward to it. This is a GREATLY summarized version of everything I did over there. I'll be sure to upload as many photos as I can once I can find my camera or my old laptop.

Hopefully this was not too too long.

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Posted 12/13/14 , edited 12/13/14
Linova-san thanks for an amazing post~ :D

I didn't mind that this was long at all, I had fun reading this! You're so lucky to go visit Japan!!! I hope to go there some day! Also, whenever I watch anime, and they go to an onsen, it makes me really wanna go to an onsen to see how relaxing it really is! Also yes, if you can find your pictures, please post them! I'd LOVE to see Japan firsthand from your point of view! Oh yeah i forgot to mention, I love going to the nearby Japanese bookstore--Book Off since they also sell manga for $1 which is an amazing deal!! Even though they're used books, they are in perfect condition! I love Japanese bookstores!

The only Japanese related thing I've done recently was go to the summer matsuri hosted by our local Japanese supermarket! It was fun hearing the taiko (drum) players and participating in the bon-odori dance! I wore a floral print yukata with a yellow obi! I'll include some pictures from the event, but none of them have me in them

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I recently started my first year in college, back in August. I started taking entry level Japanese, since I've kinda always wanted to learn the language. So what made this experience even better was that my dorm was the one nearly all of the Japanese exchange students lived in! One of them even lived right next door to me. So after seeing them in the common space (there is a ping-pong table there so that is usually where people hung out) I decided to introduce myself. I told they I was studying Japanese and they were so surprised and replied with "ほんと?!" It was kinda funny actually. Well we all became really good friends as time passed, and I hung out with them more and more. They helped me study Japanese, which must have been funny for them since my accent is atrocious, and I also helped them with English. One time, I kinda accidentally asked one of them out on a date, while practicing what I had just learned in class that day, which was inviting people to do stuff with you, but fortunately they said yes. Hahaha. We also hung out for their first Halloween, since it isn't something celebrated often in Japan apparently, and I they had their parents send in their old High School Uniforms as their costumes! It was pretty adorable to be honest. All in all, I'd say this was one of my best memories of college thus far. The sad part to this story is, however, that they left last month, to go back to Japan. It was then that I decided that I would go study abroad over in Japan, and shoot for studying at their school which is Oberlin University, in Tokyo.

A picture of me and one of the girls, Yukari.

A group photo of me and some of the Japanese students, as well as some people in my dorm. (Note the Japanese students' Hooter's shirt we bought for him! haha)

A going away present I got from them.

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Posted 1/5/15 , edited 1/5/15
Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! I absolutely love seeing your pictures too! you're so lucky that you had Japanese students in your dorm and that you could interact with them. The only time I spoke Japanese to a native speaker outside my Japanese class was to my Japanese oral surgeon, at the end of my appointment with him I thanked him in Japanese and he was really happy to hear me speak in Japanese!

Really? Halloween isnt that widespread in Japan? I once saw a news article showing Japanese people cosplaying somewhere near Tokyo during Halloween for a Halloween parade or something, and it looked really cool! I always wanted to wear a Japanese sailor girl uniform that's so cool what you mentioned! I love that fan your friend made for you! She has way better Japanese handwriting than me! And haha did that guy even know what hooters is? once again, thank you for sharing your experience and pictures with us Joey-san! Good luck studying in Japan whenever you go~ make sure to take loads of pictures
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Cool! At my school last year we had some exchange students from our sister school in Japan come here for a few days. Halloween isn't celebrated that much in Australia too I went trick or treating for the first time last year. Nice photos of you and the japanese students and people in your dorm! What is hooters? That fan is so awesome!
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Been busy getting back into the swing of university after Christmas so I've not had time to keep up with the group ごめんごめん!
However, I spent last weekend staffing the local anime convention, during which a friend and I went around recording clips for the university radio station. We interviewed a couple of attendees and traders and so on.
At one stage we went to chat to a couple of Japanese guys at the origami table. My friend asked if they wanted to say hello on the radio, which sent them into a little discussion about what to say. I overheard what they came up with and started laughing, at which point one of them turned to me and asked if I understood and when I nodded, if it was ok to say it. I gave them the go-ahead.
So my friend turns on the mic and the two of them shout: "(せいの)、おっぱい揉みたい!" My friend laughed when I explained later and as far as I know, the clip was played on the radio!
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Posted 1/21/15
Uhhhh........ I don't know what to say about that......
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Really? Halloween isn't big there in Australia either? Honestly, I don't celebrate Halloween either And Hooters is an North American restaurant chain known for its waitresses who like wear short skirts and skimpy outfits I've never been to one of those restaurants nor plan to ever go.

That sounds so amazing about the convention Cloud san! Did you see any interesting cosplay outfits too?
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Oh haha.
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I`ll be going to Japan on May (for 15 days) I already have my plane tickets, hotel reservation and my Japan Railpass (to visit a lot of places via shinkansen yaaay!)

I`ll be taking a lot of pictures so be prepared guys! XD

For now I`ll show you my japan Railpass alomg with the map I received with them. Just uploaded it to the album that Ichi-san pointed on the first post.

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Posted 4/4/15 , edited 4/4/15
Where ya goin'?

And if you're anything like me, don't go overboard on pictures, or you'll have 4500 pictures that you'll have to go through. -_-;;
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