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xclownn21d
This time I've picked Ikebukuro, so let's see about that ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Yeah there is no JR line if that's important to you, but you should be able to access Chiyoda, and also Maruonichi and Ginza from Akasaka-mitsuke
btlchrwzaldfe21d
I _really_ loved how convenient and not-so-busy the stations were in Akasaka/Akasaka-mitsuke
hvdxzqoqqdgeh21d
Ah, I miss Tokyo.
ujaltddwtpllj21d
oh fuck
cccmjljjvqeyy21d
alright well thatโ€™s enough to turn us off
olwpxmwixwnnn21d
we stayed in nimman in chiang mai and it felt like we were in china
jyamgmoregjwp21d
nothing against chinese ppl you just go to a country to be around locals, not tourists
tdfcgszlxdbzn21d
Ah if you're looking for more local flavor then of the three choices presented, I guess I'd go with Nishi-Shinjuku
zsdicldagyciz19d
I'm wondering if there's a general sense of happiness/relief from people in Kyoto that the Mainland Chinese tourist numbers have been dwindling due to Coronavirus
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I went to USJ yesterday and it was wonderful
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it was like going on a Tuesday with bad weather
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with respect to the number of people
uuygrmzyhitbkzvc18d
yeah it's fun
iwfhalzdmoxdlqoz18d
I really recommend Tokyo Disney Sea, it their best theme park in the world. The attention to detail is ridiculous. Magic Kingdom is pretty much similar to all the other ones.
jnpjscjevxgesz16d
Hi there! Can anyone recommend somewhere between Tokyo and Kyoto to try skiing? I'll have the JR pass. Thank you! (I'll be there in early March)
wcusy16d
gbbmvtffqtntjyh That's going to be hard. If you want snow you need to go up more north.
iwygz16d
Tenjindaira should still have a few resorts open, would be the most south one I'm arrive of.
oicbzbefnuscy16d
I thought I read this was a terrible snow season
tfpdcxacxqgrx16d
Terrible as in they needed to import snow from elsewhere for some Hokkaido festival
xgcisichxunrg16d
But if you're lucky, you should definitely go to Nagano.
idmqjzaw16d
Oh wow. I wish Iโ€™d known that and thank you for sharing. I will definitely return soon hopefully.
oclshayv16d
Awesome thank you for sharing this! I love vegan ramen.
xoevffqs15d
Letโ€™s hope the tourists behave themselves.
kygzlqffn15d
URVR7QK1Cbr />Yeah, Nagano is the best place for skiing )
moftpwvoeftrtb15d
bqsmoo esuqfhihbpbcel phsufvxopu Thank you for the info! I really just want to check out somewhere beautiful outside of cityscape. Last time I went to Sendai and found the landscape around there to be beautiful, and also hiked Fuji then as well. This would also be my first ski lesson, lol, I doubt I'd spend much time on the slopes. So I was thinking a resort that makes snow for a lesson, and then just spending time being somewhere beautiful/mountainous.
edelrewe15d
jlzfyytpclmyxir Gifu pref has lots of slopes. I'd recommend night skiing. for example, www.dynaland.co.jp/ they're open until 11 pm
zibrearj7d
anyone aware of any cheap affordable accomodation for a 2 week stint in Tokyo? Most shared-housing/co-living type spaces I've seen require minimum 1 month, want to make it shorter ๐Ÿ™‚
oystidsfthvku7d
So I was approved for a 1-year student visa, but I am considering not taking it just yet because of reasons. Is it possible to delay accepting it or will it somehow adversely affect me if I don't go through with it?
wgkokkcgwjgta7d
I'm still overly reliant on Airbnb unfortunately ๐Ÿ™
ophpfzra7d
yeah might have to, was looking to save a bit of money, harrumph
ejwgecvhpzvsnqkn7d
that would be a question for the Japanese consulate I would say, but Certificates of Eligibility are good for 3 months.
rgtypkxkishkpwux7d
with the whole process of taking the CoE to the consulate so they give you a visa, then entering the country on a visa and getting your residence card
csnsmkqnspkmyqdr3d
it's god damn highway robbery for masks now
hpolgvloyzoci3d
rest easy that they donโ€™t really do anything anyway? ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ
axhqzchchrtia3d
also people reusing masks ๐Ÿคฎ
kramjlgblbkpwdbj3d
they keep me rom getting other people sick
mcjpaaqriygyimqw3d
i'm sick as shit and have stuff I still have to go do
crhoaupeaugtsskx3d
and i'd much rather have a mask so I don't spread whatever it is i've got
fehgbbeiqkofxzor3d
also i've lived here 3 years so I just kind of feel naked without one
dbcdsgiyk3d
๐Ÿ˜ท how much are they going for now? can't you re-use them?
bzthozesh3d
you could re-sterilise them, but not with heat as the old reusable surgical masks were in the past, use bleach and dry them and hope for the best
sbxcetzghvjzsnng3d
no stores have them, have to buy them online, only individual sellers on amazon and rakuten
gunsqrhiqnbfhtas3d
50 pack used to be like ยฅ600, now I can't find a 50 pack online for less than ยฅ10,000
nrpvbdnrwciijo3d
maybe I should invest in a suitcase full of masks and deal them in the black markets of sapporo and tokyo when I arrive in couple of weeks
rylovijmdylhmg3d
profit? ๐Ÿค”
deyjqgnxl3d
Or buy a bunch of them cheap and give them away as a act of kindness.
ciofxsqfakfdqr3d
i'm a bad person
kdntytuoefzwe3d
fair nuff
lcxmpfimgmnyh3d
coughing in japan without a mask on now must be the worst social shaming experience ever haha
jzehhqehrrjpplao3d
Someone stole 6000 masks from the Kobe red Cross hospital
dxqknapbhwatnoee3d
Haha yeah I sniffled going down an escalator earlier and got some death stares
mjpsvqsi3d
I spent 3000 JPY on 3 masks from Amazon a couple of days ago. Just to wear through the airport when my time comes
zeqzffvx3d
Saw a pack of 10 for really cheap, tried to order it and saw the shipping costs were 10,000 JPY ๐Ÿ˜‚
qzqtgjlaacutnf3d
JAL j/f amenity kits used to have one. Not sure if they still do. I got a few of those left.
byqzjqpx3d
you could try not coughing and sneezing on people. that might help you not get other people sick
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hahaha
aflubwgyzgzccxyg3d
yeah, that's sort of the point
aofejmrokpyiztul3d
do you think I want a mask because I _LIKE_ the risk of coughing and sneezing ?
kqztsdmwfetzqwus3d
or are you under the impression that human beings can indefinitely prevent coughing and sneezing while sick?
csgczgatlzadrtlw3d
that advice is in the same tier as "have you tried having more money?" to a poor person
tffmagvlyxiamh2d
Dang it. I tried to post a link and my comment could not go through....trying this again... short story...for the 2nd time, I have to pass on my TeamLab/Borderless ticket (Tokyo) as I have cancelled my trip to Japan. It's a ticket for this Friday. Who wants it? I will just forward the email.
dnkeib2d
nice try covid19, nice try
hxgczrrn2d
i think human beings can prevent coughing and sneezing on OTHER PEOPLE while sick, yeah i kind of do. To be honest, I think this whole mask thing is the saddest kind of sheep behaviour, especially since they don't even do anything. But i guess you live in the east and EVERYONE has them so you must feel compelled. But consiedring the exorbitant cost of these pointless things... just get a handkerchief mang ๐Ÿ˜‰
ygprxoye2d
Hi euxvvidygvkchww - i'm going to Tokyo in 2.5 weeks. I'll take the ticket, whatever it is - what is it?
pkbqvgbl2d
oh it's for this friday, sorry, didn't read properly lol
cbtrsciqbyiqrcqj2d
uwrcfhgfq lol I'm not buying them at that price.
weogoulbxnururns2d
you're oddly naive and simultaneously condescending, or maybe I'm misunderstanding you due to the nature of text-based communication
chkytiirgkhgtnek2d
it's also annoying that I can't find one because I want to use it for the intended purpose (keeping myself from accidentally contaminating things due to an unexpected sneeze or cough) rather than what everyone things they are for (to keep people from getting sick)
icflvjtdruqwzoee2d
I'm totally wiling to accept that I've misunderstood your point/tone though since text chat is an innately inferior communication medium
nzwwqgsc2d
Thereโ€™s also the social signal aspect that many take for granted. Even if masks donโ€™t do anything, at the very least it signals to others that youโ€™re doing your part to contain the spread.
zlwtuxpljxwyw2d
this guy gets japan
hvtnoszjsssvn2d
i tried to explain this to a canadian once and they just thought that was insane
pkkooyhwbizrgpvc2d
Yeah it's definitely a thing
htlerqxy1d
So social pressure? That's the only valid reason to wear one? Excuse my condescending tone, but I think these things are ridiculous. People actually wear them to PREVENT other people infecting them (not the other way around) - kind of like the crows beaks that artistocrats used to wear to ward off the plague.
nfgzcxle1d
The Chinese were wearing them since the SARS epidemic more than 10 years ago, and I used to thing it was ridiculous seeing them wearing these on the London underground and every single place they used to travel in the world, paranoid that every human being they come in contact with will bring them down with plague
agutnn1d
Masks don't prevent you from getting sick, they prevent you from spreading it to others.
lmupdgjc1d
The fact that scientists have proven time and again that they do nothing to prevent you from catching anything, is by-the-by, because now they just backward rationalise "oh i'm only wearing them in case i infect somebody else" - umm, just don't cough and sneeze on other people, they're barely effectual at even doing that - no more than having a handkerchief when you cough
ytfkuf1d
Exactly mate.
trnnrjau1d
I remember being in Thailand a few years ago on an island, and every other nationality and person was frolicking about in the water enjoying themselves and living life - and you look on the beach, literally HUNDREDS of Chinese people in bright orange life vests, just sitting on the beach. in LIFE VESTS. Why?? Because they're terrified a Tsunami might come and wipe them out
tschhton1d
like literally, what, the f... I know these people (Chiense) are the children of the cultural revolution, brought up in social conformity and sheep like behaviour, but this is ridiculous.
vjrsmwtu1d
As are these masks. I think you'll be fine
ygvwel1d
Haha- I remember hearing about that.
gtcjjyiz1d
still today, boat loads of Chinese people sitting on the beach in life vests
zpzucxvj1d
bright orange. In case a Tsunami
xtllbzdl1d
Imagine living your life in fear like that, in fear of other human beings, in fear of contamination
fqlvmhkf1d
If they learned some basic hygiene practices, stopped spitting on the streets, wash their hands after shitting (trust me, i've seen the worst hygiene behaviours over there) - that would go a LONG way in preventing these incidences of mutated viruses
ouwtiwat1d
And stop eating bats, hehe
xpnzeutl1d
I'll be in Japan for a month in a couple of weeks, and i will NOT be wearing these masks. I will. however, be carrying around some anti-bacterial kleenez tissues in my pockets and iso-propyl hand sanitizer ๐Ÿ™‚
batvtqmt1d
Having said that - those 3M masks with proper filtration - the levels of polllution you see in Bangkok, Beijing, etc., preventing lung cancer and other respiratory illnesses - yes, for the pollution, wear the masks, the 3M ones with proper filteration
iititwor1d
People who wear these masks but don't wash their hands after going to the toilet or before eating dinner, need to be sat down and talked to.
hmndgo1d
Amen.
erhdxb1d
I agree.
tmevpd1d
I'm off to Hong Kong next week and everyone is like OMG WEAR A F MASK!
pkgxhe1d
And then Japan.
uvytheor1d
fqykksh My last visit to China, it was a long time ago, it was shocking how many people i saw, just spitting on busses and traines. Like coughing up big gobs of phlegm and spitting on the floor.. and then they wear masks,, like priorities???
hzusvion1d
The conditions of those factory farms in Wuhan, eugh! How can you eat like that?? And masks are your priortiy
cbsolp1d
Exactly.
hcijaqzj1d
Seriously though, and forgive me for going on about this, these masks, if it's that important to you. Why not just tear off a bit of cloth, thread some rubber bands around it, and strap it to your face? Do as much good ๐Ÿ™‚
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