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Re: Events in early February
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That's awesome, I have a four to five hour wait on my return flight, I will check that out as well! You know if this place has the Fudo shrine many speak of near Narita?
Lee


Yep, that's where it is. Hope you enjoy your trip!

Posted on: 2010/1/25 9:18
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Re: Events in early February
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One place I always recommend is Shinshoji temple at Narita-San. It's about a five-minute walk from Narita station, and it's a very beautiful, tranquil place. It has a plethora of historical buildings, including numerous buildings that formerly served as the main "great hall". It even has English translations of the signs that explain the various buildings and artifacts.

To get there, take the Narita line from the Airport and get off at Narita Station (which you would have to do anyway to go to Kashiwa if you're travelling by train). From there, go across the bus stop and turn left onto the narrow streets lined with small shops, bars, and restaurants. After about a three- or four-minute walk, you'll come to a T-intersection with a concrete "island" in the middle. Turn right here and go down the hill. From there, you'll be able to see the temple toward your right at the bottom of the hill.

The grounds are HUGE. You could easily spend a good two hours walking around and exploring all the buildings, gardens. paths through the woods. and pond/waterfalls. If you're lucky, you might even be able to visit the calligraphy museum that's located on the temple grounds.

Posted on: 2010/1/22 16:33
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Looking for 2008 daikomyosai DVD
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Does anyone know where in Japan I can buy a copy of the 2008 Daikomyosai DVD? I phoned the budogu shop near the budokan in Ayase, but they don't seem to have any copies.

If nobody knows a shop that sells it, perhaps they might know an online retailer that would let me pay COD or via bank transfer, since I don't have a credit card.

Thank you in advance.

Posted on: 2009/12/9 18:13
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Re: Break in murder case
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The thing is, right now, he's not officially being charged with murder. They are officially charging him with--get this--abandoning the victim's body. The police found her remains in a sand-filled bathtub on his balcony. According to the Japan Times article, police are "investigating his possible involvement in the murder itself."

But there is some good news with the question of an appropriate sentence. I was watching the TV news this morning and a former prosecutor said that the fact that he fled police and made such a concerted effort to evade capture for so long will likely result in a harsher sentence. Let's hope the police and prosecutors can actually bring the proper charges first.

Posted on: 2009/11/11 10:21
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Re: Training Weapon Crafting
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Could it be possible to take pieces of threaded pipe and bolt them to the end of the staff and each weapon head? If you don't have a tap for making threads, maybe you might know someone who does, or can pick one up at a reasonable price. Just a thought.

Posted on: 2009/11/9 14:24
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Re: Swine Flu in Japan
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Most public places in Japan now have a big bottle of alcohol spray for disinfecting your hands upon entering the building. My school has also started using some kind of air disinfectant in each classroom, though I'm not entirely clear on how they work. (Has hombu set up either of these things?)

My school has also started recommending that students bring canteens filled with tea (preferably green tea) to gargle with as it supposedly helps against the virus. I'm not sure what the science says on that, but I do know there are special products out there that you mix with water and gargle with that are quite effective. I guess mouthwash would be effective too, since it contains alcohol. However, I'm neither a doctor nor an epidemiologist so, as always, caveat emptor.

Posted on: 2009/10/27 12:44
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Re: Swine Flu in Japan
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According to Google Flu trends, flu activity in Japan right now is considered "high". While this is a rather vague rating, I can tell from first-hand experience that there is a lot of it going around right now. At my school, we've had several classes (and even an entire grade) canceled for days at a time because of the large number of students with the flu.

As for how the situation is predicted to be around the time you're planning to be here, I can ask a few doctors I know what their predictions are and get back to you.

As for special travel conditions, I am not aware of any right now. Perhaps Shawn or Liz might know better than I do.

Anyway, I hope to see you when you get here Ercan. It's been a long time.

Take care!

Blain.

Posted on: 2009/10/26 9:32
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Re: Ranking accepted in other dojo?
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It affects my schedule I will be on quarentine for a week with or without the swine flu. And, I need to be at my school for two weeks in late August.

It's silly.


Is that policy from JET or from your board of education? You're right--it is silly. My school never said anything about that for my trip to Canada.

Posted on: 2009/7/10 11:17
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Re: Help with translation
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Could someone here show me how to write this in Kanji?

Posted on: 2008/11/25 9:58
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Re: Congratulations USA...
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That's some pretty impressive Photoshopping.

In the meantime, here's a link to something that may help put things into perspective...

http://tinyurl.com/2g9mqh

Posted on: 2008/11/11 14:20
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