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Re: Bringing training weapons through the airport
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If you can use google maps with streetview, here is a link to the main Suidobashi budo shop:
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=tokyo ... r=Tokyo+Dome&ll=35.703372,139.754966&spn=0.003982,0.009141&z=17&layer=c&cbll=35.703461,139.755223&panoid=ydiYbNgYV65R62BY5E6qHA&cbp=12,49.38,,0,0.23

(It's the shop with the little truck parked outside)
It's just a few minutes north of Suidobashi station, with the Tokyo Dome being the main point of reference if you're stuck.

There is a harder to find budo store near kudanshita station (also central Tokyo). There is a map in the information section of the english website if you need it:
http://www.sakuraya.org/

I like this shop a lot. They have english pricelists online too - and stock bokken bags as well as some very good bokken, shinai etc. Look out for the cool weapons they have too inside:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid ... l=744a825bb4&id=666136756

Also, there are loads of great fishing tackle shops in Tokyo.
I bought several fishing rod bags from a store in Kanda called Tackleberry.
They are excellent quality, better than any bokken/shinai bags I've had and what's even better is that you don't look like some guy carrying weapons - you like like a peaceful fisherman.
The bags start at around 1000Y each - cheap!

There are links and directions here:
http://www.fishingjapan.net/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=256&start=0

Steve

Posted on: 2010/10/31 11:34
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Re: Money in Japan
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You can also get cash with international cards at 7-11 stores 24/7.
It's a little more expensive than the post office, but it's convenient.

7-11 site

Posted on: 2010/2/14 8:45
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Another request for info on Tokyo area training
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Hi folks.

I'll be in Japan for my 3rd trip next month.
This time it's going to be partly business.
So I'll be working for 2 weeks or so, weekdays, around Ginza and am not confident about making it to the shihan classes further out from central Tokyo.

Weekends and for a week or so either side of my business appointments I'll be free to do what I want though :)

So, I'm looking to find any classes that might be based around central Tokyo - anywhere really within a radius of about out to Ayase that are on weekdays in the evenings.
Central is good as I'm not sure yet what my commitments are going to be like time-wise.

I've only been training for 3 years and am happy to find anyone willing to have me pop in to train for the odd evening.

If anyone has any info they can share, or anyone has classes that I could attend, I would love to hear from you - please PM me rather than posting a reply to this topic.

Failing that, I'll ask around at the various dojos when I'm over before I start work :)

Thanks in advance.

Steve

Posted on: 2009/3/1 10:15
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Dojo in Northern Ireland
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Hi folks.

I visit Belfast quite often - in-laws are there.

I'd like to find a Dojo to train at when I'm there - don't mind travelling.

I've looked around and found it hard to find anything.

Does anyone know of any active Dojo?

Cheers,

Steve

Posted on: 2008/10/28 5:50
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Re: How to tell if I have a pirated DVD
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I tried to discuss it with him but he just justifies it by saying that Quest sell the DVDs for too much and so he buys these dodgy copies from a supplier in Hong Kong.

link to his ebay info

I've reported him to ebay...

Posted on: 2008/4/10 10:38
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Re: How to tell if I have a pirated DVD
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I have just returned a pirate DVD from ebay.

The seller tried to justify it by saying that the wholesale cost of legit Quest DVDs are too expensive!

Is it worth putting up the ebay seller's ID on here to warn others, or is that skating on thin ice for the forum?

Posted on: 2008/4/4 4:16
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Re: where to buy a gi in tokyo
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great so now I know a few ways to freshen up a smelly gi :)

I'm almost rolling around the floor laughing now thanks to you bouli...

Posted on: 2008/3/29 12:30
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Re: where to buy a gi in tokyo
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I survived with one gi last time I was over, but only because I took an overnight stay away from the city a couple of times - and I was renting a room in a nice japanese house where I could wash my stuff easily.
If I buy a new keikogi this time I'll at least have my old trousers with me I can use if I need to swap.
OR just go out and buy another keikogi.
Maybe a tokkaido AND one from suidobashi would be good :)
No beer for a week vs an extra gi... hmm... food for thought :)

I'm staying at the Kashiwa Plaza this time - any idea if they do laundry service or if there is a launderette in the area?
Otherwise I guess I might bring some handwash with me and wash my training gear in the sink :)

Thanks!

(sig attached this time) :)

Posted on: 2008/3/28 11:21
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Re: where to buy a gi in tokyo
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Thanks again.
keikoki : 稽古着
that's a new one for my vocab list. Thanks Alex.

How do the japanese keikogi sizes work?
Based on height like the west, or something more 'exotic'?

shame on you bouli ;)
the penny dropped.
I'm not in Japan on Guillermo business ;) ahem.

See you in the hombu next month.
I'll be easy to spot - the palest person in the room usually.

Cheers,

Steve

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Re: where to buy a gi in tokyo
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thanks folks!

suidobashi ni iku yotei desu :)

I'm making a beeline for suidobashi when I arrive.

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