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m (9 Oct 2009 17:26): Grant: translation needed. Is this a barbershop+residence, or just barbershop? Or, I guess residence with cool barber chairs...
Design Milk linked to their ultra low footprint (267 sq ft) Nana Han - it's super great.
G (9 Oct 2009 20:56): Your guess was right, it is a barbershop and residence.
I gather that a couple and their parents (doesn't say, I'm guessing this means two couples total) live there.
G (9 Oct 2009 21:06): The 7.5-tsubo residence is pretty cool. Niggling complaints aside...
- What is up with the floodlight on the stairs? Seems lousy for people going down.
- I would probably have to put a whole lot of shelves into a place like that.
- Kind of funny that there are no windows on the front of the building.
I guess the bottom floor is a bike garage.
I swear I've seen that somewhere before.
m (10 Oct 2009 14:04): -Bottom floor is a bike garage, yes.
-I assumed the flood was just there for the photo shoot, though I guess they only turn it on for two shots.
-The only storage space in the whole house looks like those glass/plexi/clear-something-or-other cupboards above that tiny bit of stainless kitchen. Is it normal for Japanese houses to have less closet space (and fewer things) than American ones? Do they use more movable storage, like chests or boxes or something?
-It is weird that there are no windows on the front, given that that and the right side (where you can see also minimal windowing) are the only spaces that don't look out onto immediate neighboring walls (which the quasi balcony and bedroom, both along the back face of the house, seem to do).

Verdict stands, though: still think it's great.
G (10 Oct 2009 15:45): Yeah, the flat front is very distinctive, but I can't help but think it'd be a little inconvenient when you want to know who just honked their horn outside, or whatever.
Most Japanese houses have at least some closets, usually with sliding doors. If you've got a futon instead of a bed, you can toss in there during the day. I don't see anything like that, though, so I guess you'd probably want a bunch of shelves and drawers and stuff.
The bike storage looks pretty roomy... it would be tough not to make that your guest room/entryway.
The bedroom is funny. It's got, like, a hatch.
Pretty cool.
m (11 Oct 2009 11:19): yeah. you better be okay with crawling into bed. Also, it looks like the bedroom ceiling is about 4ft.
R (30 Aug 2010 9:15): Hey! A new Studio Ghibli film opened in Japan last month: The Borrower Arrietty. Not directed by Miyzaki, FYI. Based on a fantasy novel by Mary Norton, sounds promising.
G (12 Mar 2011 23:27): Earthquake, tsunami, and now the very real possibility of a complete nuclear meltdown. It is pretty intense.
m (14 Mar 2011 10:44): So the earthquake stopped the external power to the plant. Appropriate backup response kicked in: the three running reactors shut down, and diesel generators fired up to pump water into the reactors to cool them down. But the tsunami killed the generators an hour later? BAD!
m (25 Mar 2011 13:59): great radiation comparison chart [xkcd]
m (17 May 2011 12:00): Grant: Want japanese pickles. Reading about nukazuke. Good thing?
G (17 May 2011 23:18): I endorse nuka. It sounds radioactive, but it tastes delicious.
It's easy and fast and cheap and tasty. Cucumbers and carrots are great.
But see about some other veggies and report back.
m (9 Feb 2012 19:49): Ever had nukazuke? Any idea where I can get rice-bran-flour (nuka)? Uwajimaya, I guess?
G (13 Feb 2012 0:25): I said in the previous post that I like it. >:(
We used it at Issian for our cucumber pickles.
I think you can get it at uwajimaya, don't really know where all its available. HT oak tree? But that's not closer for you.
m (13 Feb 2012 12:04): You're right! Back in May I asked about it? I guess I've had nukazuke on my mind for a while, even if I don't remember what it was I was thinking/reading that last time I asked about it (could I have arrived there strictly from bouncing around within wikipedia? And actually I'm not sure what turned me on to it this time - I think it was something in JustBento (had some too-mushy kinpira gobo a few weeks ago when I went out to Poppy (North end of Broadway) with my mom and went there for a recipe - maybe this was when?)). So I found a small book about umeboshi/nukazuke/tsukemono at Kinokunya. Entirely in Japanese. It's got plenty of pictures, but I may need some help decoding

Well I found nuka at Uwajimaya on saturday, but it was crowded and took asking three different people before someone knew where to look. Now I need a ceramic urn for the fermentation.

Heh. Sounds radioactive...
G (17 Feb 2012 9:05): I'd be happy to translate if you can get some decent-quality scans or pictures up. At work we just used regular plastic tupperware...
G (19 Feb 2012 23:02): holy shit it's Japanese fart scrolls
m (25 Jan 2014 22:43): TOKYO—Ending a decades-long struggle for gender equality at the ballot box, Prime Minister Shinzō Abe of Japan signed a new measure into law on Thursday extending the right to vote to female robots.
m (8 Jun 2014 20:06): Wait, Japan wants people driving fewer fuel-efficient tiny cars and more regular, big, awful cars? What?
m (8 Jan 2015 7:58): Translation Needed -- I think this is Murakami's new Dear Abby website.
m (20 Jan 2015 13:06): Translation still needed! Murakami, a cat, and a ... opossum?
m (20 Jan 2015 13:07): Only one so far in English
R (19 Aug 2015 18:42): So, new touhou character for Comiket 88. "GOD BLESS AMERICA FIARY"
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Rural Japan ni Ikou

Grant (30 May 2004 18:16): So, I got my contracting prefecture - I'll be heading off to KAGAWA Prefecture this july. It's on the north-eastern part of Shikoku island, just west of Osaka. Check out the prefecture HOME PAGE! Seems a little bit rural, with only a million people in the prefecture (and 300k in the capital city Takamatsu). Anyway, that's the news on my side.
mike (30 May 2004 23:46): wow. bitchin'
I expect plenty of compromising photos of you and schoolgirls.
Paul (1 Jun 2004 5:12): That's really cool--- do you know what town you'll be in, or what grade you'll be teaching, or other such details?
Paul (3 Jun 2004 7:29): I am suddenly reminded of Mr. Anderson's 9th grade World History class: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu
Grant (4 Jun 2004 20:06): More compromising pictures? Haven't you had enough?
m (31 Mar 2005 11:05): You ever coming back to the states? What are you doing in Japan, again? Teaching English? Setting high-scores on Money Idol Exchanger machines?
Grant (31 Mar 2005 23:22): Oh, hells yeah. Both of those. Except now that MELTY BLOOD: ACT CADENZA is in the arcades, I'm moving over to that. Broken doujin fighters + arcade level competition = vampire/schoolgirl knife-fight~!
As far as coming back to the states, well -
It's now the end of spring vacation, here. It passed by pretty quickly, but it would have been hard for me to travel, anyway, because a) it's not a very long break, and b) I would have to miss rehearsals (I'll be in a couple of performances of Grease).
I can't really just take off when there are classes, so my next chance to really travel will probably be this summer. I might go somewhere during the first part of this summer. I don't know where.
At the end of summer, my brother will be coming to visit! So, I may do a little bit of traveling then, but it will probably all be within Japan.
Grant (31 Mar 2005 23:23): Oh, Melty Blood has maids, too. And robots. Robot maids, that is. Also, cat-vampires.
I knew I was leaving something out.
Is this sounding like a great game, or what?
Grant (31 Mar 2005 23:25): And when I said 'cat-vampires,' I really just meant a cuter, be-cat-ear-ed version of the vampiress that's already in the game. Not a vampire house-cat. That would just be silly.
G (23 Jun 2005 0:42): Here is a funny article from a disreputable online newspaper! I know I could have posted it in LinkFest, but there's a strange glee in resurrecting threads, y'know?
m (17 Jul 2005 22:38): google maps now does japan! At least, I think it does -- I have no idea if that's kagawa prefecture or not, since it's <blink>not in fucking english</blink>. man, the fake blink tag is more functional than the real one, which really only served as a "navigate away from this page quickly" tag. kind of like if you could make your webpage smell like poop.
m (17 Jul 2005 22:53): grant, when I maps osaka, in the lower left under the distance key is something that resembles, I don't know, a raccoon head, or maybe the head of a cartoon bear. They're not very detailed about it. What does the caption say?
(18 Jul 2005 11:38): it says "southern port wild bird park"

some sort of bird zoo i guess.
z (18 Jul 2005 11:41): this is zong, by the way.
kagawa is ì or "fragrant stream" so i think you are in the right ballpark.
Grant (18 Sep 2006 5:09): Got my tickets - looks like I'm going to the Tokyo Game Show next weekend.
m (1 Apr 2007 7:04): Does Japan always do this? It seems pretty shady to me.
G (3 Apr 2007 2:23): That, and the whaling, man.
m (3 Apr 2007 10:40): whaling?
G (5 Apr 2007 6:25): You know that thing where you kill whales and eat them?
That thing that every other country has stopped, and has been condemning for, like, a score of years?
Yeah, that.
G (5 Apr 2007 6:38): Although, for what it's worth, I personally don't know a whole lot about whaling.
I mostly base my negative opinion of it on these two things:
1. Everybody else has stopped, and says it's bad.
2. The JWA basically just says that it's traditional and not hurting anybody, to which I say, 'who cares?' and, 'only because everybody else stopped doing it, jerks,' respectively.
G (5 Apr 2007 6:58): Yeah, it's a sham.
G (5 Apr 2007 14:47): GRZA GOT THE QUAD-POST
G (20 Jul 2007 22:45): I'll be back in Seattle on the 25th!
m (23 Jul 2007 20:32): party at G's place!
G (24 Jul 2007 21:45): Woot!
G (31 Oct 2008 6:52): Lols.
m (31 Oct 2008 10:30): hm. awkward.
m (17 Sep 2013 8:02): hey - tentative plans to head to Japan in Feb. Two week trip. Hokkaido, Osaka, Kyushu (dictated by Kai's dad's work itinerary). Probably in and out of Tokyo where Kai has a cousin who's busy studying for entrance exams, so likely little/no time in Tokyo. Any tips, particularly for the Tokyo -> Hokkaido -> Osaka legs?

Also, I don't know how expensive things are in Japan - how much should we budget for the trip?

Also I want to buy FANCY COOKING KNIVES, please tell me where to go.
G (18 Sep 2013 20:20): Super jealous.
G (19 Sep 2013 0:12): Not sure about knives, really... All I can say is that Kiya is well-known in Japan as a store where you can buy knives. Maybe kinda expensive, but that's true of most well-known/department stores in Japan.