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2023.05.30 19:53 iknowyouarea Selling two (Anytime Entry) tickets to June 3rd at Woodbine Park. Let me know if you want them.
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2023.05.30 19:34 Striking_Film1285 Consumption statistics - useless?
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2023.05.30 18:50 Cfoster97 Bonnaroo Parking Tickets-Tuesday and Thursday entry STILL AVAILABLE
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2023.05.30 18:19 HokageEzio A great reminder on the various dreams of the Straw Hats, and some very solid anime filler content with an ever increasing production quality - Manga reader's first impressions on the anime - Zou Saga
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I occasionally see the criticism pop up that since the timeskip, many of the Straw Hats dreams have gone somewhat underdeveloped unless it is one of the ones that is constantly developed every arc (Luffy becoming Pirate King, Zoro becoming the World's Strongest Swordsman, etc.). I feel like the Zou Arc really fights back against that criticism. Even while being the least controversial post time skip arc (and an arc that was always beloved since it came out), I feel like it's still a little underappreciated how many great endgame Straw Hat moments were had in this arc in reference to the development of their dreams. I also think the uptick of the anime's quality continues to show itself more and more, with great anime filler and an even better movie in Film: Gold.
I've been reading the manga weekly since Zou, but I've been trying to watch every piece of animated One Piece content before catching up to see how the anime has developed over time. My interest in how the current anime is being used and incorporating a bunch of stuff that isn't in the manga with a much higher quality level made me want to watch weekly, but I didn't want to just jump into the current anime. So I'm watching everything; movies, filler, specials, basically anything that's on MyAnimeList and that I can find online. Been an enjoyable experience, which you can read about in the previous threads:
Very quick watch for Zou, but some solid content there.
Also if anybody is curious why this is only about Zou it's because I'm using the official list from Library of Ohara based on Shueisha's official breakdown.
I like this breakout more because stuff like the Reverie gets included in one big Whole Cake Island arc with the countries coming together at the beginning and meeting at the end, which makes sense to me (similar to how the in between Acts in Wano are still part of the arc). As well as other various reasons.
Also this post would have approximately 900 entries if Zou, Whole Cake, and Wano were together. Cool? Cool.
Anime Arcs Silver Mine
Bartolomeo living the dream getting a filler arc with his idol
Apparently every filler villain in this series wants to be Akainu. This time it's smelting powers instead of heat, but with the same results. There was nothing incredibly bad in this arc, but I legit forgot plot points of it after a few episodes. Zoro brought up that he wanted to get revenge for something, and if they didn't throw in the flashback of the thing he was mad about from the first episode I would have been completely lost. And that's about the level of quality in this whole arc. Still not the worst arc cause Bartolomeo was really fun, but stuff with him was the only real saving grace imo. Zou
Again, love the ever growing relationship between Luffy and Lil Bro Momo
I've always been a big fan of Zou. It really feels like the entire story gets expanded for what will be the final stages, and there's a lot of big reveals as far as what the hell is next to come. That's not news though, I feel like Zou has always been the least controversial New World arc and everybody agrees it's pretty good. What stuck out to me going back through this is how many different Straw Hat dreams got some big moments, which I really liked. Chopper getting to save all the minks by making medicine was a nice moment for him, and I also really enjoyed him helping patch up Zunesha (more on that in a second). And Robin's excitement when presented with the Road Poneglyph and finding out what it meant, just a really happy experience. It's the happiest I can remember her when finding a Poneglyph since she found the one in Skypiea that made her realize it's not a lost dream. And Nami asking Inuarashi about what the Log Pose is pointing to and getting that affirmation that she's leading them on the right path, super cute moment. I feel like a lot of people criticize some of the Straw Hats with this idea that their dreams aren't really talked about much since the time skip, but to me this arc was really covering a bunch of those moments for them in really satisfying ways. Yeah we don't physically see Nami draw a map or anything like that, but we do get Robin giving her readings from the Poneglyph that can lead her down that path. I just really enjoyed all the little moments leading them on their individual dreams, especially for the more abstract ones like Chopper where none of us know how he's actually going to pull it off.
I also really enjoyed the filler episode right near the end of this arc. I brought up getting to see Chopper healing Zunesha, that was mostly done in the filler episode I'm referring to. Just really good canon filler that plugged up a lot of gaps from the manga. Carrot bribing the monkey so she could sneak on the ship, the minks all helping to make bandages for Zunesha's leg, Nami getting the map for Totto Land. One of those filler episodes where if somebody didn't tell you it was filler you'd have no clue, it just fit in perfectly. I feel like most of the filler in this arc was really well fitting, other than them randomly fighting bees for half an episode one time. Like I've been saying since the end of Dressrosa, if they do more filler like this then I really don't have an issue with the page count. I think content matters more than the amount of pages covered, and this was for the most part really good content.
As far as the story itself, the setup for Wano was great. Love seeing Momo really come into his own; he's turned into a great character in Wano and it really started around this moment here when he allies with Luffy. And the Raizo is Safe moment was really good, loved the adaptation. The music in the moment sounded very Wano/Japanese themed, which fit the moment. And frankly all of the music in this arc was great. You can always tell when one of these 200+ episode animes just got a new OST, because you start hearing new music super often. But no complaints there.
Specials One Piece: Heart of Gold
I swear this was integral to the plot. Don't fact check.
I just did not get into this one. The villain was pretty underwhelming (although I did like Zoro and Sanji's fights). And while I get it's filler so logic is somewhat out the window, the logic of this special goes super out the window. For example there's a part where Brook is needed to play the piano with very specific notes or he'll get shot with arrows. And he keeps messing up because there's a bit of the last page missing. And despite the fact that arrows pretty much do nothing to him, we instead get Robin and Chopper protecting him. Who for some reason are totally fine to use their Devil Fruits, which made me realize they're not even in Seastone cuffs but are for some reason just going along with everything. It took me until that point of the movie to even realize that. And I bring that up to talk about the next test they had, where they needed to use keys and had to find the right keyhole out of 17 (16 electrocute you, 1 doesn't). For some reason this is Nami's job, and Brook, Chopper, and Usopp have to hold the whole thing open so they don't get crushed. But if the electrocution doesn't kill you, and you're allowed to use devil fruits, why are they not using the person who can literally sprout clones and body parts? Obviously she'd still get hurt because she feels pain from the clones, but it makes way more sense than having almost half the crew crushed to death.
Again, it's a filler special episode so why am I even ranting about this. But stuff like that made me realize that the plot makes no sense and
that it took me that long into the movie to realize it makes no sense. The CP0 stuff was kinda interesting albeit they make them kinda look like scrubs, the Celestial Dragon stuff was fine too. And Chopper continues his reign as the greatest plug in One Piece, because he apparently just carries around every drug necessary with zero prep time. Also whoever animated this did it with one hand down their pants when they drew the Nami and Robin stuff. So kudos to them.
Wasn't a bad special, just kinda boring.
Movies One Piece Film: Gold
Nice to see Nami finally get to shine in a movie.
WOW. What an amazing movie. There were just so many things to love about this one. Where to start.
I'm always a fan of getting some unusual Straw Hat duos/trios. The usual groups are fun, don't get me wrong. But it's always nice to mix it up since they're such a big group. So having Franky running alone with Luffy for half the movie, I was a big fan of that. That's just not a usual pairing that happens, and the resulting dynamic from that was really cool.
I also enjoy when a movie villain doesn't feel unusually OP just for the sake of making the plot work, or like they're nerfing the main cast to make it a conflict. That's something that happens with a lot of shonen movies because they need the villain to be strong for an hour or so to make it work. When they revealed early into the movie that the gold confetti raining down actually makes it so Tesoro can control everything, I was in shock. It's a good plot device to neutralize the good guys that doesn't feel contrived, and it's also just really fucking smart. It immediately made Tesoro feel like a genuine threat.
And speaking of Tesoro, what a great villain. His backstory was crazy. The Celestial Dragon stuff is always a good way to get under the audience's skin, but the fact that he was a slave too and basically took the Sun Pirates approach of covering it? Huge surprise, not what I was expecting at all.
Also enjoyed Nami finally getting to fully participate in a movie. Her relationship with Carina was really cool, but the main thing that I liked was that she finally gets to play a big role in a movie. I wouldn't define her role in the last few movies as a damsel in distress. But it did kinda suck to see Nami taken out of the past few movies fairly early, where she doesn't get to play out a role like everybody else. Whether that's her being changed to a little kid or her getting kidnapped by Shiki in the first few minutes. This time Zoro gets to be the one separated from the crew, but you know Zoro will always get his moment eventually so it was fine. Again, just another really unique thing about this movie compared to the other ones.
This was just a really fun heist style movie, even with the typical planning montage. Very fun watch.
OVAs One Piece Film: Gold Episode 0
Speaking of animating with a hand down their pants, this was animated with the pen in their mouth. I guess these OVAs are all just going to be an excuse to show Nami and Robin half naked as many times as possible. In which case I say thank you. Also I knew Nami and Robin ran an elaborate gambling ring on the ship, I called that.
Fun short little video leading into the movie, like the Glorious Island one. We've upgraded from swimming to having the girls bouncing around playing volleyball. I look forward to the next one where they mud wrestle.
ONAs Oishi-sa Hajikeru! One Piece
MyAnimeList needs some quality control on these entries.
0/10, Franky didn't make a commercial about soda. Scratch x One Piece Film: Gold The face of the VAs when they saw how many 0's were at the end of their check.
Amazing. Inspiring. The lottery tickets really spoke to my heart. One Piece Film: Gold - Cine Mike Popcorn Kokuchi
Again about that quality control.
Amazing. Inpsiring. The popcorn really spoke to my heart. TOHO Cinemas x One Piece Film: Gold - Tokubetsu Eizou
Actually cool artwork.
Actually a really well animated video for what is essentially just a company logo promo. Very cool art.
One Piece Arc Rankings
- Enies Lobby
- Water 7
- Fishman Island
- Post War
- Sabaody Archipelago
- Impel Down
- Post-Enies Lobby
- Thriller Bark
- Arlong Park
- Amazon Lily
- Return to Sabaody
- Punk Hazard
- Drum Island
- Shells Town
- Foosha Village
- Syrup Village
- Orange Town
- Little Garden
- Rare Animal Island
- Spa Island
- Ice Hunter
- Reverse Mountain
- Long Ring Long Land
- Foxy's Return
- Boss Luffy Historical Arc
- Ocean's Dream
- Goat Island (Alvida's Hideout)
- Whisky Peak
- Goat Island Paradise
- Little East Blue
- Toriko Crossovers
- Silver Mine
- Caesar Retrieval
- Warship Island
- Z's Ambition
- Ruluka Island
One Piece Villain Rankings
- Rob Lucci
- Gild Tesoro (Film: Gold)
- Zephyr (Film Z)
- Hody Jones
- Gecko Moria
- Caesar Clown
- St. Charlos
- Don Krieg
- Shiki (Strong World)
- Boa Hancock
- Jonathan (G-8)
- Omatsuri (Baron Omatsuri)
- Byrnndi World (3D2Y)
- Captain Morgan
- Demaro Black
- Don Accino (Ice Hunter)
- Mr. 3
- Gasparde (Dead End Adventure)
- Mr. 5
- Mr. 9 and Miss Wednesday
- Saga (Cursed Holy Sword)
- Komei (Adventure of Nebulandia)
- Noko (Ocean's Dream)
- Ganzack (Defeat the Pirate Ganzack)
- Eric (Warship Island)
- Captain Joke (Ocean's Navel)
- Gally (Romance Dawn Story)
- Kibagaeru (Foxy's Return)
- Minchey (Goat Island)
- Eldoraggo (One Piece: The Movie)
- Ratchet (Giant Mechanical Soldier of Karakuri Castle)
- Bear King (Clockwork Island Adventure)
- Count Battler (Island of Strange Animals)
- Bilic (Episode of Luffy)
- Bill (Silver Mine)
- Breed (Caesar Retrieval)
- Shuzo (Z's Ambition)
- Wetton (Ruluka Island)
- Bayan (A Father's Huge, HUGE Dream)
- Mad Treasure (Heart of Gold)
- Largo (Little East Blue)
- Doran (Spa Island)
- Marine Commanding Officer (Straw Hat Chase)
- Trap (Trap Coaster)
- Governor (Last Great Performance)
One Piece Movie Rankings
- Film: Gold (Movie 13)
- Film Z (Movie 12)
- Strong World (Movie 10)
- Episode of Chopper Plus: Bloom in Winter, Miracle Sakura (Movie 9)
- Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island (Movie 6)
- Dead End Adventure (Movie 4)
- Episode of Alabasta: The Desert Princess and the Pirates (Movie 8)
- One Piece: The Movie (Movie 1)
- Straw Hat Chase (Movie 11)
- The Cursed Holy Sword (Movie 5)
- The Giant Mechanical Soldier of Karakuri Castle (Movie 7)
- Clockwork Island Adventure (Movie 2)
- Chopper's Kingdom on the Island of Strange Animals (Movie 3)
- Episode of Sabo: The Three Brothers' Bond - The Miraculous Reunion and the Inherited Will
- Episode of Merry: The Tale of One More Friend
- Episode of Nami: Tears of a Navigator and the Bonds of Friends
- Episode of Luffy: Adventure on Hand Island
- One Piece: Protect! The Last Great Performance
- Adventure of Nebulandia
- Once Upon the Great Sea! A Father's Huge, HUGE Dream!
- One Piece Special: Adventure in the Ocean's Navel
- Episode of Alabasta - Prologue
- Heart of Gold
- One Piece New Year Special: Special Report - Secret of the Straw Hat Pirates
- One Piece Special: The Detective Memoirs of Chief Straw Hat Luffy
- One Piece: Emergency Planning, A Perfect Strategy for the One Piece
- Strong World: Episode 0
- Glorious Island
- Film: Gold Episode 0
- Romance Dawn Story
- Infiltrate!! Thousand Sunny
- One Piece: Defeat the Pirate Ganzack!
- One Piece Recap 2: One Piece 10+ Years Special
- Dream Soccer King
- Jango's Dance Carnival
- Trap Coaster
- Take Aim! The Pirate Baseball King
- Cry Heart
- Share the World (11)
- We Are! (1)
- One Day (13)
- Hard Knock Days (18)
- We Go! (15)
- Brand New World (6)
- Fight Together (14)
- We Are! (2008 Remix) (10)
- Bon Voyage (4)
- We Are! (Straw Hat Version) (7)
- Hands Up (16)
- Wake Up! (17)
- Crazy Rainbow (7)
- Jungle P (8)
- Hikari e (3)
- We Can! (19)
- Kokoro no Chizu (5)
- Believe (2)
- Kaze wo Sagashite (12)
- Shouchi no Suke (4 - crew spotlight)
- Tsuki no Taiyo (12 - family left behind)
- Free Will (9 - Robin wakes crew)
- Glory - Kimi ga Iru Kara (7 - Vivi's past)
- Eternal Pose (15 - Past arc snapshots)
- Dear Friends (16 - Merry memories/funeral)
- Asu wa Kuru Kara (17 - young Robin in flower field)
- Before Dawn (5 - foot crew race)
- Memories (1 - Sunset water)
- Fish (6 - Chopper's adventures)
- Dreamship (13 - group photo)
- Run! Run! Run! (2 - Young crew runs)
- Mirai Koukai (14 - different birds)
- Adventure World (18 - fan art)
- Faith (10 - colorful Straw Hats)
- Shining ray (8 - crew jumps off cliff)
- Watashi ga Iru Yo (3 - Going Merry life)
- A to Z (11 - Come back to your friends)
- Vivi Goodbye
- Usopp vs Luffy
- Usopp apology
- Nami forgiving Jimbei
2023.05.30 18:15 boinabbc 23 New Data Science, Data Engineering and Machine Learning jobs
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|Online Data Analyst ||TELUS International ||Brighton ||United Kingdom ||Machine Learning |
|Senior Data Scientist ||WA Police Force ||Perth ||Australia ||Machine Learning |
|AWS Data Engineer ||Dice ||Bloomfield ||United States ||AWS |
|Senior Data Scientist ||Henny Penny ||Eaton ||United States ||Machine Learning, Data Mining, AWS |
|Principal Data Scientist, Machine Learning ||Chan Zuckerberg Initiative ||Redwood City ||United States ||Machine Learning |
|Jr Data Analyst ||One Park Financial ||Miami ||United States ||SQL, Python |
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|Data Analyst - Remote / Telecommute ($45.00 - $49.... ||Talentify.io ||United States ||United States ||Data Mining, Data Visualization |
|Sr. Data Analyst - New York or Remote ||Talentify.io ||United States ||Remote ||SQL |
|Entry Level Data Analyst ||SynergisticIT ||San Francisco ||United States ||SQL |
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2023.05.30 17:48 No_I_Deer I plan to stay with my GF this weekend. So I need to call ahead and reserve a spot or is it walk in/take out?
2023.05.30 17:25 themclones My Japan trip itinerary
I'm planning to visit Japan from India for 10 days- October 7-17 2023.
The itinerary I made is from my love towards anime, Japanese culture, food and electronics.
- The sequence of the places are from morning to evening- The locations are picked according to my likes and interests
Constructive criticism and recommendations are welcomed.
Day 1 Tokyo-
- Chuo City- Tsukiji Market- Early morning for fresh street food and knife stores
- Toshima City- Kitkat Chocolatory- AFAIK the only place which has Variety Party pack (multiple flavours in one pack)
- Shibuya- Parco Building- Anime shopping- Jump Shop, Pokemon Center, Nintendo Store & Chaos Kitchen- for Ramen
- Shibuya- Hachiko Statue- if you want to
- Don Quijote- A good place to shop for souvenirs the SHibuya one has the biggest collection
- Shinjuku- Tokyo Govt Metropolitan Building (46 Floor, Observation Deck, Free of charge)
- Shinjuku Toho building-- Godzilla head- you can travel up to see the head up close
- Golden Gai- For affordable food and drinks. Recommendation- Death Match in Hell for drinks
- Omoide Yokocho- Good alternate to Golden Gai
- Hub British Pub- For good music and drinks
Day 2 Tokyo-
- Shibuya- Meijijingu Shrine 6 AM ¥500 YEN entry fee. Get Goshuin stamp and Omikuji fortune (payable extra)
- Shibuya- Anakuma Cafe where a bear paw serves you takeaway coffee
- Yokohama- Nissin Cup Noodle Museum- Tuesday Closed, ¥500 for admission and ¥500 for Custom Noodle Cup creation
- Yokohama- Gundam Factory to see the life sized moving Gundam. More info
- Shibuya- Shibuya Scramble Square- Shibuya Sky and bar. Best enjoyed at night. ¥2000 entry free. buy ticket online
- Shibuya- Baia Club for nightlife
Day 3 Tokyo-
- Bunkyo City- Nezu Shrine 9:30 AM entry time
- Excelsior Cafe (Multiple locations). Famous for Cremia Ice cream
- Odaiba- TeamLab Planets- A must go. Book ticket here
- Odaiba- Small world Miniature museum
- Odaiba- Aqua City- Joy Polis indoor amusement park
- Odaiba- Aqua City- Ramen Kokukigan (multiple ramen place)
- Odaiba- Poop museum if you want o have a different experience
- Odaiba- Fuji TV Building (Observation Deck and Ground Floor has Jump Shop for anime related shopping)
- Odaiba- Diver City- Unicorn Gundam. Timing
- Shinjuku/Shibuya- Monkeycart for go karting across cities in Tokyo (Starts at ¥14000). More info. You'll need International Driving Permit for this.
Day 4 Mt Fuji-
- Take bus till Mishima Station
- Explore Hakone region
- Visit Koyodai Observatory for good view
Day 5 Kyoto-
- Fushimi inari- Shrine opens at 6AM
- Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple
- Arashiyama- Bamboo forest
- Kinkakuli (Golden Temple)
- Ninenzaka street- Machiya Starbucks- Famous for its traditional architechtural design
- Yasaka Pagoda
Day 6 Kyoto-
- Nishiki Market- Opens at 9.30AM, famous for street food
- Kichi Kichi Omurice- Made famous by a flambouyant chef. Book here
- Nanzen-ji Temple (Stone temple)
- Pontocho- Happy Stand bar, good place to have beer and they let you scribble on the table
- Macha House for their tasty Matchiya Tiramisu and Parfait
- Ten, Higashiyama, Kyoto- for great coffee
Day 7 Osaka-
- Uncle Rikoru Cheesecake- for jiggly cheesecake
- Visit more than 40 of Osaka's famous tourist attractions for free, as well as unlimited rides on buses and subways. Purchase an Osaka Amazing Pass to enjoy the following and more places. Osaka castle, Umeda sky building, Hep 5 ferris wheel and more
- Dotonbori- for street food and nightlife
Day 8 Osaka to Nara and Back-
- Todai-ji Temple, Nara Park to see Bowing deer
- Kuromon Market (less crowded, more spacious)
- Shinsekai market in evening
Day 9 Back to Tokyo- Shopping in Akihabara
- Keeping shopping for last days so that one doesn't need to pull heavy luggage while travelling
- Good places to shop Anime stuff- Animate, Mandarake (lower ground floor has good manga collection, Radio Kaikan-Ami Ami, Yellow Submarine )
- Good Places to shop for electronics- Yodobashi Camera and Bic Camera
- Good places to shop for souvenirs- Don Quijote, Can do (¥100 Shop), 3 coins+ (¥100 Shop), Watts, Daiso (¥100 Shop)
Day 10 Tokyo-
- Book hotel which is closer to train stations so that you can reach NRT or HND on time.
- Gotokuji Temple- Cat temple
- Asahi Sky room
- Benitsuru pancakes
- Tokyo Sky tree
- Purchase JR Pass only if you are making ling trips. Post October 2023, prices will hike by almost 125%
- JR pass can be used within 3 months from the date of purchase
- Affordable Food can be purchased from Konbini's like 7 Eleven, Lawsons and Family Mart.
- If you are planning to stay in Tokyo and travel a lot, purchasing a Tokyo Subway Ticket makes sense. As you will save a lot of money in train/subway fare
- SUICA/PASMO card can be purchased from the airports
- Rental pocket Wi-fi or SIM cards can be purchased from Airport.
- Important medicine if needed, click here
- Use Japan Travel app along with Google Maps for accurate journeys.
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2023.05.30 16:54 DannyJ47_ Statement from Slam Dunk
Official Slam Dunk Festival Statement
Slam Dunk Festival would like to address issues which have been raised across the weekend.
We recognise there were problems and that some customers did not have an experience to the standard which they expected. We would like to apologise for the issues which occurred and ensure our customers that we are committed to improving the event.
We would like to ensure all customers that neither event was oversold, and customer safety is, and always will be, paramount to the festival. Like all other major events, all our event plans were reviewed by local authorities and are in line with industry standards.
In response to the car parking and traffic issues, as previously highlighted there was an unprecedented number of cars arriving to the festival site who hadn’t pre-booked car parking. This alongside other external factors created a traffic flow issue which inevitably caused delays into the festival site. As a measure to combat the traffic flow issue we made the conscious decision to stop checking passes for parking to increase the rate of entry to the car park and to prevent further delays. Keeping this in mind, we have made the decision to no longer provide on the day car parking, from next year only those who have pre-booked their car park tickets will be permitted to park on site, along with other measures we are looking to implement, we believe these will create smoother entry into event.
We also recognise the issues surrounding food vendors and queues. We were assured that we had an adequate number of food vendors for the expected number of attendees, however, we recognise that this wasn’t the case, and we are committed to increasing the number of traders at future events, along with where they are located. Similarly, we recognise related issues surrounding toilets and water points. We would like to ensure customers that these facilities are in line with industry recommendations and have been increased from previous years, however this is something which we will increase further for future events.
We are also aware of access issues, and we will be contacting our access customers directly for their feedback.
We recognise there are other issues not highlighted in this statement. We will be conducting a thorough investigation, whilst working extremely hard to rectify all problems for future events. We have always been committed to increasing customer experience and we welcome feedback to do this. We encourage customers to complete our post event survey to assist us with this.
North - https://forms.gle/jPNFE4w2icfGxGtC7
South - https://forms.gle/3nV9zJQnC4dkhz558
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2023.05.30 16:36 Objective_Tower_1116 Charlotte Parking
Does VIP Parking have a separate entry or exit? This to me would be the real value of the purchase, not proximity to gates. It’s the same old one road in, one road out but wondering if experienced folks might be able to weigh in.
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2023.05.30 16:05 GameCentralStation Gaming Convention going on June 10th and 11th!
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2023.05.30 14:51 Meinmyownhead502 Park hours end of august. What to possibly expect? Going 25th-29th of august. I’m assuming early entry 830?
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2023.05.30 06:30 farmer_giles91 12 Days Honeymoon in Tokyo & Kawaguchiko with tips and observations
I just had my honeymoon (originally scheduled for Jun 2020). My wife and I are in our early thirties. It’s my wife’s first time in japan while it’s my fourth. I’ve benefitted immensely from stalking Tokyo travel reddit and would like to return the favour. I’ll provide some of my tips and observations to the end (skip to the end if the itinerary doesn’t interest you), some of which I think haven’t been mentioned before.
Thank God pretty much everything went to plan, and my wife thoroughly enjoyed the trip. We spent 12 days in Japan, most of it in Tokyo and 2 nights in Kawaguchiko. Many people were surprised to know that we’d be spending most of our trip in Tokyo, but I thought it was just fine because Tokyo had a lot to offer. My wife and I aren’t big on visiting shrines or ticking tourist hotspots off a checklist. We don’t shop much, but we did a lot of it simply because it’s Japan and we bought lots of quality-of-life items (not fashion) for ourselves and others. Given how much my wife really enjoyed the trip, I think others with similar interests could find something helpful too. Pre-trip planning
Planning during the trip
- It was out first leisure trip in years, and my wife's first trip to Japan. I wanted to show her my favourite parts of Japan, and took months trawling through reddit posts and trip reports, watching youtube videos, and just soaking in all the things before deciding on an itinerary that I thought my wife would enjoy. It was almost exclusively planned by me, and I would consult my wife along the way.
- Other than the hotel & flights, I booked the highway express bus to Kawaguchiko one week prior.
- Decided on the airport limousine bus to bring us from the airport to the city a few days prior.
- Studio Ghibli tickets booked one month in advance. There's a good guide available on reddit already. International tickets were quickly sold out, so we used a free VPN to get onto the Japanese site which had more tickets & timings available. Simply Google translate the entire page.
- Booked a cooking class on cookly months prior.
- Did Visit Japan QR two days prior. It takes some time, so do it earlier rather than later.
- Added all places of interests in a Google list, and all food places in another Google list. I tried the custom Google maps at first but didn’t feel the UI was easy to navigate.
- Planned itinerary based on location proximity, and also highlighted parts that were interchangeable in case we wanted to switch it up (which we did).
Day 0 (Wed) 17 May - Arrival at Haneda Airport to hotel in Shinjuku
- The Google maps foods list was always just for consideration: if we had time or were craving something. We didn't hard-code food places into our daily plans. But when food was the primary activity (e.g. visiting Tsukiji market), we'd determine to visit particular food stalls. Otherwise, just needed to do a cursory Google review check on whether a random food place is worth eating it. As a principle, we didn't want to spend time queuing >20m for food.
- I'd plan the next day's itinerary the night before, considering fatigue, interest, and proximity. I would create a brand new Google maps list for the next day, including potential food places.
Arrived in Haneda late, about 11pm. Clearance was quick but baggage took 30mins. As I wouldn't make my stipulated airport limousine timing, I had no choice but to cancel my airport limousine and take the metro to our hotel in Shinjuku. I tried Apple wallet’s Suica at first. It worked seamlessly but I felt that a physical metro card was just faster so I eventually switched over. We reached after midnight, so do let your hotel know in advance if you anticipate arriving at odd hours. Day 1 (Thurs) - Shinjuku exploration
Originally planned to visit Tsukiji on day 1, but given that we arrived late the previous night, agreed with my wife to change the plan and spend the first day doing the Shinjuku itinerary.
Day 2 (Fri) - Kappabashi St., Fabric Town, Akihabara
- Walked to a popular Tsukumen place at 11. Queued for 20mins and it was an interesting experience as there were lines of people standing right behind watching you eat. Wife said it was her best Tsukumen ever!
- Sekaido for art & stationary supplies: My wife does art so it was a haven for her. We spent a few hours there!
- Tokyu Hands Shinjuku: Wanted to look at more stationary/home/fashion stuff but two floors were under renovation.
- Omoide Yokocho: A quick walkthrough of this famous street for salarymen which comes alive at night. Many tourists.
Day 3 (Sat) - Cooking class in Shinjuku, Shibuya
- Kappabashi Dougu Street: looked at kitchen supplies aimed to find a nice nakiri knife! (If you want to buy a knife, do research on what knife you need beforehand).
- Fabric Town: My wife just passed a seamstress exam so she eagerly anticipated visiting fabric town, we spent a few hours in Tomato.
- Akihabara (Animate, Bic Camera, Gyukatsu Don): It was drizzling the entire day so it was not the most comfortable lugging that many bags around a wet Akihabara in the evening. Wife wasn’t interested but I wanted to let her experience this unique culture. Had dinner at a popular gyukatsu don (beef cutlet that you’d have to cook yourself). It was our first time eating gyukatsu. It was so tender and juicy and mmm. But it was a long one hour wait. It was after this episode that we decided we were not going to queue this long for food again.
Day 4 (Sun) - Komazawa Church, Harajuku, Shibuya
- Private cooking class in Shinjuku: Our host was great! We were invited into his cosy house and he taught us how to make Okonomiyaki, Yakisoba, and a Japanese salad. I paid careful attention to the menu beforehand as I wanted to learn dishes I could easily recreate back home (i.e. not choose dishes that depended on seasonal Japanese ingredients). My wife absolutely loved the experience of getting to know a local and understanding his life story, Japanese culture, and hearing some of his horror stories of foreign guests. We got more food recs from him to understand where the locals really ate at.
- Shibuya 109: Paid $5 for a drink to have a bird’s eye view of the Shibuya crossing. It was Saturday so the crossing was at its full force. Even if you think this is touristy, it’s amazing to see that many people like little ants crossing a street. There are several nice locations here to take some artsy shots.
- Ishibashi Music Shibuya: absolutely loved the vibe in this music store. Back home, I’d been thinking about getting a particular keyboard but never got a chance to try it. I was able to play this particular one undisturbed and feel like I could go on for hours without any pressure from staff. Bought a few Japan exclusive guitar picks as gifts.
- Shibuya Tokyu Hands: This was amazing. I thought Shinjuku Tokyu Hands was the flagship store. So I only stumbled into this because I urgently needed to pee and someone said Tokyu hands had toilets. We were confused as its name was rebranded to simply "Hands" with a new logo. If you only have time to visit one Tokyu Hands, visit the Shibuya one. Each floor had 2 sub-floors so that’s a ton of floors! Lots of quality-of-life improvements one could get from this store. My wife got a buckwheat pillow.
- Shibuya Loft: After Sekaido and Tokyu Hands, I didn't think there was much daily life products/art/stationary to look at. But Loft was very different. Similar to Tokyu hands but seems more modern and fashionable. Worth visiting together with Tokyu hands! It also had packaged food available! It was late and my wife and I concluded that we didn’t have to to explore all the floors and that we’d return to Shibuya again.
Day 5 (Mon) - Tsukiji Market, Ginza Muji/Uniqlo, Tokyo station
- Church in Komazawa: not a tourist activity, but we linked up with some partners from our home church and attended service at a little church held in a nursery. It was an amazing and encouraging experience to hear the gospel preached in a foreign language.
- Harajuku: Way too crowded. I had anticipated this as it was a Sunday, but thought to just try. Takeshita street was so packed my wife feared there would be a stampede risk (it wasn’t that bad). We did queue 20mins for pretty tasty crepe. After checking out all the recommended streets (e.g. cat street, uru-harajuku), my wife simply felt that she couldn’t stand the Harajuku crowd and the vibes. So we decided to go back to Shibuya again!
- Shibuya JINS: I didn’t mention this but previously in Shinjuku and Shibuya, I had been checking out recommended optical shops in the vicinity for a particular style of glasses. Japanese-made glasses are highly-rated, but I couldn’t find something at the right price-point. At JINS, I found a design I liked. Though not made in Japan, it cost me less than 5000 yen. Took them 1 hour to make it. For some reason I loved the vibes at Shibuya, and I earmarked it to return again later.
Day 6 (Tue) - Tokyo National Museum, Fabric town revisit, Akihabara revisit, Ochanomizu
- Tsukiji market: wanted to arrive before 8 but arrived at 8.30am. Thankfully the crowds weren't that bad yet. Everything we tried was lovely. Potato/corn fishcakes, strawberry mochi, tamago, wagyu beef, uni inarisushi (my first time trying uni - wife loved it but I didn't like it), unagi. But the star was Masa burger (thanks to Paolo from Tokyo), which we waited till 11am to try. By then, the tourist buses had come and the streets were packed. But Masa burger was in a corner and we were their first customers. We tried fried codfish burger + homemade ginger ale. Both were was so well done and the fried cod was so crispy yet fresh and tender. It was also nicely completed with very refreshing salads! It was soo good we had it twice.
- Ginza Uniqlo/Muji: we wanted to take a look at some of Uniqlo’s exclusive items. Apparently they do have exclusive t-shirts for each region (e.g. Harajuku, Shibuya, Ginza), which tend to be collaborations with well-known food places in the area. However, they were always white in colour (cheap to produce) and not made-in-Japan-quality. Muji @ Ginza was a disappointment, not a lot more than the usual.
- Tokyo Station Ghibli store & Tenugui hunting: Went to Tokyo station to check out the Ghibli store and to look for a particular traditional tenugui (Japanese towels) store as my wife were hunting these down to give as gifts.
- Shinjuku Ichiran & Mister Donut: We returned to Shinjuku for Ichiran ramen, specifically at 5+pm. No crowds at all. Yummy! We then saw a Mister Donut, and recalled news in our home country that when it had its first opening in my country, people queued 5 hours for it. We thought to try it to see what the fuss was all about. Cash only, but the donuts were wonderfully textured and not too sweet. My wife doesn’t like sweet stuff, but mister donut really hit the sweet spot (no pun intended).
Day 7 (Wed) - Shinjuku Gyoen Garden, Mori Museum, Ginza Wakamatsu, Shinjuku
- Tokyo National Museum: We had a good time learning about Japan’s early history, and discovered that so much that we know of Japan resulted from Chinese/korean influence.
- Fabric town & Akihabara revisit, Ochonomizu: We decided that this was likely the right time to go back for items we missed out on or didn’t have time to see. My wife went to fabric town again while I went to Akihabara’s Yodaibashi camera, which I felt to be better and with more varied things than Bic Camera. I then went to nearby Ochanomizu to look at more music and sport shops. We met up again at Shinjuku for another Gyukatsu Don before heading to mister donuts again.
Day 8 (Thurs) - Kawaguchiko
- Shinjuku Gyoen Garden: lovely large garden grounds. We spent almost an hour just lying under a tree and watching clouds float by. Wife was doing some rough sketches of the garden. We had mister donuts from last night for breakfast.
- Mori Museum: Saw the exhibition of Heatherwick studios, which was inspiring and educational. Paid for the rooftop access to have a quick view of Tokyo from 50-ish floors up.
- Ginza Wakamatsu: Because of one of the Uniqlo-ginza-exclusive t-shirts, my wife was curious about this traditional Japanese dessert. So we gave it a check and realised it’s been around for more than a century. There was a short line (mainly Japanese elderly). The shop interior transported us back decades. It felt surreal eating a dessert that the Japanese ate centuries ago. Unlike modern desserts, this Japanese dessert certainly doesn’t excite and overwhelm one’s taste buds immediately. But there’s an old charm to it.
- Shinjuku Okadaya fabric: Returned to Shinjuku as my wife wanted to check out another of their famous fabric stores. Prices were more expensive than fabric town, but had somewhat different items.
Day 9 (Fri) - Fuji Q Highland, Shimoyoshida Honcho St, Batting Cage Planning for Fuji Q & Morning Jog:
- Bus to Kawaguchiko: Packed light to Kawaguchiko, and forwarded our remaining luggage to our final hotel in Tamachi. The Shinjuku hotel staff were very helpful. I was merely inquiring on how luggage forwarding was done, but the staff picked up the phone, called my Tamachi hotel to confirm the booking, and prepared the documents for me. All I had to do was roll my luggage the next night to them and make payment. Took our 7:45am bus to Kawaguchiko and managed to catch a glimpse of Mount Fuji when we were on our way there!
- Cycling In Kawaguchiko: We lugged our bags to our ryokan and headed out again. My wife was quite hesitant about cycling overseas and I was also worried it’d tire her out too much. I debated between cycling or simply taking the sight-seeing bus. Eventually felt that it was worth trying to cycle. We unexpectedly walked by an e-bike place and decided, why not? Neither of us had tried an e-bike before and that could reduce the effort required for my wife. So we did and boy was it fun! It took a while to get used to the e-bike but it really reduced a lot of effort up the hills! I barely perspired at all thanks to the e-assist. Kawaguchiko had pretty narrow roads so it wasn’t the easiest to cycle. But I had plenty of road-cycling experience back at home so I was not daunted. We borrowed helmets from the e-bike place but saw that we were the only tourists that wore them. Yes, I'd recommend wearing helmets when cycling.
- Kubota Itchiku Art Museum: Cycled here knowing that this museum would interest my wife. It had a garden free for entry and it was really quaint, quiet, and charming! The pond had a singular vibrant-coloured Koi swimming in it. Museum entry requires tickets. On this trip, I realised that visiting museums tired me easily. It could be because I spent time reading each description. I told my wife to go ahead as I waited outside. She eventually took 45m in the museum and was so enthralled by it. She even bought a heavy hard-cover book of Itchiku Kubota’s kimono art :/
- Momiji Corridor: was just 50 meters away from the museum. Still beautiful with only green leaves, but I’d imagine it would be majestic in Autumn/Spring.
- Oishi Park: Many colourful flowers! It’s a pity that it had been cloudy the entire day, and Mt Fuji was not visible. That would have made the cycle perfect. Had a peach/plum ice-cream. Park was crowded with tourists.
I didn’t plan to go to Fuji-Q highland before the trip. Always felt it a bit of a waste to visit amusement parks overseas. That’s until I realised that Fuji Q had some of the most exciting (I mean world-record-holding) rollercoasters in the world. Maybe they don't hold the records anymore, but that intrigued me enough, because most amusement parks only had 1-2 coasters. Problem was that wife is terrified, and she said cycling on the streets of Kawaguchiko was already like a coaster ride for her. Still, I'm really thankful she encouraged me to go and said she was happy waiting and taking pictures for me. So I decided I would reach at opening time, and buy time by paying for the fast passes and try their top three coasters. The night before, we felt that we had to make decisions on our itinerary as it was our last day at Kawaguchiko. If Mt Fuji still wasn’t visible the next day, we'd go to Oshino Hakkai, if it was, we could try going to Shimoyoshida to get a nice picture.
Day 10 (Sat) - Kichijoji, Ghibli Museum, Kichijoji Jazz bar
- I went for a morning jog and as the path brought me along the river's perimeter, my jaw dropped when I saw Mount Fuji towering into view. I raced back to tell my wife (about 6am) and we both trekked up to a viewing spot to enjoy the view. This made it more urgent to not spend too much time at Fuji Q as we didn’t know how long Mt. Fuji would be visible for.
- Fuji-Q Highland: Was absolutely amazing. Yes, I blew a lot of cash here buying fast passes for the three available coasters. But they were some of the craziest coasters. Took Eejanaika, Fujiyama and Takabisha. Total time it took probably a little more than 1 hour with the express passes. It was so good, but so fast that I have little memory of it, except that there was a 90 degree climb to the top for Takabisha and I had a beautiful view of Mt. Fuji while climbing to the supposed world record of 79m for Fujiyama (this was 2 days before the news reported that Fujiyama got stuck in the middle of a ride and the people in the carts had to climb down :o). Had more time to take a few other rides, and enjoyed all the Naruto statues around for fun photo-taking. What I really enjoyed about the park was that it was mostly filled with Japanese tourists; in fact, there was a Japanese school having an outing there. It was nice to see excited students running about. If I could spend the day here, I'd take the three coasters multiple times to imprint the sensations in my head. But I'm still thankful I got to try some of the world's most thrilling coasters!
- Shomoyoshida Honcho St: This destination was simply to take the famous street view of Mount Fuji with Japanese shops lined in the foreground. It’s not easy to get to, and there was quite a walk. We noticed there weren’t much people around, and most shops were closed. But when we reached the destination, there were many tourists right at the particular traffic light. So much so there was a grumpy Japanese traffic police person managing the crowd. We saw the worst of tourists that day. People were disobeying traffic laws and just running in the middle of the road just to get a shot. We then chanced upon a hidden udon shop and it felt like we were transported back to the 50’s! It was super old school, people sat on raised platforms, and several elderly customers were watching the tele while eating. There was only one udon option available, with free cabbage top-ups. We learnt that the shop had been around for 73 years. We actually headed back to Fuji-Q Highlands to take a 4D 'plane ride' with Joe Hisashi music in the background. Since my wife actually wanted to ride something, I was happy to agree to her request. Ride was very ordinary but wife actually felt terrified at times lol. Rushed back to the hotel for a private onsen booking.
- Batting Cage: I had never played baseball/softball and my home country doesn’t have a baseball culture. Yet I had seen batting cages in Japanese drama and always wanted to try. Loved it! My technique was probably pretty bad! I did well at first but as I tried faster balls, I tired out and failed to hit any haha. Some teens beside me were knocking out 120km/h balls out of the park! We ended the day eating ramen outdoors with a view of Mount Fuji.
Woke up before sunrise for a run and to attempt to catch a sunrise picture of Mount Fuji. Streets were completely empty. Even ran to the famous Kawaguchiko Lawson for a picture. Headed back for an onsen bathe (note: we never used the room's shower, and always went for an onsen bath throughout our stay in Kawaguchiko as it was just too convenient). Took a 7am bus to return to Shinjuku.
Day 11 (Sun) - Tokyo Sky Tree, Shinjuku, Back to Kichijoji, Shibuya
- Kichijoji: Arrived at Kichijoji at about 10am. Wife really loved the vibes there. We tried the Tsukuba suisan fish cakes which were really tasty, and my wife was intrigued that a line had formed at the adjacent store named Ozasa. Apparently they sell traditional Japanese desserts and locals would go there as early as 5am to get a ticket. So we queued 15m and managed to get three boxes worth of the snacks! Tried the Amane Taiyaki fish-shaped bean paste snacks, another traditional dessert. It was a small lovely old shop.
- Ghibli Museum: Requires a long walk through Inokashira park. Ghibli was fantastic. Many people have been saying recently that it’s over-rated, and that it doesn’t cater to foreign crowds and most things are in Japanese. We similarly struggled with that at first. But we found out that if you asked the staff, they actually had English language exhibition booklets ready for every exhibition! That was a revelation. And we managed to understand almost all the exhibitions by asking the uniformed staff (except the short film, which had minimal dialogue anyway). I mentioned this to one foreign group and they were really grateful for that. But I saw that many other foreigners that probably came earlier were just bored or simply going crazy at the Ghibli shop. My wife bought the museum book (which also has English explanations of each exhibit), and we understood Miyazaki’s vision for the museum - to make it suitable for kids and adults, with no pre-determined route, allowing for play, exploration, to help people be inspired by the artists’ process. Through that, we saw that every thing in the museum was intentionally designed, all of the exhibitions, cafe, shop, and garden. Reading that helped me appreciate and enjoy the museum much more.
- Roaming Kichijoji and Some Time Jazz bar: My wife and I split up to roam kichijoji. I checked out some sports shops and saw that their prices were lower than Ochanomizu. We reconvened for dinner at Sometime Jazz bar. I’m picking up Jazz piano but had never been to a jazz bar. Booked it one day before, but was sad that our table position only allowed us to see some of the drummer and the pianist’s expression. Still, it was a very hip place for jazz cats and we had a wonderful time. We only sat through the first half of the performance that night. Note that there are seating charges, so that + dinner added up to quite a lot. But we rationalised that this was akin to paying for a performance. Checked into our hotel in Tamachi.
It was a crazy day where we simply hit the places we wanted to revisit regardless of proximity. Headed to Tokyo Skytree in the morning to check out another Ghibli store in hopes of getting another Ghibli shirt; reason was because I ended up buying one at the museum I really loved (made in Japan, beautiful colour, perfect fit. I hesitated at first because I couldn't try it). If you’re not going to the Ghibli museum, this is probably the best store available for Ghibli goods. Alas, the museum's items were really quite exclusive. Headed to Shinjuku to try curry udon, then to Kichijoji to try satou beef balls and dangos and to make some purchasing decisions on some sports equipment. Then we ended up at Shibuya (my favourite place!) to the mega Don Quijote and Tokyu Hands to shop for gifts for others. It was a lovely end to our trip! Day 12 (Mon) - Back home
Best trip ever, says my wife. Tips for travellers
- Spread out your itinerary: I originally planned to front-load all the must-see tourist stuff and leave the remaining days for shopping. But in May, Ghibli Museum was closed for two weeks so we had no choice but to schedule it at the end of the trip. That was a better arrangement. It felt that each day was distinctly different, and we could remember the highlight of each day. Also, be specific about where you want to go. Don’t simply put locations, e.g., Visit Harajuku, or visit Shibuya crossing.
- Plan your itinerary in consideration of weekend crowds: Places like Tsujiki market, Ghibli Museum, Fuji-Q Highlands and other stuff are likely going to be very crowded on weekends. If you want to shop in Harajuku or Shibuya, try to avoid weekends. I opted to put the cooking class and ‘less-exciting’ Museums on weekends.
- Carry more cash than you think you need: In my experience, the cash-to-card ratio was about 40:60. Considering that all metro card top-ups require cash, you'll need quite a bit of cash! Sometimes even bigger restaurants are cash only.
- Bring foldable tote bags, and use lockers where necessary: If you’re buying stuff, packing them in tote bags makes it easier to lug around. Bigger shops will charge you for bags. If you just arrived from one area with bags and are going to explore another, use the lockers. Most metro stations likely have lockers and they are really affordable and convenient.
- Travel light by planning to do laundry: I only brought four sets of clothing, and we did laundry every 3-4 days or so. It’s really convenient, about 200 yen per 30m wash, and another 200 yen for a 1h dry. It’s worthwhile to check if your hotel has coin laundry available.
- Buy discriminately: Many people say the kind of things available at places like Don Quijote or Uniqlo are mind-blowing. Fact is, most of them are made in China or elsewhere. About 95% of the items we saw in Daiso were made in China. In fact, many items in Kappabashi street were made in China. You’re more likely to get value for money by buying a made in Japan item. Sometimes the shop will highlight if a product is Japan made. But other times, you have to scrutinise the fine print. Learn to look out for these three words in Kanji: 日本製. This is where the camera function of Google translate is immensely helpful. This was not available or widely publicised when I last visited Japan years back in 2016, so use this tech to your advantage and scrutinise the fine print!
- Plan your toilet trips if possible: If you know you’re headed to low-rise areas like Tsujiki, Fabric town where it’s just shop after shop, it’s going to be hard to find a toilet. Make sure you relieve yourself beforehand at the train station. But if you still need to go, try to find a multi-storey building and chances are, there’ll be toilets available there.
- Avoid queuing for food by timing right: In general, I found that most popular food places that required queuing had queues mainly consisting of foreigners. I wonder if this is because of the reddit/youtube/google maps review effect (not a lot of Japanese review on Google I think). So if you have to queue, there's a good chance you're competing with other foreigners. Simply put, almost all food places open at 11am, so be there at 11, or have early dinner at 5pm and perhaps you may avoid the queuing.
- Scrutinise Google maps to figure out the different train types: for daily travel, there could be local, rapid, and express trains. Local trains stop at every station. Rapid skips a few, and express trains likely only stops at key location. They make a big difference to travel time, and to your comfort. When Google maps recommends a route, scrutinise the detail to ensure what kind of train they are recommending. It gets confusing at the station as the platforms on your left and right may end up at the same location, but one could be a local train and the other an express train.
- Learn just 2 essential phrases: It always felt weird for me to speak Japanese because I felt like a try-hard. But this time I did - just learn to say thank you in Japanese (arigato gozaimasu). The other essential word is - summimasen - excuse me/sorry. Useful for if you need to exit a crowded train, or if you need to get someone’s attention. We survived with just these two phrases. As our cooking teacher told us - it’s better to say something in Japanese than say nothing at all. For the rest, you can use Google translate app’s picture function.
- Other misc tips: as mentioned, bring trash bags. Some shops explicitly tell you not to walk around and eat their food. So the solution is to finish the snack in front of the shop, and say, “summimasen, can you help me to throw this trash?” That helped us avoid carrying trash around a lot. As a traveller, you’re gonna get a lot of carbs (my curry udon meal included a bowl of udon + a bowl of rice...) and fried food. To get more fiber, try the basements of shopping centres and get yourself some fruits. Also, if you exercise regularly like me, you'd be concerned about getting some exercise. I did pre-trip research on pools/gyms/parks to visit. But visited none of them. With what little hotel room space I had, I settled with a daily morning routine of 100 squats and 100 pushups. That and walking an average of 18k steps daily helped. I actually lost some weight somehow.
- Drinking culture in Japan: we saw quite a few drunk people in the streets. Some of them at the parks. I had never really seen drunkards much in my home country (it could be because I don’t stay out late). When we walked by a bar area with our cooking instructor at 10am, he told us some of the people in them had been there overnight. At Inokashira park, we saw a lady dressed in office wear face planted on the ground. Her friends tried to help carry here elsewhere but her entire body was limp and almost lifeless.
- The Japanese sleep late: when we arrived, we were still on the train to our hotel at 11:50pm. But the train was still packed with salarymen in suits and many others. In fact, it seemed the later it was, the more crowded the trains.
- Foreigner influx and how we stick out: there were way more foreigners this time than the last I visited Japan. I commented to my wife that I felt more immersed in Japan on the metro or at places like Tokyu hands as I could hear Japanese being spoken around me. But at tourist spots and some museums, I felt like I could have been in any other country. I tended to feel very uncomfortable when large groups of foreigners were around. I had to tell myself not to be hypocritical as I was a foreigner myself. But I suppose one reason is that there were many inconsiderate foreigners. Speaking loudly, making brash comments, and just not behaving like visitors. We saw a foreign couple locked in a head-to-toe embrace on a picnic mat in a park full of families. And they chose a spot right next to the footpath. Many foreigners also leave unkind Google reviews for places just because it’s not up to their expectations. I get it, we worked for our holiday and are paying customers, and there is often an innate tendency to feel entitled or complain when something isn’t up to our expectations. But I think it helps to remember that we are like visitors in someone’s home. Be self-aware, don’t speak loudly, note the traffic customs, where to stand on the escalators, how to behave etc.
- Japanese men have great hair: the Japanese men’s hairstyle feels frozen in time. I didn’t see the typical Korean-inspired center-parted hairstyles in Asian guys nowadays. And balding men were a small minority somehow. As someone whose hairline is slowly receding, I was envious to see many Japanese men have wavy long hair deep into their 60-70s! My wife commented that the women's hairstyles were more or less the same - dyed, curled etc. But the men were rocking so many styles!
- In-person shopping still matters: as the days went by and as my wife and I began to covet the "made-in-Japan" label, we realised that we hadn't done such shopping in years since online shopping became prevalent. I also recall people commenting that you could get these goods online anyway, so why bother shopping in Japan. Well, physical shopping makes comparison easy, it allows you to ask for recommendations, and enables you to know the items's size, feel, and look on you (if buying fashion items). It also makes discovery of new items possible. I'm not a huge shopper or a foodie, but in Japan, it's worth it to be one simply because the Japanese are thoughtful about their craft and tend to produce quality that's quite unmatched. I suppose it's a blessing in disguise that our honeymoon got delayed 3 years, as we are now well-aware of our post-wedding lifestyles and the items we'd need in the kitchen/around the house.
- Reading culture is strong: in a week when I read reports that leisure reading had declined in my home country, I was pleasantly surprised to see many people reading hard-copy books on the train, many of them even had personalised leather book covers. Kinokuniya was also teeming with life. As a bookworm, this is a great encouragement. And I wish English language books came in such compact sizes too, although I think that's due to the limitations of the language. As Japanese characters can be read vertically, that allows for more play on possible book sizes.
- No one culture is worth idealising: Japan remains my favourite country to visit as a tourist, but I've come to see that Japanese culture - like any other culture - has its flaws. That's simply because people are flawed. Yes, their service culture is impeccable, especially when you're served by middle-aged super helpful and super kind ladies. But on every Japanese trip so far, I've always had at least one unkind or impatient service encounter. On a day-to-day basis, people don't really apologise if they bump into you, and may not give up their seats for the elderly too. My cooking teacher says the Japanese are extremely polite in person but would rant and give very bad reviews anonymously at home. I've come to just enjoy their products, service, and their views of certain ways-of-life as a tourist, but stop short of idealising their culture. There are kind and unkind people in every culture. That said, I would still say on average, the Japanese may be more civic-minded than most. That doesn't mean they are innately kinder or warmer people, but simply that they are more self-aware of how their actions are perceived by others.
I've decided not to mention the specific food places as far as possible because I think there's more than enough recommendations available elsewhere. I also think sometimes that we get a bit fomo if we build up too many must-go spots. Enjoy the process of discovering new places! But feel free to ask me more if you like.
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2023.05.30 06:17 Toreadorables Versailles Night Fountains Show: Worth it? + ticketing question.
First timer visiting Paris this summer and wondering...
- Is the Versailles Night Fountains show as spectacular as it looks and worth doing?
- If so, does anyone have recommendations of what time to arrive at Versailles (for a Palace tour and other activities)? I was thinking a 3pm tour, since the palace closes at 6:30. Night Fountain show is at 8:30.
- Ticketing logistics question: Am I correct in understanding that I need a separate ticket to the Night Fountain show? I'm a little confused by the wording below from the website (the "Musical Fountains Show" language and the word "guaranteed")
This ticket gives access to the whole of the Estate of Versailles (Palace, Trianon Estate and the gardens). Book online and enter to the Palace in the half hour following the chosen time.
It includes access to:- the Palace with timed entry;- the Estate of Trianon: Grand Trianon, Petit Trianon, Queen's Hamletand their gardens;- the temporary exhibitions;- the Gallery of Coaches (every weekend);- the Gardens (from April 1st, during the Musical Gardens or Musical Fountains Show, ticket valid for one entry);- the Park.
To make the most of the Estate of Versailles, the Gardens are open from 8 a.m, the Estate of Trianon from 12 p.m, the Gallery of Coaches and the Sculptures and Mouldings Gallery from 12:30 p.m.
The Gardens close exceptionally at 5:30 p.m. on days of Night Fountains Shows from June to September as well as Friday July 14, Tuesday August 15 and Saturday September 23. The Passport ticket with timed entry does not guarantee access to the Night Fountains shows.
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2023.05.30 05:46 RicknMortyfied Went on a date & she ended up at her ex’s house, AITA for ghosting?
I (28f) started talking to a woman (23f) at the end of April. Our conversations were not flirtatious really in the beginning, we simply spent time texting each other and asking basic general questions. After a few weeks we started to get to know each other on a deeper level. We went on a date two weeks ago and I thought it went really well. We kissed & had great chemistry in person. We started talking more on the phone & texting even more often after that date & set up a second one. The second date was also great & we decided to go out to a local bar. I tried to pace myself so I could watch out for her, but I got too drunk & have no memory of how we made it back to her apartment. I apologized for that the next day. She said I fell asleep in my car and refused to go up to her floor (she claimed she was really drunk too) and so she stayed in the car with me. She then claimed she had to throw up & somehow got locked out of my car but had her keys to the apartment luckily. She banged on my car door relentlessly but couldn’t wake me up so she decided to go upstairs.
She claimed her ex called her (whom was also at the bar that night) and told her to come downstairs so she did. She then said she was so drunk she just got in her ex’s car and left with her but wasn’t sure why. She slept on her ex’s couch and supposedly nothing happened. Her ex dropped her back off at her apartment that morning and I gave her her purse back which was still in my car from the night before.
I understand she and I weren’t officially together, and I am completely fine with her dating other people. She had told me she would like to work towards something long term and more serious with me if I was open to do so. I said it was too soon to give her a direct yes but we could continue talking/dating to figure things out.
Am I wrong for being completely turned off of her after this? I told her this in person and she understood where I was coming from but it definitely sucks because the chemistry is there. Feels like there were some major red flags that came out from this incident, and although she says she’s completely over her ex I’m not entirely sure that’s the case. Overall It was a pretty terrible feeling to wake up and find out she was at her exes house after she essentially spent the whole day with me. She did apologize but didn’t really say much else.
Edit: I never claimed to be drinking and driving, I left my car at her apt, & I always keep my keys on me in case I’m in a situation where I need to leave immediately. I drove to and from the date. Afterwards I dropped my car off & her roommate dropped us off at the bar. We didn’t go upstairs at all. We knew parking was going to be either expensive or hard to find since it was the weekend. I genuinely don’t remember how we got back and I understand I was wrong to get drunk. This also occurred in a very large city (capital of the state), everything was a 10 min drive from each other. Lastly, my bag was in my trunk so I was likely thinking to go grab that to change. I keep an emergency bag and first aid kit on hand. If you still don’t believe me, I absolutely love my car and it took me a while to save up to get my dream car. I would never do anything to put it in harms way. My car also has keyless entry so all I had to do was touch the door handle to get in. I’m aware my car catches attention so I always lock the door the second I get in (which is good practice regardless of what you drive).
I completely understand and see where I was wrong, but I’m also a very cautious and calculating person. I was in a city I wasn’t familiar with and any friend that could’ve helped me would’ve been over an hour away. I was very dumb and made stupid choices that night and I own up to that mistake. I put myself in a situation that could’ve turned out to be even worse or caused me physical harm. I’m extremely thankful I made it back safely. I don’t know if this is important either but I gave up alcohol the first week of April because I felt too dependent on it and it was ruining my friendships since I’ve been told I’m an angry drunk. I was sober April and May until this point, which likely led to my tolerance changing and me not being able to gauge my intoxication properly. Once again, not an excuse for my actions just trying to clarify more on the situation. My friends have been supportive of me not drinking and I’ve noticed a change in my life since I made this decision. I gave in to peer pressure which isn’t even like me and decided to drink and let loose for one night. I will most definitely be sticking to sobriety after this experience.
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2023.05.30 04:51 siegalpaula1 Coco cay water park unsupervised children
My older kids will be 12/13 and 10 yrs old. I saw the rules said kids under 14 must be accompanied by an adult to be at the water park but I was wondering if anyone knew how strict this was enforced as I rather not buy adult tickets as well and my kids are pretty self sufficient.
I am wondering if kids just run in and out of water park section and maybe scan a bracelet on every entry or you have to enter with the kids.
Or it’s a terrible idea and it’s huge and the distance is too far
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2023.05.30 04:40 Quick_Bread_6893 Hwbot Novice League Rank1th
2023.05.30 04:28 HenryDaHorse Adani Airports: One of the best monopolistic, rent seeking business.
An Indian tragedy in 3 scenes Dramatis Personae: Adani:
A rent seeking businessman Gautamdas:
The most corrupt politician India has ever seen
Scene I How Adani acquired Bombay Airport:
Bombay Airport was modernised by GVK. The modernised T2 was inaugurated in 2012 - you can see photos of the International T2 Terminal here. The Airport was managed by Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL), a Joint Venture between the Airports Authority of India and the GVK Industries Ltd led consortium.
During Modiji's rule, Adani wanted to buy GVK's stake & he approached GVK, but GVK refused to sell.
You will never guess what happened next
July 2020: ED raids GVK Group offices in connection with Mumbai airport scam
Sept 2020: GVK Groups sells Adani Group it's stake in Mumbai International Airport.
Just took them 2 months to change their mind. Which shows that if you make the right argument, you can change anyone's mind.
Adani also acquired the Contract for Navi Mumbai airport through the same deal.
There are also other businesses Adani has acquired after an unwilling owner was raided (ACC Cement, a few more companies & a port or two etc).
Scene II Even before Adani stole the Bombay Airport from GVK, let's see how he got into the airport business in the first place a couple of years before this.
The Adani Group won bids for six airports despite the Ministry of Finance and NITI Aayog raising objections about the 2019 bidding process (The Delhi Mumbai airport auctions had happened before Modiji becoming PM - an era which now seems to be relatively far less corrupt as compared to post 2014).
The Department of Economic Affairs had suggested that not more than two airports be given to the same bidder.
To substantiate its point, the Department of Economic Affairs cited the example of the Delhi and Mumbai airports. It said that GMR group was not given both the airports even though the company was the only qualified bidder.
Several other objections were also raised (by other govt depts itself)
The DEA had also pointed out that neither the Airports Authority of India nor the Ministry of Civil Aviation had given a break up of the project costs or key performance indicators to the committee, according to Newsclick. The DEA noted that it would be difficult to compare the bidders’ proposals without these important details. How Modi Bypassed Norms to Try and Enable Adani’s Entry into Airport Business
In apparent violation of the extant law and without changing the AERA Act, private bidders were invited to declare tariffs and passenger charges on the basis of which their bids would be evaluated thereby circumventing the regulatory authority’s powers to determine such charges.
Scene III So now the next argument is that Adani got these airports in an auction & anyone else could have also got them, right? Well, not so fast.
Adani Enterprises Ltd has won the rights to run five of the six airports, the operations of which are being privatized, beating rival bidders by a steep margin and overnight turning into India’s largest airport operator outside government control. So why weren't others able to match or outbid him? Because if you had run the numbers on the airport's cash flows & profits, then Adani's bids would have seemed loss making & stupid.
So why did Adani make seemingly loss making & stupid bids? Well, he had an ace up his sleeve - Gautamdas - who could help him increase the profits.
There are several things from which the operator makes money but one of it is the User Developement Fee (UDF)
User Development Fee (UDF) is levied at the Indian airports under Rule 89 of Aircraft Rules, 1937 as a measure to increase revenues of the airport operator. The UDF is levied to bridge any revenue shortfall so that the airport operator is able to get a fair rate of return on investment. Who decides the UDF which goes to the airport operator?
Well, it's Gautamdas who controls how much UDF is charged.
So what now?
And next year, it will increase further to Rs. 450 & Rs. 880
So the UDF would have increased from 4.5x & 8.8x for domestic & international respectively. How the fuck could the competitors have bid knowing that they can get this level of cash for each passenger? Well, they couldn't have - because if they had won the bid, the increases wouldn't have been of this scale (also they would have raids from ED, IT etc).
And there is a little more increase already approved for next year also at the Mangaluru Airport.
And there are hikes proposed for other airports also
Who is paying for all the wealth generation? It's the passengers through their air tickets.
Let this be a lesson and inspiration for all of us to not give up on our dreams. India is a country where anyone can achieve anything they dream of as long as they have a friend like Gautamdas.
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2023.05.30 04:01 AbbreviationsSad8791 [Cedar Point] Trip Report - Day 1 out of 3
My first visit ever to Cedar Point, Memorial Day so obviously it was busy, hopefully the next 2 days are less crowded.
Overall thoughts: park is very clean, ops are good, the drive up to the park is incredible, views of Lake Erie all around makes for a really great setting, onto the rides now:
3x Millenium Force (#47): We had early entry, so spent the hour getting 3 rides. Ops were really slow at opening but the pace picked up quickly. It doesn’t provide much airtime, apart from 2 hills which have really good flojector. The feeling of speed is absolutely incredible, the really long ride makes for a good experience as well. Fairly smooth as well, a bit of a rattle but nothing to take away from the experience. I think the drop towards the back of the train is the best part of the ride.
1x Maverick (#48): Was glad to see it testing as soon as we were done with Millie, we waited maybe 5 minutes before it opened and then 50 minutes in the queue. The first launch doesn’t do much, but the drop is really good. Every element feels perfectly in its place, the airtime hills are elite, transitions are intense. The second launch is waaaay more forceful, the trims suck but it is what it is. Overall, amazing ride
1x Steel Vengeance (#49): The ride I couldn’t wait to ride for the past few months, knowing it’s one if the best in the world. All I can say for one is that im gonna need more rides on it. I think I didn’t take it all in yet, but I know I wasn’t as blown away as I hoped. I still think it’s the best coaster in the park for now. I got seated in the middle of the train, row 6.
1x Gatekeeper (#50): Weird choice for number 50, especially considering that it’s Cedar Point, but I didn’t care about that enough to risk not riding maverick/SteVe because of downtime or anything. It’s graceful, smooth, doesn’t provide much forces, although the drop is really fun.
1x Raptor (#51): Good ride, fairly intense, though I don’t like it as much as the batman clones. Coming into the brake run is a really bad transition which kinda sucks.
1x Rougarou (#52): Fun ride, weird layout for a floorless (obviously because it was a standup), a bit shaky but not too bad. I really like the setting over the pond.
1x Valravn (#53): Drop is great, mcbr comes in way too early, and the inversions after it don’t provide much, yukon striker is way better.
1x Gemini (#54): Really enjoyed the racing part, fun ride for families, and provides some thrills as well
2x Magnum XL-200 (#55): Ended the day with 2 walk-ons on this, one in the back and one in 1.3 . The ride in the back was smoother and overall better. The bunny hills at the end provide rmc level ejector, mixed with classic arrow jankiness. The setting is just perfect. Really enjoyed it, apart from the roughness and the pain in my thighs because of the airtime.
I’ll be back on tuesday and wednesday for more rides, but here’s my ranking for now:
- Steel Vengeance
This is definitely gonna change with more rides on everything
Hope you enjoyed reading! Be back tomorrow for day 2
For reference, here is my top 5 (not including CP)
- Wicked Cyclone
- Yukon Striker
- Kingda Ka
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2023.05.30 01:36 RoadRunner1918 Entry level bikes
Me and my wife live in Colorado and we've just decided to begin cycling. I'm 5'10/177cm and she's 5'2/157cm, we're looking for entry level bicycles for about $300-$400 each that are good for paved roads and trail for some casual riding. Sorry to mention the silly budget but I didn't know how expensive it could get. I've noticed that some bicycles can cost as much as a motorcycle and I found that kinda scary, can anybody recommend some models for us to buy?
We want to go to some local parks once a week to become more active, we're in our late 20s. I'm trying to avoid buying a Walmart bike, but as you can tell our budget is laughable.
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2023.05.30 01:20 jspencer734 CP was great this weekend
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- Wild Mouse is fun AF, especially at night. Nothing groundbreaking but a solid family ride
- My son and I went on Millenium Force for the 1st time, it's now become our favorite ride
- It wasn't too busy for a holiday weekend, I've seen a lot worse wait times/crowd sizes
- Staff and ride ops did an amazing job. We stayed at Hotel Breakers, it's nice to roll out of bed and walk into the park for early entry
2023.05.30 00:06 kvanpool Fall Visit Schedule Advice
So I’m big into planning and I’m hoping for advice/insight from the group. We will be the in the parks the 21/22nd. We are not going to the Halloween horror nights (too scary for the 10yo). So what park do they do the early entry usually? We clearly want to take advantage of that, but if it is at islands should we start at islands then go to universal and then back to islands? Seems like a lot of if back and forth.
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