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Tuesday, April 18th, 2006
8:17 am
A historical issue.
Hello everyone,

I hope someone can help me with this.

I am writing a report about women's education (early Meiji) and have come across contradictory information concerning compulsory education.

1872 the compulsory education was introduced and most of the books I've read said elementary education was immediately set for four years. However, Elise K. Tipton mentions in Modern Japan: A social and political history. that it wasn't extented to four years until 1886. So. I'm having one author saying this and a couple of others claiming otherwise. The problem is that I consider Tipton a very good historian; furthermore, her book should be more up-to-date than the other books I worked through, which were, on the other side, about education itself.

So - does anyone of you know which statement is correct? Or could it possibly be a matter of perception...?

Thank you!

(Cross-posted in nihon. Sorry, if you see this twice!)
Sunday, April 16th, 2006
1:03 pm
Besides going to the northern prefectures, I'm trying to find a way to get hold of some Tsugaru music. Can anyone recommend a CD, or particular artist?
Saturday, April 15th, 2006
2:52 am
Need help on a project if anyone is willing...
Sorry to bother anyone. I am in a women studies class and picked a topic that turned out to be more difficult than I expected... I need to collect stories of people (the teacher would prefer women but I'd like to hear guys experiences too) visiting shrines and parks in Japan. I'd really like to hear any interesting stories about people who have visited Heiwa Koen in Gotemba (near Mt. Fuji)...

I appreciate it!
Thursday, April 13th, 2006
3:25 pm
Another post
Ok so I am planning on going to Japan sometime during summer break and I was wondering if anyone knew of any places or websites where I could find someplace to stay? Does Japan have hotels like we do where you pay to stay for months at a time rather than a day? Anything like that would be greatly appreciated. Doesn't matter which city. Preferably somewhere in Tokyo though.

Also, I looked over someones post from earlier in the community and got a couple of links to some hostel websites. But the thing is I was trying to stay for like...a month. I don't really think you can get the full effect in just a week or two. A month either for that matter but at least I can tell if I'll want to live there right after I graduate. (Musical Theatre & Japanese double major ^_^) Anyways...are there any hostels in which you can stay for more than 8 days?

Thanks in advance!
(x-posted to japanese

Current Mood: anxious
Wednesday, April 12th, 2006
10:49 pm
# of stamps
How many US stamps would I need to send a simple letter to a friend in Japan?
Tuesday, April 11th, 2006
1:15 pm
youth hostel question
just to be safe, my friend and I are looking around for youth hostels in Japan. (in case we suddenly need an emergency stay) I hear they are very cheap to stay in a night (around 3,000 yen) and are clean.)

the question is - is this true? Does anyone have any experience with Youth Hostels in Japan and if they are reliable?

thankyou so much :)
Thursday, April 6th, 2006
2:16 am
here we go again!
I am going to be in and around Tokyo, Japan from April 25th threw May 4th.. i know this is during the Golden Week.. i know i am ignorant but does anyone know if that means things are closed, for holidays or not??
if anyone can suggest things i must do, or most importantly cool clubs/parties to do while we are out there. This is our second trip out there, this time no tour.. staying at a guest house in Ueno.. If anyone is around to hang out, get in touch!
~Candi kaboom
Monday, April 3rd, 2006
9:41 pm
I am planning a trip to Tokyo this July(17-31ish) and i was wondering if i could have some questions answered. I was hoping to catch a live show while i was there. However, where to go from now, i don't know. I'm kind of out of the loop anymore as to what indie bands are popular..so any suggestions of who to see? Also if anyone knows the names of some popular live houses, and how to get tickets please tell.

Also i was wondering what type of museums are around tokyo? any good ones that you would recommomend?

Thanks a bunch!!!

Current Mood: bored
Tuesday, April 4th, 2006
4:08 am
Earthquakes in Japan
Too often, I see messages in my anime:
Report: Earthquake happened in Osaka at 12:00! Level 3 Earthquake! Etc., etc.

Are the earthquakes so bad that I have to see these reports in Japanese cartoons so often?
12:16 am
For anyone interested, I posted my photographs from my hanami this weekend in Tokyo. You can view them here!

Some of them turned out really lovely. =3
Saturday, April 1st, 2006
4:24 pm
Hey everyone,

My name is Molly and I'm doing an honors project for my Collective Trauma class on the Hiroshima a-bomb. I've already researched the bombing and written a report on it. Right now I'm working on developing a thesis for a second report that explores how Hiroshima memorialized the incident.

I've found a lot of official (like the official Hiroshima page) and tourist sources on the memorial but I'm looking for something that goes deeper. I'd be very interested to know if there were any Hiroshima citizens who opposed the message of the memorial or who wanted the memorial to be different. Really, I want to know the politics behind the memorial and if that message has changed at all in generations today.

I was wondering if any of you had any sources that I could use. I'm mostly looking for printed sources instead of web sources because I have a limit to the amount of web sources I can use. Still, I'd be grateful for anything because I've been struggling to find useable information.

So far I've read the Hiroshima Maidens, Hiroshima (John Hersey), and Shockwave by Walker. None of them have really focused on the memorial but instead of the bombing and politics behind the dropping of the bomb.

It'd be great if any of you know of a citizen of Hiroshima I could contact about this. Not necessarily a victim of the bomb since there are very few left. But I'd absolutely love to get a citizen's point of view on the memorial.

It's a lot to ask, I know, but I'm struggling immensely with this project. Thank you. :)
Friday, March 31st, 2006
11:33 am
Gaijin seeks halp
Hey all...

Well, upon booking my flight and getting my passport renewed, I joined this community and started looking around online at different Japan-related website for some tips on my upcoming visit... but... man, I'm still a bit at a loss, for a few reasons.

I'm going to be spending 9 days in Tokyo-- actually DURING Golden Week, which I hear conflicting things about-- as in, "omg the city will be deserted" and "omg it's NUTS and BUSY". My boyfriend and I are artists, and he has an art gig in Odaiba for some friends of his out there, and will be busy about 4 or 5 of the days I'll be there, most likely leaving me to my own devices (although one of our hosts may appoint an employee to taxi me around; I have no clue). Which is fine! I love just walking for hours and taking things in.

But I'm not accustomed to being a virtual alien so it's a bit daunting! I've got curiosities about a few things, specifically-- like day trips from Tokyo. With such a short stay and a paid hotel in Tokyo, I don't want to go overnight anywhere. But what's within a couple hours on the train or bus? I've heard Mt Fuji is generally a bust? Maybe too cliche? I'm also embarassingly excited about shopping (though I know things are mega expensive) and I was curious about whether there were any -affordable- fashion stores? Or any tech stores that aren't horrendously expensive? Can I find energy drinks in vending machines there to combat jet lag? Plenty of Starbucks? Dress codes for temples? Temples to check out?

Man, anything! If y'all don't mind, I'd love to get some info. All I know for SURE that I'm doing is the Ghibli Studios museum and the fish market. My boyfriend will be at Venus Fort, so I'll be wandering that for awhile.

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006
6:06 pm
Ok so A friend and I are planning on going to Tokyo for the month of August and have a few money related questions. Im not overly worried about things to do as the meaning for this trip to see a few of my fave jrock bands live and most of that is already figured out.

Whats not figured out is where Ill be staying. Ive heard there are places that only charge about $500 a month...less if Im sharing a room. Has anyone heard of a place like that? Websites? How much money would you bring with you to live off of for one month? Whats the public transportation like?

I live in Australia- so anyone from Aus that has been to Japan would be a nice contact to have. Not even sure how much the plane ticket will cost....Ive seen abunch of very different figures...

and...any good communities about traveling to Japan you know of?

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006
7:50 pm
dual citizenship
Hi, I'm new here. I have some questions.

I am an American teenager born in Japan, to American parents. I went to first and (some of) second grade in Japan, and then returned to the States. What if any kind of opportunities are there for dual citizenship for me? Can I gain dual citizenship before I turn eighteen if I am domiciled there for some time? Can someone give me details on their citizenship laws in accordance with those in the US? Thank you!
1:34 pm
Virtual Bento Box

Current Mood: amused
8:50 am
japanese postal service?!
okay. im gonna have to mail a package home, to america. it's not that much stuff and i figure it will fit in a bubble wrap envelope or a small box. im a bit scared about going to the post office though! does anyone know much about the japanese postal system? do they prohibit sending certain items in the mail (besides the obvious like...um...weapons, food, etc) any special words that might come in handy while i'm up there making an ass out of myself with my jouzu ja nai nihongo skillz? or anything else that any post office going gaijin should know? thanks for any help :P

Current Mood: studying!
Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006
4:01 pm
Is there a way to print out the lyrics from uta-net.com? It won't let me highlight the lyrics, so that I may copy and paste it into a text document.

I was able to print the lyrics, but some of them I cannot read.. If someone has time to go to the website and write the pronounciation for them here, I would be very happy!!(I would just copy and paste it here, but the text won't highlight. I also made it into a .jpg file, but the text was too blurry to read- it literally looked like gray blobs.)


If you cannot access the website and you haven't signed up with Uta-net, you can use this username that I just made:
Username- japanljcommunity
Password- ichinisan

New question!!
I am sending a birthday present to my host sister in Japan, who is turning 11 in a few weeks. I wasn't very close with her, so what is something that most people would write on a birthday card? I was thinking that I could just write "otanjoubi omedetou" or "5nensei omedetou"(unless the new school year hasn't already started..) and something to the family, but if there is something that everyone puts on birthday cards, please let me know!
Monday, March 20th, 2006
2:29 pm
Wordtank v80 manual..please!
Does anyone have a copy of the (English) manual for the Canon Wordtank v80, or possibly a web link/download site where I can get a copy?

3:10 pm
Anyone use a JR Rail Pass for the Shinkansen before?
I have a question concerning using the JR Rail Pass - my parents have each bought one and they will be using it when they come to Japan (I am currently living in Japan).

They are arriving in Tokyo on the 24th and we will be heading to Kyoto on the 26th. We want to use the Rail Pass for the shinkansen to Kyoto. I wanted to reserve seats to make sure we can get there but it says that if you want to use the Rail Pass you have to show it as you reserve tickets. (seen here:http://www.japanrailpass.net/eng/en007.html)
Does this mean I have to wait until they get here (24th) to reserve tickets for the 26th? I'm afraid the trains will fill up by then. Has anyone done this? Any advice? Thanks!
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