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New Japan thread. Share your experiences and upcoming plans, ask questions, or just enjoy the photos and stories. ganbatte torpedo-kun

Winter is almost here, is anyone planning on making it to Hokkaido?


>planning on making it to Hokkaido

Scheduling conflict ruined that for me but I'm not going to be a dick to good people over it though.


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How do hot springs even work? Do they bathe on dormant volcanoes?



Geothermally heated water, as in the magma is close enough to a table of water that it gets heated and pushes up. No volcano is needed near by for a hot spring given there are a few in my area and no volcanoes anywhere near me.


I hope the three other anons in the last thread who are travelling to Japan with three of their friends in January are making good plans right now. I know I'm pretty much just winging it


I'm going to Sea for work in January and was thinking of going to Japan afterwards in Feb solo for a week or two. Not sure what I'd do alone though.



You don't have to do anything, really. Just relax and enjoy it.



Other anon traveling with three friends here. We picked out some spots to hit while we're there and I brought up ideas they really liked from the suggestions last thread. Thanks for the Hakone day trip idea anon! One of my friends is really excited for that one.

Aside from the for sure plans its also kinda winging it. Hope all you others going in January stay safe and warm!


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The water isn't really "pushed up", though your explanation kind of works anyways.

What really happens is that the water is heated by the magma. The water, which is still sealed underground can't expand and thus follows an isochoric progress. This means that the pressure of the water increases.

The pressure pushes in all directions around the water, which will create cracks and little pathways in all directions. If the top layer is more porous that the bottom one, then the pressure will destroy the porous materials and allow the water to expand. This decreases it's volume ever so slightly and allows the pressure to drop, meaning that the water will stop making cracks in the hard surrounding materials and only push through the porous layers at that point. If that porous layer is close to the surface the water will eventually break to the surface and expand. This either causes a geyser, a mudpool, or a hotspring. It depends entirely on the temperature of the water and the materials it pushes through. This is why yellowstone is so dangerous. It has lots of magma superheating lots of water that contains lots of acidic materials.

Sometimes there is another layer between the surface and the porous layer. Since the water can't penetrate the hard surface layer, it will then continue to create cracks in the porous layer and expand sideways.

Either that porous layer just goes nowhere, and the water will keep digging away at it until it has expanded sufficiently and cooled off, or (this happens a lot near mountains) the porous layer comes close to the surface and the water will find a way out. At this point the water has cooled off a lot and contains lots of materials from the porous layer(s) it went through.


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Some shots around Golden Gai in Shinjuku.


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Kanda Shrine in Chiyoda. It's the shrine that Nozomi works at in Love Live.


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The Love Live influence is still very much alive today, and is also a general anime shrine, I guess since it's so close to Akihabara. Many of the wooden Ema plaque had some sort of anime art on it, and the shrine even sells generic Love Live-themed Emas for the less artistically inclined.


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Anime merchandise being sold at the shrine. I bought a Chino and Nozomi charm, as well as a Syaro strap.

They also had an ice cream stall!


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Shin-Urayasu, which is on the Chiba side of the Tokyo-Chiba border. So close that I hadn't even realized I had crossed into Chiba until I had returned to America. This is probably the most "sterile" spot I visited in Japan, which I later learned is due to being built on reclaimed land - so the entire area is artificial. It was built in an "American" style, and is very close to Disneyland, which I'm sure compounds the problem.

While I was taking photos of the harbor, I spotted a building that looked extremely familiar. I found the Big Sight! I took a walk around and the place is much more massive than I ever could have guessed. The Sea Japan expo was going on at the time, which I of course couldn't enter but was free to roam the lobby area.


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Harbor at night.


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>It was built in an "American" style


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>people think american architecture

>first thing that comes up is neoeclectic style tract housing

American craftsman revival can't come soon enough.


The only saving grace is that housing only lasts 30 some years so at least in the near future it'll be torn down and something worthwhile built in it's place.


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>housing only lasts 30 some years

Yeah, all right Ameri-kun. Go play in your plywood shacks. Proper architecture outlasts it's architect.


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>Go play in your plywood shacks

It's true modern Japanese housing is structurally superior than modern American housing. Which is even more perplexing when-

>average US house lifespan - 66 years

>average UK house lifespan - 80 years

>average Japan house lifespan - 27-30 years, 37-40 years for reinforced concrete housing

It ain't us. Go ask the nips why they keep demolishing their perfectly good housing.


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Found this idolm@ster fan, among others, while walking the backstreets of Asakusa. It's promoting the Aima Show CD which came out in 2006. The same year is on the other fans. Have these all been mounted on this wall for 12 years?


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Just inherited $3000 from my grandma and finally considering another trip to Japan. I backpacked from Tokyo to Osaka over 11 weeks in winter for about $2400 last time and I want to do something similar in either Shikoku or Kyushu during the winter next year before my passport expires. Questions:

>Are police tolerant everywhere as they are along National Route 1? I was just camping in parks and ditches and actually only had a problem with police a couple times when I lingered on the internet too long at konbinis. For that matter, are the people equally chill as they seem to be on Honshu? It would be great to have conversations now that I know a little Japanese.

>Which of those two aforementioned islands should I see? Or perhaps both? Any specific cool things?

>Kind of a longshot, but my rich friend wants to go part of the way with me and he's a professional guitarist. Any music hotspots or festivals we could go to in those islands around that time of year?



I know all over Japan they're cracking down on all sorts of stuff to get ready for the 2020 olympics. Laws that were more just on the books are actually starting to be applied from what I saw, so just keep that in mind. If you bring a textbook along, I know a lot of the bigger FamilyMarts have little sit-down areas meant for eating something or studying, and I doubt they'd give you trouble if you pretend to be studying from it inbetween phone usage.



Oh right, what I meant to comment on originally: Most countries will automatically send you back/refuse entry if your passport doesn't have at least three months to expiration. Otherwise in terms of music festivals and such, you'd probably have to research that yourself.


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We need more /a/rchitecture threads.


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Visit SAGA prefecture.


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I STILL have not been able to come across a decently priced copy of The Japanese House yet. And I refuse to spend a hundred greenbacks for a twenty year old former library copy.

Also pertaining to this thread, there's a reason why traditional Japanese architecture has been largely defined by their massive roofs.


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Will be traveling to Japan in a few days, staying for a month. Let me know what you wanna see in Aki, Shibuya or Kyoto. Photos will be up a few weeks from now if this thread is still alive.


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>Let me know what you wanna see

I wanna see you having fun.


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It is the holy land after all



Old Paris had a cool tram system

New Paris has 'les juifs et mudslimes'.


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A scenic snowy winter rural ryokan roadtrip with perpetually pruny fingers.


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The first place I visited after Tokyo was Numazu, and I don't even know where to begin. This destination started almost as a meme with me thinking to myself "I don't know where to go but this town where Love Live Sunshine takes place is close so I guess I'll go there", but ended with me wishing I had stayed longer than the two nights I had booked.

I went in expecting to recognize one or two landmarks from the anime, maybe merchandise being sold in a nearby shop but with the normal population otherwise unaware that people were coming to their town because of some idol anime. I couldn't have been more wrong. Numazu is a town where even those normal people have completely embraced its connection to Love Live. Banners with characters lined every street, you could rent Love Live cars and bicycles from the Information Center, regular shops were decorated with the owners' own Love Live merchandise - voice actress signatures from when they visited their stores proudly on display, some sort of pin collection game spread across the entire city, Love Live characters being used to promote completely unrelated businesses, the local Gamers playfully rebranded as 'Little Demon House', Love Live buses and boats, a small cafe in what used to be empty sidewalk space. Said buses and boats were littered with actress signatures, both inside and out - though the ones on the outside were understandably faded.

There's was a photo printing shop some way away from the station with walls lined with Yoshiko merchandise and art. I thought surely this must be some sort of official promotion, turned out the owner was just a massive Yoshikofag and had even started selling 'Sunshine' and 'Yohane' blend coffee on top of the normal photo services. Around town, I saw cute hand made posters of Yoshiko playing the sax - advertising for the jazz club at the local high school. A bakery with Hanayo posters on the wall. Clothing stores with characters in the windows. A sweets shop with Yoshiko in the window. A women's fashion store with Dia in the window. It was harder to find businesses that weren't using LL to promote themselves than it was to find something LL-related in this town. There were a lot that were officially collaborating with Sunrise, sure, but there were also a lot that were doing it independently.

Going south into the beachfront areas, I found a candy store run by a little old lady who could barely move. Turns out her store had briefly appeared in the anime, and she was so proud that she had printed screenshots from Youtube, laminated them, and put them on display in front of her shop. There are nine ryokans in this area, each "themed" after a different girl and sells exclusive merchandise featuring them. There's a very small island called Awashima just off the coast, which has an aquarium, hotel, and shrine. It's so small that it wouldn't be inappropriate to say that the island is the aquarium, and the aquarium is the island. There's a single walkway around the perimeter of the island, with different exhibits throughout. The aquarium has its own cute anime mascots, but they seem to have been forgotten in the wake of Love Live. The frog exhibit was turned into Kanan's house / diving gear shop in the anime, and Mari lived in the mentioned hotel. At the time I visited there was some kind of Love Live detective game going on, where you'd follow clues left by the girls to solve some mystery and win a prize at the end. My Jap wasn't good enough to participate but I got some super cute detective merchandise out of it. The shrine is at the very top of the island, and it's a grueling hike with steep and uneven stone steps - it's also the path that the girls ran up and down while training in the anime. You're rewarded with an amazing view of the harbor, and a small quaint shrine where all of the emas are Love Live themed - wishing for concert tickets and good gacha rolls and whatnot.

I wish I had stayed an extra day to explore more of the city, but I'm really happy with the experience. I never expected to find this kind of setting, where Love Live had seeped into every aspect of the community. It's an incredible situation where an otherwise old and kind of gloomy fishing town has been completely revitalized by an idol anime. This visit was some months after the second season had ended and the enthusiasm was still strong. The movie comes out next month, so I'd say there's still about a year before the hype starts winding down. If you're a LL fan, I'd highly recommend trying to visit before that happens. I might even make a repeat visit.

These photos are of Awashima (with Love Live boat) and the surrounding area. Also a dolphin.


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The path up to the shrine, and the view from the top.


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The third image here is of the frog exhibit, which even has Kanan's swimsuit hanging out front. The last image is the hotel.


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Chika's house - one of the participating ryokans mentioned above - and the beach in front of it. Much smaller than the anime made it seem.

Numazu is also apparently one of the best places to view Fuji from.


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Just some stuff around town. The River Side Hotel is Yoshiko's apartment in the anime.


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Finally some night shots from around the suburbs south of the station.

Most of the Love Live related shots were taken with my phone, which I put into a separate gallery here:


I hope they can illustrate even just a little bit of how LL has dominated this town.


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Oh, and here's those Awashima mascots that have since been overshadowed. They're cute, but not cute enough I guess.

I want to fuck a sea slug.



So basically High pressure in a confined volume makes a higher temperature, that higher temp water rises above the cooler water and comes out of cracks in the surface (side of a mountain)



Ewwwwww. Why, man?







Post pictures of public transportation and streetfood vendors. Maybe also supermarkets.


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Must be fucking uncanny to walk into some town and find the whole of it is love live themed. I expected local businesses to play up the association to exploit otaku tourism but if the schools and obasan-ran dagashiya are getting in on it it's starting to get weird. Are you sure there aren't any LL-themed cults operating in the area?


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>aqours themed bike wheels

>chika stenciled seaweed

I'm wondering whether or not they're even going to be able to turn a profit after investing so much on theming and merchandising. Is Love Live really that big in Japan?


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It's bigger than Star Wars.


YouTube embed. Click thumbnail to play.

Went last winter. Went to an Onsen where monkeys bathe with you in Nagano. Good shit. Coworkers and family starting to think I am weird for only vacationing in Japan.


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This part of my trip ended up accidentally focusing on beach towns. The next place I visited was nearby Enoshima, at the suggestion of /trv/. It's a really cozy little beach town that includes a small island in the bay. Enoshima is larger than Awashima, and actually has stores, restaurants, and residential areas, but it's still easy to see it all in the span of a day. I stayed at a makeshift capsule hotel here - not a true capsule hotel, but rather some guy's house which he had built small compartments in each room out of plywood for people to sleep in - about eight per room. I was the only one there at the time though - I assume it gets busier during hotter months. The owner let me use his bike, so I got to see more of the town than maybe I would've been able to otherwise. In one of the restaurants, I randomly spotted Shoko Nakagawa's autograph on a wall.

Unlike Awashima, you could get to the island portion of the town on foot. Walking, biking, or driving across a short bridge. On the "lower level" of the island you're immediately met with restaurants, a park, an apparently famous hot spring resort, and a series of shops. There's also a hotel here which I imagine would make the island a really nice vacation spot. As you go up the road, it's lined with shrines and temples. I'd suggest reading about the local history beforehand, as it's pretty interesting and there's at least three myths related to the island that the shrines all pay homage to. Lots of stairs, and the walk isn't nearly as bad as Awashima but there were still plenty of exhausted people coming and going. The island was at one point known for its large stray cat population, but numbers have been decreasing recently. I noticed that all around the island were huge (and loud) hawks flying overhead at all times. I suspect the two phenomena are related.

There's a lighthouse which I guess is the main attraction here, since it's on all of the travel advertisements - there's even a local lighthouse anime mascot. At the end of the road on the other side of the island, it empties out onto a rocky shore area. Kids looking at tide pools, old men fishing, teenagers dodging waves. Pretty wholesome. There's a path that leads into the island caves which I assume brings you back to the starting point, but it had been damaged in a storm some months ago - the entire concrete staircase blown away - so the only option from here was to simply turn back and do the walk again. I think there's a ferry service too but the winds were too bad for it to operate.

Where Awashima just had a single path around the island, Enoshima has a main "tourist" path that takes you through the island's shrines and shops, and lots of branching paths leading to residential areas. How interesting it must be to live in a place like this.

Photos are of the station, an apparently famous crossing (I guess it shows up in media a lot, I don't recall ever seeing it through), and some other things around the mainland town. I later learned that the birds on the rail are clothed by one of the locals, likely some little old lady, who gives them new clothing according to season and event so that they're warm and stylish all year round! Very cute and charming. You can see the birds wearing all kinds of colors on google, by searching 'enoshima station birds'.


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The island as seen from the mainland, some statues along the way, and a Hello Kitty display outside of the Hello Kitty Enoshima shop. The road leads up to the restaurants and eventually shrines.


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Statues around the island.


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Overlooking the residential area at the top of the island. There's also a park here.


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The mainland and the sea, from the top of the lighthouse. Also some cats and a red guy.


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Down on the rocky shore area. The third image is where the stairs used to be.


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I took an alternate path to get back to the beginning. It was much less crowded here so I'm pretty sure it leads to the residential areas.


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I stayed at the hot spring resort until it was closed then headed back to my "hotel".


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Bonus: Enoshima's anime mascot. Her dress is the island and lighthouse, very cute and silly. I guess one of the local girls does tourism ads dressed as her.

Fourth image is something sold by several vendors on the island. They take a whole shrimp (or crab, or octopus, or squid), and steam it in batter until it creates that giant seafood chip. It was actually a delicious snack. I don't know if it's an Enoshima specialty or not.

What is an Enoshima specialty is what's in the fifth image. The local fish is a kind of whitebait, used in all kinds of dishes in every restaurant on the island. You can see swarms of them in the water at night. I had it in tempura and croquettes - not bad. However, it's also served mixed into ice cream, which I didn't have the stomach for.


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>literal boob windows

>can't see the boob

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