JapanForum.com  


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
(#1 (permalink))
Old
Polar (Offline)
JF Old Timer
 
Posts: 309
Join Date: Jan 2009
Polar in Tokyo - 03-11-2009, 04:31 AM

Sorry but I have too many photos and it quickly kills a thread so it'll be point and click from here

Driving to Tokyo from Narita

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00201.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00202.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00205.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00206.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00207.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00208.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00209.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00210.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00211.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00212.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00213.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00214.jpg

Really not that much to see but most of the trucks look absolutely BAD ASS ! Japan seems to love zig zag staircases outside their buildings

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00215.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00216.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00217.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00218.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00219.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00220.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00222.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00224.jpg

ONWARD and across ???

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00225.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00226.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00227.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00228.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00229.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00230.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00231.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00232.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00233.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00234.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00235.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00236.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00237.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00239.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00240.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00241.jpg

I will say this though the Tokyo Street Racer games NAIL the look of highways here.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00242.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00243.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00244.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00245.jpg

Finally in Shinjuku I walk to the hotel, I can see it from the bus station

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00247.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00248.jpg

This is a non smoking ward or at least the part of it where I took that picture found out by lighting up walking a few paces and then I kid you not some alarm starts barking I look down and see a no smoking sign on the pavement and quickly ditch the butt.

Vending machines

The infamous Pocari Sweat

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00249.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00250.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00251.jpg

Make it to the hotel in 5 mins. It's got Star Trek doors leading you into the lobby !!!!

Check in was a breeze, got a points card it was normally 500 yen but now it's free but hey for $5 I would have paid for it why not.


Hotel room.

I'm on the 11th floor. The room is tiny, functional but tiny. I stand 5'8 and by fully extending my arm I can put put half my palm on the celing.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00253.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00254.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00256.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00255.jpg

Yep check out those controls for the toilet, you might think well I'll just ignore 'em and not worry about it. You would be an idiot for thinking that. ALWAYS make a note of where the stop button is ... I sat down on it without pushing anything and DAMN it's set to auto mode 8O I hear a large rumbling and water and quickly look at the control panel and press stop. Diaster averted.

So remeber kids NEVER sit down on a Japanese toilet until you learn where the stop button is.

Everything you could need you get included and full sized bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, shaving lotion. You get a razor, toothbrush, toothpaste hairdryer etc.. I also have an electric kettle and packets of green tea and a mini fridge. Some sort of dehumidifier/air purifier is here too.

View outside my room

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00252.jpg

Dog run park, the blue roofed building is one of the Tokyo School of Business

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00261.jpg

Looks like the buildings want to do battle.

Turrents over here

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00259.jpg

Radars over there

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00260.jpg

Oh hey what's that ??

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00262.jpg

I go over and check it out but it's all manga and anime.

Mystery drink.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00263.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00264.jpg

Haven't opened it yet ... have no clue what it is but it was in the alcohol vending machine. I'm guessing sake.
Reply With Quote
(#2 (permalink))
Old
Polar (Offline)
JF Old Timer
 
Posts: 309
Join Date: Jan 2009
03-11-2009, 04:32 AM

Day 2


How did you spend your morning today ?

Bet it wasn't like mine.

Let's take a stroll down the street from my hotel and see what we run into.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00272.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00273.jpg

More vending machines

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00274.jpg

Can't get over how tiny the high rise is

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00275.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00276.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00277.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00278.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00279.jpg

Ooooh subway crossing

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00280.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00281.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00282.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00283.jpg

Pay phones: Green ones take phone cards and yen and can't make int'l phone calls, Grey ones are pretty much the same except you can make int'l calls on them.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00284.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00285.jpg

Bike locking station

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00286.jpg
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00332.jpg

There are a lot of these here

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00287.jpg

Subway station

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00288.jpg

No clue what/who this is

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00289.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00290.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00291.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00292.jpg

Even off the main street are winding alleyways everywhere

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00293.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00295.jpg

Parking lot meter

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00294.jpg

Those awesome cabs, the model is a Cedric

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00293.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00297.jpg

Hey a park ! Cool lets take a look.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00298.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00299.jpg

Wow, was that a red flash of a tail I saw ?

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00300.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00301.jpg

You can hear the wind rushing through the trees, the crows crying their very distinctive AH'Hs the tone of which is some aking to a bullfrog or Ernie the muppet.

Look ! A kitty

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00302.jpg

Then it appears, my jaw drops and the voice in my head says YOU ARE NOW IN JAPAN !!!

My first shinto shrine, it's Meiji Jingu !!!!

First things first purification ritual.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00308.jpg

You take the ladle and first pour water over your left hand, then your right hand. Next pour into your left hand and rinse your mouth lastly rinse your left hand and the ladle, kinda bungled this step. I did it but not the way it should be done.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00303.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00304.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00305.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00306.jpg

Prayers

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00306.jpg

No pictures of the temple inside, is forbidden. I was there early enough though that I got to hear and see the taiko drum introduce the priests and watched in awe as they apporached and addressed the ancestors. Absolutely stunning !

Exiting the shrine I hit the the other half of the forest

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00309.jpg
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00310.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00311.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00312.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00313.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00314.jpg
Bamboo grove

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00315.jpg

Martial arts dojo

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00316.jpg

The Treasures Musuem it was closed what do expect at 8:00am.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00317.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00318.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00319.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00320.jpg

Rounding back to where we began

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00321.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00322.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00323.jpg

Koi

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00324.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00325.jpg

The vechicles can get so cute and tiny

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00326.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00331.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00328.jpg

Yet more vending machines

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00333.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00334.jpg

Still getting over the jet lag, hopefully it be all over tomorrow.
Reply With Quote
(#3 (permalink))
Old
Polar (Offline)
JF Old Timer
 
Posts: 309
Join Date: Jan 2009
03-12-2009, 10:32 AM

Day 3 - Akibaharaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa !!!


Well today we're off to Akihabara, this is Mecca for video gamers, anime and manga fans. It also harbours electronic stores, DVDs and usually a combination of all them. Even the stores that look small have at least 3 floors if not more.

Now here's the thing it's approx 7:00am in the morning, I check the web to see how to get there on the subway *ugh* it looks confusing, plus it's gonna put me there in 20 mins. Stores don't open till 10am. Not to mention the subway is going to be CRAZY at that time of day.

I check google maps and the satellite view, hmmm just follow the highway. What the heck we're going to hike there hopefully kill some time in the process, the web says it's about 8.6km well that's not too bad. Armed with the Tokyo subway map what's the worst thing that could happen we may get lost.

Lets get started ...

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00349.jpg

There's a familiar face

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00350.jpg

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00351.jpg

Hmm is that park the one I think is on my map ? Lets zoom in and see.

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00352.jpg

Well that's no help, let's just keep moving as we've passed subway stations already and we're going the right way.

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00353.jpg

Neat

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00354.jpg

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00355.jpg

Remember what I said about those alleyways ? Always worth it to look down them.

Check this out

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00356.jpg

Looks good enough to eat

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00357.jpg

Hmm I see one of those Boss Coffee machines, I'm gonna try one. Now something to understand about these machines is certainly are labelled red and blue, red is hot and blue is cold. I pick a Black coffee. Damn it's quite warm in my hand. I open the can and try it. Wowzers it's pretty damn good. I'm amazed it's not the best coffee I've ever had but it's head and shoulders above average.

Satisfied we move and get another WTF moment

What the heck is this ?

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00358.jpg

Oooh another surprise lurking in an alley

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00359.jpg

Also a smaller version of NYC parking

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00360.jpg

The famous confectionery

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00361.jpg

Now I see some familiar gates, cool another Shinto shrine ... wait a minute, this has an officer outside and literally a police bus as well and it's all chained off. Hmmm could it possibly be the Imperial palace ? That means we covered a LOT of ground quickly if this supposed to be 8.6 Km. I start having my doubts.

Across the street it's the Tokyo Arts Centre !

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00362.jpg

No idea what that is but it's pretty keen.

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00363.jpg

Now looking on my left is would appear my instinct was right. That's a LOT of land there.

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00364.jpg

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00365.jpg

Hmm another gate

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00366.jpg

What's happening on the right side ? Traffic

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00368.jpg

These gates are open and no officers lets trek through

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00369.jpg

Oh it`s a just a kitty corner entrance to another gate

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00370.jpg

Cool clock

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00371.jpg

Yep it`s the Imperial palace alright , it`s only to visitors once or twice a year and even then it`s just the gardens, during that time you just might if your lucky catch a glimpse of the Royal Family

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00372.jpg

You know what I'm finally hungry and there's a Denny's lets grab some breakfast. I have no idea what this is but my waitress stuck the bill in it. Ordering was a breeze, gotta love picture menus. My breakfast arrives alongside coffee (all you drink) and glass of water. Can you believe this ?? How healthy is that ! It was GOOD too, difference being it came with ketchup and soy sauce bottles. That wrapped napkin is a moist one for after your done.

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00382.jpg

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00383.jpg

Ok I'm full now, total came to 580 yen can beat that. Lets move on. Looking at the subway map again and one of those map boards they seem to conflict with each other and it appears I've over shot Akibahara. That makes no sense at all. After locating the station I kitty corner down an alleyway.

Still some traditional homes here.

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00384.jpg

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00385.jpg

Looks like we're getting there

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00386.jpg

A column of garbage trucks, if your over 6'2 you probably place your hand on the top

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00389.jpg

Who doesn't love dump trucks

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00388.jpg

Very Chicago-esque

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00387.jpg

Lady's and Gentlemen we have arrived !!!

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00390.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00391.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00392.jpg

Club SEGA on the left

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00393.jpg

GashaPon or capsule toys, they range in price fro 200 - 500 yen each. They are collectible and usually have rare chase ones to try and get for the full set. They change them up regularly

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00394.jpg


This one dispenses cards for games.

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00395.jpg

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00396.jpg

A better view of that Club SEGA

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00397.jpg

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00398.jpg

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00399.jpg

WOW !

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00400.jpg

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00401.jpg

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00402.jpg

Notice the mask on the guy on the far right, you wear these if you are sick or don't want to get sick. I was amazed at how common they are maybe it's cold season ?

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00403.jpg

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00404.jpg

The infamous maid cafes. Basically you pay for girl dressed in a maids outfit and she pretends to like you and play games for about 15 mins. No sex or anything like that. Meh we'll pass on that.

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00405.jpg

More and more stores

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00406.jpg

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00407.jpg

Tradition is even still here.

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00408.jpg

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00409.jpg

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00410.jpg

Hmm a used shop lets take a look at those prices there shall we.That's not cheap at all !

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00412.jpg

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00411.jpg

Another arcade, those machines out there are known as UFO catchers, if you've ever seen those games where you manipulate a crane to try and grab your prize they are the same thing.

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00413.jpg

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00414.jpg

Poor girl shilling for the maid cafe

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00415.jpg

It's Super Potato !!! One the best retro gaming stores out there.

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00416.jpg
Reply With Quote
(#4 (permalink))
Old
Polar (Offline)
JF Old Timer
 
Posts: 309
Join Date: Jan 2009
03-12-2009, 10:33 AM

Now you knowing me you're probably asking yourself why no photos of what's inside these fabulous shops. Well simply put it's flat out forbidden and looking around and seeing anywhere from 2 - 8 security cameras on you. I ain't risking it just to get a photo then get kicked out just for you. You would need something like a spy camera.

Suffice to say if you are looking for "deals" look elsewhere SERIOUSLY ! bargains are few and far between and usually involve Gundam models they are being cleared, some good prices on those especially the 18" models but video games ? Nope.

Resident 5 Regular version 7500 yen, in the US it's $59.99 ! Aquanaughts Holiday which I purchased at a store close the hotel for 3500 yen was still 5700 there. So go there if want to buy action figures. Although a sealed copy of SEGAGA for only 8900 yen was pretty damn tempting as it was offered ONLY online and ONLY in Japan.

Well at this point my legs are aching and it's time to go home. We're not walking back we're taking the subway. After making my way back with all the landmarks I've seen I'm beginning to believe it's pretty damn hard to get lost here.

Get to the station and it's 8 stops in a straight line. I head to the collectors booth. Shinjuku arigato I say, he tells me 260 yen I hand the coins he explains I have to use the machine. Eeek I think I go over and wouldn't you know there's an english button. It asks me to spell out the station. The collector watches over me to assist if needed. Get the ticket and through the turnstile. You insert the ticket and it spits out the other side.

Down and down to the subway tracks

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00416.jpg

Not knowing which train to grab, I check the board

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00421.jpg

and see that it was this one leaving.

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00417.jpg

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00418.jpg

Train approaching ... but it turns out to be an express that races through.

After an uneventful ride we head back to the hotel going through the dog park. He looks pleased to see us.

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y10...8/DSC00419.jpg

Time for a nap now and it seems the jet lag is finally gone !

Last edited by Polar : 03-12-2009 at 10:47 AM.
Reply With Quote
(#5 (permalink))
Old
MMM's Avatar
MMM (Offline)
JF Ossan
 
Posts: 12,201
Join Date: Jun 2007
03-12-2009, 10:50 AM

Thanks for the pics! There are some good ones in there...

That's funny about the shops. Just today I walked around Osaka and took about 100 pics today, a lot inside shops (electronic, games, manga, books, Loft, CD store, etc.) The staff saw me taking pictures, but no one said anything. No one asked me to put the camera away. Maybe things are different in Tokyo.
Reply With Quote
(#6 (permalink))
Old
Polar (Offline)
JF Old Timer
 
Posts: 309
Join Date: Jan 2009
03-12-2009, 12:03 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by MMM View Post
Thanks for the pics! There are some good ones in there...

That's funny about the shops. Just today I walked around Osaka and took about 100 pics today, a lot inside shops (electronic, games, manga, books, Loft, CD store, etc.) The staff saw me taking pictures, but no one said anything. No one asked me to put the camera away. Maybe things are different in Tokyo.
I asked at one store motioning with my camera, and the clerk grinned and looked down then I croseed both arms and he said Yes, sorry.

Other`s had no photo signs etc...

Question: What are the clerks saying to me, it sounds like a complete sentence. Is it something like Welcome to (insert store name), if you need any help please ask.
Reply With Quote
(#7 (permalink))
Old
Niyusu's Avatar
Niyusu (Offline)
JF Old Timer
 
Posts: 111
Join Date: Sep 2006
03-12-2009, 12:42 PM

Nice photos.
Reply With Quote
(#8 (permalink))
Old
kirakira (Offline)
己所不欲勿施於人
 
Posts: 350
Join Date: Jan 2009
03-12-2009, 12:57 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Polar View Post
Question: What are the clerks saying to me, it sounds like a complete sentence. Is it something like Welcome to (insert store name), if you need any help please ask.
When you walk in, いらっしゃいませ (irrashaimase) which means welcome.
When you leave the store ありがとうございました。またお越しくださいませ。(ar igatou gozaimashita. mata okoshikudasaimase) which means thank you very much. Please visit again.

These are set phrases, I really doubt most of the store clerks actually really mean it.

Last edited by kirakira : 03-12-2009 at 01:01 PM.
Reply With Quote
(#9 (permalink))
Old
MMM's Avatar
MMM (Offline)
JF Ossan
 
Posts: 12,201
Join Date: Jun 2007
03-12-2009, 01:01 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Polar View Post
I asked at one store motioning with my camera, and the clerk grinned and looked down then I croseed both arms and he said Yes, sorry.

Other`s had no photo signs etc...

Question: What are the clerks saying to me, it sounds like a complete sentence. Is it something like Welcome to (insert store name), if you need any help please ask.
That's the difference. I didn't ask, I just did it. If you ask, of course the answer is no.
Reply With Quote
(#10 (permalink))
Old
Aniki's Avatar
Aniki (Offline)
JF's Road Roller
 
Posts: 1,242
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Europe
03-12-2009, 03:51 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by MMM View Post
That's the difference. I didn't ask, I just did it. If you ask, of course the answer is no.
Now that's rude if I do say so myself.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On




Copyright 2003-2006 Virtual Japan.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.0.0 RC6