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Post #101 by Dog » Wed Mar 23, 2016 4:06 pm

i want to not pay taxes too!
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Post #102 by PredsFan77 » Wed Mar 23, 2016 8:54 pm

AD wrote:Come to my firm. Loose hours. Good pay. Travel opportunities.

How much vacation days
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Post #103 by AD » Wed Mar 23, 2016 9:56 pm

Unlimited if the files are taken care of.
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Post #104 by PredsFan77 » Thu Mar 24, 2016 2:20 am

Files??? Work?
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Post #105 by Boring Choice #2 » Thu Mar 24, 2016 8:26 am

Dog wrote:
habfan4 wrote:
Dog wrote:Also, I am well.

Thanks for asking nanners and not me.


I didn't see your post, I was composing a reply Mr. Sensitive.

Dog wrote:blah blah blah


Haven't booked Kyoto yet.

Ryokan is traditional with breakfast and Kaiseki dinner/private onsen. Exorbitant cost, but hey YOLO. Amirite?


i wonder if the dog noticed that '4 still didn't ask how he was.
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Post #106 by Dog » Thu Mar 24, 2016 8:55 am

I did.
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Post #107 by AD » Thu Mar 24, 2016 9:00 am

For the record, dog, I believe we live a large number of lives in these material realms until we can achieve a level of purity and transcendence needed to access higher spiritual realms, or Nirvana if you will.

So, YLALNOLITMRUWCAALOPATNTAHSRONIYW.
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Post #108 by Dog » Thu Mar 24, 2016 9:02 am

What happens in Nirvana, after you've earned it in your "material lives"? Sounds familiar.

Also, what do you base this belief on?
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Post #109 by AD » Thu Mar 24, 2016 9:09 am

Does a sparrow understand how cool playing Grand Theft Auto is?
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Post #110 by Dog » Thu Mar 24, 2016 9:16 am

No. Probably wisest to not just arbitrarily decide what it thinks it is/would like to to be, tho. Make the observations it can and then accept it doesn't know more.
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Post #111 by Dog » Thu Mar 24, 2016 9:18 am

The wise sparrow that is. Which by the arbitrary rules of the universe is no better than the unwise sparrow. None of it means a goddamn thing anyway.

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Post #112 by Dog » Thu Mar 24, 2016 9:20 am

Humans are weird, looking for meaning. Weird evolutionary quirk.
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Post #113 by habfan4 » Thu Mar 24, 2016 12:42 pm

Dog wrote:
Haven't booked Kyoto yet.

Ryokan is traditional with breakfast and Kaiseki dinner/private onsen. Exorbitant cost, but hey YOLO. Amirite?


Haven't stayed at a ryokan yet, looked at a couple in Kyoto (Hiiragiya) but they were monstrously expensive. I'd get on booking Kyoto, it's usually pretty reasonable but if a big festival is on when you're scheduled to be in town prices can spike.

For Tokyo, check to see if the Giants are in town. Seeing baseball at Tokyo Dome is a fucking trip.
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Post #114 by Dog » Thu Mar 24, 2016 12:54 pm

Looked at Hiiragiya, but ultimately wanted something in the country. Was still plenty availability in Kyoto, but will book this weekend. Traditional ryokan prices are ridiculous, but I wanted to experience it and figured I'd go for the real deal. Only for a couple of nights. I've heard about trying to catch a ball game. Will look into it.

Oh and 4, you're probably the best person in the world to ask, restaurant recommendations?
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Post #115 by AD » Thu Mar 24, 2016 2:14 pm

Honmura An (moved back to Tokyo from NYC) is highly highly recommendable. Like, it was amazing and fairly priced.
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Post #116 by Dog » Thu Mar 24, 2016 2:17 pm

Is that true, 4?
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Post #117 by AD » Thu Mar 24, 2016 2:22 pm

Let it be known that I hate you.
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Post #118 by Dog » Thu Mar 24, 2016 2:26 pm

A perfectly common base emotion. Nothing to write home about.
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Post #119 by AD » Thu Mar 24, 2016 2:27 pm

By the way, I still owe you for those 3 tickets. Wanna do lunch so I can pay you back.

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Post #120 by Dog » Thu Mar 24, 2016 2:29 pm

Sure. Pretty open other than Wed next week. If not just pay me back at the show.
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Post #121 by habfan4 » Thu Mar 24, 2016 2:38 pm

Dog wrote:Looked at Hiiragiya, but ultimately wanted something in the country. Was still plenty availability in Kyoto, but will book this weekend. Traditional ryokan prices are ridiculous, but I wanted to experience it and figured I'd go for the real deal. Only for a couple of nights. I've heard about trying to catch a ball game. Will look into it.

Oh and 4, you're probably the best person in the world to ask, restaurant recommendations?


Tokyo is tough given the scale of the city, you really have to plan your restaurants around the sites you'll be seeing on any given day.

I mentioned Ten-ichi earlier in the thread for tempura, it's a chain, but excellent. Gonpachi is another chain, Izakaya style restaurant - George Bush puked at one. Sarashina Horii of No Reservations fame makes superb soba (located in Roppongi). Had an outrageously good traditional lunch at Kozue (located inside the hotel I stay at in Shinjuku). Shelled out decent bucks for steak (either sukiyaki or teppanyaki) - look for Matsusaka beef but prepare for more YOLO pricing.

In terms of sushi/sashimi, pretty much an place, even kaiten or kuru kuru sushi restaurants will be miles above anything you can get in Montréal or Toronto. Ditto ramen joints.

Food in general, even western style food is really solid, which is hardly surprising given the Japanese attention to detail and eye for quality. This will sound odd, but don't overlook department stores for a quick and decent meal. They tend to have food halls with individual restaurants which are reasonably priced and that server varied and high quality food (you'll have a tonkatsu place next to a sushi place next to a ramen resto etc...).
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Post #122 by Dog » Thu Mar 24, 2016 2:55 pm

Thanks.
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Post #123 by PredsFan77 » Thu Mar 24, 2016 10:06 pm

I had Ippudo in Sydney. I'm still hard.
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Post #124 by Craig » Thu Mar 24, 2016 11:13 pm

4, since this is the only thread you seem to pay attention to these days, I've been hosting blind beer tastings from my cellar recently, you interested? You missed the quads, but you could probably get in on the stouts. Shoot me a pm or whatnot.
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Post #125 by AD » Wed Apr 20, 2016 12:53 pm

Going back to Tokyo in a couple of weeks.
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Post #126 by PredsFan77 » Wed Apr 20, 2016 1:26 pm

Be careful AD!
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Post #127 by AD » Wed Apr 20, 2016 1:34 pm

Thank you Predo!
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Post #128 by Dog » Wed Apr 20, 2016 10:49 pm

That's earth shaking news!

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I'm so sorry about that, guys.

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Post #129 by Dog » Fri May 27, 2016 3:26 pm

Renting a pocket wifi with jap provider make sense? Cheaper than getting a plan with my phone provider.
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Post #130 by PredsFan77 » Fri May 27, 2016 8:34 pm

Yes. They are amazing. The airbnb place I stayed at in Tokyo had one. Fantastic stuff.
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Post #131 by Dog » Wed Jun 08, 2016 11:50 am

Japan people: will I need an adaptor/power converter?
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Post #132 by AD » Wed Jun 08, 2016 2:43 pm

Not in most credible hotels.
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Post #133 by PredsFan77 » Wed Jun 08, 2016 3:15 pm

As long as you got two prongs you are good.
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Post #134 by PredsFan77 » Wed Jun 08, 2016 3:22 pm

Also I was reading an article on Japan on the NYT Site today and I now have a massive craving for grilled Unagi. Need to get back soon.
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Post #135 by Dog » Wed Jun 08, 2016 3:31 pm

AD wrote:Not in most credible hotels.


How about incredible hotels?
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Post #136 by Dog » Wed Jun 08, 2016 3:31 pm

Sorry.

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Post #137 by PredsFan77 » Wed Jun 08, 2016 8:01 pm

Your roku hotel probably won't have power
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Post #138 by PredsFan77 » Sun Nov 06, 2016 8:47 pm

CHANGE OF PLANS

Doing a week in Japan. Besides Hiroshima, where is a good place to go for a day? Maybe looking at day trip from Kyoto or Tokyo. Heard good things about Nara. Anywhere to the north worth going to? Haven't done any exploring up that way.
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Post #139 by Dog » Sun Nov 06, 2016 8:56 pm

Nara was decent. Easy day trip from Kyoto. Nice temple, deer parks. There's this monkey thing that seems like a tourist trap but was really worth it. You go up a hill for like 20 min and start seeing monkeys running wild. You can feed them at the top. Pretty cool, mind you I was with a six year old.
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Post #140 by Dog » Sun Nov 06, 2016 9:00 pm

Otherwise, we really enjoyed Takayama in the Jap alps, but that's more than a day trip, it's 5 hours or so by train from Tokyo (not much less from Kyoto). Stayed in an upscale ryokan there, so that was definately part of the charm (quaint small town in the mountains / ryokan with traditional service, real onsen and kaiseki dinners). Without the ryokan, probably not worth the ride.

Seemed to be some decent ryokan retreats closer to Kyoto too. Ones near Tokyo seemed crowded.
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Post #141 by vonbonds » Sun Nov 06, 2016 9:11 pm

Dog wrote:Nara was decent. Easy day trip from Kyoto. Nice temple, deer parks. There's this monkey thing that seems like a tourist trap but was really worth it. You go up a hill for like 20 min and start seeing monkeys running wild. You can feed them at the top. Pretty cool, mind you I was with a six year old.

How did you know the age of the monkey?
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Post #142 by Dog » Sun Nov 06, 2016 9:25 pm

I was its father.



Edit: i mean the six year old.





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Post #143 by vonbonds » Sun Nov 06, 2016 9:27 pm

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Post #144 by PredsFan77 » Mon Nov 07, 2016 6:08 pm

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Post #145 by MP » Wed Nov 09, 2016 1:40 pm

PredsFan77 wrote:bumppp

No, it's a volcano island. :owl:
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Post #146 by PredsFan77 » Sat Nov 12, 2016 5:04 am

Just wanted to let y'all know I made it!
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Post #147 by Craig » Sat Nov 12, 2016 9:21 am

Stay safe, Predo.
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Post #148 by vonbonds » Sat Nov 12, 2016 11:21 am

Predo will make a ladyboi so happy
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Post #149 by PredsFan77 » Sun Nov 13, 2016 12:59 pm

Jet laggggg
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Post #150 by PredsFan77 » Sun Nov 13, 2016 12:59 pm

Did have some awesome ramen in Kyoto tho
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