Question How to improve Japan

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Beerman, Mar 5, 2017.

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    Beerman

    Beerman Dedicated Member Season Pass Silver

    Tangram had some 80's music happening on Sunday, my mate was quite amused with the cultural immersion, being his first trip to Japan. Very low gaijin count, maybe 12 in total
     
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    Heinz

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    I call 12 a high count.
     
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    Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Season Pass Gold

    Well, go across the ridge into Madarao, and you'd say that 12 is a low count at Tangram, because there's lots of Aussies skiing trees at Madarao
     
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    Beerman

    Beerman Dedicated Member Season Pass Silver

    Obviously where @Heinz skis there is probably only 12 people on the whole hill.:D

    Trees heavily skied out at Madarao and snow was crusty, not good unfortunately.
     
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    Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Season Pass Gold

    Madarao / Tangram is like Cortina / Norikura......
    The second of each pair is dismissed as "boring family mountain", while the first is the "Mecca" for powder tree skiing, that gets tracked out quickly.
    The second of each pair are actually underrated.
     
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    Heinz

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    No, usually enough kids ski school groups or army guys to well exceed that number - several dozen at least, maybe up to 100. Geigin though, more than 5 is high. Last year probably saw a dozen or so at the day at Appi which is a major ski area. Otherwise an Australian tour group of around 10 bobbed up at Hachimantai one day.
     
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    PMG

    PMG Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    About the same this year Heinz. Snow was much better overall compared to last year's mixed bag.
     
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    DeskRider

    DeskRider Dedicated Member Season Pass Silver

    What about
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    Hokkaido kamanberu dou yate tabe?
     
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    Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Season Pass Gold

    This ^^
    Best cheese in Japan
     
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    PMG

    PMG Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Where can you get it?
     
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    Sandy

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    Pretty much any supermarket.
    And it's cheap.... Less than 300 yen

    And for another 50yen, you can get the same, cut into 6 individually wrapped segments
     
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    M_G

    M_G Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Not a high bar to jump over!
     
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    Sandy

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    Have you tried it?
     
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    M_G

    M_G Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Yes, not much of a camembert fan though.

    I'm talking more your hard cheeses.
     
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    LMB

    LMB Part of the Furniture Season Pass Gold

    It's pretty lush as far as Camembert goes. But a sharp crumbly cheddar is an almost impossible find.
     
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    Budgiesmuggler

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    dawooduck

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    I am surprised no one has said .... stay home :D
     
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    dawooduck

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    World peace
     
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    Vermillion

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    Otters are pricks, surprised no one has lost a finger or had a couple of coins pinched.
     
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    Charlie

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    Shades of "Your turn in the barrel!"
     
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    freddy

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    ponyrider

    ponyrider Active Member

    Get rid of the Corona cats-p*ss bar at Happo and replace it with a Kirin / Asahi / Sapporo or basically anything-else-bar. Nothing else to change.
     
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    Born2ski

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    ojisan

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    for some reason, that sorts reminds me of that scene from the original Porky's movie
     
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    Born2ski

    Born2ski Part of the Furniture

    I prefer the jumping squirrels at Machida Squirrel Park in Tokyo.

    My wife was a little freaked out.
     
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    Beerman

    Beerman Dedicated Member Season Pass Silver

    Posting realistic speed limit signs would be a positive imporovement
     
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    Froff Life

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    I don't think it's the speed limits that are the problem.... drivers seem to go 20-30km over without a care in the world
     
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    nfip

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    The Moiwa ( La Ponte ) PA got me hooked back in 06.
    We rocked up to an empty carpark , empty hill , empty ticket office and Greenday pumping / ripping across the mtn.
    Several hours later , waiste deep untracked bla bla all day and still pinching where the other punters where.
    It was surreal.
     
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    Vermillion

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    I like it the way it is, you dont get to be braindead from just blindly following signs and you have to be awake enough to concentrate and drive yourself instead of being driven. You also have the freedom to go a bit quicker if you are more confident in the conditions.
     
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    Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Season Pass Gold

    The problem is, that many of the Japanese drivers drive at these higher speeds without being able to read the conditions. I've seen a lot of accidents where I realise that the conditions are dodgy and I'm going at 90kph in an 80kph zone(where I would normally be going 110-115kph in good conditions), only to be overtaken drivers doing 125kph.... and later get stuck in a traffic jam, where the same drivers have spread themselves across the road. Sometimes around Nagano prefecture, they set the speed limit down from 80kph to 50kph due to ice/snow, and yet some drivers are STILL doing 110kph, 60kph over the posted limit!!!!
     
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    Beerman

    Beerman Dedicated Member Season Pass Silver

    Those Kei trucks go quicker than I thought !!!
     
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    Vermillion

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    The problem is their top speed is reached at a point where they have no traction downhill on ice.
     
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    Ian

    Ian Active Member Season Pass Gold

    Perhaps the Japanese don't consider them problems to be improved ;)
    My experience in Japan would improve if I could speak and read a bit of Japanese.
    Australians that give us all a bad name stayed home.
    :out:Ban snowboards?
     
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    ojisan

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    here we go again... :rolleyes:
     
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    Vermillion

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    I'd try to find a way to change the mentality of the Japanese that everything that needed to be created/developed was developed in the 90s and we dont need to go any further than that.
     
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    ju87

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    totally, although I do enjoy the time-travel element every time i visit japan. lovin' that 90's R&B and hip hop on the PA at Moiwa.
     
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    Gimp

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    Before Homozono became family friendly the lifties choice of music to play over the loudspeakers was death metal with all its best English words
     
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    LMB

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    Ha!
    I do recall a bit of choice language especially loud where the jumps are.
     
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    PMG

    PMG Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Are you saying the fax machine has been superseded?
     
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    Vermillion

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    Add to that list:
    - Box 4:3 TVs
    - Kerosene for heating your house
    - Paying your bills at the combini
    - Flip Phones
    - Houses made of paper and wood
    - 400 dishes from 1 meal (OK I can accept the tradition in that one)
     
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    Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Season Pass Gold

    Maybe this is true out in the boondocks & regional towns and cities( where most Aussies go for their Japanese winter snow fix), but it's far from the truth in the big cities, where most of the people live......
    4:3 TVs consigned to the trash heap 15 years ago, replaced by 40"-50"+ wide screens. Flip phones... hardly see any these days. Kero heating... only see that out in the country. 100Mbps optical internet 12 years ago.
    Yes, conbini bills are annoying, but that can be direct debited from the bank (which is still primitive)... has more to do with the attitude of the banks than technology. Japanese people(in the cities) love the latest tech (which is why I'm still working in Japan), the want the newest and they want it now.
     
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    Tonester

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    Yep, and some tasty gangsta rap (with all the good words) over at Hirafu about 12 years ago
     
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    Vermillion

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    Sandy, as you've been in Japan for at least 10 years, has this been the trend for that time? Or is it a more recent thing to want the latest and greatest (even if it's produced in Korea)? My work has a partnership with a Japanese company, and whenever we talk about new technology etc they go back to what they know and are quite hesitant to approach 'new' things. Perhaps this is only in my industry?

    Whenever I talk to anyone who has lived and worked in Japan, the number 1 thing they wish they could change is the work/life balance, and the treatment of females.
     
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    Sandy

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    They've wanted the latest and greatest for as long as I've been in Japan. There's loads of tech stuff they take for granted, and equally, there's quite a lot of stuff they don't agitate for, because they don't know it exists, and nobody wants to tell them!!! E.g. Eftpos. I think this is not so much to do with tech as the banks.
    The demand for service in Japan is very high, and sometimes I think that if nobody tells the customer something, they can't demand it! Japanese media and info is very closed, so many Japanese people don't understand what goes on outside of Japan, and don't understand that what happens in Japan may not happen elsewhere.
    It's true that internally, many businesses in Japan will stick with "what works", and don't change because "we've always done it this way".... Even if it doesn't work...... it's very frustrating.

    For those living and working in Japanese companies, that work / life balance is totally screwed. Someone told me that one manager he had said that "your work is more important than family". And because often the "rule" is that you don't leave before your boss, you often get salarymen just hanging around the office doing nothing just because their boss hasn't left.

    The treatment of women is viewed as an "it is what it is" thing. Many Japanese women don't like Japanese men.... And one consequence is that they become attracted to Gaijin men. It's amazing these days in the cities, how many Japanese women are married to or have Gaijin boyfriends. And a lot of japanese men don't like the fact that they've "taken our women".
    Japan is strange and complex.
     
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    LMB

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    Interesting Sandy.
    I know a fair few Gaijin Hubby/Nihonjin Wife couples but NONE the other way around. I'd never considered it before.
     
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    gaz35

    gaz35 Active Member

    It's true that internally, many businesses in Japan will stick with "what works", and don't change because "we've always done it this way".... Even if it doesn't work...... it's very frustrating.

    and here I am thinking that it was the Japanese that "invented" Kaizen
     
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    M_G

    M_G Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Continual improvement is very much in the eye of the beholder. It does not necessarily include innovation, advancement or adaption.
     
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    Vermillion

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    They did, and Toyota invented 5S, but that was in the early 90s.
     
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    Ajmit321

    Ajmit321 Active Member

    This is sillier than a thread I would write - congratulations.....half joking :p
     
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    Sandy

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    The fact that the immigration page for electronic notification and the instructions PDF are BOTH in Japanese, even though the immigration site is obviously for foreigners!!!! :doh:

    If you click the "home" button, you get the page where you are able to select other languages, but the "home" button is in Japanese. :fart:
    Bloody brilliant.

    Imagine if you couldn't read katakana!!! ROFL

    And then you have to register a new login, and enter your details, even though they will already have your details if you enter your Residence Card number. :doh: