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Cue up The Vapors, "Turning Japanese"

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  • SomestickguySomestickguy Registered User regular
    Houk wrote: »
    So I'm in a capsule hotel after two days straight travel time

    I chose this place thinking it would be the cheap but practical option

    And instead it's the cheap and reeeeeeeeeeally nice option????

    I'm here in this room with massage chairs, wifi, an unlimited drinks machine and computer cubicles with cushioned floors and throw rugs

    Downstairs is a bathroom with the full works, hot tub and steam room

    This is paradise I think?????

    What's the name/location? Sounds like a good place to recommend to friends when they come in to visit.

    I think it's just called The Capsule Inn, very close to Shimbashi station

    Just over 4000 yen per night, 5000 if you want to spring for the VIP cubicles

    Which I did

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  • SorceSorce Registered User regular
    Out of curiosity, do the capsules themselves have A/C outlets inside them? For say charging your phone while you sleep or if you need an electric blanket or whatnot.

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  • sarukunsarukun Mr. Bulldopps Get SchwiftyRegistered User regular
    Inquisitor wrote: »
    Oh, no, they are probably marshmallows and it probably tastes real gross.

    I like most Japanese food but then sometimes they put corn and mayonnaise on pizza and I just have no idea.

    Corn and mayo?

    Okay. Fine.

    Corn, mayo, and shrimp?

    I must destroy you before the sickness spreads.

  • sarukunsarukun Mr. Bulldopps Get SchwiftyRegistered User regular
    tynic wrote: »
    sarukun wrote: »
    Has this ever happened to you?


    I used to instigate this with one of my Hawaiian friends. I'd always point to her and say "she taught me everything."

    Nothing this egregious. Like, this is obviously hyperbole, but generally, they just kind of direct questions at the Japanese person, and respond politely when you pipe up with something to say.

    In foreigner bars in Taiwan I generally get wait staff that resolutely use English with me even when I refuse English menus or order from memory because I've been to the place often enough to know what I want, but pretty much every place else in Taiwan I never get this at all, as soon as I speak Mandarin there's usually relief and a follow up question on how long I've been living in Taiwan. I chalk the English-only up to the staff wanting to keep their English going as much as possible or a manager's insistence, and try not to take it personal even though it bugs me a bit.

    I met up with a Swiss friend in Zurich the other week. His English is excellent but he'd brought his sister along, and she was less fluent, so I was mostly speaking German to her and a mix with him. We hit up a restaurant - and he explicitly asks the wait staff for an English menu for me. I'm like "...dude."

    Witness.

  • SomestickguySomestickguy Registered User regular
    Sorce wrote: »
    Out of curiosity, do the capsules themselves have A/C outlets inside them? For say charging your phone while you sleep or if you need an electric blanket or whatnot.

    Well let's go see


    That little tablet to the side lets you get a 3DS charger or a fan or whatever sent to your cubicle

    That pillow is memory foam

    I'm pretty sure there's an inbuilt alarm that wakes you up with lights instead of sound

    Also, yes

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  • LorahaloLorahalo Registered User regular
    Capsule hotels are such a neat idea. Just make the rooms a bed and nothing else, then make everything else nicer because you get so much more out of the space you have.

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  • InquisitorInquisitor Registered User regular
    My capsule hotel was not nearly so nice. But it was also a lot cheaper. Of course one of the reasons it was so cheap is that it turned out to be in an area of tokyo full of prostitutes.

    The only real downside of nicer capsule hotels is due to the way they are set up they tend to be one gender only set ups, or atleast different genders per floor at a minimum. Can make traveling as a group troublesome.

  • SomestickguySomestickguy Registered User regular
    Oh right yeah this one is dudes only, should have mentioned

    ... this TV has on demand movies

    The selection's not huge and you have to pay extra whoops OK that's the adult section

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  • PeenPeen tw1tch0rz occasionallyRegistered User regular
    Ok I'm looking at this furikake stuff online and as someone who eats a lot of rice it looks like something I need; there are some with fish flakes and some without, can someone who's had it offer an opinion? Fish necessary, no?

  • #pipe#pipe Cocky Stride, Musky odours Pope of Chili TownRegistered User regular
    a nu start wrote: »
    I love oyako-don for the name alone.

    親子丼

    Well, I guess it tastes alright, too.

    For anyone who can't read Kanji, Oyakodon means "Mother and Child Rice Bowl"

    It is rice with chicken and egg. It is seriously delicious.

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  • sarukunsarukun Mr. Bulldopps Get SchwiftyRegistered User regular
    Actually, 親 is genderless, it means "parent".

    You gotta add "mother" and "father" characters in there separately, 母親,父親。

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  • TrippyJingTrippyJing Moses supposes his toeses are roses. But Moses supposes erroneously.Registered User regular
    Oh right yeah this one is dudes only, should have mentioned

    ... this TV has on demand movies

    The selection's not huge and you have to pay extra whoops OK that's the adult section

    I like to think that you discovered the porn in the middle of typing that post.

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  • a nu starta nu start Registered User regular
    It's irrational, I know, but I just don't like the Ken Tanaka character.

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  • PinfeldorfPinfeldorf Realtor Santa ClaritaRegistered User regular
    a nu start wrote: »
    I love oyako-don for the name alone.

    親子丼

    Well, I guess it tastes alright, too.

    Like we can trust anything you say, anus tart.

  • Metzger MeisterMetzger Meister Registered User regular
    Pinfeldorf wrote: »
    a nu start wrote: »
    I love oyako-don for the name alone.

    親子丼

    Well, I guess it tastes alright, too.

    Like we can trust anything you say, anus tart.

    sarukun
  • a nu starta nu start Registered User regular
    Pinfeldorf wrote: »
    a nu start wrote: »
    I love oyako-don for the name alone.

    親子丼

    Well, I guess it tastes alright, too.

    Like we can trust anything you say, anus tart.

    Crap. They're on to me.

    Number One Tricky
  • PikaPuffPikaPuff Registered User regular
    Peen wrote: »
    Ok I'm looking at this furikake stuff online and as someone who eats a lot of rice it looks like something I need; there are some with fish flakes and some without, can someone who's had it offer an opinion? Fish necessary, no?
    Furikake is dried seaweed. Green flakes. I dunno what you mean by extra fish flakes. But furikake is great on rice no matter what you get?

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  • InquisitorInquisitor Registered User regular
    PikaPuff wrote: »
    Peen wrote: »
    Ok I'm looking at this furikake stuff online and as someone who eats a lot of rice it looks like something I need; there are some with fish flakes and some without, can someone who's had it offer an opinion? Fish necessary, no?
    Furikake is dried seaweed. Green flakes. I dunno what you mean by extra fish flakes. But furikake is great on rice no matter what you get?

    Furikake is a mix of things, typically dried and ground fish flakes, seaweed, sugar, salt and MSG. Some have bonito flakes, some have powdered miso, etc etc

    It's pretty much all delicious though.

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  • italianranmaitalianranma Registered User regular
    edited June 2016
    There are many kinds of furikake. You can find them in most asian food grocers, and sometimes in mainstream markets. Even Amazon has furikake without bonito.

    It's also good on top of eggs, potatoes, and fish.

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    飛べねぇ豚はただの豚だ。
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  • a nu starta nu start Registered User regular
    How about some potato chip (flavored) furikake?

    http://www.nichifuri.co.jp/products/collabo.html

    Number One Tricky
  • PikaPuffPikaPuff Registered User regular
    and now I'm gonna get a poke bowl for dinner

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  • miscellaneousinsanitymiscellaneousinsanity grass grows, birds fly, sun shines, and brother, i hurt peopleRegistered User regular
    i wanna try a poke bowl so much

    but in the meantime, all i can think of when i see the name is

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  • italianranmaitalianranma Registered User regular
    Actually, on the topic of Japanese food, I recommend these youtube channels: RunnyRunny999, Cooking with Ai, and the unfortunately named Cooking with Dog (which does not contain any dog meat recipes).

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  • miscellaneousinsanitymiscellaneousinsanity grass grows, birds fly, sun shines, and brother, i hurt peopleRegistered User regular
    i'll second those and add Miniature Space

  • italianranmaitalianranma Registered User regular
    edited June 2016
    a nu start wrote: »
    It's irrational, I know, but I just don't like the Ken Tanaka character.

    But his Japanese is so good! Hearing David Ury speak is like being stabbed in the ear. It's like, "I remember my first day of reading romanji too." edit: fuck! they're the same person?! That's what I get for making a hasty judgment.

    Though I linked the video, I've only had one bad experience trying to speak to a native Japanese person, and it was actually in Little Tokyo L.A. There was a little shop there that sold a bunch of knick-knacks and things like tamago-yaki pans and a grouchy old woman there who wouldn't speak to me at all, in Japanese or English. I was still a beginner and in college so I just figured my accent was awful. I've never really had a bad experience in Japan itself. I mean, other than all the pushy mama-sans in Shibuya and Shinjiku after hours. I don't really know what to tell you Brainleech, but that sucks that you had such a bad experience.

    I'll tell you one of the best experiences that I had though. I was meeting a friend and looking for landmarks that were a bit obscure. A man a little older than me noticed me wandering on the map and offered help in some really broken English. He ended up escorting me to the meeting place which was about a half mile's walk. I'm sure speaking the language helped, but this was only the latest of many of these experiences that I've had. But again I'm sure a lone foreigner is a lot more approachable than a group of military guys, and we do stand out.

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  • PeenPeen tw1tch0rz occasionallyRegistered User regular
    Inquisitor wrote: »
    PikaPuff wrote: »
    Peen wrote: »
    Ok I'm looking at this furikake stuff online and as someone who eats a lot of rice it looks like something I need; there are some with fish flakes and some without, can someone who's had it offer an opinion? Fish necessary, no?
    Furikake is dried seaweed. Green flakes. I dunno what you mean by extra fish flakes. But furikake is great on rice no matter what you get?

    Furikake is a mix of things, typically dried and ground fish flakes, seaweed, sugar, salt and MSG. Some have bonito flakes, some have powdered miso, etc etc

    It's pretty much all delicious though.

    Great, thanks. Checking online the main difference between types was whether it had bonito or some other kind of fish flaked into it or not. I'll get a few kinds, we'll see how it goes.

  • Butler For Life #1Butler For Life #1 Twinning is WinningRegistered User regular
    I've only tried salmon furikake, but I can tell you that it is delicious

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  • ShortyShorty JUDGE BROSEF Registered User regular
    Inquisitor wrote: »
    Rural Japan
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    Is super pretty
    sFbikBH.jpg

    Please visit it
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    Also it has adorable cafes
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    I just wanted to mention that this looks exactly, like strikingly similar, to where I grew up, which is nowhere near Japan

    Tube wrote: »
    I was legit hoping that Shorty was somehow mistaken and the world wasn't that fucked
    Inquisitor
  • #pipe#pipe Cocky Stride, Musky odours Pope of Chili TownRegistered User regular
    My wife is mental for Ume Furikake

    like a dang cat to cat nip

  • #pipe#pipe Cocky Stride, Musky odours Pope of Chili TownRegistered User regular
    For Japanese cooking channels I will also suggest Jun's Kitchen.

    Please enjoy Jun's beautiful cat and insane knifework

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  • MorivethMoriveth Nobody suspects a thing... Registered User regular
    Fuck, that looks amazing.

    Also that cat is fucking adorable.

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  • InquisitorInquisitor Registered User regular
    Shorty wrote: »
    Inquisitor wrote: »
    Rural Japan
    T0qbx0v.jpg

    Is super pretty
    sFbikBH.jpg

    Please visit it
    yjNRcQe.jpg

    Also it has adorable cafes
    oGf1Qqd.jpg

    I just wanted to mention that this looks exactly, like strikingly similar, to where I grew up, which is nowhere near Japan

    Now you got me curious, where did you grow up?

  • MorivethMoriveth Nobody suspects a thing... Registered User regular
    Inquisitor wrote: »
    Shorty wrote: »
    Inquisitor wrote: »
    Rural Japan
    T0qbx0v.jpg

    Is super pretty
    sFbikBH.jpg

    Please visit it
    yjNRcQe.jpg

    Also it has adorable cafes
    oGf1Qqd.jpg

    I just wanted to mention that this looks exactly, like strikingly similar, to where I grew up, which is nowhere near Japan

    Now you got me curious, where did you grow up?

    He made a typo, he's from Nowhere Near, Japan.

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  • ShortyShorty JUDGE BROSEF Registered User regular
    Inquisitor wrote: »
    Shorty wrote: »
    Inquisitor wrote: »
    Rural Japan
    T0qbx0v.jpg

    Is super pretty
    sFbikBH.jpg

    Please visit it
    yjNRcQe.jpg

    Also it has adorable cafes
    oGf1Qqd.jpg

    I just wanted to mention that this looks exactly, like strikingly similar, to where I grew up, which is nowhere near Japan

    Now you got me curious, where did you grow up?

    outside Snohomish, Washington

    it's a big valley with a lot of farm and dairy land

    up north in Skagit County it's like that, too

    Tube wrote: »
    I was legit hoping that Shorty was somehow mistaken and the world wasn't that fucked
  • RankenphileRankenphile Passersby were amazed by the unusually large amounts of blood.Registered User, Moderator mod
    Shorty wrote: »
    Inquisitor wrote: »
    Shorty wrote: »
    Inquisitor wrote: »
    Rural Japan
    T0qbx0v.jpg

    Is super pretty
    sFbikBH.jpg

    Please visit it
    yjNRcQe.jpg

    Also it has adorable cafes
    oGf1Qqd.jpg

    I just wanted to mention that this looks exactly, like strikingly similar, to where I grew up, which is nowhere near Japan

    Now you got me curious, where did you grow up?

    outside Snohomish, Washington

    it's a big valley with a lot of farm and dairy land

    up north in Skagit County it's like that, too

    Yeah, I was gunna say. That's basically the Skagit Valley right there.

    ShortySlacker71
  • ShortyShorty JUDGE BROSEF Registered User regular
    Shorty wrote: »
    Inquisitor wrote: »
    Shorty wrote: »
    Inquisitor wrote: »
    Rural Japan
    T0qbx0v.jpg

    Is super pretty
    sFbikBH.jpg

    Please visit it
    yjNRcQe.jpg

    Also it has adorable cafes
    oGf1Qqd.jpg

    I just wanted to mention that this looks exactly, like strikingly similar, to where I grew up, which is nowhere near Japan

    Now you got me curious, where did you grow up?

    outside Snohomish, Washington

    it's a big valley with a lot of farm and dairy land

    up north in Skagit County it's like that, too

    Yeah, I was gunna say. That's basically the Skagit Valley right there.

    yeah man that second picture looks just like that one stretch of I-5

    Tube wrote: »
    I was legit hoping that Shorty was somehow mistaken and the world wasn't that fucked
  • InquisitorInquisitor Registered User regular
    edited June 2016
    Shorty wrote: »
    Inquisitor wrote: »
    Shorty wrote: »
    Inquisitor wrote: »
    Rural Japan
    T0qbx0v.jpg

    Is super pretty
    sFbikBH.jpg

    Please visit it
    yjNRcQe.jpg

    Also it has adorable cafes
    oGf1Qqd.jpg

    I just wanted to mention that this looks exactly, like strikingly similar, to where I grew up, which is nowhere near Japan

    Now you got me curious, where did you grow up?

    outside Snohomish, Washington

    it's a big valley with a lot of farm and dairy land

    up north in Skagit County it's like that, too

    Whoah weird coincidence, I first heard of Snohomish literally yesterday when a Shadowrun podcast talked about running an adventure there.

    I'll keep that in mind, now that I am back in LA I really miss that kind of country side and going to Washington would be way cheaper than Japan.

    Inquisitor on
  • MorivethMoriveth Nobody suspects a thing... Registered User regular
    Snohomish is something I always think is misspelled at first. Like, someone really fucked up spelling Sonoma County.

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  • ShortyShorty JUDGE BROSEF Registered User regular
    Inquisitor wrote: »
    Shorty wrote: »
    Inquisitor wrote: »
    Shorty wrote: »
    Inquisitor wrote: »
    Rural Japan
    T0qbx0v.jpg

    Is super pretty
    sFbikBH.jpg

    Please visit it
    yjNRcQe.jpg

    Also it has adorable cafes
    oGf1Qqd.jpg

    I just wanted to mention that this looks exactly, like strikingly similar, to where I grew up, which is nowhere near Japan

    Now you got me curious, where did you grow up?

    outside Snohomish, Washington

    it's a big valley with a lot of farm and dairy land

    up north in Skagit County it's like that, too

    Whoah weird coincidence, I first heard of Snohomish literally yesterday when a Shadowrun podcast talked about running an adventure there.

    I'll keep that in mind, now that I am back in LA I really miss that kind of country side and going to Washington would be way cheaper than Japan.

    northern Washington ain't a bad place to visit if you're into rural living

    also the section on Snohomish in the shadowrun 4e Seattle sourcebook is like, shockingly accurate

    Tube wrote: »
    I was legit hoping that Shorty was somehow mistaken and the world wasn't that fucked
    Inquisitor
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