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post #226 of 306
Uh, might want to rethink that trip and head to a place where the women want to have sex: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/0..._n_809271.html
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Now for some frigid news from Japan that has nothing to do with winter temperatures: a new government-commissioned study finds that young Japanese men are losing their interest in sex, yet another warning sign in a nation notorious for its low birth rate. According to the AFP, a whopping 36.1 percent of teenage boys between the ages of 16-19 said they had little to no interest in sex, and in some cases even despised it, more than twice the 2008 figure of 17.5 percent. Futhermore, the survey, conducted in September 2010, reportedly found that 83.7 percent of Japanese men who turned 20 this year were not dating anyone, while 49.3 percent said they had never had a girlfriend. Girls, it seems, are suffering a similar lack of heat: 59 percent in the same age group felt the same way, up 12 percentage points from 2008. Kunio Kitamura, head of the clinic of the Japan Family Planning Association which took part in the survey, said the data confirms a wider social belief that younger Japanese men are becoming "herbivorous," a label attached to passive men who do not actively seek women and sex. Many younger people were opting to delay starting a family due to the perceived burden on their finances, lifestyles and careers. "The findings seem to reflect the increasing shallowness of human relations in today's busy society." Kitamura is quoted by CNN as saying. The study, which reportedly surveyed 1,301 people aged 16 to 49, yielded a handful of other surprises: 40.8 percent of married people said they had not had sex in the past month, up from 36.5 percent in the 2008 survey and 31.9 percent in the 2004 survey, while nearly 50 percent of married people older than 40 years old said they have not had sex in the past month. Some participants claimed work fatigue and reluctance to have sex after childbirth, while others said they "can't be bothered." "Obviously, the most important reason for Japan's declining birth rate is that people are not having sex," Kitamura told the Telegraph. "Combined with the rising number of elderly people, this population imbalance is a major problem."
post #227 of 306
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Originally Posted by Tokyo Slim View Post
Maybe I'll try one. My buddy in the Army and Collin keep telling me about some cheese/potato thing they have that intrigues me.
Bacon potato pie you say? Also, the N'EX x Suica ticket deal is offered in a Round trip flavour now as well as the one way out of the airport. Dont really save a whole lot more buying the RT vs the OW, but its convenient if you are planning on taking the N'EX back.
post #228 of 306
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Getting there is a pipe dream at this point, but I'm curious what you guys would recommend for taking in both a baseball game (or two if the teams/stadiums are must see's) and a Sumo match?
I went to a sumo tournament. Was damn cool.
post #229 of 306
I went during the off-season in october, but went to the Sumo mueseum in Tokyo, which is adjacent to the actual stadium. Wish i could have peeped a match.
post #230 of 306
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Getting there is a pipe dream at this point, but I'm curious what you guys would recommend for taking in both a baseball game (or two if the teams/stadiums are must see's) and a Sumo match?

The sumo tournaments are held 6 times a year, 3 times in Tokyo and once each in Nagoya, Osaka, and Fukuoka. Schedules are listed on the the sumo association website.

Baseball season starts on March 25th. There are practice games from February 19th to March 21st.
Schedule are on the Nippon Pro Baseball website.

If you are not fixed on where to watch baseball, it might be best to plan your trip between May 8th to 22nd where you can watch the sumo tournament in Tokyo and catch a game at the Tokyo Dome. Or between July 10th to 24th watch sumo in Fukuoka and see the Hawks at the Fukuoka Dome.

My must see stadium is Koshien, in Osaka. Fans are crazy. Shoot up balloons (called jet balloons but looks like condoms blown up) before the start of 7th inning. By the 5th inning, the drunk men start heckling the players. One drunk can just start the chorus of heckling. Of course, if you do get the chance to be in Koshien, you can heckle too at the imported players, in English.

Depending on the standings of the home team, it might be hard to get tickets. In May Tigers and Giants will be having a 3 game set. I can't understand the npb website to figure out whether its in Tokyo or Osaka but either way pray to get tickets. The TIGERS and disgusting giants are heated rivals in the central league, like the Yankees and Red Sox are. Tickets are always hard to get when both are playing each other.

I can't comment on the sumo tournament. I've been wanting to go but I've never been good at planning. My guess is it might be easier to get a ticket to watch sumo than to watch baseball.

Hope this helps.
post #231 of 306
Tickets booked!! First time in Japan. Super psyched. Jan 30 - Feb 12. Flying into Haneda from HKG. Kaiseki - I'm probably going to go to Kyoto on a side excursion. Should I skip kaiseki in Tokyo and just have it at a ryokan in Kyoto? If in Tokyo, thinking about Ryugin or Yukimura. Hotel - considering Tokyu Stay Shibuya or Tokyu Stay Nishi-Shunjuku. Any thoughts on the locations of either? Which might be better for shopping, eating, walking around, etc?
post #232 of 306
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Tickets booked!! First time in Japan. Super psyched. Jan 30 - Feb 12. Flying into Haneda from HKG. Kaiseki - I'm probably going to go to Kyoto on a side excursion. Should I skip kaiseki in Tokyo and just have it at a ryokan in Kyoto? If in Tokyo, thinking about Ryugin or Yukimura. Hotel - considering Tokyu Stay Shibuya or Tokyu Stay Nishi-Shunjuku. Any thoughts on the locations of either? Which might be better for shopping, eating, walking around, etc?
[deleted by Matt cos I love being ignored....] Part of the charm of kaiseki is experiencing in a traditional setting. If you're going to experience it in a ryokan in Kyoto - after you've soaked in an onsen and donned a yukata - that'll probably make it a very different experience from the one you had in Tokyo. Yukimura might have 3-stars but somehow Y40,000 prix fixe for a dinner served in a place with only 11 counter seats is a pretty expensive bet. And, the vibe and 'tude emanating from the Ryugin homepage kinda turns me off; they may be good but a lot seems to have gone to their heads. You'll probably get better advice in this area on Chowhound. On hotels. Definitely would pick Tokyu Stay Shibuya over Tokyu Stay Nishi Shinjuku hands down. Shibuya is cooler than Shinjuku - more fashion and lifestyle shops, trendier restaurants and bars, and within walking distance of Harajuku and Omotesando. Plus the rooms at the Shibuya location are slightly larger than the singles at the Nishi-Shinjuku one -- for about the same rate.
post #233 of 306
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On hotels. Definitely would pick Tokyu Stay Shibuya over Tokyu Stay Nishi Shinjuku hands down. Shibuya is cooler than Shinjuku - more fashion and lifestyle shops, trendier restaurants and bars, and within walking distance of Harajuku and Omotesando. Plus the rooms at the Shibuya location are slightly larger than the singles at the Nishi-Shinjuku one -- for about the same rate.


+100000
post #234 of 306
My brother and I are going to Japan from May 4 - 18th. How much time should we budget in Tokyo? What other cities should we visit? Is it worth going to Mount Fiji? Is Les Creations de Narisawa worth the price of admission?
post #235 of 306
you can see Mt Fuji from Tokyo, so unless you are really into nature and/or mountain climbing, you don't need to go all the way down there. There's supposed to be a really good curry rice place like halfway up Mt. Fuji though, if you do go. 2 weeks for Tokyo is a lot though, spend one week or a little more in Tokyo, spend the other 5-7 days going through Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, and then back to Tokyo if you want to 'see' Japan, other places optional. Every place has its own charms.
post #236 of 306
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you can see Mt Fuji from Tokyo, so unless you are really into nature and/or mountain climbing, you don't need to go all the way down there. There's supposed to be a really good curry rice place like halfway up Mt. Fuji though, if you do go.

2 weeks for Tokyo is a lot though, spend one week or a little more in Tokyo, spend the other 5-7 days going through Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, and then back to Tokyo if you want to 'see' Japan, other places optional. Every place has its own charms.

Okay cool. Would like to catch some baseball and sumo wrestling as well. Based on skimming this thread it's my understanding that May is a good time for both events. Can we buy tickets online?
post #237 of 306
You only climb Fuji once, to say you did it. It's a boring climb, and honestly the views FROM it are far inferior to the views OF it from other mountains.
post #238 of 306
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Is Les Creations de Narisawa worth the price of admission?

Narisawa is so meaninglessly over-priced with mediocre food.

I personally think Italian food in Tokyo is way better than French - although L'Osier is still very nice.
post #239 of 306
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Narisawa is so meaninglessly over-priced with mediocre food.

I personally think Italian food in Tokyo is way better than French - although L'Osier is still very nice.

That's a shame. What about Nihonryori RyuGin or Quintessence?
post #240 of 306
Both are good if you like some very creative (i.e. less traditional) cuisine - although making a reservation is going to be tough... If you want to try French, I'd stick with L'Osier. For Japanese, it really depends on the type of food you want to try but here are my favourites: Tempura: Rakutei in Akasaka Sushi: Sushisho in Yotsuya and Kyubei in general is very used to dealing with non Japanese customers Kaiseki: Kojyu is good for its price; Kyoaji is the best if you can justify the bill (+JPY40,000) and you know someone who can take you there as they do not take reservations from the first timers
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