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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by earthdragon, Nov 18, 2008.

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  1. Geoffrey Firmin

    Geoffrey Firmin Senior member

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    I used Earth's choice for years however found it a bit harsh on clothes so moved to eco store.
     
  2. The Ernesto

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    This topic never stops giving.

    Almost biblical there Halifax - And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man.
     
  3. Gerry Nelson

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    What would be a good itinerary for 9 days in Japan with 4 days in Tokyo? We're looking to head out there at the end of November.

    Menswear, food and photographic location recommendations would be very welcome!

    LonerMatt has already raved about the okonomiyaki and I suspect you really can't go too far wrong no matter where you go but advice from those who have been there would be great.
    :)
    On my list so far:
    • sashimi at the Tsukiji fish market
    • United Arrows

    That's about it so far [​IMG]
     
  4. Petepan

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    Aiya, Mr Nelson, how can you miss Isetan mens shoes section?

    I highly recommend Mutekiya for ramen. Either go early or go late, otherwise queue is at least half an hour. Nearest station i know is Ikebukero on the Yamanote line.

    If you can, try to book in lunch at Joel Roebuchon. Reasonable price for excellent French cuisine.

    If you are into Japanese denim, then head to Ueno. Yamanote line again.

    Lots of photo ops, you wont be wanting for subjects in Tokyo.

    I am not sure whether you are passing Osaka, if so, then get your okonomiyaki there instead of Tokyo. Also try Kyushu ramen in Osaka. The one i went to is called Genkouji located at Umeda. Also, Osaka is 45 mins by fast train to Kobe, where you can track down Koji Suzuki of Spigola.

    Will let you know if i can think of anything else.
     
  5. Journeyman

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    fxh was there fairly recently, so he might have some recommendations.

    I provided him with a list of some thoughts on an itinerary, so I'll send you a PM about sending the same list with my thoughts on it to you, too, Gerry.

    Do you have accommodation booked for Tokyo yet? If you know where you'll be staying, I'll be able to give you some more concrete recommendations. Also, what are you thinking of doing for other five days? It would well be worth getting a one-week Japan Rail (JR) pass so that you can catch the shinkansen down south and back up again.
     
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    I went to L'atelier de Joel Robuchon in Tokyo when I was there. Absolutely superb and was unmatched by anything I had experienced (in Australia) until I tried some NYC restaurants.

    I would also recommend Birdland in Ginza. Traditional kushiyaki.

    You should also go to the bar at the top of the Tokyo Park Hyatt. Stunning views; you can even see Mt Fuji on a clear day.

    Sights

    The one site I would highly recommend is Nara. Go there and feed the deer (and prepare to be swarmed by them).
     
  7. fxh

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    JMs stuff was very good and useful - I should update it and send to you Gerry.

    I'm not someone who likes to spend $ unless I have to. We had great cheap accommodation in Ueno and it was very convenient to anywhere. Luckily we were 10 min walk from Ueno Park and hit there the EXACT week the blossoms came out. Came back a week later from spending time up country in snow and hills in rural Niigatta way with a family and there was only two trees with any blossom left. Amazing. Don't go to the zoo - I don't think I've ever been so sad and angry as I was on seeing the Ueno Zoo. Spoilt at least a whole day and night for me.

    It also depends what you are interested in and what you want to do. Second hand clothes are fantastic - cheap and great - I got vintage BB etc for $3 - $5. Hard to find shops.

    I'm in CBD vicinity tomorrow. Give me a ring if end of the day suits you.
     
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  8. Halifax

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    I will have a look - which product do you use on cotton? Are the powder or liquid detergents OK or is it essential that you use the delicates & wool variety.

    During November you should be able to catch some of the autumn falls in Tyoko, Kyoto as well as the southern island (great photography). Unfortunately, most of my travels have been north of Tokyo but Shikoku and Kyushu are next on my list.

    I've never really gone shopping for clothes but if you like slim fitting shirts, I've heard good things about Kamakura Shirts.

    I highly recommend Japanese whiskey if you don't mind a drink. As a side, it was a sad day when they stopped exporting Yebisu beer to Brisbane.
     
  9. Journeyman

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    Japan, particularly Tokyo, is food heaven. Yes, top-of-the-line restaurants are extremely expensive, but typically the attention and quality of the ingredients is second-to-none and blows most Australian restaurants out of the water. A lot of the best Japanese restaurants, particularly in Kyoto, have been concentrating on local, seasonal produce for decades, long before the current "locavore" craze hit the West thanks to places like Noma a few years back.

    If anyone is heading to Tokyo and is interested in eating at some Michelin-starred restaurants (as Tokyo has more Michelin-starred restaurants than anywhere else in the world) have a look at Andy Hayler's blog - it's an invaluable resource.
     
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  10. Gerry Nelson

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    Thanks, everyone. I'm still in Malaysia and back in a week. We've got accommodation in Tokyo booked already from 16-19 Nov but nothing afterwards.
     
  11. Halifax

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    Would you be interested in Onsen? There are a number around Hakone/Fujisan, on the way to Osaka/Kobe/Kyoto.
     
  12. Journeyman

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    Shikoku and Kyushu are both nice to visit. I'd really like to head to Sakurajima, just off the coast of southern Kyushu, on a future visit to Japan but my wife might have something to say about that!

    I was lucky enough to still see quite a bit of autumn foliage on a holiday to Kyoto and Nara in December 2011 - there are some photos of that (along with other things) on my Tumblr blog (see link in signature).



    Halifax, have you been to Taro's Ramen Cafe on the corner of Adelaide and Creek Streets in the city?

    They have (or at least, recently had) Yebisu beer on their menu, as well as a good selection of other Japanese beers that aren't often seen outside Japan. The ramen is fantastic, too, and Taro has quite a few other good things on the menu. Well worth a visit, either for lunch or dinner. The location isn't too prepossessing, but the food more than makes up for it. I try to go there for lunch every few weeks.

    Also, Wagaya (a Japanese izakaya upstairs from the Chinatown Mall) has Yebisu beer.
     
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    Gross.. But it's due to a build up of deodorant on your shirt.. White vinegar gets off


    Isn't tsujiki going to relocate soon? You may not get that opportunity.
     
  14. Journeyman

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    There are plans to relocate the Tsukiji fish market to Toyosu, in the Koto Ward of Tokyo, in 2014. There's been quite a bit of opposition to the move, though, and the proposed site is actually smaller than the current site if I remember correctly, so it may not go ahead or, at least, might be delayed beyond the planned relocation date of 2014.
     
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    Has anyone seen a belt like this anywhere? It probably doesn't need to be pink... just looking for a nice casual canvas thing.

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  16. smeggett

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    Thanks for this Mr Porter suggestion nabilmust - just had a look and found a Turnbull and Asser silk bow tie which looks quite decent. Here 'tis: http://www.mrporter.com/product/374256 Although I do like the diamond tip style, although can't find too many of them about.
     
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    Sake on eagle St pier just got yebisu back, along with a very Germanic suntory pilsner. Both quite good, and the food is alright too.

    I did miss yebisu when it went on hiatus, but it appears to be back.
     
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    This year Ive been working on the corner of Adelaide and Creek until June and dont recall a Taro's Ramen Cafe. Could you be referring to Oshi?

    Ive also worked in the Boeing building on the corner of Adelaide and Creek and do recall a noodle shop there. Not sure if that is the one you are referring to.
     
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    Foxy got a date. Now to stress over what to wear. Casual coffee. Prob gonna go Double Monks, gun metal chinos, Kitsune cable knit.
     
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