Heibi's Japan Trip

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Well, here are a few pictures of my trip to Japan in September. I got the Kika drink(Orange Juice).
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Me at the Gundam Cafe
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At the base of Sky Tree
At the base of Sky Tree
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One of our favorite meals.
One of our favorite meals.
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A friend wanted some Pokeman trinkets
A friend wanted some Pokeman trinkets
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Gotta love a place where Gundam gets advertising on a bus.
Gotta love a place where Gundam gets advertising on a bus.
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Hokkaido style ramen. My friend had this one, I had one without the eggs on top. I was delicious.
Hokkaido style ramen. My friend had this one, I had one without the eggs on top. I was delicious.
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Looks like you had fun! All that great food...and even the Gundam Cafe! :D
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That looks like the Gundam Cafe on the basement level of Tokyo Station! Did you tour the Character Street down there too?
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I am glad you were able to go to Japan this September. I just turned forty this year and I was hoping to go, but I really have got to do more foundational things to prepare for the trip. I been watching the JapanChannelDCom on youtube. I am struggling learning my cello, and losing weight right now. Got a lot of goals to make before I go to Japan. I want to go for about a month at a time. I was wondering should I take a leave of absence from my job or just wait three more years and I will have a month of paid vacation. How long did you stay? What obstacles did you have to tackle to get to go?
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yusaku wrote:I was wondering should I take a leave of absence from my job or just wait three more years and I will have a month of paid vacation.
It really depends on the nature of your work. The last time I came to Japan for 4 weeks (before I moved here, of course), I had a cyclical job. The first week of the month was crunch time, inputting forecasts, and then at the end of the month, I would run reports for the actuals, then compare them to the forecasts and track the variations. So, it was easy to have another analyst cover for me while I was gone during the slow weeks. Also, I was a contractor, so they didn't care if I was gone, since the company didn't have to pay me. The next job I had after that though, I was in a more crucial role.

So if you have the means (and the money), a whole month in Japan would be awesome. Get the rail pass and go anywhere you want!
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yusaku wrote:I am glad you were able to go to Japan this September. I just turned forty this year and I was hoping to go, but I really have got to do more foundational things to prepare for the trip. I been watching the JapanChannelDCom on youtube. I am struggling learning my cello, and losing weight right now. Got a lot of goals to make before I go to Japan. I want to go for about a month at a time. I was wondering should I take a leave of absence from my job or just wait three more years and I will have a month of paid vacation. How long did you stay? What obstacles did you have to tackle to get to go?
Stayed a week this time. Not too many obstacles. Just get a passport(no visa required), good shoes(worked in), work out a little for all the walking you'll do, save money to spend on what you want to do or buy over there.

I try to go once a year. I'm retired now so it's easy to make the time. Even when I was in the Air Force I'd made the time. Plus I wanted to be as far away from work as possible.

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Let me add a couple more. One more from the Gundam Cafe. We walked all over looking for it and found tons of character related stores. And one from Ikebukuro.
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And the Gundam on display in the cafe.
And the Gundam on display in the cafe.
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:lol: I love the guys peaking over behind you, like "Hey, what's up?" :mrgreen:
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usamimi wrote::lol: I love the guys peaking over behind you, like "Hey, what's up?" :mrgreen:
Yeah, I noticed that too. He even smiled for the camera.

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Greg and Hebei thanks for the info. It is good news no visa is necessary. I may just do an early retirement from my job. I got two more years to go before I am vested. It will give me time to get the weight down and learn some japanese. I was thinking of taking the JLPT next year. I want to meet and talk with some of the Japanese there. Hopefully, I can get to level four out of five onn the test before I go. I do not know if I will wait that long though. It may be best to go as soon as possible.

I want to go to AWA con in Atlanta next because I did say I was going. I just have to see how much I am able to save as well. I could shorten my trip to Japan make it only a week. Then go to the con and take it light on the collectibles. Then doing both might be possible. Thanks again guys!
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