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Old 29th December 2011, 10:05 PM
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Do they sell Vegemite in Japan? (I've never seen it sold there)

When I was studying in Japan, there was this another Australian student whose parents sent him a jar of Vegemite. He brought it to uni one day and to let some of the other international students (and our Japanese teachers) have a taste. Most people (other than Aussies and Kiwis) thought it was either weird or just yuck... I think one Chinese or Korean guy thought it tasted okay... but this one American dude had the best reaction - he took a huge scoop and shoved in his mouth, then he wanted to spit it out but of course couldn't so he forced himself to swallow and said, "MWWOAR! I THOUGHT IT WOULD TASTE LIKE CHOCOLATE!"
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Old 3rd January 2012, 06:38 PM
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A friend found an import place that sells the small jars at inflated cost. Think I'll just hassle my mother to send some over instead.

On a more topic-related topic, if it's not too blurry could I get a translation on this please?
I just made what may be the most crazy good value Japan acquisition yet, but it seems a little too good to be true so I'd like to know what the sticker says.
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Old 3rd January 2012, 09:18 PM
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Picture's rather blurry... The printed text above the hand written one says "damaged box" (lit. "hurt box"), and the large hand written text says "shaded colours," which I'm guessing might refer to discolouration. The rest is particularly blurry (that second Kanji is illegible) and kinda confusing, but I think it says that they're not sure if all the paperwork's there.

Here's a typed version if anyone else wants to have a go:
Printed sticker says:
箱イタミ(箱痛み:はこいたみ)
Large hand written text says:
色ぬり有(色塗り有:いろぬりゆう)
折本(?)有(せつほん(?)ゆう)
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Old 3rd January 2012, 09:34 PM
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Cheers Goki, and sorry for the pic quality - I did the best I could with the camera.
Shaded colours might be the fact that my 1050 Yen 'hurt box' BW Metals x-9 has a black tail...guess I'll have to open him and see.
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Old 3rd January 2012, 11:06 PM
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That is indeed incredibly cheap! The paper work should be the instructions which has the catalogue printed on the other side - and this sticker sheet. Oh, and the lenticular tech specs card which is evidently present, and a self-addressed survey/feedback card, although the postage-paid would be expired by now.
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Hey wow... so I got some Japanese Yen today... and it's been a while since I've handled JPY, but I can't find the small "Braille" circles on the bottom of the notes that help blind people tell which note is what denomination! I've got several different denominations of notes and none of them have it!

Looking at some different sample scans on wikipedia, it does appear that they've stopped embossing these circles into notes from those minted from 2004.

Images for comparison:
1984-series 10,000JPY note <--look carefully at the bottom right corner, you can see a small circular indent with a raised smaller circle in the middle.
1984-series 5000JPY note <-- there are two "Braille" circles on the bottom right hand corner (one on top of the other).

Now compare this with the 2004-series notes, which are the ones in current circulation:
10,000JPY <---nothing on any corners
5000JPY <---nothing on any corners
...I cannot see or feel anything on these notes. I've held them up to the light and can't see them either.

So... this must suck for the blind.
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Old 4th February 2012, 09:46 PM
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日本旅行写真集です!
Japan trip photos!

第1巻:大阪 / PART 1: OSAKA

私たちのホテルの前(動物園前駅の近く)。ホテルの近くに怪しい教会がありました。
Outside our hotel.


難波:
Namba:
「ゲゲゲの鬼太郎」の壁画
"Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro" mural


大阪の一番大切の地点:トイザらス!
Osaka's most important site: Toys R Us!


トラフォ!TFs!






プロールはうどんに水泳
Prowl swimming in Udon noodles


でかいリラックマ
massive Rilakkuma


リラックマいっぱい!
Lots of Rilakkumas!


かに汁!
Crab juice!


ファーストッチ
First Kitchen


犬の服:ワンコスって?!
Doggie clothes (look at the text under the inverted Maccas logo...<cough>)


チンコ&スロットって?!
Pachinko & Slot?!


ビックカメラのトラフォ
TFs @ Bic Camera


忍者屋
Ninja shop


パワードラッグワンズ!
Power Drug Ones!


「やあ、鉄人28号!」
"Hey Gigantor!"


海遊館
Osaka's Kaiyukan aquarium


馬鹿でかいネズミだ! <気持ち悪い>
This is a giant RAT! XO


巨大ペンギンから生まれちゃった
Being born from a giant penguin


海遊館の外
Outside Kaiyukan


天保山大観覧車
Tenpouzan Ferris Wheel


忍者の後ろから忍んで俺・・・
Sneaking up on a ninja...


弁天町
Ben 10 cho!


美しい侍ね
What a pretty samurai


大阪城の堀
Osaka Castle moat


豊國神社
Hōkoku Shrine


大阪城
Osaka Castle


梅田
Umeda


ミニアチュアの戦
Battle in Miniature


ホログラム! (めっちゃかっこいいぞ)
Holograms! (so kewl!)


大阪城からの見晴らし
View from Osaka Castle


孫コンボイ将軍
Shogun Goki!




ひと声かけて(公共責任を心配で、豪州にこういう広告は絶対無理だろう)
A poster encouraging members of the public to assist the disabled... (that'd never happen here cos of public liability concerns)


第6回FIFA女子ワールドカップドイツ2011年:なでしこ日本


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大阪のトラフォファン集会の写真はこっちです。
Pics of the Osaka Transfan meet can be found here.
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次回・・・ 第2巻:京都!
Coming up... Part 2: Kyoto!
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Old 6th February 2012, 03:04 PM
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Great pics Goki-Senpai, really making me miss Japan
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Old 6th February 2012, 03:09 PM
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Hey wow... so I got some Japanese Yen today... and it's been a while since I've handled JPY, but I can't find the small "Braille" circles on the bottom of the notes that help blind people tell which note is what denomination! I've got several different denominations of notes and none of them have it!

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So... this must suck for the blind.
Wouldn't be surprised if the blind pay for stuff using their mobile phones these days!
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Old 6th February 2012, 03:59 PM
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True. I noticed a lot of people are using that "tap and go" mobile phone payment system over there!
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