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    even in public toilets
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    going to a moking area
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    where's the toilet?
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    The Famous Japanese Bidet (toilets)

    by machomikemd Written Oct 31, 2009

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    the high tech bidet
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    Favorite thing: Before japan was famous (or notorious) for it's squat toilets wherein you just squat to tke a dump or pee but nowadays japan is now popularly known for its bidets and anus washes (lavatory) and it is an experience to use this bidets and *** washesas every hotel room is equipped with this high tech stuff and in public bathrooms, look for the bidet sign as they are separate from ordinary toilets ok! these high tech toilets include many advanced features rarely seen outside of Asia. Depending on the exact model, these bidets are designed to open the lid when they sense a user nearby, wash the anus or vulva of the user, dry afterwards with warm air, flush automatically and close the lid after use.

    Fondest memory: The most basic feature is the integrated bidet, a nozzle the size of a pencil that comes out from underneath the toilet seat and squirts water. It has two settings: one for washing the anus and one for the bidet. The former is called posterior wash, general use, or family cleaning, and the latter is known as feminine cleaning, feminine wash or simply bidet. At no point does the nozzle actually touch the body of the user. The nozzle is also self-cleaning and cleans itself before and after operation. The user can select to wash the anus or vulva by pressing the corresponding button on the control panel. Usually the same nozzle is used for both operations, but at a different position of the nozzle head, and using different openings in the nozzle to squirt water at a different angle to aim for the correct spot. Occasionally, two nozzles are used, each dedicated for one area. The control logic is also attached to a pressure switch in the toilet seat, and operates only if there is pressure on the seat, indicating that the seat is occupied.

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    Smoking Areas

    by machomikemd Written Oct 31, 2009

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    Favorite thing: One in four Japanese smoke. Smoking is popular among high school students, who can easily get hold of cigarettes despite a law banning children from buying them. About 1/2 of Japanese adults smoke too so you can see lots of cigarette vending machines. There is a law in Japan that bans smoking in public and air conditioned areas except in designated smoking areas. the fine if you are caught smoking in public outside of these designated areas is 20,000 yen ($ 208) so would strongly advise smokers to just smoke in the designated areas, you can ask people on where these smoking areas are.

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    The Japanese Yen

    by machomikemd Written Oct 26, 2009

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    10,000 yen note
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    Favorite thing: the japanese yen is the main currency of Japan since the Meiji period in the 1870's. It has ¥1000, ¥2000, ¥5000, and ¥10,000 notes and has 1, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 500 yen coins. It is the third most popular currency after the US Dollar and the Euro. the present exhange Rate between the US Dollar to the yen is $ 1= 87 yen in money exchange shops and $ 1= 82 yen at hotels and $ 1 = 89 yen at post offices so I would recommend that you exchange US dollars at post offices and if no post office nearby then at money exchange shops ok since they have better exchange rates than hotesl!

    Fondest memory: don't always compute the US dollar equivalent of prices as you will just be dissapointed with the high prices in japan!

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    Yanaka4

    by rikoriko Written Jan 2, 2007

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    old well

    Favorite thing: Japanese Old town still you can see in Tokyo!!

    If you have a time, pls try to visit Japanese old town, Yanaka where you can go there by subway, senndagi or nezu or you can also go there by JR, "Nippori station".

    It is very good for a walk.

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    Yanaka3

    by rikoriko Written Jan 2, 2007

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    Old cafe

    Favorite thing: Japanese Old town still you can see in Tokyo!!

    If you have a time, pls try to visit Japanese old town, Yanaka where you can go there by subway, senndagi or nezu or you can also go there by JR, "Nippori station".

    It is very good for a walk.

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    Yanaka2

    by rikoriko Updated Jan 2, 2007

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    Old Teracced House

    Favorite thing: Japanese Old town still you can see in Tokyo!!

    If you have a time, pls try to visit Japanese old town, Yanaka where you can go there by subway, senndagi or nezu or you can also go there by JR, "Nippori station".

    It is very good for a walk.

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    Yanaka1

    by rikoriko Updated Jan 2, 2007

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    Reclaimed land wall

    Favorite thing: Japanese Old town still you can see in Tokyo!!

    If you have a time, pls try to visit Japanese old town, Yanaka where you can go there by subway, senndagi or nezu or you can also go there by JR, "Nippori station".

    It is very good for a walk.

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    Tokyo

    by stonefree Updated Dec 2, 2005

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    Favorite thing: In fact, there is no name of the place "Tokyo". This may make you being embarrassed. But I'm honest. The word just "Tokyo" as a name of a place can be used only for "Tokyo-to", or for "Tokyo Station" as far as possible, on a map or an atlas.

    Tokyo-to is one of the 47 prefectures (ken) in Japan that possesses the metropolitan of Japan. It consists on the 23 wards (ku) and several other cities, town and villages.

    When we call "Tokyo", we are generally referring to the area within the 23 ku. The aggregate of the 23 ku is the metropolitan and is considered as one city.

    The names of the wards of the 23 ku are...
    Chiyoda-ku
    Chuo-ku
    Minato-ku
    Shinjuku-ku
    Bunkyo-ku
    Taito-ku
    Sumida-ku
    Koto-ku
    Shinagawa-ku
    Meguro-ku
    Ota-ku
    Setagaya-ku
    Shibuya-ku
    Suginami-ku
    Toshima-ku
    Kita-ku
    Arakawa-ku
    Itabashi-ku
    Nerima-ku
    Adachi-ku
    Katsushika-ku
    Edogawa-ku

    Fondest memory: ref: Tokyo Metropolitan Government's site
    and Tokyo Tourism Info

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    Vending Machines

    by vigi Updated Jul 6, 2003

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    I cannot skip a vending daily machines trasaction

    Fondest memory: Japan is the nation of vending machines. You can buy almost anything from them - condoms, sanitary towels, batteries, tobacco, soft drinks, beer, hundreds of varieties of canned tea, train tickets, instant noodles, sandwiches, you name it.

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    Tokyo Bay Area

    by o00o Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: At that time, the old name of Tokyo City was replaced with Tokyo-to or Tokyo Metropolis and it was designated as a special administrative unit similar to a prefecture, the largest unit of local government in Japan.

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    Fuji TV Broad Cast

    by o00o Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: This city may be crowded enough to make New York seem like a quiet city, but its crime rate is lower than any other city in the world. In Tokyo crime is something that the average person rarely has to think about.

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    Rice Wine Bath

    by o00o Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: As a foreigner, probably for the first time in your life, you will be completely surrounded by thousands of people of a different nationality to as through it's physical isolation Japan is one of the most HOMOgeneous nations in the world with a population of over 98% Japanese.

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    Some general facts

    by LysDor Updated Dec 3, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Here are some general facts and figures to show you how big Tokyo is and that in my 5 days stay I had time only to concentrate on few parts of this huge metropolitan.

    HISTORY: EDO the former name of Tokyo in 1800 was at that time the largest city in the world with a population past 1 million.

    TODAY: Tokyo is far more than just a city. It is the heart of the most populated urban agglomeration on the planet. Well, NOW I do believe it!! Tokyo (central part + 23 wards) has a population of about 8,9 million people!

    The picture is Tokyo New City hall (243m) in Shinjuku

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    Get use to the speed mode. Or...

    by shiran_d Written Aug 25, 2002
    Station display, Ticket hall, Ueno park

    Favorite thing: Get use to the speed mode.
    Or just relax like you would in any nice city.
    Lots to see.
    Take your Japanese translator (BOOK) with you.

    Fondest memory: On your first trip to Tokyo you will undoubtedly be surprised at just how modern (and sprawling) the city really is. It shouldn't come as a surprise considering that large portions of the city have been demolished and rebuilt during the 20th Century.

    Try not to be shocked by the realization that the Tokyo you came to see was probably leveled in an earthquake or blown up during the war

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    Odaiba 2

    by o00o Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Originally the city occupied an area of approximately 250 square miles but in 1943, the name Tokyo City was abolished in a government reorganization.

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