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by stevie
Tue 02.05.2008 6:52 pm
Forum: History and Literature Discussions
Topic: Haruki Murakami recommendations?
Replies: 16
Views: 17770

RE: Haruki Murakami recommendations?

I've liked every Murakami book I've read so far. I read After The Quake (Japanese name 神のこどもたちはみな踊る I think) first, a collection of short stories about characters in the time after the Kobe earthquake. If you're wondering, the Japanese title of the book is the name of one of the stories - in English...
by stevie
Mon 02.04.2008 5:48 pm
Forum: General off topic
Topic: Minty Japanese Linux
Replies: 1
Views: 1324

RE: Minty Japanese Linux

I've just been through a similar transition in the last month or so (to Ubuntu linux) on one of my computers. Getting Japanese and Chinese (and Korean for the inevitable day that I start dabbling) IME was one of the first things I figured out. Anyway I'm using SCIM (you can read about it here): http...
by stevie
Sun 02.03.2008 5:53 am
Forum: Culture and Info about living in Japan
Topic: most surprising
Replies: 24
Views: 6408

RE: most surprising

My first reaction to Japan was actually how quick and painless getting through customs was. Getting from the plane to the terminal exit must have taken like ten minutes maximum. On the other hand I didn't exactly go in high tourist season, and my flight wasn't fully booked. I maybe got lucky with th...
by stevie
Fri 12.28.2007 6:57 pm
Forum: Games
Topic: Final fantasy IV DS
Replies: 8
Views: 4345

RE: Final fantasy IV DS

My best friend just beat it yesterday. I guess the cutscenes are more, er, dramatic (perhaps as you'd expect), there are a few extra ones thrown in and he says there's some retcon going on as well... again, as you might expect. There are a few changes in the ability system but I'm not really sure wh...
by stevie
Mon 11.05.2007 8:17 pm
Forum: Culture and Info about living in Japan
Topic: Go to Japan in Winter or Summer?
Replies: 30
Views: 7071

RE: Go to Japan in Winter or Summer?

I went in winter (January-February) - I didn't find it obscenely cold at all, in fact for me, it felt like springtime - apart from my first day in Kyoto when it was very cold and snowing (and it warmed up later on that day). My frame of reference is the weather in Edinburgh though, where winter can ...
by stevie
Sun 11.04.2007 7:25 pm
Forum: Japanese General Discussion
Topic: Any other languages?
Replies: 46
Views: 10225

RE: Any other languages?

I'm only any good with English. I studied French and German in the past but don't recall much of either. I'd say I know as much after a year of studying Japanese as I did after five years of studying French (though can't speak/understand as well due to lack of practice in those areas). I'm also stud...
by stevie
Wed 10.31.2007 8:07 pm
Forum: Culture and Info about living in Japan
Topic: Working/teaching-specifically in Tokyo
Replies: 17
Views: 4098

RE: Working/teaching-specifically in Tokyo

Come to think of it, I think a good deal of the non-Japanese I met when I was in Tokyo were there by accident, meaning that they hadn't aimed for Japan, but their company (Ikea was the only one I remember) had thrown them there for a few years. Likewise, these people were always moving around - I re...
by stevie
Sun 10.28.2007 4:24 pm
Forum: Culture and Info about living in Japan
Topic: Japanese culture topics?
Replies: 13
Views: 2935

RE: Japanese culture topics?

I think every Japanese person I know has read manga at one point but doesn't anymore (interestingly enough, the age distribution is 20-30, and one 38-year-old), and none of them watch anime or find it interesting/appealing. I think there is a whole lot of information about Geisha available to state ...
by stevie
Fri 10.26.2007 7:37 pm
Forum: Culture and Info about living in Japan
Topic: Porn is bad, mmkay.
Replies: 38
Views: 8778

RE: Porn is bad, mmkay.

Hmm. pornography (noun) - books, pictures, films, etc designed to be sexually arousing, often offensive owing to their explicit nature). You know I don't really consider ads with toddlers running around in them, or something like Venus de Milo, pornographic - but someone else might. I think somethin...
by stevie
Mon 10.22.2007 3:02 am
Forum: Japanese General Discussion
Topic: 漢字s, 漫画s, アニメs
Replies: 5
Views: 1835

RE: 漢字s, 漫画s, アニメs

Come to think of it, I think it's very rare that I hear 'kanji' pluralised, if at all. Every Japanese person I know with no exception just says 'Chinese characters' (well, when speaking in english obviously) and every non-Japanese person I know either says 'kanji', 'the symbols', or 'the characters'...
by stevie
Sun 10.14.2007 7:49 am
Forum: Japanese General Discussion
Topic: Any 2chan-like boards that *don't* block gaijin?
Replies: 13
Views: 7165

RE: Any 2chan-like boards that *don't* block gaijin?

To be honest, so did I until a couple months ago - until then I had assumed you would need the Japanese version of Windows for the characters to be displayed correctly. But I just played around with it one day and it did the trick. I've came across one or two sites though, where I just can't get it ...
by stevie
Sun 10.14.2007 7:26 am
Forum: Japanese General Discussion
Topic: Any 2chan-like boards that *don't* block gaijin?
Replies: 13
Views: 7165

RE: Any 2chan-like boards that *don't* block gaijin?

Even with futaba I don't think it's as simple as blocking 'dirty gaijin' out. Maybe that's a part of it, but I always thought bandwidth factored in pretty heavily as well. Anyway, the side menu is scrambled for me too, it's to do with encoding. If you go to the 'view' menu and 'character encoding' o...
by stevie
Sun 10.14.2007 6:57 am
Forum: Japanese General Discussion
Topic: Any 2chan-like boards that *don't* block gaijin?
Replies: 13
Views: 7165

RE: Any 2chan-like boards that *don't* block gaijin?

I think there's some confusion here between 2ちゃんねる (2ch.net) which as far as I can tell is open to everyone, and 双葉ちゃん / ふたばちゃんねる (2chan.net) which according to wikipedia blocks posting from non-Japanese IP addresses. I haven't tried to post on either though. I think 2chan.net span off from 2ch.net,...
by stevie
Mon 10.08.2007 6:51 pm
Forum: Culture and Info about living in Japan
Topic: sitting on the floor
Replies: 21
Views: 4804

RE: sitting on the floor

I was at a party at a Japanese friend's house last week and many of the Japanese people there sat on the floor around the table, even when the chairs/sofas were free and there was no food out. However, apart from me, the few other westerners there opted to take the chairs (maybe cause there was no r...
by stevie
Mon 10.01.2007 3:32 pm
Forum: Learning Materials Reviews & Language Learning tips
Topic: How i learned the joyo kanji in two weeks
Replies: 65
Views: 14070

RE: How i learned the joyo kanji in two weeks

Hey if you can learn around 2000 kanji in a couple weeks and be satisfied with what you've been able to do then that is all good. I learn Kanji pretty slowly, but I also don't put any emphasis on it at all. For example, and please consider that this is theoretical, but if I could learn 3 kanji a day...