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New Poll - Visiting Japan
This week's fun and chill poll is from icassop. What kind of thing would you do if you only had a day in Japan and money wasn't an issue? Plenty of options to choose from, but sorry if I forgot your favorite choice.

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related)
http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: Favorite background / setting for a series
Choices:
School - votes: 3303 (26.9%)
Workplace - votes: 509 (4.1%)
Rural village or the countryside - votes: 553 (4.5%)
Near the ocean - votes: 196 (1.6%)
Military setting - votes: 244 (2%)
Big city - votes: 587 (4.8%)
Futuristic sci-fi - votes: 502 (4.1%)
Historical fiction - votes: 545 (4.4%)
Modern mixed with fantasy - votes: 2123 (17.3%)
Historical mixed with fantasy - votes: 1992 (16.2%)
Future mixed with fantasy - votes: 592 (4.8%)
Apocalyptic - votes: 668 (5.4%)
Steampunk - votes: 461 (3.8%)
There were 12275 total votes.
The poll ended: December 29th 2012

I'm actually surprised that school won out. Perhaps those of us older folks would like to relive our childhoods. Or maybe the school years have so many hormones that it's an interesting setting...
Posted by lambchopsil on December 29th 8:37am Comments ( 58 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
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» ReaperXN on December 29th, 2012, 1:47am

You are missing one, i dont see ALL The Above.

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» lambchopsil on December 29th, 2012, 9:59am

That was on purpose

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» hamzah555 on December 29th, 2012, 2:40am

c83

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» lambchopsil on December 29th, 2012, 9:59am

Hmm, didn't think about doujinshi...

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» leiyepewei on December 29th, 2012, 3:26am

lol reaperxn i like the way you think!

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» Jiin33 on December 29th, 2012, 3:54am

... I would do most of them. exceptions would be department store, arcade and celebrities

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» Oriolidae on December 29th, 2012, 4:07am

Of course I'd buy a house as the first thing! That way I could easily stay in Japan for more than 24 hours without it costing me a fortune! Oh, and I'd buy a mall as well, food...you know.

... THEN I'd buy a pony and a samurai-sword and go on adventure.

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» caitnap on December 30th, 2012, 9:33am

you will only stay there for24 hours...house or permanent thing in Japan will be of no use...
which is why I decided to go for the anime and manga XD actually I will do most of them

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» philip72 on December 31st, 2012, 9:13pm

But you can flip the real estate later for funds.

The "money is no object" bit is more important to me than the location.

There's a lot of high performance sports cars that were only released in Japan, I'd buy as many used as I could, and arrange their export after. You could make a small fortune reselling them to American and European collectors who don't want the hassle of importing them themselves.
I'd buy some big shipping companies like Nippon Yusen or The Port Service.
I'd grab as many large tracts of rural land as I could.
I'd buy some smaller independent OEM parts makers for Toyota, Mazda,Honda, etcetera.
And finally and most importantly, I'd max out on Japanese Treasury Bonds.

Since I only have 24 hours before the trip ends and the "no issue" money disappears, I'd probably have to arrange everything in advance and spend the whole time signing papers.
But my life would be wonderful afterwards.

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» Dionaea on January 2nd, 2013, 3:22am

I was thinking the same, if money isn't an issue, then why isn't there a 'play monopoly for real' option bigrazz

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» AegaeonsWrath on December 29th, 2012, 4:30am

I would totally love to visit Japan.

*sigh* One day, I shall.

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» tactics on December 29th, 2012, 5:07am

I would go mad buying figurines, especially if money is not an issue.

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» 0oKat~0 on December 29th, 2012, 6:53am

You're missing another. Where's the option to blow all your money on live concerts? xD

Since I dont see that, I think I would buy a property in japan, so that I'll be able to return there in the future. ...And if I was allowed a second option, it would definitely be a host club. Hoho~ biggrin

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» connerity on December 29th, 2012, 7:18am

Kinda depends.

Assuming "money is not an issue" means it's kinda like an all you can eat deal, but with someone else paying for it, then I'd go for the big purchases. En masse, to sell most of them and then stay in japan with all the money I got.

If it just means that I am loaded and just spend my own money, I'd hire many people who buy books for me and go for C83.

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» mastaof on December 29th, 2012, 9:14am

What is C83?

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» svines85 on December 29th, 2012, 10:52am

Sorry, I meant this to be a separate post

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» lys on December 30th, 2012, 5:43pm

Comiket #83 (the one happening this weekend, I think?)

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» yarn on January 1st, 2013, 4:02am

Oh. For some reason I thought C83 was supposed to be an emote for Homer Simpson

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» svines85 on December 29th, 2012, 10:55am

Money's not an issue, eh? Lots of real ramen and sushi, maid/cosplay cafes, and enjokousai.........smile

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» toshirodragon on December 29th, 2012, 11:04am

Needed to be able to choose more than one.. good food AND sightseeing!

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» Jeli on December 29th, 2012, 11:32am

Honestly I need more than 24 hours for me to sight see a country well, lol. I chose festival because after having been to one, I know that they're great and the food is delicious. The atmosphere is awesome too and they have festivals quite frequently and at shrines and temples so you can find one everywhere.

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» nowyat on December 29th, 2012, 12:05pm

This is the best poll ever. I can't decide. Plus all those places probably don't allow unaccompanied dogs. In real life I'd stay home and watch a documentary about Japan. But I am still deciding. So far it's between the 200 mph bullet train and the hot spring. You can make an Onsen Tamago at home...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZE4cCncih8

This is what it's like if you choose the train...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QUI1h4r0oE

Some of the lengthy kabuki performances would take up your entire day. I think there is a practice of visiting all the shrines. I'd like that too. I need all the good luck I can gather up. wink And I'd like to visit the graves of the 47 ronin who died avenging their master.

http://www.vacationhomes.net/blog/2012/06/15/top-10-most-pop ular-attractions-in-tokyo,-japan/

Okay, I'm going with the landmarks! Are dogs allowed in shrines? Canines have souls too, mu? *claps paws together*

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» Transdude1996 on December 29th, 2012, 1:01pm

The option that I wish was there was the "explore" option. Other than that, I could see myself doing the Arcade option.

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» Vesey on December 29th, 2012, 3:37pm

I went with stuff myself with food though many others were intriguing,
I would love to go to a festival I can stuff myself with food there right?

It was seriously tempting to go with big purchases because then I can turn around and sell them be able to legitimately vacation or move there. But I decided not to be a smart-ass and answer the heart of the question is what would I most like to get out off experience/buy in japan and the a combination off food eating sightseeing. With maybe some light shopping in Akihabara though I'm honestly more interested in window shopping then I am actually buying

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» amaru007 on December 29th, 2012, 3:52pm

you missed the most obvious one: SOAPLAND!

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» HikaruYami on December 29th, 2012, 9:33pm

Quote from amaru007
you missed the most obvious one: SOAPLAND!


If you know the right people, it's not hard to find outright prostitution, even though it's not legal.... I guess a soapland is a "unique" experience....

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» voraciouszest on December 29th, 2012, 3:52pm

If money was truly not an issue, I'd definitely be buying property. Apartments, homes, businesses, land... Seriously, why aren't more people considering that option? @___@

Get some money under your belt and the rest of that stuff can come later and at your liesure.

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» xailah on December 29th, 2012, 4:13pm

Anime/graphic printed fabrics, baby~! I'd want to collect as much different prints as possible for future sewing projects. (So I guess this falls within the anime merchandise area...?)

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» Chibiwind on December 29th, 2012, 4:37pm

I was in a some-what similar situation recently (was in Japan for a short time except money was kind of an issue lol). And I can say that going to a maid cafe was definitely one of the best experiences I had during the trip. I also bought some anime/manga merchandises but the satisfaction doesn't even come close to the time I spent in the maid cafe (also because the anime/manga selection was surprisingly very little in Akiba), and I'm a girl so I didn't like it for perverted reasons XD

But yes maid cafe is definitely #1, and #2 will definitely have to be the festival biggrin

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» renseih on December 29th, 2012, 7:29pm

I'm torn between department goods, electronics, and meeting celebrities. Well, ended up choosing the last even though there's really only one I want to meet. Can always buy other stuff online XD.

If only it were to happen in RL~

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» HiKaRuHiMe21 on December 29th, 2012, 8:24pm

I would enjoy my time in the host bar biggrin

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» kayue on December 29th, 2012, 9:30pm

Given unlimited money I'd :
1) buy the most expensive apartment building in Tokyo and hire someone to manage it.
2) return home and take out a mortgage on half of it.
3) come back to Japan and buy everything that I wanted with the money while living in the apartment that I saved for myself.

wink

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» Makaveli on December 29th, 2012, 9:55pm

i would buy couple big expensive houses, couple cars, motorcycle, electronics (tv, etc), a private jet, ton of designer clothes, shoes, watches, books and mangas, and than i would just chill and blow off the money with the remaining time left. lol. i'd do it like tht because after the 24hrs, i'd still own the things i bought...so i'd take a nap in my new house and than enjoy all the new things i bought lol biggrin

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» themasterwarlord on December 30th, 2012, 1:35am

Money not an issue? BUY JAPAN.

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» vak0160 on January 2nd, 2013, 12:49am

+1
Why I never thought about that.

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» Dionaea on January 2nd, 2013, 3:27am

OMG O.O And I thought I was thinking big LOL XD +1

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» ColorlessHuman on December 30th, 2012, 5:12am

Maid cafes maid cafes and maid cafes all the way.

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» lynira on December 30th, 2012, 9:28am

Hmm, interesting poll. If I went to Japan, I'd definitely want to go to an onsen. However, if money isn't an issue, I'll have to use the 24 hours to buy all the manga I want. Make my own private manga library with a few thousand series. Oh, but I guess I'd have to buy a building and shelves first to store it all.

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» strixflash on December 30th, 2012, 10:10am

I would get either electronics or spend my time in riding all the bullet trains.

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» Horn on December 30th, 2012, 2:25pm

Oh my god, how do you expect me to choose just one >_<

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» lys on December 30th, 2012, 5:48pm

Based on experience—I spent two weeks in Japan this fall!—my first destination would be BookOff for all the manga I could ever want(/fit into my bulging luggage) biggrin After that there would be time enough for delicious food and hot springs...

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» redlinks on December 30th, 2012, 6:05pm

Only one option? D: I'd do pretty much all the above personally. Last time I went, I didn't have time to go to a department store. It was on our list of things to do but it didn't happen sadly. =(

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» tomboy8888 on December 30th, 2012, 10:37pm

I wanna Kuratas! All features, options... Lots a boxes following me home. biggrin

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» Cherelle Ashlee on December 30th, 2012, 10:48pm

Oh God, I've dream of going to different hot springs in Japan. I would probably spend a whole month hot spring hopping.

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» ColorlessHuman on December 31st, 2012, 12:09am

Seems like only 1% of the people are interested in maid cafes. sad

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» imahappypuppy on December 31st, 2012, 12:29am

Need. To Get. My. Ass. To. An. Onsen.

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» forror on December 31st, 2012, 6:12am

Matsuri.

But considering all the cash I've tossed into buying doramas and CDs/DVDs, I wouldn't mind having more of them come my way if money is no object. It's so bloody expensive; £10 for an album over here, but I wouldn't even get a single with the same amount over in Japan.

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» Dionaea on January 2nd, 2013, 3:31am

So true... I love buying CDs, so I was considering ordering Kalafina's entire repertoire, but I can buy a truckload of CDs here for the money a single one of their albums costs...

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» yarn on January 1st, 2013, 4:02am

Anime merch. Heck, yeah!

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» Autumn flower on January 1st, 2013, 4:44am

I can't chose between buy atone of manga merchandise and visit all the famous landmarks roll

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» drunkguy on January 1st, 2013, 4:05pm

Being the degenerate I am, I'd probably waste a bunch on pachinko and cheap sake. Surprised that was in the listing. I missed it and just put down stuffing myself. dead

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» nowyat on January 1st, 2013, 5:52pm

I love that rabbit. drunkguy is cool. I forgot about sake. *changes mind for the fifth time*

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» sensualaoi on January 2nd, 2013, 6:15pm

I'm disappointed school won. This is why so many manga/anime/VNs have the same boring setting. As an older folk I can hardly stand the school setting anymore.

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» That3rdGuy on January 2nd, 2013, 8:20pm

Buy a plane. Go home. Japan is overrated IMO. laugh

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» mysstris on January 2nd, 2013, 11:42pm

I wish i could choose more than one option =(
if money wasn't an issue then I'd just tell every store I go to to have at least one of everything and get it sent the house I purchase =D. No need to waste time looking around. I can do it all in a few hours probably. (if i get something I don't want/need, I'll sell it on ebay)
1. buy ton of anime/manga merchandise
2. big purchases
3. department store goods
4. electronics at akihabara

Then for breakfast, lunch and dinner, I'll stuff myself with food =D (5)
Then I'll head off a maid cafe (6) just to see what it's like for some coffee or something.
Dinner at a matsuri (7) at night
spend the night at an onsen (8) =D

There, I could have 8 things done in those 24 hours!
If I have time, I'll go for the famous landmarks =D

@That3rdGuy

Even overrated places have things you can buy stuff in. Like you said, "buy a plane" that's in the category of "buy big purchases"

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» Naoli on January 3rd, 2013, 5:06pm

I choose big purchases since that practically means living there, so then I can do everything else after xD

If there's no conditions after the 24hrs that is~~

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» Unknown on January 4th, 2013, 8:25pm

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» nowyat on January 5th, 2013, 12:57am

How to visit a temple (I'm still into this poll a week later...)

Behave calmly and respectfully. Show your respect by making a short prayer in front of the sacred object. Do so by throwing a coin into the offering box, followed by a short prayer.

At some temples, visitors burn incense (osenko) in large incense burners. Purchase a bundle, light them, let them burn for a few seconds and then extinguish the flame by waving your hand rather than by blowing it out. Finally, put the incense into the incense burner and fan some smoke towards yourself as the smoke is believed to have healing power. For example, fan some smoke towards your shoulder if you have an injured shoulder.

When entering temple buildings, you may be required to take off your shoes. Leave your shoes on the shelves at the entrance or take them with you in plastic bags provided at some temples. Wear nice socks.

Traditionally, you are not supposed to visit a shrine if you are sick, have an open wound or are mourning because these are considered causes of impurity.

At the purification fountain near the shrine's entrance, take one of the ladles provided, fill it with fresh water and rinse both hands. Then transfer some water into your cupped hand, rinse your mouth and spit the water beside the fountain. You are not supposed to transfer the water directly from the ladle into your mouth or swallow the water. You will notice that quite a few visitors skip the mouth rinsing part or the purification ritual altogether.

At the offering hall, throw a coin into the offering box, bow deeply twice, clap your hands twice, bow deeply once more and pray for a few seconds. If there is some type of gong, use it before praying in order to get the kami's attention.

Photography is usually permitted at shrines. Watch for signs.

*******

(It sounds hard. I see me starting a major structural/wildfire while trying to put out the incense by waving my hand. Perhaps one can just stay home in one's own country and get the kami's attention by ringing a bell while wearing nice socks. Me not setting Japan on fire will be of greater economic benefit to them than me making multiple offerings.)

P.S. Temples have smoke, shrines have water. A temple is Buddhist, a shrine is Shinto. Then it gets into messy discussion of whether the Emporer is a buddha. Personally, I think Shinto is more homey than Buddhism, but I'm a philosopher and accept all the useful bits.

Got my info from http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2057.html

P.S. Why is it bad luck to blow out a flame, candle or otherwise in so many cultures? *off to order new socks!*

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» That3rdGuy on January 7th, 2013, 9:12am

@mysstris
I only bought the plane because money wasn't an issue. Otherwise, I would have simply purchased a ticket.
I didn't bother to mention this, but I've won a trip to Tokyo before (off a radio show) and $5,000 spending money. I was there for 5 hellish days. I hated the food so bad. I was a head taller than everyone, which brought both good and bad attention. Some crazy vagrant picked a fight with me screaming "fukyuu!" Almost got the boot for that. Got molested on the subway (I was surrounded by dudes and nobody fessed up when I flipped out). I checked out some temple. I checked out Akihabara and most items I was interested in didn't have any sort of translation of the instructions. Not to mention the people in costumes kept trying to take pictures with me, which was annoying as fuck. Gaijin-san was my nickname said by everyone. Somebody picked my passport out of my pocket, which led to a simply fantastic time trying to prove my identity when a cop stopped me. The "tough guys" who kept rolling their r's running their mouth about about something that sounded like Pearl Harbor, I think (don't know how old they were, maybe high school kids, but they'd take off when I'd walk towards them). Some people even imitated me every time I'd pass by near my hotel (I usually have a disgruntled, for lack of better words, look on my face and I don't always stare at the ground). I tried eating at what I thought was a normal restaurant, but I noticed the floor had mirrors and you could stare up the panty-less waitresses' skirts. Then they took me downstairs, where it turned out it was a two-way mirror and every guy (20's to 60+ years old) was just staring like they've never seen one before. The only, ONLY mildly good thing that happened was I slept with the girl who worked in the kitchen (I think) in my hotel. You could say she delivered room service in more than one way. She was a terrible lay, though. no
In short, it was overrated as hell. I heard many nice things about Japan prior to my visit, but, apparently, those nice things didn't occur during my stay. I enjoyed manga, but it's pointless unless you go somewhere where a lot of people are reading and you find one who's willing to translate (only once some kid did it for me). I don't care for the manga/anime products besides manga. Just seems childish. It was just a droll experience, and I went out of my way to look for a good time. I did get shitfaced with some old Okinawan, but when he brought me to the restaurant (see above), he ditched me. I think that place doubled as a whore house, because he went in back and didn't come out for the 30 mins I was there. I was always polite and respectful, but it was rarely returned unless it was their job to kiss tourist's asses. roll eyes

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