Vice in Paradise: Non-Tourist Edition

Topic started by gia on March 5, 2009. Last post by Sigue 6 years ago.
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13
In an effort to for the love of god do a NON-convention-related video (I love them, of course, but I think I was getting into a rut), I decided today that I'd talk a bit about a trip I made to Japan back in '06 after I graduated from college. On the trip I managed to hit up plenty of the usual otaku hot spots, but I also found time to visit some relatively non-tourist-y locations that you might be interested in. Here are my top three!


The song you hear bits of is a traditional old Japanese song I couldn't find any information on (but it was open source, yay!), and all of the photos you see are from my actual trip to Japan, with the exception of the gold leaf/laquerware box. I didn't take them, though; my traveling companion who is much more organized than me (and therefore could FIND her photos) took them. :)

If you went to Japan, would you make time to visit some spots like these, or would you cram as much geekiness in as you could?
Post by OkazukiIchigo (350 posts) See mini bio Level 11
Going to non-tourist locations, has its flaws especially when you are new to the Japanese language. Unable to get a translator to the various places that doesn't speak common Japanese that you have didn't learned through Japanese courses here. Those hot spots looks great but its the matter of communication that I require to go there.
Post by RedRoses (1,437 posts) See mini bio Level 14
Man I love lacquer things. They look so pretty. :3

I would balance my time going to different places. I mean yeah of course I'd want to go to Akiba but it's not my main destination for zomg everything. I may spend lots of money there but I won't necessarily be there for the touristy stuff. I would like to travel to the smaller areas, I like to go people-watching (no not stalking, just watching how people live their daily lives in the area) so I'd wanna go to somewhere not as busy.
Post by Sigue (860 posts) See mini bio Level 8
I find this video to be offensive and inappropriate.
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