Richard Goes to Japan Contats: Aragorn Quinn <firstname.lastname@example.org> 080-4011-3874 Yukari Yoshihara email@example.com Yukari's cellphone number is 819043419129. Ryuta Minami firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2008/feb/26/tokyo.food Gonpachi, ranked 9 in the above, is said to have inspired the massacre scene of Kill Bill. My mobile, again just in case--81-9043419129 30 Nov. (Fri) Takarazuka Revue? Pre-Forum Party? Hotel: Nishitetsu Inn Nishitesu Inn Shinjuku Shinjuku 7-23-2 Across Shinjuku Police Stationhttps://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&msid=216638996546913001 661.0004ce234de094c442cff&hl=en&ie=UTF8&t=m&z=17&vpsrc=1 1 Dec. (Sat) Forum Hotel: Nishitetsu Inn 2 Dec (Sun) Forum Hotel: Nishitetsu Inn 3 Dec. (Mon) 11:00- Kabuki: Kanjincho (Shimbashi) or 12:00- Kabuki: Genpei Wars (National Theater) or 16:00- Kabuki: Oiran sans merci (Shimbashi) Hotel: Nishitetsu Inn with Forum members? 4 Dec. (Tue) 17:00- Puppet Theater (love suicide) at National Theater Hotel: Nishitetsu Inn 5 Dec. (Wed) 15:25 Narita DELTA 296 8 (Sat), 11:00-, 16:00Takarazuka Revue Ticket price range: 11,000JPY, 8,500JPY, 5,500JPY, 3,500 JPY 26 (Mon), Nov. 13:00 27(Tue), Nov. 11:00-, 15:00- 29 (Thu), Nov. 11:00-, 15:0030 (Fri), Nov. 13:003 (Mon), Dec. 13:004(Tue), Dec. 13:006 (Thu), Dec. 11:00-, 15:008 (Sat), 11:00- Bunraku Puppet Theater, 47 samurai’s revenge: Chushingura Ticket price: 5,800/ 2,300 24 (Sat) Nov. 10:30- (first part) , 16:30- (2nd part) 25 (Sun) Nov. 10:30- (first part) , 16:30- (2nd part) Wonderland: A New Alice (in Japanese) Tickets: 12,600, 8,400, 4,200 25 (Sun), 13:0027 (Tue), 14:0028 (Wed) 14:00-, 18:3029 (Thu), 14:0030 (Fri), 18:301 (Sat) Dec. 13:00-, 17:302 (Sun). 13:003 (Mon) 14:00-, 18:304 (Tue) 14:006 (Thu) 14:00-, 18:307 (Fri) 13:00Complete Shakespeare abridged by three performers (in Japanese) 27 (Tue) Nov. 19:0028 (Wed), 19:00- Bus Tours Hato Bus tours Tokyo tour in English http://www.hatobus.com/en/course/halfday.html http://www.hatobus.com/en/course/fullday.html Japanese A day’s return bus trip to Kamakura (everyday)(8,900JPY) http://search.hatobus.co.jp/main/detail.php?id=15324&kbn=S&kind=s A day’s return bus trip to Lake Yamanaka (9,900 JPY) Night tour: Oiran geisha dancing show (with tempura dinner)(Saturdays and Sundays) (Tokyo Station16:00- 20:20 Tokyo Station) (8,400 JPY) Transexual (men in girls’ extravaganza dresses) revue tour 28 (Wed), 30 (Fri) Nov. 5 (Wed) Dec. Tokyo Station19:00 – 22:40 Near Shinjuku Station 7,900 JPY (inclu. Dinner) cf. Roppongi Kingyo, another transvestite camp theatre http://r.gnavi.co.jp/g181600/lang/en/ a list of things I plan to do. Get a Japanese men's bathrobe. Visit the toy store on the edge of the Ginza district: Hakuhinkan Toy Park (博品館), Ginza 8-8-11 (south end of Ginza-dori by the elevated highway), ☎ +81 03-3571-8008, Visit the Yasukuni Shrine, the ultra right's monument (complete with a display explaining why Japan deserved its share of Pacific territories, and condemning the hypocrisy of the Allies). It's worth a visit--in the center of Tokyo. Go to Odaiba, on the east edge of Tokyo: there are several large themed malls that seemed to me very Japanese recreational spaces. Also on the island: the Science and Tech museum which is fun, and features several daily demonstrations of running by Asimo, supposedly the most advanced robot in the world (and it's interesting to see what "most advanced" means). Visit Nippori, in the northern part of the city (a stop on the Yamanote line), is a great area for strolling around a relatively old neighborhood; there's a huge cemetery next to the station, and to one direction is the textile district, in the other an old residential area. Visit Shinjuku is where Roland Barthes cruised for pick-ups; Shibuya is the young shopping district, Harajuku is the tween girl shopping area, Akihabara the nerd district (all on the Yamanote circle line). There are good purikura places at Harajuku (often marked by posters of teen idols, and often a level below the street), and there is an excellent 100 yen shop on the main shopping drag of Harajuku (opposite the cute train station) called (unfortunately) Takeshita St. Visit Ueno; there is a little museum on the north end of Ueno park dedicated to pre-WWII urban life (I think called the HItamachi museum). walk east from Ueno into the restaurant supply wholesale district, which is oldish and a beautiful walk (not the glitzy Tokyo of Ginza). Shin-Okubo (9:00 on the Yamanote clock face) is a good area for Korean restaurants. Visit these train stations; Ueno's is old and quaint, Shinagawa's very new and corporate, Nippori's has a great pastry shop or two.