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  1. So it's so long, farewell, and BOOK NOW! You should be is apologise and be censed issue! My first and last use of that glorious expression. So much time, so many memories. If we're looking back, Echineko (!) and the fantastic wit that was badmigraine for me. "Captain Stag" for the best username. Special thanks also to Markie who kindly bought me a curry and kebab at Indi Momo in Hakuba, back in the day when they did lamb versions of both. Good luck to the SJ peeps with whatever the site is going to do. And to everyone else, one last chance to say that skiing and boarding in
  2. Here are some legendary foreign musicians talking about an even more legendary Japanese musical instrument. [media=''] [/media]
  3. If you have the time, Okinawa is well cheap at this time of year. The south end, Ishigaki in particular, will still be warm enough to swim in the sea. Japanese people stuck in "Summer is August" mode won't be swimming, but the sea will be warmer than the Med is in early July and the beaches will be deserted. On sunny days, air temp will be 26, 27C I guess. It'll only feel cold if its windy. Okinawa has loads of resort hotels with big rooms and the breakfast buffet. I reckon you could go there for four nights for about fifty odd thousand, flights and car rental included.
  4. Paying for accommodation cranks up a whole new level when you have kids. Sometimes its the crappy places that charge for them and the quite nice ones that don't. Last year we went with our two youngest (5 and 1 at the time) to the ANA hotel by Niigata Station. It was about 14,000 room charge for b and b. The breakfast was a big hotel buffet with the guy there making omelettes to order. The room was very big. It was actually free because we had ANA points off a credit card we had to use or lose. Most pensions would have much smaller rooms and charge for a 5 year old. There won't be that
  5. I can't say I noticed. Its up very high and has got a massive view window, and I might have been distracted by that. I'm not a hotel bar person at all, but that one was an experience. It would be a good place to take your missus on an anniversary. If you don't have three kids, that is. It's hotel bar prices of course, but I wasn't paying.
  6. I stayed at the Washington Hotel in Shinjuku for a couple of nights last year. It's a business hotel, but was full of Korean and Chinese tourists. It's next door to the Park Hyatt, famous for the "Lost in Translation" movie. You can have a drink in the bar like Bill and Scarlett without being a guest. The room was very small, but the window was basically filled with the Tokyo Municipal Building. Its a great building and the view of it was epic. I ate breakfast in the non-buffet restaurant both times and it was pretty good. On a single tariff it was 12000 a night.
  7. Against Newcastle, Liverpool had a lot of possession but a good chuck of it was just knocking it across their back four. That's great when you have a two-goal lead, but Liverpool were never ahead in the game. They only had two attempts in the Newcastle box, one of which was from a corner. Newcastle were poor too, and the game was so dire that the chance where Coutinho was ruled offside was shown as a highlight. Chelsea might be the best team for Liverpool to play because they definitely need to wake up and raise their game.
  8. Black Mountain, on 04 November 2014 - 04:52 PM, said: What they were showing were the more decorative/ornamental wooden bits that people pay a shitload of money for. It looked really beautiful, even if it doesn't add anything functional to the house. One Japanese show that I don't mind watching is the Before-After renovation show. The shitholes that some people live in are amazing... I get the feeling that they aren't the type of people who need/deserve to live in the really nice houses the show builds for them but oh well... A proper washitsu with shoji paper screens, tokonoma
  9. Citeh lost against both W Ham and Newcastle last week, so they're definitely struggling. At 11 v 11 though, De Gea had much more to do than Hart. Ten games in, its been a weird start to the season with Liverpool, Man U, Spurs, Everton, and Citeh all failing to impress. Everton got 72 points last season and only fifth, but it looks like that many will get you third this time. Van Gaal is lucky the other teams aren't performing, otherwise he'd be getting the same treatment as Moyes. Moyes got 34 points in the first half of the season, but was already on sack watch. Van Gaal needs 21 points
  10. Citeh doing a great impression of a team that doesn't want to win this game. Considering that they've won the league twice, it's amazing how slack they are.
  11. The good carpenters are really good. Unfortunately, it doesn't matter so much how beautifully or intricately you join two bit of framing any more, because you really should be adding bracing to the frame and metal bolts or brackets to joints for earthquake resistance. It also makes more sense to have the framing and joints all cut by machine in a controlled environment in a factory than doing it outdoors on a muddy site.
  12. What specific things about Japanese houses did they say were sugoi?
  13. They announced yet more loose money yesterday, so the yen's down to about 112 to the USD. 180 to the pound. Anyone with a big car should fill it up because that will be going back up again very soon.
  14. Its a big day for the big man. More prices to go up tomorrow and he's gone and torched the yen into the bargain. Onwards and upwards!
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