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  1. Sorry if has been brought up in other threads, Is information up yet for us mountain hoppers. Looking to start scoping for best deals on mountain passes. Anyone in the same boat? Looking for a pass that covers a good amount of mountains. Used to have the Myoko pass, but got burnt out during the season going to the same mountain every weekend. Cheers, Frank
  2. Yah, Hakuba is a great spot, The best if you like long days of hitting the slopes and long nights hitting the clubs. Definitely got that on my road map of things to do. Only a few more weeks till we start seeing the winter wonderland show up in these parts
  3. Snow tires are a softer compound of rubber than normal street tires in order to grip better in colder weather. Using regular tires in winter is like trying to drive a greased pig with ice skates. You can use studless tires in summer but their lifespan will be drastically reduced quicker and possibly making them unsafe for winter. If I recall the bare minimum for snow tires should be no less than 5mm of tread. New tires are usually around 9-10mm. Another thing that many overlook on studless tires is the manufacture date. Since they are softer, they tend to dry rot faster than regular tire
  4. Awesome idea Snowjunky, If SJ came up with some type of calender format for your idea with (+ "insert number here) on the dates. Something like you get on the iphone when you have missed phone calls, it displays how many missed calls from the main icon. People could browse the dates / who's going to what area / carpool or any other information, people could possibly link up with others easier. We all know that forums can get messy after about a page or 2.
  5. It's that time of the year where many start creeping back into the SJ forums, and itching for some snow pron (as well as cheesemans "cheese of the day" / still around?) Want to welcome all the newcomers as well as seasoned veterans. SJ forums look great with the new sexy logo. If any newcomers are looking for advice on Nagano, I have MANY years of experience in the region. Fire away with any questions. We long-timers here have good knowledge of the area as well as hints and tricks to help save money for those who are travelling on a limited budget. I will also be scouting for new
  6. The American (George Clooney) I think the fit the whole dialog of the movie on less then 5 pages of A4 sized paper. Stagnant pond water moves quicker then this movie.
  7. I had to pay 2man for a renewal (contract/paperwork) but I assume that it was normal. On top of it renewal of my renters insurance about 2man. Havent heard anything of the sort of what was on NHK. I do have an annoying company that calls me every once and awhile telling me I need to pay another 2man for some form of renters insurance. Basically if I fail to pay for my rent, the company covers the landlord. Sorry, I have paid 3months in advance of money I will never see again, as we all know. If that is not enough insurance, tough luck. I actually know my landlord, whom is a
  8. To answer ROB's question. I believe it is the same scenario as adults raising their hands to cross the street. Where do they learn it/enforce it? Kindergarten. I guess some habits they never grow out of. Same goes for the crawling inside the urinal to do buisness.
  9. Your best bet is Yamada Denki or K'S Denki. I am an electonics geek, so I know all the places to look. What are you looking for in specific, SLR's, lenses, accessories, etc?? You can also find cheaper ones used at the recycle shops. Usually the quality of the cameras are new and par to what you can find in the retail shops for a cheaper price. If you need more help, give me a shout.
  10. 12th seems to be the magic number for many around nagano. Same for me. going to try and get back on the slopes a few more times before work starts.
  11. just got around to watching it in telesync :ninja:. I would like to see it in 3d though. Not a bad flick. I reckon I will have an excuse to make a weekend trip out to Tokyo and place that on the list of things to do. I found the theater in Okaya but it is out in the middle of nowhere. No sense making a 4 hour round trip just to see the movie.
  12. Just watched the movie the other day. Story seemed to be going fine in the beginning, but stumbled into a confusing mess mid film on. The concept is interesting though. Through their ill fates happening right before THE BOX arrived played a major factor in their decision. From a philisophical way of looking at it, We currently PRESS THE BUTTON in real life everyday. Me being American, I can see this from our failed health system. Money is far more important to all then the health or life of someone. If you dont have the money, crawl back into the little hole you came from and suff
  13. Heya, all. Got a question about the upcoming movie. I am looking for a cinema around Nagano that is featuring the 3d version of Avatar. Was kinda down due to the fact that it is a modern cinema here in Nagano. I called the Nagano grand cinema and they only have it in 2d. Was kinda down due to the fact that it is a modern cinema here in Nagano. I am willing to travel to other areas to get to see the movie. Any movie buffs here have any info. Would be grateful for help. Thanx, Frank
  14. I was skeptical on getting a pass this year due to the prior season and now with the weather as it is I am in the market for a season pass. I havent seen a compiled data listing on multiple mountain passes (super passes), so looking for info from fellow SJ'ers. Any info would be helpful, thanks
  15. my opinion on the matter, if your an adult and do not see the need for the safety bar then so be it, but if your with young kids, it should be recommended if not mandatory. If the decision is made not to use it and a fall happens then your at fault not the mountain. What gets me more about the hills here in Japan is the lack of board leashes. I think on average I see about 3-5 run-away boards every year. Usually these boards are waiting for the opt time to escape from the owner. It usually fairs much better solo then with the rider on it. Only downfall is that these offending bo
  16. Got to the city office yesterday, and was re-directed to immigration on the matter. From the info I was able to process, they are unsure if it will go into effect. From what I was told, they said anyone getting a visa prior to Apr 1st will not get hit with any penalty. He also mentioned that if I had a visa prior to Apr 1st that I would not have to sign up for NHI until the next vias renewal. But I will lean on the side of caution, as it was only one persons information, and the staff member I spoke with sounded unsure of what he was saying.
  17. Im personally in the middle of SAW the video game. Kinda fun if your into the movies and like puzzles. Should have modern warfare 2 in the next few hours, looks great. The xbox 360 controller works with many of these newer releassed games, Many times its just plug and play and way you go.
  18. http://page15.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/t141051079 check out this auction. Its for an engine but like mentioned before, if they have an engine they probably have other parts from a junked car or can source them for you. Thats why I mentioned the auctions are probably your best bet. look at this auction and others like it with big ticket items like engines, transmissions, and such and more than likely you would be able to get the parts by shooting them an email or possibly calling if they have a number on their auctions. When it comes to cars in Japan, most people in this co
  19. I will be going down to the city office in Nagano to see what that deal is for us here in the city. It should be interesting to find out the verdict of my status. As my company does not offer insurance to foreign employees, it was our responsiblity to find insurance. If we need to change and be on the shokai hoken plan, I could forsee it being a situation with my company if they have to pay half. Also, since as I mentioned, I do not have a set schedule as the amount of time I spend in classes changes week to week. I could be working 5 hours only in a week or 30+ the next even thoug
  20. Yahoo auctions is your best bet. The people over at Autobacs are not worth much in help as they will tell you to go to a dealer. There is a local junk yard in Chikuma that I visit on occasion. But it is really hit or miss depending on parts and vehicles. They may be able to source parts. Even if the auctions dont show up your exact part. You could find some useful recyclers in different prefectures whom may have the parts your looking for. As for the battery, your looking at about 23-2500USD for the batteries. I cant see you looking for used batteries as they probably wont b
  21. News is trickling down the grapevine and I just found out that the laws will change in April 1st 2010. Apparently, if you work or live in Japan, you will be required to have to sign up for the NHI (national health insurance) plan regardless of if you have your own personal insurance. It will become a visa requirement when you renew. This wont be a problem for ALT and JET working for the cities directly since they have been enrolled, but how many of you all have your own insurance instead of NHI? From what I have been told is that they can back-charge 2 years if you are not enroll
  22. 170cm x 80cm here (not a typo) only cost me 35000yen Depending on what size your looking for and pricing, you could always look into getting a TV with vga or HDMI inputs. Then you could run a multi platform in your living room. Sometimes the price of a 32 inch tv is slightly more than a flat screen lcd. Other places to look are auctions and the recycle shops. Deals to be had left and right.
  23. Killer Klowns form outer space. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttvGz7rnjRE&feature=related Not sure if this made it on the list.
  24. paranormal activity Just watched it the other day. not scary, but creepy as hell. blair witch style filming but not no shaking of the camera.
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