At least the Business Hotel I'd stayed at Sapporo doesn't come with an English Speaking Staff. Maybe he's lazy to speak English, doesn't know or not bothered.Most hotels (at least the business hotels) have English speaking staff. You can always ask them for directions. For food, usually "point and click" method works fine - unless you have any dietary preferences.
But still a rudimentary knowledge of Japanese is required if one is planning to venture outside standard Ang Mor tourist spots like Kyoto, Osaka & Tokyo
It was only when she realised I don't speak Japanese as well when she thought I was from China (basket!!! Not aagin!!!!) or Taiwan.
Last edited by Sion; 16th September 2007 at 11:49 AM.
this thread is getting sleazy.
they had very nice DVD movies but many cannot bring back to SGP.
Last edited by raincool2005; 16th September 2007 at 07:33 PM.
Thread is getting a little OT liao.
I found that sometimes can roughly guessed Jap word meanings. Totally cannot understand verbal but some kanji is guessable though dunno how to pronounce.
kabuki-cho used to be the area of the kabuki theater but it's since been replaced by quite a few things including the Budokan arena and some cheap-looking storefronts housing people sold into prostitution and owned by gangsters. No, I didn't say that Budokan area was owned by gangsters. Prices for services are clearly displayed.
It does seem odd that Shinjuku is hosting such things since the Tokyo city building isn't that far away.
Obviously, cities are better for foreigners to visit than the more rural areas, simply because people will likely be less shy at dealing with English or other foreign languages. Signs often have romanisation but don't expect them everywhere so it's a good idea to know the Chinese characters involved.
When I was last in Japan, there were many foreigners who apparently didn't speak any Japanese. I can't imagine going to another country without being able to read, write, or speak the language, but it's got to be a huge adventure.
Where is it? Erm... From the JR Shinjuku, the East Exit (or izzit?) seems to be dominated by predominately government buildings. Whilst the West Exit seems to be all places entertainment and a little sleaze.
i guess this strange paradox is what draws people to Japan though.
I remember seeing a TV programme, the angmo took the pics of the thing that he might need with his h/p, so when he was in Japan, he just show the pics and got what he wanted, don't need to speak.
But still, it rox juz by walking the streets and u see everything and anything imaginable and unimaginable on the streets and what the shops are selling.
Even I get stumped standing in front of the vending machine at the train station cos all I want was a drink and there are just so many choices I can get with 120Yen instead of the usual - Coke, Sprite, Ice Tea, Green Tea I drink here all the time.
Never been there before (: Going to get JLPT 3 before I try to communicate, haha.
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