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Hey good to see you around posting and not crusified somewhere...and hope you got the congrats for your birthday...you old dog...

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Hey good to see you around posting and not crusified somewhere...and hope you got the congrats for your birthday...you old dog...


/slaps Fresno

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Zax, I'm from Newcastle.

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DBD, whoa, long time.

I did have a lot of fun, I was there for a long time.

Was quite lucky with classes, the proficiency test I took upon arrival slotted me right into the class I needed. Seriously, some work covered in the early weeks I had just studied and some was new... I had an easy time settling in to class.

I stayed in the International Student dorms there, which in regards to my level of Japanese, was a bad thing. But in regards to the freedoms it gave me, it was excellent. I was the only Aussie, so I made friends with the Germans and some Americans (damn student dorms)... I swear, I learnt more about Germany than I did Japan (potential exaggeration).


I think my best story of Japan was my Kyoto road trip.
Myself, my American friend, and a Japanese friend (heh, 'so an Aussie, and American and a Japanese guy walk into a bar...') all decided that Kyoto would be fun. So during the holidays we went to the uni and booked 3 tickets on an overnight ferry leaving two days later. Hirose's mother drove us to Kitakyushu and we caught the ferry.

After exploration (and being the object of scrutiny from a High School group) we found an indoor bath. Stipped down and did that. Got to Osaka and explored there, crashed in a net cafe for a few hours, then jumped on a train to Kyoto. Couple of days of running round eating, visiting and staying in net cafes later we went back to Osaka. From there, returned on the ferry (Got plastered on Vending Machine alcohol... I had to drink a tonne of it too).

Obviously Im leavinng out alot ;)


Did Hanami (Flower viewing, people have picnics under the sakura for those not familiar with the term) a few times. Once with a Culture club from Uni. Once with... erm, one of my students.... and again with her for yozakura... which is hanami... only at night ;)]


Looooootsssss of Drunken group Kareoke too ;)
Oh, and we found an all you can eat/drink restaurant that I loved to death
And an Irish pub with Mead!!

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the proficiency test I took upon arrival slotted me right into the class I needed.

Isn't that the way it's supposed to be?

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I swear, I learnt more about Germany than I did Japan (potential exaggeration).

Oh yeah? Let's talk about it... :D


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being the object of scrutiny from a High School group

That's foreigner's life in Japan.

10yo: 「外人!」
Me: 「外人じゃねえよ!俺はドイツ人だぜ!」
10yo: 「すげえ!ドイツ人!」

For those lost in translation:

10yo: "Foreigner!"
Me: "I'm not a foreigner! I'm German!"
10yo: "Cool, man! A German!"

Talk about a change of attitude. :D

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Hanami (Flower viewing, people have picnics under the sakura

Don't forget about the crates of Nihonshû (Sake) and intoxicated people doing strange things... like "Strip Jan-Ken-Pon"...
(We had that in the north...)

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Kareoke

You're caught in your mothger tongue.
There's only one "e" in the word because it consists of "kara" ("empty") and "oke" (short for "orchestra").
Hang in there! 8)

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an all you can eat/drink restaurant that I loved to death

What food?

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Damn I want to go back.

We share this wish with most Japan-Veterans... :cry:

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You're caught in your mothger tongue.
There's only one "e" in the word because it consists of "kara" ("empty") and "oke" (short for "orchestra").
Hang in there! 8)


Truth. Writing in English, for English speakers however... 「カラオケ」のほうが良いけど、みんなには難しすぎると思っていた

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an all you can eat/drink restaurant that I loved to death

What food?

Various slivers of meat to be thrown on the grill in the middle of the table. Standard fare for the all you can drink/eat places, but this one was just great. They brought our drinks out two (each) at a time ;)


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Various slivers of meat to be thrown on the grill in the middle of the table.

Oh yeah! Yakiniku is good for my father's boy! I ate tons of that stuff... no profit on evenings when I came, for sure. 8)

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Obviously Im leavinng out alot
any pictures? :) pictures do a lot of talking!

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any pictures? :) pictures do a lot of talking!


why do i suddenly think of bambi? :lol: :P

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By the way I heard that Newcastle and New South Wales in general was hit by severe storms, rain torrents and a Japanese freighter last week, and that several people have drowned... sounds serious. How's the situation down there?

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I don't live in NSW, but yeah, from what I saw on the news, it got pretty bad in several areas. Still, the storm's over and reconstruction work is beginning, so the worst is over, I believe.

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Yeah, was nasty., I lost power for almost a day 2am till 7:30pm... hardly the worst hit tho. There was a retired couple who drowned, and a family aswell. Destruction is visible if you drive around. Cars abandoned, trees on roads (or houses)...

Was a nasty weekend.

I work in a motel, we booked out both nights cause of people that couldn't go home. And when a motel with no electricity/water books out... you know something is very wrong.

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Zax is right tho, all being fixed up atm. looks like another week or two before they can drag that ship off our beach tho. Legal aspects of it are a whore right now tho. Its Japanese owned, Danish Operated and various pieces of the ship are insured by various groups.........


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I work in a motel

As a barkeeper? Or how many jobs do you actually have?

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that ship off our beach tho. Legal aspects of it are a whore right now tho. Its Japanese owned, Danish Operated and various pieces of the ship are insured by various groups

Hey, isn't this... what is it called... aren't goods that are washed ashore, like, public property for anyone who picks them up?

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I work in a motel

As a barkeeper? Or how many jobs do you actually have?

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that ship off our beach tho. Legal aspects of it are a whore right now tho. Its Japanese owned, Danish Operated and various pieces of the ship are insured by various groups

Hey, isn't this... what is it called... aren't goods that are washed ashore, like, public property for anyone who picks them up?


Salvage;

but the ship hasnt broken apart, so looters will have a tough time getting there to steal.


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I was just comparing "views" in the section's statistics.
Now, there are several threads well above 3000, and CK's introduction thread has almost 5000 views... how did this come into being? Is there something in these threads that lures search engines? A term? A phrase? A link?
Astonishing, it is.

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Welcome back Cypher - I'm amazed that so many of the people I remember from the old Animetric forums are still around and still interested in anime.


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I was just comparing "views" in the section's statistics.
Now, there are several threads well above 3000, and CK's introduction thread has almost 5000 views... how did this come into being? Is there something in these threads that lures search engines? A term? A phrase? A link?
Astonishing, it is.

It's probably because it's the longest of the intro threads. The more content it has the more places it will rank for various words and phrases and thus gets more people coming to it from search engines.

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