Nihon Go!

by justine

So while we were rolling around in Villa Samadhi during our anniversary (which I’ll update never) an Airasia promo caught my eye. Coincidentally enough, I was on a job which had a Japanese theme. It was a pretty painful akin to ripping my toenail off twice kind of job and I thought “fuck you juliana, I’m going!”

So the best loukung in the world booked two tickets and a beautiful airbnb room for me and that started me off on a obsessive downward spiral planning, youtubing videos of foreigners in japan, and listening to RM5 Japanese for Beginners CDs in the car on the way to work.

Anyway I’ve spent two months going crazy, poring over sights, food, train tickets, maps, basic phrases, hiragana, katakana, and apps. And I’ve decided to slow down before my easygoing husband cries.

Got some apps which may or may not come in handy.

See I never bluff you. Started mapping this yonks ago.

Your customised Google maps are only accessible on android, suck that MacFiends!

Excuse Me Japanese plays common phrases on your phone to show locals how little effort you made to learn their language. I was supremely tickled that “This toilet doesn’t flush” is filed under Trouble. トイレの水が流れません!

Then there’s this god awful looking app to tell me what to eat. Of course it was also to help me avoid taugeh. There’s just too many varieties of ramen, sushi, and udon to take any chances.

This Waygo translation on-the-fly app looks like a godsend. Well, so sorry, it’s limited to like 10 free translations per day. More like Way-ho. (actually it still is fucking awesome, just not for cheapskates.)

This is a real-time capture i took at our favourite japanese restaurant.

I’d have gotten Hyperdia for the trains but for strange reasons only Americans and Japanese have access to it.
Tokyo Subway was the next best thing.

I think MyTracks was designed for runners to track their routes or something, but why? Do you really need to look back fondly on your run around Tasik Titiwangsa? No, you don’t. You need to look back on your Shibuya scramble or your stroll around Yanaka Cemetery.