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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7859 posts, RR: 19
Posted (1 year 1 month 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2242 times:

Konnichiwa from Tokyo, my fellow A-nutters~   

I hope you all are imbibing on Sake and riceballs right now 

But I digress. I was reading some of the recent Airliners threads about meet ups and I understand a meetup was scheduled in Japan in 2011 right before the tsunami and nuke meltdowns at Fukushima. (Ironically, that means "lucky island"...not so lucky prefecture.)

Well, taking that in mind, I've decided to spearhead a meetup for next year. I'm thinking Golden Week 2014 would be best!

Here's some information on Golden week:
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2282.html

As you see, there's a 4 day weekend jutted in there for Japanese, and that also means I have a 4-day weekend as well off of school   

So lets try to plan something around there.

You may not see it, but there's plenty of A-nutters actually in japan (I think the majority are centered in Nagoya, where the aviation industry thrives) and many on here are quite influential and well-respected (I'm lookin' at you, Aaron747)

I have some ideas. We can tour the aviation museum near NRT, or near Tokorozawa, we can see if we can get a Mitsubishi Factory tour in Nagoya (I'm not sure how well that will work), or we can just do the classic meet-spot-drink style meeting  

I'm open to any an all ideas! What were the plans for the 2011 meet?

Also, if you want to add me on Facebook, please PM me and I'll send you my URL!

Ganbarimasho-!

-Zach


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User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5741 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (1 year 1 month 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2216 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Thread starter):
I'm thinking Golden Week 2014 would be best!

Do you really think it's a good idea? Golden Week is a period every single travel guide suggests to preferrably avoid for travel to Japan as the whole country is on the move and hotels are booked to the ceiling. Keep in mind that a lot of attendees will fork out quite a lot of money for a plane ticket and JR Pass so perhaps it would be a good idea to choose a less busy time of the year.


User currently offlineAkiestar From Philippines, joined May 2009, 786 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 1 month 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2215 times:

The title is alluring, as I might be able to attend this should I be headed to the United States for the Philippine summer (April-May), but I would definitely suggest a less busy time of the year if possible. That aside, I presume us in the rest of Asia can join in as well? 

User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5906 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (1 year 1 month 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2202 times:

Hi Zach,

I will watch from a distance for now and see how the plans unfold, but if Jetstar decide to flog a sale I might come up 

Good luck, it will be great if it pans out
Alex



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User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8224 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (1 year 1 month 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2193 times:

Quoting L410Turbolet (Reply 1):
Do you really think it's a good idea? Golden Week is a period every single travel guide suggests to preferrably avoid for travel to Japan as the whole country is on the move and hotels are booked to the ceiling. Keep in mind that a lot of attendees will fork out quite a lot of money for a plane ticket and JR Pass so perhaps it would be a good idea to choose a less busy time of the year.

I would second this. I can't stand traveling anywhere during GW due to the crowds and prices (I can afford anything but the gouging is just ridiculous).

Spring is a lovely time of year here though and there's plenty to do and see the weeks before and after GW for those from outside Japan who might attend. It would probably not be a bad idea to visit the deck at Osaka Itami or something like that as a starting point.

Getting a tour at MHI is likely damn-near impossible considering all of the military contract work adjacent to their new MHI facility at Komaki.

Looking forward to suggestions from all!



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User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5906 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (1 year 1 month 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2190 times:

When how soon before departure do Japanese domestic flights go on sale??? I was having a look for next April/May I can't find anything on Jetstar, Peach, JAL, ANA


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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7859 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (1 year 1 month 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2171 times:

Quoting L410Turbolet (Reply 1):
Do you really think it's a good idea? Golden Week is a period every single travel guide suggests to preferrably avoid for travel to Japan as the whole country is on the move and hotels are booked to the ceiling.
Quoting Akiestar (Reply 2):
I would definitely suggest a less busy time of the year if possible.
Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 4):
I would second this. I can't stand traveling anywhere during GW due to the crowds and prices (I can afford anything but the gouging is just ridiculous).

Actually GW in Tokyo is really interesting---everyone is getting OUT of the city. Last year the trains were empty and the Shinkansen going TOWARDS Tokyo were empty. The flights which were booked were the ones leaving Tokyo. Flights arriving are perfectly fine!  

But any other suggestions would be welcome, but remember, I gotta balance school with this.



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User currently offlineWestjet_737 From Japan, joined Nov 1999, 869 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (1 year 1 month 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2151 times:

Sounds like fun, even if it's just drinking at Haneda!

I'm in Kawasaki!


User currently offlineallrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2193 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (1 year 1 month 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2115 times:

Thinking of taking my Mum to Japan in April next year during NSW school holidays (yes, my little one is starting school next year *sob* *sob*) and might be interested, but not committing yet to anything. It would almost certainly not be during Golden Week.


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User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8224 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (1 year 1 month 4 days ago) and read 2106 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 6):
Actually GW in Tokyo is really interesting---everyone is getting OUT of the city.

True, but people will be coming from outside of Japan as well. GW prices and loads mean tickets and non-rev are going to be impractical for almost everyone.



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User currently offlineJetsgo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3086 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (1 year 1 month 4 days ago) and read 2098 times:

Just sent you a PM, Zach. I must admit as interested as I am, I find the language barrier intimidating enough to where I've never given Japan serious thought. Would love to organize a meet with those fluent who could help out there!


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User currently offlineHOONS90 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 3051 posts, RR: 52
Reply 11, posted (1 year 1 month 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2079 times:
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Quoting Jetsgo (Reply 10):
Just sent you a PM, Zach. I must admit as interested as I am, I find the language barrier intimidating enough to where I've never given Japan serious thought. Would love to organize a meet with those fluent who could help out there!

You'll be okay! I only know how to say Hello and Thank You in Japanese and didn't have any major issues during my two visits there. A lot of restaurants have menus with pictures in them and some of them are in Engrish as well. Also, younger locals over there probably have some knowledge of English and may be more willing to help.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40033 posts, RR: 74
Reply 12, posted (1 year 1 month 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2065 times:

Count me in but I agree with others that this may be a bad weekend. It would be best to see Japan during a normal week/weekend instead of a national holiday.
I was supposed to attend the one that was canceled due to the earthquake & tsunami. I was literally going to buy my ticket 48 hours later than the earthquake.

Maybe earlier in the year like say February would be better because the rates for airfare and hotel would be less.


I've tried on several occasions to organize a Bangkok meet but we always end up in bars drinking and never make it out to the airport.
I was able to get Falstaff out to the Don Mueang Golf Course.

If anyone is serious about a meet here in Bangkok, I can get us all on to the Royal Air Force Golf Club. The best spotting ever!
Despite the glut of boring Air Asia A320s, there are a lot of obscure, unscheduled heavies as well as IL-76s, AN-124s, 747SPs and such coming and going.



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User currently offlineairportugal310 From Tokelau, joined Apr 2004, 3685 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (1 year 1 month 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2061 times:

I could be persuaded to attend. Could be...


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User currently offlineneutrino From Singapore, joined May 2012, 627 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 1 month 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2049 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 12):
If anyone is serious about a meet here in Bangkok, I can get us all on to the Royal Air Force Golf Club. The best spotting ever!

I haven't been to BKK since more than 5 years ago.
High time to revisit.  
Start a BKK meetup thread, Fly.



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User currently offlineBestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7264 posts, RR: 57
Reply 15, posted (1 year 1 month 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2022 times:

Count me in!

Quoting PHX787 (Thread starter):
Here's some information on Golden week:
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2282.html

Golden week is impossibly expensive.

Quoting Jetsgo (Reply 10):
, I find the language barrier intimidating enough to where I've never given Japan serious thought.

Language barrier isn't that much of an issue. My first trip to Japan in the 90s was my first Asian experience. Signage has improved dramatically since then.



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User currently offlineAkiestar From Philippines, joined May 2009, 786 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 1 month 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2016 times:

Quoting neutrino (Reply 14):
I haven't been to BKK since more than 5 years ago.
High time to revisit.  
Start a BKK meetup thread, Fly.

No meetups in BKK until we have meetups in MNL first!  (Kidding, of course.  )


User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5906 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (1 year 1 month 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2013 times:

Quoting Jetsgo (Reply 10):
I find the language barrier intimidating enough to where I've never given Japan serious thought

As others have said, I went in with just "Konichiwa" and "Arrogato". I got by well enough, although being with a fluent speaker would no doubt make life easier.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40033 posts, RR: 74
Reply 18, posted (1 year 1 month 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2005 times:

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 17):
I got by well enough, although being with a fluent speaker would no doubt make life easier.

That is why it's best to have a girlfriend there that is bi-.
That way communication is good.

Quoting Akiestar (Reply 16):
No meetups in BKK until we have meetups in MNL first! (Kidding, of course. )

I'm in favor. I already mentioned that in the Bangkok meet thread.



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User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10254 posts, RR: 26
Reply 19, posted (1 year 1 month 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1985 times:
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Quoting Superfly (Reply 18):
That is why it's best to have a girlfriend there that is bi-.

It also helps if she speaks two languages.



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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 20, posted (1 year 1 month 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1983 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Thread starter):
What were the plans for the 2011 meet?

I had been the organizer of the 2011 TYO meeting; I will reply to that within 24 hrs.
-HT



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User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5906 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (1 year 1 month 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1973 times:

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 19):
It also helps if she speaks two languages

  



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40033 posts, RR: 74
Reply 22, posted (1 year 1 month 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1952 times:

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 19):
Quoting Superfly (Reply 18):
That is why it's best to have a girlfriend there that is bi-.

It also helps if she speaks two languages.

Ooops! 
That was meant to mean bi-lingual.



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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7859 posts, RR: 19
Reply 23, posted (1 year 1 month 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1932 times:

Golden week was just out for me haha
I'm gonna be going to Osaka that weekend now for a meeting.

So what days would you guys suggest? I'd have to dance this around school.

Keep the ideas coming. I'm having some Internet issues at the moment but I'll check in periodically.

Larry, I'm gonna take you to some clubs near my Shibuya apartment  



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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 24, posted (1 year 1 month 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1894 times:

Quoting HT (Reply 20):
Quoting PHX787 (Thread starter):What were the plans for the 2011 meet?
I had been the organizer of the 2011 TYO meeting; I will reply to that within 24 hrs.
-HT

So, now here is what I do recall what was planned for the 2011 TYO Meeting:
The small number of participants each had his own schedule to get to TYO and back home.
Essentially, the plan was tomeet up at NRT on Saturday, as one member opted to stay close to NRT for the two nights he would have been in Japan.
Sunday would have seen some spotting at HND.

I myself had booked a full week of stay in Tokyo, staying in Higashi-Ueno.
Plan, apart from the meeting, was to a) explore the city and b) take a few domestic flights.
HND - UKB on Skymark, then ferry to KIX, returning KIX - HND on NH were booked.

And I think I also had a day return to NAH reserved or booked, but can't find proof.

Domestic flights became noshows,
my longhaul flight from Europe was on TK to ICN, which I rescheduled to return after only one week (origianally: two weeks).
Seperate flight ICN-NRT-ICN was canceled for a fee.
All in all the financial loss was in the 4-digit range (Euros it is).

But the week I spent in South Korea was more than worth the trip.
I got to see much more of the country than I originally had planned.
And: Staying & traveling around in South Korea is much cheaper than doing that in Japan !
Even a First Class walk-up fare on KTX's highspeed train Seoul to Daegu was like less than 50 Euro, IIRC.
And the KE flight TAE - ICN (not GMP !) I booked one day in advance was around 80 Euro, which is expensive compared to the fares the wealth of LCCs charge for flights between GMP and CJU. One of the tickets I only could get at the airport, so I bought if for the next day at 35 EUR.

On the down side, aircraft Spotting at ICN does attract security after a while, even though a European (Caucasian) man very likely is not spying for North Korea.
-HT



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User currently offlineneutrino From Singapore, joined May 2012, 627 posts, RR: 0
Reply 25, posted (1 year 1 month 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1867 times:

Quoting Akiestar (Reply 16):
No meetups in BKK until we have meetups in MNL first!  (Kidding, of course. &nbsp Wink

Sure, why not have both; at different times obviously...and no, not kidding of course.   



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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7859 posts, RR: 19
Reply 26, posted (1 year 1 month 14 hours ago) and read 1824 times:

We can for sure do both! I mean meetups are usually a few days, right?


For me, my off time is from end of January through the end of March. I'm going to be out of town at the end of my semester for one day, then I'm going to be doing a humongous western Japan tour for a few weeks immediately after. If the meet is in NGO or the Kansai area, I can fit that into my tour (and I'd be staying at the Nikko Hotel in Osaka)



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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7859 posts, RR: 19
Reply 27, posted (1 year 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1777 times:

Hey guys, how does the end of March look for you all?


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User currently offlineAirAfreak From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 736 posts, RR: 0
Reply 28, posted (1 year 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1744 times:
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Quoting Superfly (Reply 12):

Drinking and laughing and spotting is fun!!!!

I could go for an a.net Japan and Thailand meet! I think DL allows Tokyo Stopovers in the itinerary to Bangkok. I have to re-check this info and find out!



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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7859 posts, RR: 19
Reply 29, posted (1 year 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1650 times:

Anyone have any more ideas?

This thread's been silent for about a week   


I told you what days work for me....summer break also works for me too, so just let me know what works for yall



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User currently offlineBestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7264 posts, RR: 57
Reply 30, posted (1 year 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1642 times:

Might be useful if you tell us when summer and march break is - for all of us who dont follow your specific japanese university schedule.


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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7859 posts, RR: 19
Reply 31, posted (1 year 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1577 times:

Quoting BestWestern (Reply 30):
Might be useful if you tell us when summer and march break is - for all of us who dont follow your specific japanese university schedule.

Sorry about that hahhaa

Spring break- very end of january-> March 31

Summer break: August 1-October 1



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User currently offlineairtrainer From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 1559 posts, RR: 12
Reply 32, posted (1 year 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1565 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 31):
Summer break: August 1-October 1

September would get my vote, but that´s just my   



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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 33, posted (1 year 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1547 times:

Even though I can't make a committment at this moment, I would prefer "End of March" over late summer.
The earlier date also would give the chance to experience Hanami (the excitement that comes with Cherry blossom).
-HT



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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7859 posts, RR: 19
Reply 34, posted (1 year 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1525 times:

Quoting airtrainer (Reply 32):
September would get my vote, but that´s just my
Quoting HT (Reply 33):
The earlier date also would give the chance to experience Hanami (the excitement that comes with Cherry blossom).

That's an excellent time to visit Japan. The weather at that time is pristine!

September....well, it's still hot as balls, and typhoons love to smack Japan a new one during this time too :/



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User currently offlineairtrainer From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 1559 posts, RR: 12
Reply 35, posted (1 year 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1488 times:

Oh, but I was only referring to my personal calendar  


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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40033 posts, RR: 74
Reply 36, posted (1 year 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1475 times:

Quoting AirAfreak (Reply 28):
Drinking and laughing and spotting is fun!!!!

Happens at all the A.net meets I attend.  
Quoting AirAfreak (Reply 28):
I could go for an a.net Japan and Thailand meet! I think DL allows Tokyo Stopovers in the itinerary to Bangkok. I have to re-check this info and find out!

Come on down. I know where you can get good burgers too!

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 34):
September....well, it's still hot as balls,

That's when I want to come!
Women in Japan don't have hangups about wearing less clothing in the summer.
Hard to believe but Thailand can still be conservative in some ways. Women often wear shorts and t-shirts at the beach or in pools! I find that annoying considering they would look so good in a two-piece bikini. I think they have better bodies than Japanese women (but I still love them).
Even on super hot days here, local women wear shorts under their skirts. The Japanese along with other Western gals wear a proper thong under their dress in the summer - the way it should be.
Personally I prefer Japan during their extremes. Hot summertime for the women, return again in January to visit Sapporo for skiing and simply enjoying the snow.



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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7859 posts, RR: 19
Reply 37, posted (1 year 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1419 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 36):
Women in Japan don't have hangups about wearing less clothing in the summer.
Hard to believe but Thailand can still be conservative in some ways. Women often wear shorts and t-shirts at the beach or in pools!

.........Finding a chick with a bikini during the summer is probably a 1 out of 5 chance  
Quoting Superfly (Reply 36):
Even on super hot days here, local women wear shorts under their skirts. The Japanese along with other Western gals wear a proper thong under their dress in the summer - the way it should be.

   I know Americans do this, but Japanese don't really do this as much......most actually wear shorts under their skirt.

Too many peeping toms ruining it for everyone!



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