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Self-gloss-I Am Transferring To Sophia Univ Japan!

Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:11 am

Today is a great day to be PHX787 because PHX787 just learned he got accepted into the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Sophia University, in Tokyo! 

I am currently a Japanese Language student at Arizona State and have found my growth to not be proceeding in the direction I wanted to...so I am transferring to the school which I spent a summer at in 2011.

So come March there will be one more member reporting directly from Japan  

If you don't know much about Sophia University, it's one of the top schools in Japan and it's very selective on getting in....so you can tell I'm quite elated right now.
If you saw the PHX Spotters page earlier I made a post.... I'm still gonna be contributing lots to the PHX thread here and will continue to be an admin on PHX Spotters.

See y'all in Tokyo   

Come visit me sometime guys, and I'll take you spotting at HND or NRT  

(excuse the self gloss of course)
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Wed Jan 30, 2013 4:47 am

And here's your ride:

http://boardingarea.com/blogs/lufthansaflyer/files/2012/10/DSC5993.jpg

 

Seriously, congrats, dude. I know you really wanted this.
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RE: Self-gloss-I Am Transferring To Sophia Univ Japan!

Wed Jan 30, 2013 4:50 am

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 1):
Seriously, congrats, dude. I know you really wanted this.

:D thanks man. If you get to Japan, let me know  

Also i'll hop on a JL 77W to SFO sometime!

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 1):
And here's your ride:

You know what, if this was a 748F, I would LOVE a ride in the upstairs jumpseats!
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Wed Jan 30, 2013 4:55 am

A close friend of mine is a Sophia alumni - he has only glowing things to say of his time there.

Well done!
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Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:49 am

Enjoy Japan, all their airports seem to have observation decks so I'm sure anyone who posts on this website will have a whale of a time.  
 
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RE: Self-gloss-I Am Transferring To Sophia Univ Japan!

Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:55 am

Quoting Newark727 (Reply 4):
Enjoy Japan, all their airports seem to have observation decks so I'm sure anyone who posts on this website will have a whale of a time.

That's the epic thing about their airports....everyone with a skydeck 

Any ideas about what I should spot or visit?
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Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:12 pm

Congratulations on being accepted to Sophia. It is always a good feeling to get accepted somewhere. Especially when it is something you really want.

I would imagine your Japanese language studies will be much better as you will be able to immerse yourself into the culture. Will that be your subject of choice there, or are you using the language studies for a hopping point to something else?
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Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:42 pm

Congratulations, and keep up the good work!
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Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:22 pm

Good job.

It's Japan, so make sure to never ever run out of cash. Especially after hours... Most useless ATMs in the world there...
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Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:53 pm

Hi!

That is cool congratulations. I actually have an old childhood friend who was a researcher I think in the department of comparative cultures or something at this university who I have been trying to get back in touch with! If you come acrsoss a guy in his 30s called Ken Kitamura who grew up in the UK please could you get his contact for me!

Hope you have a nice time anyway.

Many thanks,

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Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:10 pm

Congratulations! I went to a university in Nagasaki for a short period of time 10 years ago. I had one of the best times of my life! So different from the Western culture. But you know that already  

I hope you won't miss hockey too much!   
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Thu Jan 31, 2013 1:51 am

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 10):
I hope you won't miss hockey too much!

I'm joining Sophia's team 
Quoting Ps762 (Reply 9):
If you come acrsoss a guy in his 30s called Ken Kitamura who grew up in the UK please could you get his contact for me!

wilco, sir  
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Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:03 am

Congrats on your acceptance! I know how awesome that feeling is to get into your top school. I wish you the best of luck and look forward to your posts from Japan! Dont worry too much about hockey. The Wild are going to win the cup anyways   .
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Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:50 am

This means you won't be at PHX or Ohio anymore, does this mean you have to change your name to NRT787 or HND787?
  

Congrats on your acceptance to the Facility of Liberal Arts School at Sophia University in Tokyo, you are still one country off from the K-pop girl bands but at least its a step up from University of Michigan, congrats again on your success!   
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Thu Jan 31, 2013 4:02 am

Quoting jetblueguy22 (Reply 12):
Congrats on your acceptance! I know how awesome that feeling is to get into your top school. I wish you the best of luck and look forward to your posts from Japan! Dont worry too much about hockey. The Wild are going to win the cup anyways .

I appreciate it Blue! But we'll see   especially when the Wild take on the Yotes  
Quoting 2707200X (Reply 13):
This means you won't be at PHX or Ohio anymore, does this mean you have to change your name to NRT787 or HND787?

LOL! Well I love PHX and the 787 so I'm sticking with it. I'll be back frequently to PHX and my goal is to have the 787 begin regular service to PHX, thus my name   And when that happens, well then it makes even better sense!

Quoting 2707200X (Reply 13):
Congrats on your acceptance to the Facility of Liberal Arts School at Sophia University in Tokyo, you are still one country off from the K-pop girl bands but at least its a step up from University of Michigan, congrats again on your success!

Hey dude there's still a sizable Korean population in Tokyo, so it's quite fine with me    Thanks  
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Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:08 am

Congrats dude. I'll probably be eventually doing the same and will be continuing my studies here in Japan. Embry-Riddle has been a great ride, but I need to study something different.

Quoting PHX787 (Thread starter):
spotting at HND or NRT

Who knows, maybe we'll accidently bump heads someday in Tokyo.
 
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Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:40 am

Congrats PHX787! ! ! ! !     
I know this is something you've wanted for a long time now.

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 2):
Also i'll hop on a JL 77W to SFO sometime!


Doesn't Singapore Airlines use their A380 on this route?

Quoting Darksnowynight (Reply 8):
make sure to never ever run out of cash.


Very easy to do in Japan.

Quoting 2707200X (Reply 13):
you are still one country off from the K-pop girl bands


K-pop sucks compared to J-pop bands.
Sadly K-pop has caught on here in Thailand instead of J-pop.
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Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:02 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 16):
Very easy to do in Japan.

Especially since even in major cities, they have a much higher incidence of "Cash Only" policies than what Americans are used to.

What always drove me nuts there is that most of the ATMs are located inside the bank lobbies. So if you need cash after hours, you're probably boned...

Otherwise it's a neat place. One should just never ever admit it if they're an anime fan though, lol...
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Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:36 pm

Quoting gocaps16 (Reply 15):
Congrats dude. I'll probably be eventually doing the same and will be continuing my studies here in Japan. Embry-Riddle has been a great ride, but I need to study something different.

Doesn't Oberlin University have a decent flight school in Japan?

Quoting gocaps16 (Reply 15):
Who knows, maybe we'll accidently bump heads someday in Tokyo.

:D A.net meeting in Tokyo? Sounds good to me  
Quoting Superfly (Reply 16):
Doesn't Singapore Airlines use their A380 on this route?

They do and it's an LAX-NRT route, soon to be the only route that SQ flies to LAX.   But hey, its an A380  

I've been to NRT a number of times but I've never seen the SQ 380...maybe it's because it lands either in the morning or evening....

Quoting Superfly (Reply 16):
Very easy to do in Japan.
Quoting Darksnowynight (Reply 17):
Especially since even in major cities, they have a much higher incidence of "Cash Only" policies than what Americans are used to.

I never had that issue during my previous time in Japan....I always keep a minimum of ¥3000 on me.

Quoting Darksnowynight (Reply 17):
What always drove me nuts there is that most of the ATMs are located inside the bank lobbies. So if you need cash after hours, you're probably boned...

LOL I know of some "secret" ATMs (one inside a 7-11, the other near a hotel in Kabukicho...suspicious    ) that are open 24/7
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Thu Jan 31, 2013 7:23 pm

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 18):
They do and it's an LAX-NRT route, soon to be the only route that SQ flies to LAX. But hey, its an A380



....and it's a 4-engine jetliner!  
United has their 747 on the NRT - SFO route, but it's United, not Singapore.
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Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:40 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 19):
Does Malaysian send their 747 through NRT or is it Hong Kong?

I think MH is a 777.
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Fri Feb 01, 2013 2:34 am

Congrats man! Immersion is definitely the only way to go, I can totally relate, I spent two years going to school in Paris likely for the same reasons you're going to Japan, you'll have a blast I'm sure! BTW, I'll be coming your way next week for The Who concert   
 
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Fri Feb 01, 2013 2:37 am

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 18):

I never had that issue during my previous time in Japan....I always keep a minimum of ¥3000 on me.

Yeah, do that...

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 18):

LOL I know of some "secret" ATMs (one inside a 7-11, the other near a hotel in Kabukicho...suspicious    ) that are open 24/7

They're around. But here's the thing, even a lot of those close at after hours time. Like the ATM needs to head on over to happy hour or something. Japan's a cool place, but they definitely have some (surprising I admit) backward habits at times...

At least they love Dream Theatre & Birthday Massacre over there...
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Fri Feb 01, 2013 4:38 am

Quoting flyguy89 (Reply 21):
BTW, I'll be coming your way next week for The Who concert

to PHX or to TYO? I'm still in PHX for the next month and some change before I depart.

If you're in PHX let me know and we can do some spotting    (as long as I'm not busy)

Quoting Darksnowynight (Reply 22):
At least they love Dream Theatre

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Fri Feb 01, 2013 6:51 am

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 20):
I think MH is a 777.

That must be a recent downgrade.
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Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:22 am

Congratulations. I'm hoping to go back to school in the fall, I just love academia.

Quoting Darksnowynight (Reply 17):

What always drove me nuts there is that most of the ATMs are located inside the bank lobbies. So if you need cash after hours, you're probably boned...

I was about to suggest a Citibank checking account linked to a debit card. When I first started going to Japan at 20 they didn't charge an extra % on top of the exchange rate, but they now charge a 3% foreign transaction fee (ATMs and debit/credit). Unless you have CitiGold, which is $30/month or $50,000 min. balance in a deposit account.

I do know Bank of America has/had? a relationship with Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ where you could use their cards in their ATMs, but I am unsure if they still do and what it costs.

Point is, if you have a card able to be used in a Japanese bank, I've never had a problem getting into the lobby to access the ATM.

Never stayed there more than a month, so I've never had a JPY account.

I hope to go there this year, March-April would be awesome for the sakura.
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Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:42 am

Quoting Pellegrine (Reply 25):
I was about to suggest a Citibank
Quoting Pellegrine (Reply 25):
I do know Bank of America has/had?




PHX787 would be better off flushing his money down the toilet than opening an account with those crooks. Those are the two worst banks with the most and highest fees. They charge you an arm & a leg for basic banking services. I can only imagine how high their fees are when it comes to international transactions. The only large bank I'd recommend would be Wells Fargo. Other than that, PHX787 would need to look in to opening a local bank account in Japan. Usually a work permit is required but since he is an exchange student, there may be a special arrangement he can make with a local bank.
I've closed my US bank accounts since I've moved here to Thailand and only deal with local Thai banks. The transaction fees were just ridiculous every time I dealt with my US bank account.
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Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:38 am

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 18):
Doesn't Oberlin University have a decent flight school in Japan?

Hmmm, I'll have to research on that. I thought Oberlin was in Ohio unless they have a campus in Japan. I'll be using my Post 9-11 G.I. Bill which will pay the majority of my school cost, includes many Universities in Japan. Just hoping it will cover the monthly morgage as I plan on buying a house/apartment in the Kanto plain or Tohoku area(s) in the next 10 years.

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 18):
:D A.net meeting in Tokyo? Sounds good to me

Not sure when the last A.net meet was, but we attempted to start one up in spring 2011 but the majority canx due to the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake. If you go spotting at NRT/HND on any weekend, chances are you'll meet someone from A.net or have heard of this website. =D
 
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Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:48 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 26):
PHX787 would be better off flushing his money down the toilet than opening an account with those crooks. Those are the two worst banks with the most and highest fees. They charge you an arm & a leg for basic banking services. I can only imagine how high their fees are when it comes to international transactions. The only large bank I'd recommend would be Wells Fargo. Other than that, PHX787 would need to look in to opening a local bank account in Japan. Usually a work permit is required but since he is an exchange student, there may be a special arrangement he can make with a local bank.
I've closed my US bank accounts since I've moved here to Thailand and only deal with local Thai banks. The transaction fees were just ridiculous every time I dealt with my US bank account.

I'm sorry I did not mean to say who is better and who is not. BTW Citibank charges me $0 for anything I've ever done over the past 4 years. I've had a very good relationship with Citi and a very bad one with BoA. But, I realize this is all individual. My banker at Citi is amazing, and if he weren't so, I probably wouldn't be there either.

The point is, find out what works for you, and value local relationships.

If you are staying there long enough, and especially if you speak passable Japanese... (I only speak a few phrases...) I would try to open a JPY dominated account in a local bank. Just so that you are not hit with foreign transaction fees all the time.

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Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:53 am

Quoting gocaps16 (Reply 27):

Hmmm, I'll have to research on that. I thought Oberlin was in Ohio unless they have a campus in Japan.

It's a different college altogether. the Japanese name is Obirin if you've heard of it.
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Sat Feb 02, 2013 1:54 am

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 23):
Quoting flyguy89 (Reply 21):
BTW, I'll be coming your way next week for The Who concert

to PHX or to TYO? I'm still in PHX for the next month and some change before I depart.

If you're in PHX let me know and we can do some spotting (as long as I'm not busy)

Yeah PHX. I'll be staying in Tempe with a buddy of mine, some spotting would be great, feel free to PM me and maybe we can work something out.
 
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Sat Feb 02, 2013 2:13 am

Congratulations! My university here in the Philippines has an exchange program with Sophia and a friend of mine was there for a semester. She absolutely enjoyed her experience, and I'm sure you will too! 
 
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Sat Feb 02, 2013 4:28 am

Congrats!

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 14):
Hey dude there's still a sizable Korean population in Tokyo, so it's quite fine with me Thanks

There are up to 29 daily flights from Tokyo to Seoul, so if you want your fix, it's just a stone's throw away  
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RE: Self-gloss-I Am Transferring To Sophia Univ Japan!

Sun Feb 03, 2013 5:19 pm

Quoting PHX787 (Thread starter):
PHX787 just learned he got accepted into the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Sophia University, in Tokyo!

Congratulations! Is that for one year or longer?

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 5):
Any ideas about what I should spot or visit?

Here's a couple of ideas with a bit of aviation interest that are easy to do from Tokyo ...

Tokyo Hop – Ruag Do-228NG First Revenue Flight (by britjap Jun 5 2011 in Trip Reports)

Hop, Step, Jump Tokyo – Inter-Island Shuttle (by britjap Aug 22 2011 in Trip Reports)



Cheers  
 
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Sun Feb 03, 2013 6:10 pm

Quoting britjap (Reply 33):
Congratulations! Is that for one year or longer?

2 years at least; going to graduate from Sophia!

Thanks for the hints, i'll check out those trip reports  
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Sun Feb 10, 2013 2:37 pm

Quoting PHX787 (Thread starter):
Today is a great day to be PHX787 because PHX787 just learned he got accepted into the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Sophia University, in Tokyo!

Congrats! My Aunt attended that school for 2 years in the late 70s before transferring to the University of Hawaii...
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