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Old August 20th, 2004, 09:16 AM
abcd
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Thanks very much everyone for your answers.

I'm flying into Narita because that's what I was instructed to do.
Erroneously apparently... Anyway the flight is confirmed and payed for
by now so there's not much I can do. My working days in Kyoto will be
full-time, so I'll have no time for anything else. But I'll spend some
additional days there after the meetings.

I bought a couple of guidebooks in the meantime which, along with your
comments, should get me going. I've got just another issue, and it's a
recurrent one: I have to buy a digital camera... I searched the Web
and these NGs but I wasn't able to find any recent postings/articles
about the subject. My preference (after some research) lies with the
Nikon Coolpix 5200 or something similar. Does anyone have a clue as to
whether it's cheaper in Japan or in Europe? Of course also considering
warranty, assistance, etc.

Thanks very much again,
andy
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Old August 20th, 2004, 12:49 PM
Guus Veldhuis
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Hello, I just came back from Osaka and I checked some electronic stores for
cheap offers on camera's and memory but I advice you to buy one at a
discount at home and take last year model and you will be cheap and you will
be able to experiment with it before you leave. Take also an electric
converter with you ,because they use 110/120 volts and in that way you can
recharge your batteries. You will have a smashing time because there are so
many contradictions and most people are very friendly and helpfull. I stayed
3 weeks in the Kyoto area at a girlfriends house and I will go back end of
December. You can read my story about it in my weblog, starting around first
of July. Good luck and tell me what work are you gonna do there and do they
need a crazy Dutchman, because I want to start living there from may next
year in a little part of Osaka called Takatsuki. I had enough of Europe.

--
Bye Guus

Webpage http://guus.dse.nl/ Weblog http://zapguz.dse.nl/ Photosite
http://zapfoto.dse.nl/ E-mail
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"abcd" schreef in bericht
m...
Thanks very much everyone for your answers.

I'm flying into Narita because that's what I was instructed to do.
Erroneously apparently... Anyway the flight is confirmed and payed for
by now so there's not much I can do. My working days in Kyoto will be
full-time, so I'll have no time for anything else. But I'll spend some
additional days there after the meetings.

I bought a couple of guidebooks in the meantime which, along with your
comments, should get me going. I've got just another issue, and it's a
recurrent one: I have to buy a digital camera... I searched the Web
and these NGs but I wasn't able to find any recent postings/articles
about the subject. My preference (after some research) lies with the
Nikon Coolpix 5200 or something similar. Does anyone have a clue as to
whether it's cheaper in Japan or in Europe? Of course also considering
warranty, assistance, etc.

Thanks very much again,
andy



  #23  
Old August 20th, 2004, 12:49 PM
Guus Veldhuis
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Hello, I just came back from Osaka and I checked some electronic stores for
cheap offers on camera's and memory but I advice you to buy one at a
discount at home and take last year model and you will be cheap and you will
be able to experiment with it before you leave. Take also an electric
converter with you ,because they use 110/120 volts and in that way you can
recharge your batteries. You will have a smashing time because there are so
many contradictions and most people are very friendly and helpfull. I stayed
3 weeks in the Kyoto area at a girlfriends house and I will go back end of
December. You can read my story about it in my weblog, starting around first
of July. Good luck and tell me what work are you gonna do there and do they
need a crazy Dutchman, because I want to start living there from may next
year in a little part of Osaka called Takatsuki. I had enough of Europe.

--
Bye Guus

Webpage http://guus.dse.nl/ Weblog http://zapguz.dse.nl/ Photosite
http://zapfoto.dse.nl/ E-mail
icq 15582630 msn as
New and you can join too
http://www.blurryimage.com/user/zapguz
"abcd" schreef in bericht
m...
Thanks very much everyone for your answers.

I'm flying into Narita because that's what I was instructed to do.
Erroneously apparently... Anyway the flight is confirmed and payed for
by now so there's not much I can do. My working days in Kyoto will be
full-time, so I'll have no time for anything else. But I'll spend some
additional days there after the meetings.

I bought a couple of guidebooks in the meantime which, along with your
comments, should get me going. I've got just another issue, and it's a
recurrent one: I have to buy a digital camera... I searched the Web
and these NGs but I wasn't able to find any recent postings/articles
about the subject. My preference (after some research) lies with the
Nikon Coolpix 5200 or something similar. Does anyone have a clue as to
whether it's cheaper in Japan or in Europe? Of course also considering
warranty, assistance, etc.

Thanks very much again,
andy



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Old August 20th, 2004, 06:12 PM
PeterL
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"abcd" wrote in message
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I bought a couple of guidebooks in the meantime which, along with your
comments, should get me going. I've got just another issue, and it's a
recurrent one: I have to buy a digital camera... I searched the Web
and these NGs but I wasn't able to find any recent postings/articles
about the subject. My preference (after some research) lies with the
Nikon Coolpix 5200 or something similar. Does anyone have a clue as to
whether it's cheaper in Japan or in Europe? Of course also considering
warranty, assistance, etc.

Thanks very much again,
andy


My general advice is to buy one where you are now. That way you'd have
warranty and time to familiarize yourself with the operation. I would buy
something at the 3 to 4 mgp range, light weight and uses AA batteries. That
way you can buy batteries practically all over the world, and not worry
about recharging proprietory batteries.


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Old August 20th, 2004, 06:12 PM
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"abcd" wrote in message
m...

I bought a couple of guidebooks in the meantime which, along with your
comments, should get me going. I've got just another issue, and it's a
recurrent one: I have to buy a digital camera... I searched the Web
and these NGs but I wasn't able to find any recent postings/articles
about the subject. My preference (after some research) lies with the
Nikon Coolpix 5200 or something similar. Does anyone have a clue as to
whether it's cheaper in Japan or in Europe? Of course also considering
warranty, assistance, etc.

Thanks very much again,
andy


My general advice is to buy one where you are now. That way you'd have
warranty and time to familiarize yourself with the operation. I would buy
something at the 3 to 4 mgp range, light weight and uses AA batteries. That
way you can buy batteries practically all over the world, and not worry
about recharging proprietory batteries.


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Old August 20th, 2004, 07:59 PM
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"Guus Veldhuis" wrote in message ...

I want to start living there from may next
year in a little part of Osaka called Takatsuki. I had enough of Europe.

What made you decide on that section of the region? Personally I loved
living in Shin Kobe. A short distance from my apartment there was
great shopping, restaurants, bars, hiking, bicycling, rock climbing
(gym, though there are some rocks relatively close), and swimming. The
pollution isn't too bad (relatively close to the coast). To me it was
an ideal place to live.

John W.
  #29  
Old August 20th, 2004, 07:59 PM
John W.
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"Guus Veldhuis" wrote in message ...

I want to start living there from may next
year in a little part of Osaka called Takatsuki. I had enough of Europe.

What made you decide on that section of the region? Personally I loved
living in Shin Kobe. A short distance from my apartment there was
great shopping, restaurants, bars, hiking, bicycling, rock climbing
(gym, though there are some rocks relatively close), and swimming. The
pollution isn't too bad (relatively close to the coast). To me it was
an ideal place to live.

John W.
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Old August 21st, 2004, 05:32 AM
Bob Myers
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"Guus Veldhuis" wrote in message
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be able to experiment with it before you leave. Take also an electric
converter with you ,because they use 110/120 volts and in that way you can
recharge your batteries.


Good advice, but just to clarify Japan does NOT use 110/120 VAC;
the Japanese line voltage standard is 100 VAC (which I believe is
unique, or nearly so), and another power oddity is that the country
is split between 50 Hz and 60 Hz sections. The northern/eastern portion
of the country (from a line just south of Yokohama) is 50 Hz, while the
southern/western (including Osaka and Kyoto) uses 60 Hz. Not
usually a problem for most chargers, etc., but some electrical
equipment (notably, simple electric clocks) will work properly in
one part but not the other.

Bob M.




You will have a smashing time because there are so
many contradictions and most people are very friendly and helpfull. I

stayed
3 weeks in the Kyoto area at a girlfriends house and I will go back end of
December. You can read my story about it in my weblog, starting around

first
of July. Good luck and tell me what work are you gonna do there and do

they
need a crazy Dutchman, because I want to start living there from may next
year in a little part of Osaka called Takatsuki. I had enough of Europe.

--
Bye Guus

Webpage http://guus.dse.nl/ Weblog http://zapguz.dse.nl/ Photosite
http://zapfoto.dse.nl/ E-mail
icq 15582630 msn as
New and you can join too
http://www.blurryimage.com/user/zapguz
"abcd" schreef in bericht
m...
Thanks very much everyone for your answers.

I'm flying into Narita because that's what I was instructed to do.
Erroneously apparently... Anyway the flight is confirmed and payed for
by now so there's not much I can do. My working days in Kyoto will be
full-time, so I'll have no time for anything else. But I'll spend some
additional days there after the meetings.

I bought a couple of guidebooks in the meantime which, along with your
comments, should get me going. I've got just another issue, and it's a
recurrent one: I have to buy a digital camera... I searched the Web
and these NGs but I wasn't able to find any recent postings/articles
about the subject. My preference (after some research) lies with the
Nikon Coolpix 5200 or something similar. Does anyone have a clue as to
whether it's cheaper in Japan or in Europe? Of course also considering
warranty, assistance, etc.

Thanks very much again,
andy





 




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