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the big bell which is rung on New Year's Day is only for temple monks iirc besides the ceremony takes place on New Year's Day not CNY

you do ring a bell as part of the praying step at Shinto shrines though

Fushimi Inari is on the south side of Kyoto, I am not sure if you can rent kimono around that part. Gion is nearer Kyomizudera area instead (if that is what you are referring to as the old street)

I would say call ahead and book but I do not have any recommendations, you can try looking up tabelog. They got english site now

yeah, my new year is as per new year not CNY.

the kimono i am only intending to rent from that old street area, then take metro down visit inari, and metro back, walk the old street before returning the kimono.

tabelog? ok thanks. i go check it out.
 

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Is this good enough for mid-December Sapporo?

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or this:

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Thanks.
 

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Is this good enough for mid-December Sapporo?

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or this:

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Thanks.

Having lived there and read all the nonsense
On the "winter gear thread" with a chuckle.

No. Not necessary.

My criteria to assess is really simple:

- what's your threshold for coldness ?

- how long will u be spending outdoors ? Most people don't even spend 1.5 hours outdoor continuously in the snow

- what kit do you currently have ?

- do you know how to layer ?

- what are your key considerations ? Style, warmth, comfort, freedom of movement/less bulk.


This coat is good for those who
(1) don't want the hassle of layer. Coat on, coat off.
(2) intend to spend a lot of time outdoors
(3) also intend to spend a lot of time in warm heated places.

Sapporo is always really warm indoors. There's a saying amongst dosanko (道産子, those born of Hokkaido), they fear the cold the most.
 

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Give you my real life example.

I kiasu brought two jackets, two softshell and bought another two coats there.

I went there overprepared with high end kit for what I thought was ten months of coldness and four months of snow

My kit:
North face quartz bomber (biggest bulkiest down)
Burton ski jacket (can't remember the model, light synthetic down, oversized for protection while skiing)
Columbia soft shell fleece (had two pieces)

Bought a
Long wool altierz trenchcoat from a flee market
Muji Japanese schoolboy style winter coat

Guess which one I wore the most ?

The trenchcoat and schoolboy wool coat.

Why ? Polyester long John and leg tights/compression shorts are the key to keep ing warm in winter. Ladies can substitute stockings for compression too. It works.

With a good base layer + long sleeve or short sleeve shirt and a heavy top (north face / Burton)/ I could go around all day, snowboarding and walking around in shiretoko with brother dreamer75.

But do that in the city, where I pop in and out of shops, or even a quick supermarket run, and the heavy coat traps so much heat, it becomes unbearably stifling.

So what I did was just base layer plus regular clothes plus a soft shell and the wool coat. Good enough for Sapporo. More mobility, style and less bao like ba chang. And the clothes can breathe too, they lose heat instead of trapping it in.
 

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@Greenaaron

regarding Nikko, it would be really better to stay there for at least 1 night. Just going to Kegon no taki and taking in Irohazaka's winding road sight along the way is going to take up to half a day. It takes roughly an hour to get there alone by bus. Sight seeing at the waterfall, lake chuzenji will take up a good amount of time.

.____. I sooooo need to go there again.... I only managed to cover so little over there

Already booked my accom at Utsunomiya already, just gotta take train over to nikko lo.. spending 2 nights there. hopefully will be enough
 

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Having lived there and read all the nonsense
On the "winter gear thread" with a chuckle.

No. Not necessary.

My criteria to assess is really simple:

- what's your threshold for coldness ?

- how long will u be spending outdoors ? Most people don't even spend 1.5 hours outdoor continuously in the snow

- what kit do you currently have ?

- do you know how to layer ?

- what are your key considerations ? Style, warmth, comfort, freedom of movement/less bulk.


This coat is good for those who
(1) don't want the hassle of layer. Coat on, coat off.
(2) intend to spend a lot of time outdoors
(3) also intend to spend a lot of time in warm heated places.

Sapporo is always really warm indoors. There's a saying amongst dosanko (道産子, those born of Hokkaido), they fear the cold the most.

My gear now is those uniqlo $99 jacket for taiwan use. If use layering, will be good enough? besides sapporo, I'll be in tokyo after sapporo. tokyo will have a lot of streets walking. The $99 jacket with sweater good enough? Thanks.
 

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i usually bring along one of this
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And a local to UK adapter.

For longer term, this can be a good investment:

https://youtu.be/F88h2lBjgFo?t=4m1s

About $45 at qoo10

this thing will convert electricity ? japanese electricity to UK / sg voltage/current?

i just need to plug in 2 sockets , 1 for charging dslr camera , 1 for the thing that gives 6 usb slots ( for hp , tablets , mifi , portable batteries etc etc ) but the hotel room only has 1 socket.
 
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this thing will convert electricity ? japanese electricity to UK / sg voltage/current?

i just need to plug in 2 sockets , 1 for charging dslr camera , 1 for the thing that gives 6 usb slots ( for hp , tablets , mifi , portable batteries etc etc ) but the hotel room only has 1 socket.

That depends on your charger I think...this one only adapts the JP socket so you can plug in your charger.

If you have the flat 2-pin charger it works. Just make sure the voltage is rated 100-240V (JP is 100V, SG is 240V)
 

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this thing will convert electricity ? japanese electricity to UK / sg voltage/current?

i just need to plug in 2 sockets , 1 for charging dslr camera , 1 for the thing that gives 6 usb slots ( for hp , tablets , mifi , portable batteries etc etc ) but the hotel room only has 1 socket.

Likely your DSLR can be charged via your usb charger too. Can test it out.

Anyway, what I meant is using a adapter like this at the wall end:
travel-universal-electrical-outlet-American-Standard-conversion-power-socket-adapter-plug-for-Canada-Japan-USA-Taiwan.jpg

Then plug in the earlier UK/SG multi points. This will give you 3 or 4 "SG" outlets for your equipment.
 

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My gear now is those uniqlo $99 jacket for taiwan use. If use layering, will be good enough? besides sapporo, I'll be in tokyo after sapporo. tokyo will have a lot of streets walking. The $99 jacket with sweater good enough? Thanks.

Good enough.

What's your resistance to cold ? Office 16/17 degree aircon feels just about OK for you ?

Best to get a windproof lining. My Thai friend had one of those 99$ uniqlo down, the coldness gets in from the seams between each layer of down.

A fleece liner/soft shell on the inside would suffice.

Tokyo no need la. 2-3 deg no problem after Hokkaido
 

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Good enough.

What's your resistance to cold ? Office 16/17 degree aircon feels just about OK for you ?

Best to get a windproof lining. My Thai friend had one of those 99$ uniqlo down, the coldness gets in from the seams between each layer of down.

A fleece liner/soft shell on the inside would suffice.

Tokyo no need la. 2-3 deg no problem after Hokkaido

Uniqlo is selling the new seamless down jacket this time round. Looks perfect for the Hokkaido winter! :s12:
 

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Long long ago in a different world where there was a John little at specialist centre, I worked at the winterwear department for my summer job.

Down is a wonderful material. Basically, its the little feathers of ducks that traps heat in the layer of air in between them

Down works wonders as it is both light, and has tremendous insulating power.

But not all down is good down. Down is basically a weight/insulation performance tradeoff.

See those big bulky down jacket right ? May cost over 229.90 but the inside is filled with cheaper 400 grade down. 400 down is coarse and heavy. If you are a guy with a big frame like me, no problem with another 1-2kg of weight. (My down jacket is about 2kg+)

800 down is the high grade down. Lighter yet with the most insulation power, it allows manufacturers to make thin, slimline down jacket.

Here's the problem: not all manufacturers tell the truth about down. While we aren't avid mountaineers about to go to Patagonia or living in the cold windy streets of Chicago or the bone chilling roads of Alaska, it matters because if you don't know what you're buying, you don't know what are you paying for.

Afaik, uniqlo doesn't disclose what type of down used. It is a good little piece of kit. Light, compact, foldable. Probably warm enough for 80% of whatever we are doing. But for $99 "sale" price, I think u can easily buy north face from the US at that price point.

Just need to search for it. I find gear reviews very useful. Don't buy on price or claims of down. Read, find the technical specs, see if got user reviews.

That being said and done, I do think the uniqlo down is a pretty decent down jacket. I just don't think it is value for money.
 

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May I ask...does hair dryer sold in japan works in Singapore? I wanna get this very popular hair dryer from Panasonic bit not sure if it can work.

Panasonic hair dryer EH-CNA97
 

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May I ask...does hair dryer sold in japan works in Singapore? I wanna get this very popular hair dryer from Panasonic bit not sure if it can work.

Panasonic hair dryer EH-CNA97
Found this in qoo10. Have to use a transformer. Better to get an international model.

http://list.qoo10.sg/item/PANASONIC-PANASONIC-HAIR-DRYER-NANO-CARE/421939594
 

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Long long ago in a different world where there was a John little at specialist centre, I worked at the winterwear department for my summer job.

Down is a wonderful material. Basically, its the little feathers of ducks that traps heat in the layer of air in between them

Down works wonders as it is both light, and has tremendous insulating power.

But not all down is good down. Down is basically a weight/insulation performance tradeoff.

See those big bulky down jacket right ? May cost over 229.90 but the inside is filled with cheaper 400 grade down. 400 down is coarse and heavy. If you are a guy with a big frame like me, no problem with another 1-2kg of weight. (My down jacket is about 2kg+)

800 down is the high grade down. Lighter yet with the most insulation power, it allows manufacturers to make thin, slimline down jacket.

Here's the problem: not all manufacturers tell the truth about down. While we aren't avid mountaineers about to go to Patagonia or living in the cold windy streets of Chicago or the bone chilling roads of Alaska, it matters because if you don't know what you're buying, you don't know what are you paying for.

Afaik, uniqlo doesn't disclose what type of down used. It is a good little piece of kit. Light, compact, foldable. Probably warm enough for 80% of whatever we are doing. But for $99 "sale" price, I think u can easily buy north face from the US at that price point.

Just need to search for it. I find gear reviews very useful. Don't buy on price or claims of down. Read, find the technical specs, see if got user reviews.

That being said and done, I do think the uniqlo down is a pretty decent down jacket. I just don't think it is value for money.

I am not sure about Uniqlo SG, but on Uniqlo JP website, they do state that the down they use has 640 fillpower. For 7000 JPY, a light 640 fill jacket weighing less than 200g, with DWR coating and a aluminized coating on the inner is great value for money. Of course you can wait for sale in the summer when they are even greater value for money.

http://www.uniqlo.com/jp/store/feature/uq/ultralightdown/men/
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The cheapest down jacket for a bona fide outdoor apparel manufacturer here in Japan is 12,000 JPY (excl tax). This is a 800 fill 175g down jacket with DWR coating. For those who wants assured quality, I recommend going to a Montbell store in Japan to get your stuff. They are one of my favorite stores here. Their pricing is generally one of the most reasonable and lowest around. In Tokyo, you can find them in many places, including Ikebukuro, Shibuya and Shinjuku.

http://webshop.montbell.jp/goods/disp.php?product_id=1101420
 
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