Me and my town in the New York Times

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Me and my town in the New York Times

Post by flojin » Wed Jan 05, 2011 2:44 am

I made a short video about my town in rural Japan and it got into the NY Times. It has my real name, so I hope no stalkers fixate on me.

http://intransit.blogs.nytimes.com/2010 ... -hachiman/
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Post by pezworld » Wed Jan 05, 2011 4:38 am

Very cool! I wanna go.
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Post by Lost Soul » Wed Jan 05, 2011 5:43 am

I think I could live in Gujo Hachiman.

Thanks for this.
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Post by rider5 » Wed Jan 05, 2011 2:01 pm

That was pretty good. Looks like a nice place. I think I too would enjoy sake & grilled white balls on a bridge over rushing water.

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Post by Geece » Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:34 pm

2011 is the year of the Gujo Hachiman pissup!

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Post by flojin » Thu Jan 06, 2011 3:17 am

Thanks for watching! My friends say I look like a dork. It's true, but what can I say?

Looking forward to the Gujo Pissup!
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Post by RandomThoughts » Fri Jan 07, 2011 5:03 pm

Nicely done! Very pretty city. You looked very tall standing next to the saki lady!
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Post by avalon_ » Sat Jan 08, 2011 5:17 am

Just beautiful. My goodness I love Japan. I want to go back.

The castle looks like one I visited, but it's not it. I can't remember the name of the one I went to.

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Post by cuchulainn » Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:19 am

It looks cleaner than the Kalamazoo River.

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Post by birdlite » Thu Jan 13, 2011 1:57 am

very cool well done. I put the town on my wannago list

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Post by q5q » Sat Jan 15, 2011 7:05 pm

nice job, flo. the tourist board should hire you to do promotions.

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you do look like a dork, sorta; you also strongly resemble a hometown buddy of mine, except his hair is wilder and going to gray. he's a very bright artsy guy, too.
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Post by Bill Barilko » Sat Jan 15, 2011 8:44 pm

birdlite wrote:very cool well done...


Yes low key and charming that's what people like to see-loved the water shots-I added comments on the NYT site.
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Post by flojin » Tue Jan 18, 2011 11:06 am

Thanks for watching everyone!

It does look cleaner than the Kalamazoo river, especially after the epic oil spill last year.
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Post by Logg » Sat Jan 22, 2011 10:54 pm

Hey, you did a really good job on that video.

Gujo Hachiman looks like a nice place place to visit.

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Post by flojin » Wed Feb 09, 2011 7:12 am

Thank you, I'm glad you liked it. I'm here for six more months, come and see me! Or I'll have to find you in SF and we'll eat some burritos.
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Post by Logg » Sat Feb 12, 2011 5:59 pm

flojin wrote:Thank you, I'm glad you liked it. I'm here for six more months, come and see me! Or I'll have to find you in SF and we'll eat some burritos.


I'd like to visit, but I don't have any kind of money for traveling in the foreseeable future.

Do let me know if you're coming to the Bay Area though. You'd be shocked at how much the Mission has changed. Also, they just demolished the old SF Transbay Terminal (aka the Greyhound bus station) south of Market.

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Post by flatfoot » Sun Feb 13, 2011 5:54 am

Excellent video. Got more of these?

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Post by NorthernLight » Fri Feb 18, 2011 12:24 pm

cool video. I once watched Rick Steves film part of one of his shows on Budapest and he didn't do any better.
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Post by flojin » Wed Feb 23, 2011 2:29 am

Nice to hear, thanks!

I have more videos, but not like that one.

My youtube channel is www.youtube.com/ssakamoto
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Post by queenrania » Wed Oct 12, 2011 6:15 pm

flojin wrote:Thanks for watching everyone!

It does look cleaner than the Kalamazoo river, especially after the epic oil spill last year.


You look like a New York Jew of the Russian/Polish background.

Am I wrong?

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Post by flojin » Thu Oct 13, 2011 12:24 am

Totally wrong. My mom's folks came from Germany, my grandma had a hitler youth nazi pin in her jewelbox when she died, and my dad's folks came from Holland. I grew up in Michigan, a long way from NYC.
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Post by queenrania » Thu Oct 13, 2011 8:16 am

flojin wrote:Totally wrong. My mom's folks came from Germany, my grandma had a hitler youth nazi pin in her jewelbox when she died, and my dad's folks came from Holland. I grew up in Michigan, a long way from NYC.


Just tell what you look like physically...

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Post by flojin » Thu Oct 13, 2011 1:29 pm

So when you said I looked like I was a Polish Jew, and asked if you were wrong, you weren't asking if I was a Polish Jew, you were asking if you were wrong about whether or not I looked like a Polish Jew?

Well, I am German and Dutch. Considering that there once were many, many German and Dutch Jews who were physically indistinguishable from their neighbors, I'd have to agree. I look as Jewish as any German, and as German as any German Jew. Same goes for the Dutch side. They were all the same folks, despite what the Eugenicists claimed.
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Post by indian_fellow » Sun Oct 16, 2011 5:55 am

flojin wrote:I made a short video about my town in rural Japan and it got into the NY Times. It has my real name, so I hope no stalkers fixate on me.

http://intransit.blogs.nytimes.com/2010 ... -hachiman/


That was pretty cool! I should visit this branch more often.

My friends say I look like a dork.


Haha. No, you seem like a nice guy. And from you're other videos on youtube you have an adorable kid. You look like you lost weight between your NY times video and your latest videos on youtube though.

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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Mon Dec 12, 2011 4:40 pm

Hey Flojin, so how did a German/Dutch guy wind up with a Japanese surname? Just curious.

Really nice video, I had never really had much interest in Japan, now I am thinking a trip to small town Japan would be really worthwhile.

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Post by northern_goddess » Thu Dec 22, 2011 2:04 am

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Post by snowgirl » Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:15 pm

What a beautiful place! I've never been to Japan but I've always thought that if I went I would want to visit the smaller towns and villages. Thanks for shring this, floj.
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Post by i_have_shiny_shoes » Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:33 pm

Steve_in_Exile wrote:Hey Flojin, so how did a German/Dutch guy wind up with a Japanese surname? Just curious.

Really nice video, I had never really had much interest in Japan, now I am thinking a trip to small town Japan would be really worthwhile.


If I remember rightly, Mr Flojin simply took Mrs Flojin's surname, as he's married to a Japanese lady.
we're discussing it, so it's not secret.

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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:48 pm

Domo arigato, Shiny Shoes.

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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Sat Jan 28, 2017 2:13 pm

I will be in Japan in July for the Fuji climb, but looks like my younger son and a niece may fly over and the three of us may spend a week having a look at Japan, and a trip to Gujo Hachiman is high on our list as a result of Flojin's excellent video!

Any other suggestions for "small town" or quiet/scenic/traditional places to visit not too far from Tokyo/Mt Fuji would be greatly appreciated.

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Post by RedsailsII » Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:02 pm

Lot's of good short, easy day trips out of Tokyo.

The easiest is Mt. Takao. Take either the JR or Keio line expesses from Shinjuku Station, and walk or ride the tram halfway up the mountain. But don't do it on the weekend. You'll have the place to yourself on a weekday.

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3029.html

A nicer day trip is Okutama, easily accessible as well. But I would hop off on the local line before you reach Okutama at one of the small mountain stations. You can bet some soba buckwheat noodles from a local stall and head off into the hills.

[url]http://ippei-janine.com/tokyo-day-trips/okutama-tokyo/
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This is my favorite day-trip from Tokyo. It's known as a suicide spot, which is a downer, but it has interesting caves, lake swimming, and a village that experienced an avalanche in the 50s and is stuck in time architecturally.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aokigahara

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Post by DCComic » Tue Jan 31, 2017 11:40 pm

If you can get to Kyoto for a day or two it's well worth the trip.
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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:57 pm

Wow thanks, the two day trips out of Tokyo and a trip to Kyoto both sound wonderful. Is there one of those super high speed trains between Tokyo and Kyoto? My son is really into trains.

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Post by DCComic » Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:35 pm

Oh yes. It takes about 4 hours. If the weather is clear you get amazing views of Fuji from the train.
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