Friday, August 10, 2012

FMF: Puppies, Disney and More

I got a lot of questions that needed answering since I left for Tokyo and so here are the answers that I have for you guys.
I want to get a puppy but I don't want to support puppy mills. What do you recommend?

There are a lot of different places where you can get puppies on the island. Eventually you are going to encounter some that are not necessarily the most legitimate. Although I do not have a full run down of what places are more legitimate than others here's my thoughts. I have seen some good pet stores and some not so great ones. I have also seem some good breeders and others who are no better than puppy mills. In my opinion each puppy out there deserves a good home and it's hard for me to turn away a puppy who looks like it wants love just because of where it came from. In my opinion if it's healthy and if you want to love it go for it. Personally the dogs that I have gotten I got for free from people who were giving them away. That's not to say that I would not purchase from anyone in particular but in my past experiences I have found puppies who needed a home at no cost.
How was the JetStar Flight Experience?

I very much enjoyed the experience. The only thing that I found irritating is that when I was in Narita we needed to get off the plane, get on a buss and then go to the terminal which then was the same case then getting on the jet on my way out. It wasn't that it was a problem but like I mentioned in another review it would have been nice if someone would have notified us that this would be the way we would be getting on and off the plane so I could have prepared more manageable carry on items.
Can you do a video about certificate of eligibility?

When it comes to things that deal with legally getting here I prefer to not try and go into those details. This is because I want to make sure I am not giving out inaccurate information. My recommendation is to go through the authorities in these areas. Sorry for any inconvenience.
What is in natto? Is it fish?

No it is not fish. Natto is fermented soy beans.
Is it as nice as people say to travel on a plane throughout Japan?

Yes. It is very nice to travel throughout the country. The airlines are great even when the are discount airlines. They treat customers very well and the airlines are extremely clean (yes I have traveled on various airlines back and forth through Japan) and the airports are for the most part easy to use and user friendly.
76.47 US ? That's expensive for one night for one person.

When traveling throughout Japan it is important to remember that the cost of items and services don't change based on the strength of your local currency. When I first got here to Japan the yen rate was 140yen to the USD which was nice but when the US economy started to tank hat got less and less now we're sitting at about 76 yen to the USD. Of course this doesn't change the amount that people charge in Japan for a room (for example). I got my room at the Narita Rest Hotel for 5000 something yen for that one night which was extremely affordable considering that the average is 15,000 yen per night per person.
I've begun to use the little Google man to see how to get around.

I love the little google man. I use it all the time to determine where I need to go but unfortunately when I got lost trying to get to my hotel it as just trying to find the buss itself. The hotel was not necessarily in walking distance so I was supposed to get on a buss. Unfortunately I did't know what bus number to get on and every time someone walked up to me asking where I needed to go they didn't understand what it was I was talking about. This was frustrating but nonetheless when I called Russ he helped me find the bus number I needed.
From visiting both parks did you see a lot of Stich and Angel merch? Did you meet any characters other than the ones at Chef Mickey's?

I did notice that there was a lot of Stich merch but not as much Angel. Also I did not meet any characters other than the ones at the character breakfast. I had the chance to but I didn't want to wait in line or run up to a character and push a little kid out of the way. I had seen many characters in my day and I think every kid should have the chance to do the same.
I grew up near the original Disneyland in Anehiem and it's a shame that other Disneyland locations seem much better.

I have never been to the original Disneyland but I spent a lot of time in Walt Disney World. I too think that it is a shame but I do think that t is good that there are still places where you can experience Disney the way it was meant to be experienced (in my honest opinion). For me Tokyo Disney is that place. It brings back memories of when I first experienced Disney with characters everywhere and everything Disney themed. I will be writing more about this later so stay tuned.
77 may be cold in Naha but is it cold in Tokyo?

To be completely honest 77 isn't really cold in Naha but it is the lack of humidity which made it seem so cold for me. Now I do not believe that 77 is cold for Tokyo, in fact I think that it is rather warm for Tokyo because most of the people were in the area were dressed for summertime and looking very hot not to mention I couldn't seem to find a good long sleeved shirt that was worth getting so I could stay warm.
How much does it cost to live in okinawa in USD?

This is a complicated question. It depends on a lot of factors on where you work, where you live and how you live.
How are the disney parks different from the ones in the US?

Tokyo Disney Resort is very similar to Walt Disney World 1994/5. There are characters everywhere even walking through the parks. There is also disney theming everywhere. I will be making an in depth post about this here in the near future so stay tuned for that.


  1. Hey. I have a few questions. I'm moving to Okinawa on the 24th ( yay! ) And i'm wondering about how to really prepare. What kind of clothes do you suggest I and my husband and toddler bring? What kinds of things are important to have in Okinawa that I could plan for here in the states? Just in general. Any advice us appreciated.

  2. Thanks so much for your questions!

    How to prepare for your trip to Okinawa greatly depends on what your family's needs are and where you are from. When it comes to clothes Okinawa can get extremely humid and overall uncomfortable. Right now for example it's about 89 degrees outside with a dew point of 79 and 79% humidity and it has been known to get warmer and more humid. I recommend light clothes and layers because at times it can get cool in establishments but hot outside meaning you need a sweater or cover up even during the hottest parts of the summer. The winter, on the other hand, can be cool. The lowest it has even been while I have been here is 54 degrees with almost no humidity making it seem much cooler than the summer months. I have been here for so long that I now wear a winter coat during the winter months but a light jacket may suffice for yourself and your family (again depending on where you are coming from).

    Hmmmm. . . . what kinds of things are important to have in Okinawa that you could plan for here in the states? Well I can tell you what not to bring. Books, sentimental items that may be ruined in high humidity or furniture (if you plan to live out in town). A lot of these items will make it here but because of the humidity won't make it back and might be better off in storage than taking them to Okinawa. When it comes to furniture if you are planning on living off base you might find that the stuff you have in your US home doesn't fit in the smaller houses available here. The only thing I can really recommend you plan to bring are things that are of great interest to you or your toddler (more specifically your toddler). As an adult you can transition here easier than your little ones and learn how to use or get used to new things whereas your little one might struggle with this area. Toys, for example. If your little one really like weebles pick up a few before coming here in case you can't find them here. There are a large selection of toys out in town but even on the bases there are only small selections of American brand items. Although you can always purchase these items online from the US it's usually a good idea to at least have a few things you know that your little ones enjoy on hand.

    I was also just reminded by my husband that you might want to prepare yourself by getting anything you want which may have lithium ion batteries in them. The US will no longer ship these products via the post office and so it can be nearly impossibly to get what you want while here unless you purchase from off base (which is good but can be expensive). If you were thinking about getting a video camera or digital camera pick one up before you get here. There is also not much of a selection on base and most of the models are older so it can be hard to get replacement batteries or accessories.

    This is what I have for you right now. I hope that you found it helpful. Please feel free to let me know if you have any further questions.