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Nihonjin kanojo boshu-chu...NOT!!!!
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Not even Amazon.com stock stocks these titles... 
3rd-Jun-2007 09:39 pm
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Well,my 2 Shobunsha-published atlases(Road Atlas Japan and Tokyo Metropolitan Atlas) arrived last week just days after the online order.Turns out they're actually primarily in English,but Japanese script is retained(accompanying the romaji)for city/town/village/ward names as well as road names,road junctions,major geographical features,and certain points of interests.As for the specifics for each title:


  • The Road Atlas Japan covers the whole country at a scale of 1:250,000 except Hokkaido which is covered at 1:600,000,plus a few maps each of the major metro areas and the major tourist areas.A section in the back includes toll tables for the expressway system,though for non-expressway toll roads(municipal toll roads including some scenic routes as well as tolled bridges and tunnels not part of a toll expressway)you have to refer to the mini-table on the relevant map page.Additionally,each map has mini-distance tables for many cities and some towns,as well as micro insets mainly covering the downtown/train station areas of many municipalities plus a number of highway junctions.Though by no means perfect,it's more than good enough to make Kodansha's more globally available Japan:A Bilingual Atlas look amateurish.Not to mention that it complements and can be used together with that Japanese language atlas I have...
  • The Tokyo Metropolitan Atlas covers the 23 "special wards" of Tokyo on a two-page spread for each one(variable scale from 1:18,000 to 1:38,000),maps of all independent municipalities in the entire Tama area(scales range from 1:25,000-1:30,000 though a couple rural villages on the western fringe are covered at 1:120,000),maps of the 2 central wards(out of over a dozen)of Yokohama(Nishi-ku at 1:12,000 and Naka-ku at 1:20,000),metro Tokyo(including parts of neighboring prefectures)at 1:250,000,and unscaled rail/subway maps.Also,districts within wards/municipalities are in both romaji and Japanese script.It's quite different from Kodansha's Tokyo City Atlas:A Bilingual Guide.However,not only is it actually a unintended complement to this competing title,but it's also Kodansha's best bilingual atlas:it features coverage of the 23 wards plus select neighboring cities at 1:28,000,18 maps of central Tokyo scaled from 1:6500 to 1:8000,downtown maps of Kawasaki and Yokohama,access maps to 3 U.S. bases,and unscaled rail/subway maps.


Of course,all atlases have indexes,but what one doesn't?Also,both Tokyo atlases feature block numbers for all Tokyo neighborhoods...


Yesterday(the first of at least 8 straight off days),while doing normal errands,I went off the beaten track and actually went to an actual Borders store(not an "Express" one).As with the only other full-size Borders I've been in(another part of town),not only was it bigger than Barnes and Noble,but also makes wiser use of store space(taller shelves,and not simply along walls).In addition to a superior selection,they have one section that BN lacks:"untranslated literature" which includes foreign books(including imports)in languages other than English or Spanish.I even saw a couple of Japanese titles(non-manga).In addition to School Rumble volume 3(I've yet to seriously get into it,but I have the first 5 Japanese volumes plus the first 2 English ones)and other things,I also grabbed a recently updated copy of the Tokyo City Atlas(speaking of that title,the copy I had was badly outdated).Afterwards before going home,I noticed a curiously-sounding "East-West bookstore" in a strip mall across the street assuming it specialized in imported Asian books;but after dropping by to browse,it was just a spiritual bookstore...


One thing I've learned from another Indian casino trip:Player's loyalty cards are more likely to reward you when you lose money...


BTW,I nailed a rare company of the rare Lost Universe OP/ED maxi-single CD(featuring Infinity and Extrication,both sung by Megumi Hayashibara)from an eBay Buy It Now listing.I had previously downloaded them in MP3 form from expired-by-now download links at seiyuu,but it's the first time I've been fortunate to even obtain the HTF CD featuring rare seiyuu song I acquired via file-sharing...

Well;at least yachinami,ukyochan,doggiedynasty,or genkireirei didn't lose their journals in the recent account purge that was solely based on a few offending interests.On another LJ matter,if the permanent account sale happens this week(during this long layoff),I'll be ready...

At least Kappei-sama is lucky to never been associated with Arts Vision which could be fighting for its existence due to proven serious allegations of sexual misconduct by its now ex-CEO...

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