Re: [SCA-JML] OT: Need Advice About Archaeological Dig in Japan
- I would try to find time to take one adventure by myself or with a friend or two. Those types of adventures are so much more memorable than a group expedition to some place.
From: Mori Michimori <mori.michimori@...>
To: SCA Japanese Mailing List <email@example.com>
Sent: Mon, April 12, 2010 3:43:23 PM
Subject: [SCA-JML] OT: Need Advice About Archaeological Dig in Japan
Good gentles, I am seeking advice and suggestions from those on the list
experienced in academic archaeological digs in (northern) Japan.
My Sapling has been accepted for an archaeological dig this summer,
between his Junior and Senior years as an anthro major (Asian
concentration) at UofMn, at the UC Berkeley Jomon Field School
<http://anthropology .berkeley. edu/habufieldsch ool/jomonhome. html>. This
will be his first great adventure outside the circle of family and is as
close to a Wanderjahr as I can afford. I want him to be able to extract
as much as possible from this opportunity.
The web site for the program seems comprehensive, but I would appreciate
any additional comments and observations from those on the list with
practical experience in similar circumstances.
With best regards and humble thanks for whatever you can provide, I
remind you that Karma is Karma and that your works return to you three
Mori Daitarô Michimori-shô nagon
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- Noble Cousin!
Greetings from Solveig!
> I would try to find time to take one adventure by myself or with aIt depends a bit on just how adventurous the "sapling" is. Regardless,
> friend or two. Those types of adventures are so much more memorable
> than a group expedition to some place.
1. if possible, have the grand excursion follow the dig.
Scheduling may work better if the excursion precedes the dig,
but the saplings should be more familiar with getting around if they
are on their own following the dig.
2. be sure to buy a JR Rail Pass before departure.
3. buy a membership in International Youth Hostel.
4. buy a copy of the Lonely Planet Guide to Japan.
Note. Youth Hostels are quite reliable, but they do have curfew by
which time you must be inside. Curfew is typically at 10:00 PM.
Note. Japanese Youth Hostels typically offer breakfast and dinner
options which are often a good way to go.
Note. If you are traveling in anything resembling off season, you can
call the next Youth Hostel in your itinerary either the night before
or the morning of your stay and book space.
Note. I believe that they now have online reservations for Youth
Note. There are several alternatives to Youth Hostels including
Minchku, Business Hotels, and even the infamous Capsule Hotels.
Capsule Hotels are not inexpensive. So, unless you really want to
experience one, I do not recommend them.
Note. They "roll up the streets" in Japan, so the 10:00 curfew is not
as bad as it sounds. The last trains depart major stations in Tokyo
at around midnight.
Note. Be sure to get a copy of the national train schedule. I hear
that there is a version in English available. Regardless, the trains
are very punctual.
Your Humble Servant
- On Tue, Apr 13, 2010 at 11:38 AM, Solveig Throndardottir
> 2. be sure to buy a JR Rail Pass before departure.One cautious note on the JR Rail Pass: it is only worth the money if
you are traveling a lot over long distances. So if, for instance you
are going to be traveling for just a weekend a few stops away, the
rail pass might not be worth it.
For figuring out travel, Hyperpedia.com is great: It gives both time
AND cost, so you can see whether a rail pass would be worth it for
Oh, and Mori-dono, if you need SCA contacts while you are in Japan,
make sure to contact us and check out the Barony of the Far West--the
website is out of date, but we have an unofficial wiki
(farwestbarony.wikia.com) that people are keeping up to date. You and
your young one can also join the baronial web group:
Once here, depending on how close they are to anyone, they can check
out events and get together with the SCA out here.
-Ii Toonishi-no-kami Katsumori