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Yoshiro Ogawa in Otaru(小樽)
Q1. Main purpose of visit Travel
Q2. When and How long ? more than 10 times
Q3. Why do you like this city? Very historical & cultural city
Q4. Recommend food in the city? Sushi- specially UNI うに
Q5. Recommend place to go in the city? Orugo-ru kinenkan(music box factory), Glass factory, Canal
Q6. Useful word/expression to use in the city? NAMARA なまら– very,  ZANGIざんぎ – fried chicken (Karaage) 
Q7. If you visit again the city next time, what would the first thing you want to do? Go to eat some Sushi!
Takako Nakagawa in Hakodate(函館)
Q1. Main purpose of visit To see music lives, visit lavender farm etc
Q2. When and How long ? 2年
Q3. Why do you like this city? Hakodate is a harbour city in early century. Seafood is delicious! There are a lot of churches and monastery which makes the place seem more international. It is also famous for the world 3rd beautiful night view of scenery. There are hot springs and this is the best way of relaxing time.
Q4. Recommend food in the city? IKA SOUMEN (Squid noodle) – eat fresh squid as noodle. Texture of fresh squid is amazing!
Q5. Recommend place to go in the city? If you are food-lover, get up early and go to “ASAICHI(morning market) near Hakodate station. If you are romantic, climb up Mt. Hakodate and see the night view. If you like a history, go to GORYOUKAKU and enjoy your imagination of the era between Edo and Meiji.
Q6. Useful word/expression to use in the city? 「MENKOIめんこい」→ cute,「SHIBARERUしばれる」→ very cold
Q7. If you visit again the city next time, what would the first thing you want to do? As you can eat seafood in “ASAICHI(morning market)”!!! Only tasting makes me full
Wakako Ito in Akita(秋田)
Q1. Main purpose of visit travelling Japan
Q2. When and How long ? Summer, 3 weeks
Q3. Why do you like this city? There are very nice Onsen, OOMAGARI HANABI MATSURI(the most famous fireworks festival), NAMAHAGE(very scary – kids always cry…)
Q4. Recommend food in the city? HATAHATA (name of fish), KIRITANPO (sticky rice), SAKE!
Q5. Recommend place to go in the city? OOMAGARI city – there is fire works!
Q6. Useful word/expression to use in the city? Tanoshii dabesa – It is fun! Yotta dabe! – I am drunk! 
Q7. If you visit again the city next time, what would the first thing you want to do? Going to Onsen, go shopping in Akita-city
Jason Briffa in Sendai(仙台) (Miyagi Prefecture)
Q1. Main purpose of visit I work as a Senior High School teacher.
Q2. When and How long ? I arrived in Sendai in March 2010, and will be staying here for one year (maybe longer).
Q3. Why do you like this city? I like Sendai because it’s not too crowded and it’s very beautiful. Sendai is known as the ‘city of trees’ because all of its major streets and roads have trees everywhere. It’s peaceful to walk around Sendai and enjoy its atmosphere. It also has beautiful gardens and parks for you to sit in and have your lunch!
Q4. Recommend food in the city? I recommend two dishes that are very famous in Sendai. 1) You should try beef tongue (牛たん-gyu-tan), it’s very popular and very tasty. 2) You should also try steamed fish paste (笹蒲鉾- sasa-kamaboko), it’s made by mashing white fish, kneading them with the white of eggs and some seasonings. They are commoningly formed into bamboo leaf shapes.
Q5. Recommend place to go in the city? Sendai has many nice places that I recommend in going too. 1) For Shopping: Best place to shop is a place called "ichi-ban-cho" because it’s very big and you can find many shops that have anything you’re looking for! 2) For Sightseeing: A place called "Aoba-joou-shi" because this is the place where there used to be a castle of a lord called "Date Masamune" in the Edo period. There is no castle now, but there is his statue on the top of the hill. Also, from this place we have a nice view of Sendai. http://www.flickr.com/photos/41439371@N05/collections/
Q6. Useful word/expression to use in the city? 「いい天気ですね(ii tenki desu ne)」- it is a good weather, sin’t it? - they like to talk about the weather. It's good way to start and have a conversation with anyone! :)
Q7. If you visit again the city next time, what would the first thing you want to do? I would like to go when the Tanabata festival is on in August because it’s a very beautiful summer festival, with many decorations. It’s very symbolic in the Tohoku region. My blog: http://bigjase.wordpress.com/
Kris Welsh in Sendai(仙台) (Miyagi Prefecture)
Q1. Main purpose of visit I took holidays from Hanamaki on weekends.
Q2. When and How long ? Just for the weekend.
Q3. Why do you like this city? The city is really peaceful, beautiful and interesting place.
Q4. Recommend food in the city? Sushi!
Q5. Recommend place to go in the city? The park is really nice.
Q6. Useful word/expression to use in the city? “Nani ka shitte imasu ka?” (Do you know anything?) 
Q7. If you visit again the city next time, what would the first thing you want to do? Book a hotel and explore!
Megumi Hirose in Yamanashi(山梨)
Q1. Main purpose of visit Used to live
Q2. When and How long ? Until 2007
Q3. Why do you like this city? Lots of nature, feel very relaxing.
Q4. Recommend food in the city? Houtou(udon), Sakuranbo(Cherry), Ymanashi-Wine
Q5. Recommend place to go in the city? Yatsugatake(Famous for wine), Kawaguchi-ko(lake), Fujikyu-high-land(good roller coaster!), Iwao onsen(hot springs)
Q6. Useful word/expression to use in the city? ~zura (=desu) ... adding end of sentences
Q7. If you visit again the city next time, what would the first thing you want to do? Go to Winery in Katsunami, eat ice cream in Kiyosato
Andrew Persons in Toyama prefecture(富山県)
Q1. Main purpose of visit My first time to Toyama was on holiday. I wanted to see a Japanese friend who I had met in the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland.
Q2. When and How long ? That holiday was in 2006, I spent a whole week travelling the mountain regions of Toyama prefecture. A year later, I returned to live and work in Toyama for a year teaching English. I have been back to Japan and Toyama another two times after.
Q3. Why do you like this city? Toyama is off the tourist road. It is not big like Tokyo and Koyoto but still big enough to have the department stores, different cuisine restaurants, jazz bars, a salsa club, skiiing, onsen and the best sushimi I have tasted in my life.
Q4. Recommend food in the city? Have i mentioned the sushimi in Toyama is terrific?! Toyama bay has both hot and cold currents so you have an outrageous choice of seafood!!
Q5. Recommend place to go in the city? Kouji's izakaya called "Buraikan" (ie "spy"). His ebi fry with beer is the best for a visit and chat. A good friend and often helped me out when I was often confused with anything. There was also a great little fish restaurant hidden a small flight stairs, you learn to just follow your nose sometimes...
Q6. Useful word/expression to use in the city? Pointing to a map say "sumimasen, doko wa?"
Q7. If you visit again the city next time, what would the first thing you want to do? Arrange all my dearly missed friends to go to the Buraikan izakaya and then locate that other hidden restaurant!
Adam Saitta in Ishikawa(石川)(Chiba Prefecture)
Q1. Main purpose of visit I am working here as English Teacher
Q2. When and How long ? I arrived her on 25th May 2010 and will be here for the next couple of years
Q3. Why do you like this city? This City is very close to Tokyo and very cool - a lot of young people here
Q4. Recommend food in the city? Theres an Izakaya just near my place, close to Ichikawa St. and they have great Yakitori!
Q5. Recommend place to go in the city? Anywhere around the station is cool to go, plus there is a nice Shinto Shrine near Moto-Yawata St.
Q6. Useful word/expression to use in the city? "kiotsuketene" words here that people use 
Q7. If you visit again the city next time, what would the first thing you want to do? Go see my mates at the Izakaya!
Duain Cameron in Okegawa(桶川)(Saitama Prefecture)
Q1. Main purpose of visit Living, working, hitting on girls and studying.
Q2. When and How long ? I was living there for 2 years, from the end of 2006.
Q3. Why do you like this city? Quiet.Really cheap.Beautiful area.Many reasons!
Q4. Recommend food in the city? Mini Stop. GigaMart.
Q5. Recommend place to go in the city? The haircutting family. Enter King. Cainz Home. Okegawa High School.
Q6. Useful word/expression to use in the city? 刑事さん、昨日、私は家にいました。I was at home yesterday, Officer.
Q7. If you visit again the city next time, what would the first thing you want to do? Okegawa High School.I want to visit Kita Kouen. Buy lots of Sufami games.
David Duenzl in Ikebukuro(池袋) Omote Sando(表参道) (Tokyo) & Yokohama(横浜) (Kanagawa Prefecture)
Q1. Main purpose of visit to explore the culture and improve my Japanese to enroll in my Japanese school to work as a recruitment consultant in Azabu Juban, another trendy area of Tokyo. to visit Hakone, Shikoku Island, Kyoto, , Kobe, Osaka and Oita, visiting friends and seeing what Japan is about.
Q2. When and How long ? I arrived at the start of August and plan to be here for quite a few years
Q3. Why do you like this city? I like Tokyo because it has so much energy, that also is it's downside, too much of it can be tiring so finding a balance is the key. Onsen (hot springs), public baths and shiatsu houses all help to unwind and relax from a busy weeks work. Specially; Ikebukuro - has lots of department stores and izakaya. For the first 2 weeks I was here I visited about 15 different izakaya to enjoy delicious servings of ramen, zaru soba, tsukemen and miso ramen. There's such variety that you will definitely find something you like. Yokohama - Before arriving into Yokohama (shin-yokohama station) you get a good picture of the city from the train. Large white buildings mixed with elegant and inspiring office towers. The city is beautiful and clean. It was certainly a good first impression I got. After walking through town and visiting China Town and a couple of department stores the feeling of a clean, warm and inviting town were not diminished, this was a very classy town. Omote Sando - it's going to be my new home and it's a very trendy area. Designers, artists, mini-cafes and boutique stores dot the landscape of this fashionable area lined with large trees and laneways that remind me of Melbourne.
Q4. Recommend food in the city? my friend's restaurant in Ikebukuro. It doesn't have a name but the chef was the head chef at the Japanese embassy in Atlanta, USA. I was just walking by his restaurant one day and decided to pop in. I wasn't disappointed. Kou doesn't have a menu and instead prepares dishes according to your tastes, appetite and budget. I love his buta- kakuni don. Pork belly on rice. If you're after something more adventurous you could always try fugu, the deadly Japanese puffer-fish. Kou is a qualfied fugu chef.
Q5. Recommend place to go in the city? I could recommend billiard halls, pubs, clubs, girlie-bars, electronic stores, you name it. But he joy of Tokyo is discovering for yourself, it's part of the journey. If you're only ever in town for a short trip, head out for a drink in Shibuya or Roppongi and you won't be disappointed. Feel like somewhere quieter and less inhibiting then head down to Aoyama or Atago where you'll pay slightly higher for your drinks but will enjoy the ambiance of a more sophisticated crowd.
Q6. Useful word/expression to use in the city? すみません、トイレはどこですか。(Sumimasen, Toire wa doko desu ka?) – Excuse me but where is toilet? …It's really useful, no? 
Q7. If you visit again the city next time, what would the first thing you want to do? First thing I would be to drop my bags, take a shower and head for a nice bar in Roppongi, drink some cocktails and then go to Karaoke!
Kenji Tomoi in Machida(町田) (Tokyo)
Q1. Main purpose of visit
Q2. When and How long ? Machida is very convenience because there are useful train line. One is Odakyu line it's running to Shinjuku station by 35 minutes Other line is Yokohama line it's running to Yokohama by 30 minutes. So I can go everywhere in Tokyo easily whatever I want. I've been living in Machida for 1 and half year since I came back from Australia.
Q3. Why do you like this city? Because I have a lots of friends here and it's good for shopping.
Q4. Recommend food in the city? Foods? There are a lot of Chinese noodle shop it's called ra-men shop. You must try if you came to Machida.
Q5. Recommend place to go in the city? Go to Kamakura it`s very traditional area. There are so many temples and big Buddha’s statue. you will find great atmosphere.
Q6. Useful word/expression to use in the city? If you feel great you should say まじやばい(MAJI YABAI)。 
Q7. If you visit again the city next time, what would the first thing you want to do? Everything as I do now
Lachlan McKinnon in Okachimachi (御徒町) (Tokyo)
Q1. Main purpose of visit Shopping at the market, kaiten sushi and Ueno Koen
Q2. When and How long ? Spring for Hanami - One or Two days is heaps of time.
Q3. Why do you like this city? It's jam packed with market atmosphere, crazy looking veges, fish and cheap clothes.
Q4. Recommend food in the city? Kaiten sushi (opposite McDonalds off Kasuga Dori 4chome / Ichinen Ramen outside Ueno Station West Exit / Yatai in Ueno Koen near the lake's shrine or at night under the tracks near Ueno station.
Q5. Recommend place to go in the city? Walk through Ueno Koen and across the lake path to Yushima and Yushima Shrine. Visit 湖山王林寺 in Nezu 1chome. Cruise Ameyokochou (America Street) From Ueno to Okachimachi Stations and check out the market.
Q6. Useful word/expression to use in the city? If you find the sushi bar ask for OOtoro Double (a double serving of the best tuna) You should learn some sushi names so you can order and avoid the old sushi on the conveyor belt.  Sumimasen, Ootoro kudasai (excuse me creamy tuna please)  Sumimasen, magaro kudasai (excuse me tuna please)  Sumimasen, uni kudasai (excuse me sea urchin please)  Sumimasen, hootate kudasai (excuse me scalop please)  Sumimasen, aji kudasai (excuse me trevali(?) please)  Sumimasen, salmon mayonaise kudasai.
Q7. If you visit again the city next time, what would the first thing you want to do? Order a chujoki (medium sized beer) and ootoro double
Machiko Sone in Yokohama(横浜)
Q1. Main purpose of visit Living
Q2. When and How long ? Since 3 years old
Q3. Why do you like this city? Yokohama is not big city, but easy to access to Tokyo. Surrounded by natures, comfortable to live.
Q4. Recommend food in the city? Shumai(chinese dumpling) & Ra-men
Q5. Recommend place to go in the city? Minato-Mirai, Sakuragi-cho (Port area)
Q6. Useful word/expression to use in the city? Put 'JAN(じゃん)' at the end of your opinions. ex) good(ii)! →II JAN! いいじゃん! Tasty(oishii)!→OISHII JANおいしいじゃん! 
Q7. If you visit again the city next time, what would the first thing you want to do? Go to China Town to have all you can eat lunch then walking at Port area^^
TIm O'Hanlon in Kamakura (鎌倉)(Kanagawa prefecture)
Q1. Main purpose of visit Holiday
Q2. When and How long ? Tokyo (ueno), Nikko, Saitama & Kamakura for 15 days.
Q3. Why do you like this city? It is quieter than Tokyo, a nice break from the city!
Q4. Recommend food in the city? There are many good resturants on the main street near the Dai Butsu (big buddah statue)
Q5. Recommend place to go in the city? There are man beautiful temples to walk to in the hills surrounding Kamakura and many are connected by a walking trail through the forests.
Q6. Useful word/expression to use in the city? (destination)に行きたいんですがどうやっていったらいいですか? (destination)ni ikitaindesuga do- yatte ittara iidesuka? How can I get to (destination)
Q7. If you visit again the city next time, what would the first thing you want to do? want to do? Stay overnight at one of the Ryokan with a hot spring and visit Enoshima Island.
Minako Fujita in Nagoya(名古屋)  (Aichi Prefectureity)
Q1. Main purpose of visit Used to live
Q2. When and How long ? until 2004
Q3. Why do you like this city? Not too big and not too small. Good size.
Q4. Recommend food in the city? Miso-Udon & Miso-Katsu (Fried pork with Miso sauce)
Q5. Recommend place to go in the city? every city is different – so get off the subway at each station and go explore! For sightseeing, Osu town is mix old and new culture and good atmosphere, Sakae is the most modern city and those two towns is next to each other. If you go to Nagoya in July, watching Sumo after sightseeing Nagoya-castle is a good way of spending your day.
Q6. Useful word/expression to use in the city? DERA UMAI! でらうまい!(Very Tasty) in Nagoya Direct.
Q7. If you visit again the city next time, what would the first thing you want to do? Walking from Nagoya station to Sakae and see its changes from when I was there.
Mitchell Hughes in Gifu(岐阜)
Q1. Main purpose of visit I worked at a kindergarten in Gifu City
Q2. When and How long ? For five years from 2004 to 2008
Q3. Why do you like this city? It's a smaller, friendly city in the dead centre of Japan. It's a comfortable place to live and an interesting place to visit. I love the mountains that are around every corner.
Q4. Recommend food in the city? Chawan-mushi (a steamed savoury custard pudding) and ayu (river trout).
Q5. Recommend place to go in the city? Gifu has many hidden secrets as well as some more obvious places to visit. It's not exactly a tourist mecca in Japan, so sight-seeing can be quite relaxing! Check out Gifu Castle high up on Mount Kinka overlooking the city. While you're up there, visit the squirrel village - they jump straight up on your hand to get to the food. There's also a giant Buddha hidden away in a warehouse. Then go for a quiet break at the Kawaramachiya cafe - a great mix of the traditional (tatami mats and soba noodles) and the chic (quiet jazz and coffee in the converted storehouse)
Q6. Useful word/expression to use in the city? Wakarahen (wakarimasen), Nani shitoru no? (Nani shiteiru no?)
Q7. If you visit again the city next time, what would the first thing you want to do? for a coffee in one of my favorite cafes (Natur cafe north of the city or Lampu in Nagara)
Jim Parris in Kyoto(京都)
Q1. Main purpose of visit Sightseeing
Q2. When and How long ? August 2007 for 4 days.
Q3. Why do you like this city? The culture of old Japan is very strong here. The history is also still intact. The gardens, houses, temples and Ni Jo (castle) are beautiful. The hills around Kyoto are beautiful too with onsens and old style small restaurants. The trees in these hills are over 1000 years old (Kurama.) I met a Geisha in the back streets of Gion and asked " Sumimasen. Sashin o motte ga ee desuka?" To which she replied. "Hai. Douzo." I found a garden and pond that had existed since 700 AD not far from Ni Jo.
Q4. Recommend food in the city? I did eat out there but I cannot remember too much other than eating tofu dipped in sauce that resembled little ice creams on sticks. Tasted good and looked fun.
Q5. Recommend place to go in the city? Definitely see the Temples and Shrines and Ni Jo. Also go to Kurama in the hills for an Onsen. Oh, and Gion to see Geisha culture.
Q6. Useful word/expression to use in the city? "Sumimasen. Sashin o motte ga ee desuka?"
Q7. If you visit again the city next time, what would the first thing you want to do? Explore more Temples and Shrines that I missed last time. Try more restaurants. Try to find shamisen and shakuhachi shops.
Jarrad Deklan in Osaka(大阪)
Q1. Main purpose of visit To eat, drink, see bands and catch up with old friends.
Q2. When and How long ? I’ve been here at least once a year for the past 8 years due to my so-called work with How to Rock Out (and sometimes just because I can afford it) …so a few times and for an indeterminate amount of time.
Q3. Why do you like this city? Why not?! Really great people, live music scene, awesome food, not so small that you will get bored but not so big that you will get lost.
Q4. Recommend food in the city? Everyone will tell you to go to the Takoyaki joint near the sankaku koen in Ame-mura… don’t. If you turn left in front of it and go to the end of the block then take another left there is another place that sells Takoyaki and it’s waaaaaaaay better. That path will also take you past one of the best live houses in Osaka. Alternatively you can go to Araka in Kitahama, owned by a dear friend of mine, and they cook some pretty ace Okonomiyaki among other things. It ain’t called the nations kitchen for nothing!
Q5. Recommend place to go in the city? that’s a tough one. There are a lot of cool places but it all depends on what you really want to do. If you want nice photos of tourist traps to show your mammy then go to Osaka Castle and Doutonbori. If you want to check out some live music and get a bit silly with the locals then head to King Cobra for Hardcore or Rain Dogs for some Acoustic/Jazz.
Q6. Useful word/expression to use in the city? HONMA(ほんま)? – Basically “really?”… but better in every way because it’s NOT the dialect of those Kanto plain sissies.
Q7. If you visit again the city next time, what would the first thing you want to do? If..?!@? How about WHEN I visit again the first thing I will do is get Pudding/Fried Chicken on the way to my friends bar for warm up drinks before heading out for a Gig and possibly dinner.
Ryo Yamauchi in Osaka (大阪)
Q1. Main purpose of visit It's my home town!
Q2. When and How long ? I was born in a little city located in the south part of Osaka, lived for 18 years until I moved to Tokyo.
Q3. Why do you like this city? Osaka has an exciting and energetic atmosphere, people are always very friendly and chatty. I heard many people from overseas found getting around or making friends in Osaka is easy and fun because there were always people around who are happy to chat to new people and willing to help travellers.
Q4. Recommend food in the city? I recommend Kushikatsu around the area called "Shinand-sekai" near the tower of Osaka. It's a fried meat and vegetables on sticks, and Oden, too. They both are often served at "tachi-gui ya (restaurants that you eat standing)" and it's got a great good old down-town feeling.
Q5. Recommend place to go in the city? Take a tram train from Tennoji south-wards to Hamadera, drop off at some stations on the way to visit local shrines and get snacks. It offers nostalgic and beautiful experience.
Q6. Useful word/expression to use in the city? O-kini ("thank you" in Osaka dialect). People would think you've got a soul of Osaka the city of good merchants.
Q7. If you visit again the city next time, what would the first thing you want to do? It's not quite in Osaka, but I'd definitely like to visit Koyasan in Wakayama (a prefecture next to Osaka) again. There is an old beautiful temple surrounded in a beautiful mountains. Perfect for a day trip.
Ron Carroll in Kinki region(近畿地方) - Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Wakayama, Mie, Hyougo & Shiga.
Q1. Main purpose of visit I had an opportunity to work over there and ended up working for Kinki-Nihon Tourist Company as a General Sales Agent for an airline company. I had an affinity for Japan ever since my father sat me on his knee when I was young and we watched "The Samurai" (Koichi Ose) early in the mornings together.
Q2. When and How long ? Hmm… a long time ago now, I was there from New Year's Eve in 1992 until 1998, about 5 ½ years. 4, Why do you like this city?
Q3. Why do you like this city? The people are friendly and more easy going I find. Osaka is a great place to start when touring Japan as historical places such as Kyoto and Nara are very close (about an hour by train) and cosmopolitan places like Kobe are only about 30~40mins away. Food is great as well.
Q4. Recommend food in the city? Lately there has been a trend to have Ponzu Takoyaki. Takoyaki is a battered ball with octopus and other ingredients inside that is fried in a special frypan skillet with a kind of egg-cup indentation. It is a speciality of the Kansai region normally served with Takoyaki sauce and Mayonnaise but lately shops have been selling Ponzu (a citrus infused vinegar) flavoured Takoyaki. Osaka is also known for its Okonomiyaki, which is slightly different to its counterparts around the rest of Japan.
Q5. Recommend place to go in the city? Everyone who comes to Japan should visit Kyoto. It is one of the 3 must see places in Japan (sort of like if you went to Egypt, you would be missing a great opportunity if you didn’t see the pyramids) and has many old pavillions, tea houses, temples and castles in very close proximity. Places I would recommend in that area are in no particular order: 1. Kiyomizudera - temple on the side of a mountain cliffside 2. Ryoanji - peaceful idyllic temple with one of the more unique sand/gravel gardens 3. Eiga Mura - (lit. Movie Village) a place where old period style movies are still shot, kind of a samurai/ninja Disneyland. 4. Kinkakuji - a wooden summer pavillion on a lake, the attraction is that the walls of the pavillion are covered in gold leaf foil. All these places and others are within a 20~30 min bus ride from each other.
Q6. Useful word/expression to use in the city? Maido! Not really a word you would use, but you will hear it from time to time as shopkeepers will often welcome you to their stall/shop/restaurant with it. It means "At your service". Yo, benkyo shitoiteya. - You are likely to get a bemused smile and possibly a discount at some of the smaller stores if you use this "Just give me the biggest break (discount) you can."
Q7. If you visit again the city next time, what would the first thing you want to do? Go to an Izakaya (a bar with meals available) with friends because "Tomodachi to natsu/fuyu wa bi-ru/osake ga yoroshi omanna" (Drinking beer/sake with friends in summer/winter is just out of this world!) Hope that is ok!
Rowan Veale in Hiroshima(広島)
Q1. Main purpose of visit Travel
Q2. When and How long ? July 29th 2010
Q3. Why do you like this city? Friendly people, relaxed atmosphere, history
Q4. Recommend food in the city? Sushi train restaurant on 6th floor in shopping centre above railway station.
Q5. Recommend place to go in the city? Peace Memorial Park, Nawanai (see article)http://fengpig.spaces.live.com
Q6. Useful word/expression to use in the city?
Q7. If you visit again the city next time, what would the first thing you want to do?
Harumi Thornton in Okayama(岡山)
Q1. Main purpose of visit Travelling
Q2. When and How long ? Aug, 2010
Q3. Why do you like this city? To enjoy the Japanese nature, the hot springs is surrounded by nature. Feel relaxed.
Q4. Recommend food in the city? Kibi-dango (Sweet rice cake)
Q5. Recommend place to go in the city? Yunogo Onsen(Hot springs) 湯郷温泉
Q6. Useful word/expression to use in the city? いい湯ですね。IIYU DESUNE – This is very nice, isn’t it? (only when you are in hot springs)
Q7. If you visit again the city next time, what would the first thing you want to do? Onsen again!
Richie Bywater in Kouchi(高知)
Q1. Main purpose of visit Work
Q2. When and How long ?
Q3. Why do you like this city? Life in Kochi is more traditional than many other places in Japan. Here you will see many fisherman and farmers in the fields, working in traditional ways. The people here are extremely friendly and always accommodating. The city lies by the waters edge and in fact some of the city is below sea level. During summer the city it pounded by a barrage of Typhoons, strong winds, pelting rain and massive waves. As a result Kochi has become famous for epic waves and is legendary amongst the Japanese Surfing community. This has attracted a bunch of aggressive Australian surfers who seem to think they own the place. Most likely these delinquent retarded English instructors were blown out to sea while surfing 2ft wind chop at Bondi and didn't know how to get back home. I'm sure however, that mummy still loves them. Kochi is surrounded by mountains which are pleasant to drive around and an awesome to explore by motorbike. A tour through the mountains can open up a new world and is most similar to the Japan of yesteryear. If you don't have a motorbike a bicycle or mama chariママチャリ is a great way to explore. I recommend straight-lining down Koichi yama 工石山as fast as you can on yourママチャリ, see if you can hit 75km per hour without the wheels falling off!
Q4. Recommend food in the city? Katsuo no tataki 鰹のたたき- Bonito fillet tataki style cooked over a flame and served with radish, garlic, ginger and spring onions. Being next to the ocean, the seafood in Kochi is amongst the best in Japan and from my experience is bettered by none.
Q5. Recommend place to go in the city? No visit to Kochi can be complete without a visit to Kochi's Hirome Ichiban fish market.
Q6. Useful word/expression to use in the city? 土佐弁 Tosa Ben, KOJANTO(こじゃんと)-very e.g. KOJANTO OISHII(こじゃんとおいしい)-very delicious HENSHIMO HENSHIMOへんしも へんしも!- hurry up! HAYOU KIIYAはよう きいや hurry up!  
Q7. If you visit again the city next time, what would the first thing you want to do?
Michael Watt in Nao-Shima (Naoshima Island), Kagawa(香川)
Q1. Main purpose of visit To visit parts of Japan we had not seen before and on the island of Naoshima, to view some artworks that will never go on tour, so you have to visit them!
Q2. When and How long ? 2011 November – 2 ½ weeks in total(including travel to other areas ( of Honshu).
Q3. Why do you like this city? Naoshima is not a city, but an island in the Seto Inland Sea.About half the island has been developed in the last 20 years or so as a precinct for art museums and installation art. You suspect that but for these developments, the local population might have fallen below sustainable levels for healthcare and education services. Some locals are employed as guides and custodians at the art sites.
Q4. Recommend food in the city? Good quality restaurant food is available at several locations. Benesse House is the main art museum and accommodation provider. There are some smaller eateries, and a camping ground right on the beach where you can stay in a Yurt! Fresh fish is a feature of island food - there is a whimsically decorated fishing co-operative in the very attractive port of Miyanoura.
Q5. Recommend place to go in the city? The island has several fairly new art museums, and a number of refurbished old buildings, mostly in the little town of Honmura that have been adapted to accommodate the works of particular artists, both Japanese and foreign.. There are also many open air artworks that you will encounter at various points around the island. Buses are available, but walking and cycling are easy too, if you have time. The island is accessed by car and passenger ferry from Uno which in turn is accessed by rail via Okayama.
Q6. Useful word/expression to use in the city? Any words of Japanese that you attempt will usually draw a wide smile and an answer – sometimes in English – that tells of a visit to Australia, or, in one case, about a daughter studying at university in Adelaide.
Q7. If you visit again the city next time, what would the first thing you want to do? The variety and size of the artworks on display on Naoshima, plus the great views from most areas mean that second and subsequent visits would allow more time for those features that had to be visited briefly on the first visit. 3 days are recommended for a first visit.
Nobuyasu Ishida in Fukuoka(福岡)
Q1. Main purpose of visit sightseeing & shopping & eating
Q2. When and How long ? October - a couple of days
Q3. Why do you like this city? Because Fukuoka has a lot of nice food & kind people.
Q4. Recommend food in the city? Ramen, Motsunabe(Gut pot)
Q5. Recommend place to go in the city? Hakata tenjinn, Moji retro
Q6. Useful word/expression to use in the city? Konoseki tottoto? (Is someone using this seat?)←This sentence is not formal.
Q7. If you visit again the city next time, what would the first thing you want to do? I want to see Dontaku festival.
Phillip McKenna in Kitakyushu-shi(北九州)(Fukuoka Prefecture)
Q1. Main purpose of visit I wanted to study a foreign language and experience a different culture. I have lived in Australia my entire life and I wanted to try something new, something completely different from Australia. So I moved to Japan!
Q2. When and How long ? In March 2010. I will be in Japan for about 2 years until 2012.
Q3. Why do you like this city? It's amazingly cheap! So much cheaper than Tokyo! Everything from everyday activities to rent is so much cheaper than Tokyo. If you're working even a part-time job, the money usually goes a very long way. Whilst a meal at a restaurant in Australia usually costs around 10-20 dollars for a cheap restaurant, good meals can be had for around 500円! (~$6.00)! Not only is it cheap, but it's close to the more well known city of Fukuoka. It takes about 40-50 minutes by train and there are even more places to explore and people to meet. There are onsens not too far away and the scenery is great. The people are incredibly nice and welcoming.
Q4. Recommend food in the city? There are many great okonomiyaki restaurants around Kitakyushu. (This however might just be my personal preference >.<)
Q5. Recommend place to go in the city? Kokura is great for shopping! There are plenty of different places to go shopping from large department stores to small specialized stores. As always with Japan, there are restaurants to be found just about everywhere! During summer there is a huge festival in Mojikou! One of the biggest firework festivals I've ever seen! I would definitely recommend going to this. If you're studying, there is an International Centre in Yahata (Right at the base of Mount Sarakura) where there are free lessons and chances to practice Japanese every Saturday and Sunday from 12:00pm! Lastly, climb Mount Sarakura at night! (There is also a cable car!) The views of Kitakyushu are outstanding.
Q6. Useful word/expression to use in the city? 「やろう(yarou)」!In Kitakyushu this takes on the meaning of "it seems" or "I guess". Usually used in place of 「でしょう(deshou)」. I wouldn't advise using this in Tokyo, though.
Q7. If you visit again the city next time, what would the first thing you want to do? Visit Hiraodai! It's very peaceful and beautiful and not to far from the inner city.
David Piper in Nagasaki(長崎) (Miyagi Prefecture)
Q1. Main purpose of visit Workstay/working holiday
Q2. When and How long ? 2009-2010 (7 months total)
Q3. Why do you like this city? Nagasaki is beautiful, with mountains, sea and plenty of historical buildings. It has some of the best weather in Japan, and warm and friendly people. The unique history of Nagasaki makes it distinctly different from all other cities in Japan.
Q4. Recommend food in the city? The European influence in Nagasaki means it's my number one destination in Japan for CAKE! The local specialty is castella (from Portugal), but for something special I recommend looking for the tiny cafes and cake shops hidden around the city.
Q5. Recommend place to go in the city? The atomic bomb museum and Glover Garden are the two historical 'must sees' in Nagasaki, but my favorite place is Iou-jima island. You can catch a ferry from the city ferry terminal, and in 20 minutes you'll be on a beautiful island, with walking tracks and the best onsen around. Try the outdoor bath with the sea view!
Q6. Useful word/expression to use in the city? Konnichiwa! Seriously, Nagasaki people are so friendly, just saying hello is a great way to meet people and have a conversation. 
Q7. If you visit again the city next time, what would the first thing you want to do? First thing I'd do is go to my favorite cake shop, 'Yamabudou' in Kojiyamachi, for some chocolate cake and a cup of tea. For my art and stories about Nagasaki, visit http://sundayink.com/home/pictures/nagasaki/
Hayley Spencer in Miyazaki(宮崎) (Miyazaki Prefecture)
Q1. Main purpose of visit to work / I taught English to junior high school student 2004年の7月、宮崎県の宮崎市に英語を教える仕事のために住んでいました。
Q2. When and How long ? 3years 三年間
Q3. Why do you like this city? beautiful sea, swiming, eat shrimp ice, to go hot spring bath, surfing¥r¥n泳いだり、えびアイスが食べられたり、温泉へ行けたりサーフィンが出来たりします。
Q4. Recommend food in the city? natural chicken, Miyazaki Mango, Miyazaki beef 地鶏と宮崎牛と宮崎マンゴ。特に美味しいのはチキン南蛮!
Q5. Recommend place to go in the city? Udo jinguu- Nice scenery and beuatiful Aoshima - swim in beautiful ocean, eat prawn icecream, go to hot springs and surf! 青島&うど神宮ー海のそばの風景もいいし、空気もきれいだし、とても美しいところです。
Q6. Useful word/expression to use in the city? "Tege" means "very" ... totemo atsui (very hot) is tege atsui! 宮崎弁では「とてもあつい」を「テゲあつい」と言います。 Miyazaki is "tege" good place - JAGAJAGA!
Q7. If you visit again the city next time, what would the first thing you want to do? Going to the beach !! At first, I’ll go to the beach to surf and then go to eat chicken Nanban (deep fried chicken with vinegar sauce) 私は宮崎にもう一度行ったら、最初に海に行って、サーフィンをして、次にチキン南蛮を食べに行くと思います!