Hi! I'm Max Ninomiya.
I lived in LA for 2 years during 1996-1998 as an MBA student at UCLA, and have traveled to some 30 countries, but other than that I was born and brought up in Japan.
I provide consulting on international expansion for Japanese companies and have just started a "Max Reading" service (an English speed reading training for non-natives). I enjoy salsa dancing on 2-3 days a week for fun!
Japan is a beautiful and interesting country! I'm looking forward to sharing with you some unique local info on Japan as a Deep Japan senpai (guide)!
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Hi! I'm Max Ninomiya.
Go see the sea paradise in Miyako Island (Miyako-Jima) in Okinawa!
My wife and I make it a rule to visit Okinawa every summer, as it's a marriage promise that I made to her. She was living there for 4 years in her university days and enjoyed skin diving and snorkeling in the sea, so she wants to go back there every year.We think the best attraction in Okinawa…(417 words)
maxninoOkinawa snorkeling Miyako Island Sea Paradise Summer diving Beaches Yabiji Yoshino Coast Ikema Bridge
I love C.C. Lemon!I always keep at least one in my fridge, so I always feel I miss it when I go overseas from Japan.It's a lemon soda (like lemonade), sweet and sour with lots of vitamin C's in it, so I feel like drinking C.C. Lemon especially when I feel a bit tired, and after I drink it, …(180 words)
maxninoConvenience store Drink
Another Way of Doing a Toast: "Otsukare (-sama)"
As everyone knows and some other senpais comment, it's usually the case with a toast that we say "Kanpai" ( as you say "cheers") before we begin to drink at a party. But we have another way of doing a toast.In a casual setting where we go out for a drink after work before going home, we someti…(297 words)
maxninoToast Drink Greeting Phrase
Asakusa-Odaiba Direct Line (Sea & River Boat Cruise)
Asakusa-Odaiba Direct Line connects Odaiba and Asakusa.http://www.sunnypages.jp/travel_guide/tokyo_leisure/water_busses/Asakusa-Odaiba+Direct+Line/1875http://www.suijobus.co.jp/cruise/line/as_od_line.htmlOdaiba (お台場 or simply Daiba 台場) is a popular newly-redeveloped waterfront area wit…(197 words)
maxninoAsakusa Sea River Tokyo Shopping Hotel Building Tera (Temple) Odaiba Television
We do negotiate prices sometimes in appropriate situations!
In most B2C cases, Japanese consumers don't negotiate prices and most shop clerks don't have the power to lower them, but in some situations we do! When we go buy electronic appliances, PC's, tablets, etc. at some mass merchandise stores/outlets such as Yamada Denki (LABI), BIC Camera, Yodobash…(348 words)
maxninoTokyo Ueno Camera Bic Camera Yamada Denki Yodobashi Camera
"Shusai Ken" （酒采 堅） in Oimachi （大井町）
If you don't know this small diner, you may hesitate to drop in there or may pass by without noticing it, but once you know it, you will definitely love it and feel like coming back again!"Shusai Ken" （酒采 堅）, or simply "Ken" （堅）, is a small traditional Japanese diner run by a middle-aged J…(379 words)
maxninoTokyo Restaurant Drink Sake (Rice wine) Cuisine Conversations