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    Just curious to hear any thoughts/experiences from Jews(or knowledgable goyim)who have lived in or are currently living in Japan. Not 100% sure where I am going to be working but I am assuming it would be impossible to find a synagogue outside of the major cities. Also I am can't always even get the high holidays off work here in the US all the time but how understanding have people found Japanese employers when it comes to not working sabbath/high holidays?

    Also anyone ever try David's deli. I would be shocked to find a kosher deli there that could compete with what we have in New York but is there one that is at least passable? Obviously I am going to Japan to experience a new culture enjoy their cuisine etc but it'd be nice to know I can still get a decent bagel.

  • #2
    Originally posted by Boxofficepoison View Post
    Just curious to hear any thoughts/experiences from Jews(or knowledgable goyim)who have lived in or are currently living in Japan. Not 100% sure where I am going to be working but I am assuming it would be impossible to find a synagogue outside of the major cities. Also I am can't always even get the high holidays off work here in the US all the time but how understanding have people found Japanese employers when it comes to not working sabbath/high holidays?

    Also anyone ever try David's deli. I would be shocked to find a kosher deli there that could compete with what we have in New York but is there one that is at least passable? Obviously I am going to Japan to experience a new culture enjoy their cuisine etc but it'd be nice to know I can still get a decent bagel.
    Only two synagogues in Japan apparently.

    http://www.maven.co.il/synagogues/C3404

    They might know a bit more about Jewish people in other parts of the country though.

    If you end up in Tokyo, the food is good at this place.

    http://shamaimtokyo.com/
    Last edited by cucashopboy; 2013-07-13, 11:15 AM. Reason: Add restaurant link

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    • #3
      Well, on that last point (the bagels), UR humped. Unless things have changed since last year, they don't boil them, so they come out almost like English muffins or something. Really quite sad. I would get yourself a good recipe and think about doing it yourself. You could probably have them sent over frozen, too. Somebody in Tokyo might know a good place, though.

      Also, as a friendly warning, card carrying Kosher is going to be a real Oy Vey! headache. They just don't do dietary law stuff, and half the cooks will have to think very hard about whether or not there is some sort of pork product in any given dish. They must eat more pork per head than any other OECD country, which is great if you were raised Danish Lutheran, but not so good for the sons of Abraham.

      Things like Ramen noodles and most cafeteria food will be beyond consideration, and generally, eating will be like dancing on broken safety glass. It can be done, but it takes work.

      If you're not strict Kosher, it is probably just a minor annoyance.

      As for synagogues, there are more than you might expect. Just Google that. There have been enclaves in a few cities for longer than you might think. (I stand corrected by the above. OOps. I assumed there would be some sort of temple wherever there's an enclave)

      Without trying to pry, just how observant are you? Depending on your job, Saturday as Sabbath will likely not go over well.

      Also, when you say Japan, do you mean Tokyo, or will you living somewhere smaller? I know a nice Falafel place in Kyoto, and a couple of Israeli bar owners.
      Last edited by kurogane; 2013-07-13, 11:24 AM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Boxofficepoison View Post
        Just curious to hear any thoughts/experiences from Jews(or knowledgable goyim)who have lived in or are currently living in Japan. Not 100% sure where I am going to be working but I am assuming it would be impossible to find a synagogue outside of the major cities. Also I am can't always even get the high holidays off work here in the US all the time but how understanding have people found Japanese employers when it comes to not working sabbath/high holidays?

        Also anyone ever try David's deli. I would be shocked to find a kosher deli there that could compete with what we have in New York but is there one that is at least passable? Obviously I am going to Japan to experience a new culture enjoy their cuisine etc but it'd be nice to know I can still get a decent bagel.
        Chabad Tokyo-Japan, Jewish Center http://www.chabadjapan.org/

        Jewish Community of Japan http://www.jccjapan.or.jp/
        If outside of Tokyo or Kobe: http://www.jccjapan.or.jp/jews-out-of-tokyo.html
        Jewish Community of Kansai http://www.jcckobe.org/

        Moar Joo Food:

        New Israeli restuarant in Ebisu:

        Ta-Im
        http://www.ta-imebisu.com/
        Map: http://goo.gl/maps/u9cR9
        Review: http://metropolis.co.jp/dining/resta...raeli-cuisine/

        King Falafel
        Map: http://goo.gl/maps/4gYF8

        SYAMAIMU
        http://r.gnavi.co.jp/g868500/lang/en/

        Ess-A -Bagel in Tokyo
        http://tokyocheapo.com/food-and-drin...agel-in-japan/

        For Kyoto => Falafel Garden http://www.falafelgarden.com/english/
        Last edited by NorthByNorthwest; 2013-07-13, 11:26 AM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by NorthByNorthwest View Post
          Chabad Tokyo-Japan, Jewish Center http://www.chabadjapan.org/

          Jewish Community of Japan http://www.jccjapan.or.jp/
          If outside of Tokyo or Kobe: http://www.jccjapan.or.jp/jews-out-of-tokyo.html
          Jewish Community of Kansai http://www.jcckobe.org/

          Moar Joo Food:

          New Israeli restuarant in Ebisu:

          Ta-Im
          http://www.ta-imebisu.com/
          Map: http://goo.gl/maps/u9cR9
          Review: http://metropolis.co.jp/dining/resta...raeli-cuisine/

          King Falafel
          Map: http://goo.gl/maps/4gYF8

          SYAMAIMU
          http://r.gnavi.co.jp/g868500/lang/en/

          Ess-A -Bagel in Tokyo
          http://tokyocheapo.com/food-and-drin...agel-in-japan/

          For Kyoto => Falafel Garden http://www.falafelgarden.com/english/
          Costco bagels will do in a pinch...

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          • #6
            I am not particularly observant really. While living in America I go to temple on the high holidays and a handful of other times through out the year. However I have lived in Paris, London and Copenhagen for a bit as well, found that while in a foreign country having a network of people who tend to be pretty inviting and welcoming and meet regularly can be quite cathartic. Certainly don't keep kosher because bacon is amazing, and while living in the desert 3000 years ago a pork chop could kill you, less of a concern today.
            I do know there is at least a few temples/enclaves in Japan. My uncle actually spent World War 2 in Kobe thanks to Sempo Sugihara defying orders from his government and issuing travel visas to all the Jews trying to flee Lithuania(on my must visit list while in Japan is a memorial to Sempo in Yaotsu). He always spoke very highly of the people of Kobe and how friendly and welcoming they were.

            Still not sure where I will be living, being transferred for work for a year and there are 5 possible offices I might work out of.

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            • #7
              Oh my god there I an ESs-a-bagel in Tokyo, you sir are a true hero. And I realize it's nitpicking and good falafel and hummus is always appreciated as a new Yorker and not an Israeli I always think pastrami and corn beef on rye, matzoh ball soup, kasha varnishka and the like. I am not sure where they are sending me but I am going to try and push real hard for Tokyo now that I know they have an ESs-a bagel.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Boxofficepoison View Post
                Oh my god there I an ESs-a-bagel in Tokyo, you sir are a true hero. And I realize it's nitpicking and good falafel and hummus is always appreciated as a new Yorker and not an Israeli I always think pastrami and corn beef on rye, matzoh ball soup, kasha varnishka and the like. I am not sure where they are sending me but I am going to try and push real hard for Tokyo now that I know they have an ESs-a bagel.
                There is also an Ess-A-Bagel in the B2 of the HANKYU Umeda Main Dept Store in Osaka: map - http://goo.gl/maps/wgCNO

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                • #9
                  I read the thread title and I thought that this was about the long awaited sequel to Mel Brook's "Jews In Space"!!

                  B.O.P, the only place you're going to get NY deli, is NY.
                  The atrocities they call sandwiches here are two pieces of bread and a single slice of ham.
                  And ham does you no good, right?

                  You sound level-headed, so I'm sure you'll get through it.

                  I spent 10 years in NY living in an all Jewish neighborhood.
                  I was the only kid on the block with a Christmas tree.
                  Most popular kid around that time of year, I was.
                  I could not only spin a mean dreidel, but knew the song as well!!!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Old Style View Post
                    I read the thread title and I thought that this was about the long awaited sequel to Mel Brook's "Jews In Space"!!

                    B.O.P, the only place you're going to get NY deli, is NY.
                    The atrocities they call sandwiches here are two pieces of bread and a single slice of ham.
                    And ham does you no good, right?

                    You sound level-headed, so I'm sure you'll get through it.

                    I spent 10 years in NY living in an all Jewish neighborhood.
                    I was the only kid on the block with a Christmas tree.
                    Most popular kid around that time of year, I was.
                    I could not only spin a mean dreidel, but knew the song as well!!!
                    Maybe its because i am a little drunk but Mel Brooks doing a Jews in Japan could be amazing. I am picturing Mel directing his first anime with giant mecha shaped like stars of david doing battle with evil giant mecha Santa. Give the main character a kawaii anthropomohized talking bagel named nosh-nosh for some comedic relief and we are golden. Once I work out what they transform into when they combine I am going right to Mel brooks people.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Boxofficepoison View Post
                      Certainly don't keep kosher because bacon is amazing
                      Unfortunately I can't add any information to this thread, but I do have to say that this is the greatest advertisement for bacon I have ever read.

                      Tastily,
                      A.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Boxofficepoison View Post
                        Maybe its because i am a little drunk but Mel Brooks doing a Jews in Japan could be amazing. I am picturing Mel directing his first anime with giant mecha shaped like stars of david doing battle with evil giant mecha Santa. Give the main character a kawaii anthropomohized talking bagel named nosh-nosh for some comedic relief and we are golden. Once I work out what they transform into when they combine I am going right to Mel brooks people.
                        I'm still waiting for someone to make the story of the 'Yeshiva Boys' into a dark comedy...



                        "The story began last April when the three Chassidic yeshiva boys from Jerusalem and Bnei Brak, all under age 20 and one under age 18, were asked to transport some antiques from Holland to Japan. The three were part of an gacts of charity club,h and the friend who asked them for the favor, offered them $1,000 each, and assured them that everything was legal, was the coordinator of their group. They therefore suspected nothing.

                        Once in Amsterdam, they were given the gantiquesh – concealed inside false-bottomed suitcases. Told that this was a precaution against theft, they once again suspected nothing, and flew on to Tokyo. In Japan, the false bottoms were quickly detected and broken into by customs officials – who found there not antiques, but $3.6 million worth of Ecstasy pills.

                        The boy's ensuing detention period has been "very difficult, to say the least," sources close to the case say. Japan is known for its no-nonsense approach to drug-trafficking and other crimes, and in view of the severity of the charges, the boys have been separated from each other, grilled by interrogators, and forced to subsist on vegetables, fish and the like – so as not to eat non-kosher food.
                        The boys spend whatever hours they have studying Torah and praying, and try to fulfil whatever Torah precepts they can. "
                        Last edited by ttokyo; 2013-07-16, 09:34 AM.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Boxofficepoison View Post
                          Maybe its because i am a little drunk but Mel Brooks doing a Jews in Japan could be amazing. I am picturing Mel directing his first anime with giant mecha shaped like stars of david doing battle with evil giant mecha Santa. Give the main character a kawaii anthropomohized talking bagel named nosh-nosh for some comedic relief and we are golden. Once I work out what they transform into when they combine I am going right to Mel brooks people.
                          Mel Brooks doing anything these days = OP's handle.

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