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I go through Narita because I have a travel agent friend who gives me extremely good deals on flights, but they all go through Narita (even once when my real destination was Kobe, couldn't get any other airport). Don't mind it, that katsu curry place there (the one with table service) is great after a long flight and I kinda like the long train ride into Tokyo (perhaps I'm crazy)

Any way in Tokyo makes you not crazy but happy. Can’t wait to go back.
 
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I honestly don't mind going to NRT vs HND. NEX and the Skyliner don't cost very much, and it's kind of a wash compared to taking the train from HND (saves you maybe 20 minutes?). And Haneda tends to be more expensive, in my experience.

I'm usually too tired to care enough about getting to central Tokyo as fast as possible anyways. :P We're way off-topic now.

Cereth, please enjoy Japan and share cool stuff with us if you have time!
 

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Highly highly recommend Sakurai Tea Experience to anyone in Tokyo!
 

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Yep, it isn't as simple as rewrite makes it out. This is my experience, residing in a large metro area:
  • A lot of banks won't offer coins at all. Bills only.
    • Those that do, often have limits on how many coins they'll allow you to get. Some may also charge extra.
  • Currency exchanges are more likely to provide coins, but their fees & the spread they charge sucks. Bad
Whoever you try and get them from on here is going to charge you anyway, so that's negligible.

Never had an issue with Chase or Wells Fargo. It's really as simple as I made it out to be, I've done it.


@TodoRojo unfortunately credit unions don't do much of anything well, I'm not surprised you had poor luck with them. Weird hearing BoA couldn't take care of it though.
 

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So are you like specifying to the bank that you want it in 100yen coins specifically? Seems like it wouldn't be an accommodation they'd make unless you're in an area with a high Japanese population and they have it on hand from constantly exchanging their money. If they have to order it, can it still be specified?
 

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That’s why people callin’ you out on this @rewrite, have you pulled 100yen coin from a large variety of banks across the country? Your experience being in LA is not the same experience people everywhere in the states is going to have. That should be pretty plain to see.
 

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Yeah I don't doubt his experience is real but banks are typically not very accomodating with stuff like that in my experience unless it's something super easy for them to do in the moment (granted I haven't tried, but I will next time I'm in a Chase or WF as I hold accounts at both)
 

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I use WF and any of the automated systems to request foreign currency don't have an option for coins. I never tried to get coins by speaking to someone (irl or on the phone) because I ended up using nickels. I'll call them tomorrow and see if I get anywhere being a Saturday. If not, I'll try Monday.

You cant beat 40 coins for $2 going with nickels. $24 and I have more coins than I need split across my 6 cabs. In yen that would be $345 right now without any fees. At least its still money though. You can turn your yen back into purchases. You'll have a hard time trying to pay bills with tokens.
 

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That’s why people callin’ you out on this @rewrite, have you pulled 100yen coin from a large variety of banks across the country? Your experience being in LA is not the same experience people everywhere in the states is going to have. That should be pretty plain to see.
I lived in Maine when I got into this hobby... LA doesn't have anything to do with it. ME, NH, CO, CA, no problem.

It's definitely easier now than it was 2 decades ago. You just go in, tell them what you need, worst case they order it.
 

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Sounds like nobody’s wrong in this case then, probably have to try more than a few places if at first you don’t succeed.
 

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Just yet another reminder, please, I make my policies clear in my posts and in private conversation. If you can't follow those policies, please don't waste my time going all the way through a discussion just to ignore it all at the end. It's incredibly rude.
 

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Just yet another reminder, please, I make my policies clear in my posts and in private conversation. If you can't follow those policies, please don't waste my time going all the way through a discussion just to ignore it all at the end. It's incredibly rude.
Who is it?

As @SNK-NEO-GEO said

“You hold him, I’ll punch him”
 

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An update for both outgoing freight that would have been expected this month, and California deliveries. We only got 1 of the expected containers for this month, and that one came literally 12hrs too late for me to unpack myself lol. 3 more are at port, and haven't been released. Fully cleared, paid, customs cleared, all that, but they can't be accessed. For sure that means no deliveries for the rest of November.

The above situation is a very frequent one, and why I tell people to NEVER expect good accurate estimates of when a container will arrive in my warehouse. EVERY step of the way has potentials for weeks of delays. That is why I give a wide range of expectation, and make sure people know that even that can't be relied on 100%. Please wait, as I'm making sure everything flows as much as possible when it is ready!

I'm shipping 2 containers this month, and 3-4 next month to finish most of my demand and needs up through March. I might ship 0 for January to take a break, and also because I intend to be in Japan for a month in March again. I cannot stress enough right now, if you want something ordered that will arrive before APRIL, ASK NOW. I have had a few inquiries where, after providing information, have ghosted me for weeks. YOU WILL NOT GET CABS BEFORE APRIL IF YOU DO NOT COMPLETE AN ORDER. Of course some things I have filling space already anyway will be available, but anything that is not, I cannot help you if you choose to ghost me now. Space is at a premium, and I need to plan well in advance.

I probably won't have a listing update until after I get back, but I don't think much has changed, except items being sold. Still feel free to ask about things until then!
 

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Nice! I did notice, though, in your purchase inventory post here and your purchase list on your site, your Nostalgia link in both the "Cabinets For Sale (Incoming Containers)" and "Cabinets For Sale (Future Containers)" leads to a Groove Coaster cab album (https://imgur.com/a/YaHnjiT).

Also, loving the pics of the Game Center! It looks great!
 
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I redeployed my old site and gave it a fresh coat of paint, y’all can stop messaging me now GOD
I’m digging your background art.

Is that Rhythm Tengoku a New New City with a different control deck?
 

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I’m digging your background art.

Is that Rhythm Tengoku a New New City with a different control deck?
I’ve been meaning to compile that into a sheet for years. It’s the background of my banner, but it wasn’t compiled into a pattern, just dropped manually at random, so I had to rearrange it by hand. I could have done this years ago, I just didn’t because it’s something I allocated to someone else so I could focus on other aspects of the business. I’m allowing myself time to go back to these finer things now. I promised everyone I would.

Rhythm Tengoku if it’s listed is definitely already sold, but yeah, NAOMI Universal? They all are, I’ve never seen one that wasn’t. I’ll probably actually update listings in 2 weeks or so. With 5 containers stuck at port, anything I update now is going to drastically change in the inventory the moment it arrives anyway, so I’d rather not double up on work atm. I can still be asked directly about certain inventory. Still around 20 people I haven’t really talked to because the stuff they are interested in is imminently coming on those containers
 

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Updating here since I have no way of reaching out to EVERY person waiting on contact right now.

We got a container yesterday, and got told by the driver "btw there's another driver 2hrs behind me". Normally I get at least 1-3 days notice of an appointment to pick up at port, but with how fucked stuff is right now, we're getting dumped on pretty hard. I just got notice this morning that ANOTHER one is coming in 2-3 hrs. I'm at capacity with the warehouse, and freight is extremely limited in the next 2 weeks, so I have a very serious problem to tackle.

What that means is, I'm probably going to be unable to respond to anything but the topmost priorities for a while. It's also a good thing, because all the concern about these containers that were all supposed to come last month is gone. Just let me get to things. Send me a message if you need anything, but expect anything that isn't an emergency or immediate priority to be put aside. Also, if I reach out about getting something finalized, it's probably a high priority. Please respond as promptly as possible.

I think that's it for now. Needless to say, a fuckton of cabs are going to go out soon.
 

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Updating here since I have no way of reaching out to EVERY person waiting on contact right now.

We got a container yesterday, and got told by the driver "btw there's another driver 2hrs behind me". Normally I get at least 1-3 days notice of an appointment to pick up at port, but with how fucked stuff is right now, we're getting dumped on pretty hard. I just got notice this morning that ANOTHER one is coming in 2-3 hrs. I'm at capacity with the warehouse, and freight is extremely limited in the next 2 weeks, so I have a very serious problem to tackle.

What that means is, I'm probably going to be unable to respond to anything but the topmost priorities for a while. It's also a good thing, because all the concern about these containers that were all supposed to come last month is gone. Just let me get to things. Send me a message if you need anything, but expect anything that isn't an emergency or immediate priority to be put aside. Also, if I reach out about getting something finalized, it's probably a high priority. Please respond as promptly as possible.

I think that's it for now. Needless to say, a fuckton of cabs are going to go out soon.
Than you for the update.
 
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