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"orimasu" 
12th-Feb-2010 08:01 pm
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How exactly can "orimasu" be used? I've only heard it used with "wakatte", so "wakatte orimasu"... but does that generally mean the same thing as "wakatte imasu"?

Also, I'm going to Japan in April for the first time. ^^ We'll mostly be in Tokyo, but we're visiting Kyoto as well with a tour. For a manga and video game geek such as myself, I've been recommended visiting Akihabara... is it very difficult to navigate? I'm hoping to utilize the cheapest form of transportation as well. ahaha. Any suggestions as far as stores go? Also, has anyone heard of problems with customs when bringing back video games? They're probably pricey, so I don't want to buy them if they just get confiscated in the airport. :\

Thanks for your help!
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13th-Feb-2010 03:13 am (UTC)
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Well, Jisho says,
居る (おる)
1: (Usually written using kana alone) (Humble (kenjougo) language) to be (animate); to be; to exist; ()
2: (after the -te form of a verb) verb indicating continuing action or state (i.e. to be ..ing); ()
3: (after -masu base of verb) indicates contempt or disdain for another's actions

It's like います、but it's more humble. At least that's what I've always thought.

I don't see why they'd confiscate your games unless you bought several copies of the same game and thought you were going to go back to Canada and sell them. But even then. I'd say put them with your carry on and you should be okay. If you're seriously worried about it though you could always mail it back home.
14th-Feb-2010 01:01 am (UTC)
Thanks, darling~
14th-Feb-2010 12:14 pm (UTC)
No problemo ^^
13th-Feb-2010 03:25 am (UTC)
I didn't find Akihabara too terribly difficult to navigate, at least compared to the rest of Japan. Japanese streets aren't always well-marked, but if you have a map you should be good (and there are usually lots of maps posted in public places).

Besides Akihabara, another place you really ought to go if you get a chance is Nakano--there's a mall there called Nakano Broadway that has a lot of manga/anime/video game-related shops.

I have never heard of anyone having customs problems with video games or, for the most part, anything else of the sort--I know one girl who had problems bringing back something on the order of 100 DVDs (and got questioned as to whether they were for resale), but she was coming back from China and I believe they were mostly pirated.
14th-Feb-2010 01:00 am (UTC)
Ohh, that's reassuring. ^^ And yea, I've heard of this Nakano Broadway! I definitely want to check it out. Is it very far from the Akihabara area?

14th-Feb-2010 05:11 am (UTC)
Nakano station and Akihabara station are maybe 20 minutes away from each other by train, I think, and Nakano Broadway is really close to the train station if you take the proper exit out of the station and the proper entrance into the mall.
13th-Feb-2010 03:35 am (UTC)
Go to Gamers! It's where Digi Charat originated from - it's a huge, multistoried manga/game/anime store. Don't worry about customs, my friends brought back tons of games.

14th-Feb-2010 12:58 am (UTC)
Ooo, neat! You even included a picture, that is helpful. ^^ Thank you~
14th-Feb-2010 01:35 am (UTC)
forgot to add that it's all off the main street through Akiba, so you should find it fairly easily (save that picture for reference whilst searching lol).
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14th-Feb-2010 12:58 am (UTC)
Good to know! Thanks.
13th-Feb-2010 05:14 am (UTC)
Orimasu is the humble form of imasu, used when you're talking about yourself to someone higher in status than you. Irasshaimasu is the honorific form, used when you're talking about someone higher than you. It's a bit more complicated than this though, lol.
14th-Feb-2010 12:57 am (UTC)
ahaha, yea. Thanks for your help!
13th-Feb-2010 09:41 am (UTC)
About buying games, it probably helps your case if you buy used games. I bought only two 新品 games and the rest 中古, and everything has been okay so far. You can also find good deals on them.
14th-Feb-2010 12:57 am (UTC)
Ah yees, that is true! I don't mind used games, either so. ^^ Works for me.
13th-Feb-2010 12:34 pm (UTC)
About the おります thing, what everyone else said, plus

In quite a few Japanese dialects the non masu version is used in every day conversation, without any direct affect on politeness. For example, a lot of people around the area that I live in say 犬がおる! or 分かっとる etc. So if you see it like that, then it's just a dialect, nothing to do with it being a polite way to say something. I personally much prefer it to standard Japanese.
14th-Feb-2010 12:56 am (UTC)
I see~ thanks for your help!
14th-Feb-2010 02:14 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure it's a form of dialect here where I live as well, because my VERY YOUNG students always use it and I doubt they're trying to be polite XD
13th-Feb-2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
If like me, you cant read Japanese fluently, the best places are the Suginami Anime Museum in Tokyo and the International Manga Museum in Kyoto. They arent very famous, for some reason, but they are cheap and interesting. The one in suginami is free!
14th-Feb-2010 12:56 am (UTC)
Oh, neat! Thank you. ^^
16th-Feb-2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
I shipped a Japanese PS2 and a giant box of games back a few years ago. I don't remember having any trouble or having to pay extra customs fees or anything. New games are in the same price range a professional translation would be outside of Japan (i.e. the standard price for a PS3 game or a Wii game or whatever is about the same). Used copies of those games are usually 80-90% of the original price. Used copies of old games for old systems can be ridiculously cheap. If customs pesters you, just say everything is used and for personal use. (And if you've already opened the original packaging, everything is used in this sense.)

Denden Town in Osaka is a good place to buy used video games if you happen to be near there already (but I'm sure it's not worth a special trip if you're already stocking up in Tokyo).
17th-Feb-2010 04:57 am (UTC)
Ohh, good idea! I never would've thought of unwrapping the games before leaving. ^^ Thanks for the tips.
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