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5 2007/3/26 Matsumoto - home away from home
Dan Lonigro 
UNITED STATES
No comparison between this website and the govt one. Very user friendly and I like the menu items. The "wikipedia" link on the Hot Springs section was a great idea. First time onsen can be a little intimidating. This makes it less so. After having lived in well over a dozen cities in Japan, there is no place I would rather spend time than good ole Matsumoto!


Note of webmaster: If anyone out there in blogland would like to see a picture of Dan in an onsen, please send a plain brown envelope and a fiver! He's absolutely right though - you've got to get into the whole onsen gig to push your travelling experiences into another dimension. Rub a dub dub y'all!



4 2007/3/24 Mr.
Howie Pine 
UNITED STATES
Having seen and lived in a few places around Japan in the 1990s, I have to say that Matsumoto and the surrounding area is one of, if not the best, place to visit or live in Japan. It's got the history, great food, good local izakaya, a mixture of the old and new, and just a vibe that calls out to you, 'Ah, this is the true Japan'. If you are going to visit Japan make sure to add this area to your list. You'll be glad you did.



3 2007/3/19 good job
Tim Fawcett 
NEW ZEALAND
Great to see a classy Matsumoto website. It`s a fantastic town and I have lots of very happy and slightly out-of-focus memories from my 16 months there


Note of webmaster: Hi there Tim
Do let us know of any hot favorites or advice that comes to mind.
Regards
Milton



2 2007/3/17 Awesome!
Warrick Harkness 
NEW ZEALAND
Congrat's to the project team - I thought that I had recognised a certain bald headed english man's words in the Hot Springs section?!

I will try to dig out some old photo's to post.

Where's the local 'gaijin' soccer team section?

Warrick


Note of webmaster: Warrick,

Alas the 'gaijin' football team (Matsumoto Mongrels) is no more
The team was a great social focus for several years, if not one of stunning footballing skills as I'm sure you'll remember? (Warrick used to play goallie at field hockey so did some damage in between the sticks for us!).

After a while, the core of the team moved on. Ciaran now running bouncy castles in Dublin; Howie keeping Las Vegas in business; Chris + kids in California; Kelton gone postal around Japan; Takao settled in UK; Richard cooking in Okinawa; Rob as far as I know still in B.C. The last time I saw Sergio was outside the ground after Brazil beat England in the World Cup '02. Where are the rest of you?

We shouldn't forget the cheerleaders either! Linda, Beth, Simon, Beth, Linda, erm.

There is a priceless collection of still unwashed French shirts in my cupboard - will consider any offers! For those looking for a kick about drop us a line; if you want to support the city's aspiring official team, check out Matsumoto Yamaga at Alwin stadium. The chants are rubbish but the team is a damn sight fitter than we ever were....oh the glory days!

jim



1 2007/3/15 Natsukashii
ZC 
JAPAN
Congratulations on the new website, it looks really cool.

I lived in Matsumoto for three years, looking around this site really makes me want to move back. Its such a great city, close to the mountains, clean air, trendy shops/cafes/bars.

I'll be back...!



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