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Old 11-27-2010, 12:16 PM
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Nice neat looking grow JF

Hows the weed scene in Japan? Do a lot of locals like a smoke? Is it frowned on? Any grow shops over there?

If you do get stuck for some seeds let me know & i'll see what i can fix

Good luck with the rest of your grow
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Japan's most holy plant is hemp, or Asa as it's called here. When the emperor ascends to the position he must be clothed in 100% hemp robes, when a sumo wrestler reaches grand champion he wears a large woven hemp belt, seeds used to be a staple in their diet. There doesn't seem to be much use of the plant for it's psychedelic properties though.

As far as I know there was no law in regard to cannabis till after the war when America was kind enough to do it for them.

Our media still broadcasts "reefer madness" type of propaganda and news anchors still say with a straight face that it can make you go crazy. The average person doesn't make much of a distinction between cannabis or crack, it's evil.

But since I've been here it's use as skyrocketed. Part in due because of exchange students returning home, part because of copy catting hip-hop culture, and part because of the foreigners here and our rave scenes.

When I first came here (long time ago) we couldn't get any western grown or famous strains but we got really good thai stick. About 10 years ago that went away and we started to get really poor quality weed from god who knows where.

When I started growing about 9 years ago there were no hydro stores, no place to buy epsome salts, no nutes. These days there are prolly half a dozen on-line shops and even some stores which sell a small selection of what's available over-seas for about twice the price.

I would say that the quality of the weed is going up slowly but it's still far behind the quality in the west for the most part. I've never seen any weed here better than mine and mine is mids. They love me what can I say.

Laws are very harsh but not as harsh as living in Alabama or something.

"People go to jail for possessing less than one gram of hemp and they face many social penalties too (loss of job, expulsion from schools, etc.). Theoretically you can go to prison for five years for a single joint. Larger quantities, cultivation or smuggling will lead to prison sentences of up to seven years. Smugglers caught with a few hundred grams to a few kg of cannabis are routinely sent to prison for 3-4 years."

I would never grow in Japan just for money, I started growing because I couldn't keep affording to pay $50 per gram for my habit, and Japan is hard without weed man.
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Old 11-27-2010, 11:06 PM
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Nice use of small space. Good luck finding your keeper.
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Old 11-27-2010, 11:10 PM
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Japan's most holy plant is hemp, or Asa as it's called here. When the emperor ascends to the position he must be clothed in 100% hemp robes, when a sumo wrestler reaches grand champion he wears a large woven hemp belt, seeds used to be a staple in their diet. There doesn't seem to be much use of the plant for it's psychedelic properties though.

As far as I know there was no law in regard to cannabis till after the war when America was kind enough to do it for them.

Our media still broadcasts "reefer madness" type of propaganda and news anchors still say with a straight face that it can make you go crazy. The average person doesn't make much of a distinction between cannabis or crack, it's evil.

But since I've been here it's use as skyrocketed. Part in due because of exchange students returning home, part because of copy catting hip-hop culture, and part because of the foreigners here and our rave scenes.

When I first came here (long time ago) we couldn't get any western grown or famous strains but we got really good thai stick. About 10 years ago that went away and we started to get really poor quality weed from god who knows where.

When I started growing about 9 years ago there were no hydro stores, no place to buy epsome salts, no nutes. These days there are prolly half a dozen on-line shops and even some stores which sell a small selection of what's available over-seas for about twice the price.

I would say that the quality of the weed is going up slowly but it's still far behind the quality in the west for the most part. I've never seen any weed here better than mine and mine is mids. They love me what can I say.

Laws are very harsh but not as harsh as living in Alabama or something.

"People go to jail for possessing less than one gram of hemp and they face many social penalties too (loss of job, expulsion from schools, etc.). Theoretically you can go to prison for five years for a single joint. Larger quantities, cultivation or smuggling will lead to prison sentences of up to seven years. Smugglers caught with a few hundred grams to a few kg of cannabis are routinely sent to prison for 3-4 years."

I would never grow in Japan just for money, I started growing because I couldn't keep affording to pay $50 per gram for my habit, and Japan is hard without weed man.
thanks for that post JF, there's plenty of good info in there & i enjoyed reading about the the scene in your part of the world & about some of the history & tradition, i've been close but never visited japan, it didnt happen last year so i hope 2011 brings me there, lol been psyching myself up for mt fuji

so what does asa actually mean? intoxicated? thats a wild guess linking the asaka beer lol is that the right name? just watched the boxing so had a few myself

i can believe that about america introducing their drug policies, i think it was yourself that commented a while back when the north koreans were threatening japan.. about the us military based there & how the japanese had to sign away their defense policy after ww2, i could be mistaken
though its been a while & its late tonight

that sounds bizarre about the reefer madness ads in japan, completely in jest but japanese entertainment seems pretty mental already lol i like the way the japanese seem to have a good sense of humour yet are still highly respectful, i imagine like most of asia that is changing more & more though as the western influence spreads

that's scary to think the penalties are so severe with weed, i'll admit i've faced stiffer penalties when travelling in asia & still smoked but with hindsight & considering the amout i was purchasing on occasion it was extremely foolish, are there as many stings over there though? i know in some parts of s.e.a it's a common occurrence to set-up westerners with weed sales etc & then shop them to the police

the thai weed can be like that at times, if you have the good connects you can still get the fresh green but if not then you'll score some brown older weed, its still nice but the fresher green coloured weed is always a treat & ticks the boxes, as u say the import could be coming from anywhere now though

i did imagine the grow shops to be expensive, is there no walk in shops over there?

lol good to hear you're representing the west on the weed front lol are there no landraces in japan? or were they culled with the introduction of the us policies?

the U.S does have some messed up laws with regard to canna, legal in some states yet up the road in texas theyd probably try & give u the electric chair lol i've never been to the us but heard about its harsh penalties from friends

whats the crack with the prisons there? i imagine japan as an extremely clean & organised country, how does that reflect in the prisons? i mean i i've read space is a premium-or is that just tokyo? still the conditions cant be any worse that other parts of the world...i've no intention of finding out but am just chewing the fat

are the yakuza very prominent? will u notice them or would you have to visit certain areas?

sorry if some of these questions seem stereotypical, definitely not trying to offend but i'm keen to hear more

just working out the costs there lol thats about 90 for 3 grams of weed i smoke pure lol i think when i visit japan i'll probably stick to the beer or sake, i hope that's a bit cheaper, anything u can share on japan would be of a real interest, if u want to share it publically or in private that's cool but i'm keen to learn more & its great to have somebody that stays there...i could ask these questions elsewhere & for all i know some kid thats never been out of his country is sitting there advising me lol was it yourself that posted the blossom photos a while back? really enjoyed them too, anyway gonna stop myself as i said before i can be a gas bag at times lol

thanks though m8, really appreciate your post
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Old 11-28-2010, 11:58 AM
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so what does asa actually mean? intoxicated? thats a wild guess linking the asaka beer lol is that the right name? just watched the boxing so had a few myself

I'm not sure if your computer will be able to see this text but it's a chinese character 麻 which has 2 trees with another character over it, I'm not sure but I think it means fiber? That's the word for hemp but when we talk about pot we use taima 大麻 which is "Big Hemp"


are there as many stings over there though? i know in some parts of s.e.a it's a common occurrence to set-up westerners with weed sales etc & then shop them to the police


We don't have stings here but the police are allowed to stop anybody anywhere and do a body search. Of course they only do it to foreigners and "hippy" or "gangster" looking people and in certain areas. I was almost caught once right after a friend gave me a gram of his stuff to test for him. Talked my way out of it.

i did imagine the grow shops to be expensive, is there no walk in shops over there?
There are some but the police watch them of course.


lol good to hear you're representing the west on the weed front lol are there no landraces in japan? or were they culled with the introduction of the us policies?


Weed grows wild on the northern island of Hokkaido and some people believe it's native while others say it was seeds which were imported for animal feed or something. They call it "dosanko" which is a word given to people who are from Hokkaido.

whats the crack with the prisons there? i imagine japan as an extremely clean & organised country, how does that reflect in the prisons? i mean i i've read space is a premium-or is that just tokyo? still the conditions cant be any worse that other parts of the world...i've no intention of finding out but am just chewing the fat

A few friends have been to prison here and it's hard work, can't talk most of the time, only a few minutes to eat and so on, not nearly as much free time because you are forced to work, making shoes or some shit but you get some free time and share a small room with 4 people or so with a TV. No fear of getting killed or raped though.

are the yakuza very prominent? will u notice them or would you have to visit certain areas?

Yakuza are everywhere and in every business in Japan. Something like 40% of the income in Japan is in the black market or illegal trades. You'll notice them because they don't hide who they are, they project it. They wear yakuza clothes and drive yakuza cars. They sell a lot of weed though.

sorry if some of these questions seem stereotypical, definitely not trying to offend but i'm keen to hear more


Naw, they are fine. When I came here Japanese used to ask me if I owned a gun or had ever shafted anybody.



Typical Yakuza car, black with smoked windows, sometimes curtains in the windows, the license plates are usually either "1" because they are so cool or "8" because it's a lucky number.
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Old 11-28-2010, 07:24 PM
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That is some really cool info on Japan. Thanks JF
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Old 11-29-2010, 02:01 AM
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The other day a "friend" gave me some weed

I asked him what the hell happened to it but he's under the impression that it's what it is. I haven't seen too much of what other people grow here and was glad that I had previously turned down an offer to trade some weed with him but the sad fact is that this is probably par for the course here. He unloaded it on some of his friends who were more than pleased with this. I had to vape it because of the hay smell and harshness.

I cut down one of my closets a few days early because the clones were past ready and the wife wanted her bath back.

Normally I dry in the same closet but I have a ghetto dryer for such times, just a cardboard box with intake holes on the bottom and exhaust on the top. Can't control the smell but since I have 3 charcoal scrubbers in the room it doesn't get that bad

Hopefully they will dry to just over 125g or so.

Veg day 1 250 watts, from the left 2 Chronics (b), 2 Killer Queens, 2 Chronics (a)

Normally I like to disinfect my medium by boiling it in water for 5 minutes but this time I just put it through the hopper to remove organic material and rinsed it.
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The dry weight on the 250 watt garden is 150 grams or 0.6 gpw which is about what I get normally, on very good runs I get up to 0.8 gpw but I don't think I have the plants to do that kind of run now so I'm happy with the 150. The smoke and quality are good though, lost one nug to mold, dried out it too slow in the ghetto dryer.

I'm disappointed in the new chronics though. I have to get my old one back from a friend who has a mother. The 400 closet has 6 of the new ones in there that are looking ok so I hope it was just weak clones this run and not the genetics but realistically I don't see them doing much.

The Northern lights is also a big question. The guy who gave me the cut recently gave me some of his weed and it was schwag, looked bad. Hoping it was his fault and not the strain.

That leaves the killer queen to look forward to, hope this one also does not disappoint. I'm so jealous of people have the room to really go about serious selection. With a small room it's like trying to hit a target blindfolded.
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Old 12-02-2010, 05:32 AM
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The dry weight on the 250 watt garden is 150 grams or 0.6 gpw which is about what I get normally, on very good runs I get up to 0.8 gpw but I don't think I have the plants to do that kind of run now so I'm happy with the 150. The smoke and quality are good though, lost one nug to mold, dried out it too slow in the ghetto dryer.
inspirational set up jf. killing it in a small space for sure.
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Old 12-02-2010, 05:21 PM
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Thanks for the response & info JF

That's crazy about the police with the stop & search, i guess i'm naive but i just assumed police stops would be more rare with many asian countries regarding loss of face as a huge insult, how do the police react if somebody has nothing? are they very apologetic or do they just tell people to scram? how did u talk your way out of it?

Have you ever tried dosanko? or do u know if it's more sativa or indica?

I was interested in the prisons as space in japan seems to be at a premium...or is that just in tokyo & the larger cities?

Thats crazy that the yakuza are so prominent, so whats the advice when you spot them? look at the ground lol i probably would stare but then i guess thats what they are after with the flash cars, that's a motor & a half but i've seen similar in other parts of asia, the number plate thing is familiar as well with certain numbers being a means of showing wealth & also believed to be lucky, do the yakuza bother with tourists or are tourists relatively safe because the yakuza run things?

That bud does look a bit ropey but if it does the trick then i guess it doesnt matter, your grows look excellent though & its good to hear your getting good results & seem to have things dialed in well

Lol what did your friend say when they saw your bud? lol did they ask for some tips?

Looking really good though & i'll keep checking for updates, i hope you have some joy with the new genetics but like i said before if you do get stuck it wouldn't be a problem to hook you up with something new, just not sure on the postal service over there as i wouldnt want you having any grief but i do plan on visiting japan asap so if needed then maybe i could post to you when over there, maybe internal mail is less scrutinised

Anyway i'll sign off here but anything you can share on japan, guides places to visit things to do would be great to hear, i mentioned before im keen to try mt fuji, have you ever tried it? & if so how was it? i forget the saying i read, something like everyone in japan should climb mt fuji once in a lifetime but the fool tries it more than once lol something like that, guess its hard work but then i read about some 60 yr old that runs up it regularly lol

Thanks for the info & all the best with everything
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