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2003-08-12, 12:27 AM
OK I've done some research (mainly on here) and have a year's supply of deodorant and toothpaste.
I have sensitive skin so i have sevral months of lotions until I can work out what Shiseido/SHu Uemura stuff is what.
And as I love it, I will be bringing along some marmite.
So what I'm basically asking is: is there anything you wish you had remembered to bring out with you and forgot? What can you really not get out here (or is hideously expensive).
2003-08-12, 12:42 AM
Why on earth are you brining toothpaste to Japan?
2003-08-12, 01:12 AM
because someone told me it wasn't flouridated enough.
2003-08-12, 06:45 AM
The water is Japan is the most flouridated in the world, so your teeth will appreciate that. If you must bring toothpaste, bring Colgate TOTAL as it has anti-bacterial protection and is not widely available here.
OTC medicines may be helpful as well, although I would advise caution in bringing prescription stuff in. Good analgesics (Extra-Strength Excedrin), antihistamines (Theraflu) and antitussives are a start. Altoids too!
See you around!
2003-08-12, 06:55 AM
be sure to double-check the list of banned OTC medications. there are some that aren't allowed into the country (i'm not sure why)Woody wrote:
2003-08-12, 08:14 AM
Whoever told you that was wrong. I can easily pick half a dozen common Japanese brands of toothpaste off the shelf in any supermarket or drugstore and show you that they contain fluoride. Sometimes they are clearly labeled as "MFP" just like American (and presumably other) brands. Sometimes you have to look carefully to see the katakana marking for it (such marking is a "fu" followed by a "tsu").
I have seen such false claims about fluroride on some web sites and have tried to discourage them from stating such things.
2003-08-12, 09:25 AM
Funny! A years' supply of deodorant and toothpaste... LOL
My Japanese friend went to the UK with a six-month supply of Japanese deodorant, because nothing there suited him!
2003-08-12, 10:13 AM
NO Vicks inhalers
Customs WILL take them and grill you about why you brought them. They took all mine and I wasted 30 minutes explaining I have hay fever to them at Narita.
2003-11-28, 08:12 AM
(re: cyber-orienteering) -An enormous vermillion crushed velvet wall rug showing tigers roaming around supine naked doe-eyed women should suffice.
next. "Smallworld and the SILVER BULLET band".... does it have a RING to it????
2004-03-09, 05:55 AM
Stocking up on a years worth of condoms is meant to be a good idea and there is a thread all about it.
"Customs WILL take them and grill you about why you brought them. They took all mine and I wasted 30 minutes explaining I have hay fever to them at Narita."
good post! i have been trying to tell some hardheads to leave those at home... thanks!
2004-03-10, 12:46 PM
>>>>>> What exactly is your question? Are you an Anti-dentite? I am disgusted by your suggestion that Japanese toothpaste may not be the finest in the world, developed in a highly unique nation of four distinct seasons, sensitive to the variations of flouridation, liquidation, and indoctrination. If you don't like the toothpaste here, then why bother coming. Only the rarest of foreigners can acquire a taste for the delicacy and aroma of Japanese tooth paste, and I am one of them. I am proud to say that I have been here so long, and fit in so well, that all my teeth are black, warped and rotten, and I am damn proud of it. So there. Oh Yeah. Did not. Did too.<<<<<<<<
The above was a gratuitous impression of Glenski, who sems to be back on the peeve this week.
YES, by all means bring toothpaste. Small comforts make the adjustment to Island Nation life that much easier. I did the same, although I did find some of the same stuff (Tom's Natural stuff), even if it was twice the price as at home. It seems that the Chauvinist Dentite Protectionism of the past has receded somewhat, in these heady days of internationalisation.
Do watch out for hayfever medicine, though. If need be, have it sent on by post, preferably wrapped up in dirty socks, or better yet, underwear, and do not write it on the customs slip.
AND, if you have big feet, bring shoes. Lots of them. Beeyootiful Beyootiful SHOES. Your feet will thank you.
2004-03-10, 02:10 PM
The dearth of enormous vermillion crushed velvet wall rugs showing tigers roaming around supine naked doe-eyed women is something you may, or may not have to eventually address.
2004-03-10, 02:38 PM
"bring Colgate TOTAL as it has anti-bacterial protection and is not widely available here"
Although I don't claim to know much about dentistry, there are some reasons for not using anti-bacterial products on a regular basis. Mostly because they tend to weed out the weaker bacteria and you can end up with some nasty stuff when you tip the balance toward the strong. I sometimes do this kind of stuff at my work and it's amazing how fast those little buggers can adapt.
I believe that it was this process that was behind the birth of the first tapeworm, a bacterium that grew and grew to become a large worm with sharp teeth. Later adaptation provided the ability to type and hang around on internet forums harassing newbies.
2004-03-11, 12:04 PM
She does write remarkably well for a parasite, though, dont ya think?
Forget the anti-bacterial crap. Bacteria is good for you. Go play in the dirt. The problem here is that the taste of the toothpaste is unpalatable to our delicate Western sensitivites. In other words, it tastes like crap. Japanese say the same in reverse, proving a long held anthropological maxim:
All people everywhere are equally idiotic; it is the glue that binds us as a species.
2004-03-11, 01:11 PM
"I believe that it was this process that was behind the birth of the first tapeworm, a bacterium that grew and grew to become a large worm with sharp teeth."
THAT'S MY GOD THAT IS, THE GOD OF ALL GODS. Watch your step blasphemous infidel, lest a plague of locust be dispatched forth-f__king-with. GOD IS GOOD, GOD IS GREAT.
"Bacteria is good for you. Go play in the dirt."
Agreed. The wimpy, finicky, antiseptic locals always have colds. Feeble immunity systems.
2004-03-11, 01:31 PM
Things you can`t buy here or are expensive:
Yup. Marmite. It`s here, but tiny and costly.
Artichokes canned in water. (you can find them in oil)
Spike (spice) you can substitute shi chi mi, but it`s not the same..
Dark/black western hair dye. The Japanese stuff is HARSH!
tomato paste. Weird, as they love Italian food. No prob for canned tomatos.
Female? Bring tampons. The Japanese ones are... different. Not so good. Pads, however, are better here.
100% down pillows. Bring some. Japanese pillows are HARD and BIG. Down duvets they have..
Chipotle chiles. Can buy on base, if you have a contact.
SHOES. For some reason, most shoes are sold by length, not width. Almost everything is EEE.
Pataks pickled limes.
Yup, good deodorant. Not sold here.
Cheezits. (actually, can`t find in Western Canada, either)
Isopropyl alcohol/other cleaners for small electronic parts (difficult to find)
My list is mostly food... You`ll be OK for about 3 months on only Japanese food. After that, you`ll want something from home.
Oh, they don`t have Canadian Tire, either. Don`t bother bringing your CT money.
"Yup, good deodorant. Not sold here."
i like the body paper, though
2004-03-16, 12:25 PM
Japan's first Canadian Tire franchise??
Now there's an idea!!
Get on that one Madeira
2004-03-17, 03:51 PM
Bring UNCENSORED porno videos! (Asian only) and give me some.
2004-03-23, 08:28 AM
I was not addressing the TASTE of toothpaste. I was addressing the content of fluoride. Big difference.
By the way, some of us don't mind the taste of Japanese toothpaste one bit. If that sounds gratuitous, erudite, or high-falooting, tough. It's a simple fact. Deal with it and move on.
2004-03-23, 09:40 AM
When I go home, I bring back contact lens solution. If you wear them, you may want to consider doing so. It's terribly expensive here. With time, you should be able to find most things you want and/or an equivalent product (maybe even better) here in Japan. That said, I tend to bring back Q-tips and lotion. I haven't yet been able to find just regular (cheap) Vaseline Intensive Care lotion. (Of course, since it's so much more humid than where I'm from, there is less of a need.) Also, makeup is very expensive. You may want to consider bringing some with you. These are just a few things off the top of my head. And as for toothpaste - I tend to just buy AquaFresh. It's readily available over here (as is Oral B, etc.).
I just realized - your original post is from August 2003. A little late for you, but maybe it will help someone else.
Post Edited (03-23-04 09:41)
2004-03-23, 03:32 PM
foot fungus cream is f**kin' expensive in Japan too..
2004-03-23, 04:37 PM
Thank you, GQ. Remind me to never let you wear my house slippers...
2004-03-23, 04:47 PM
i think the whole idea of taking of one's shoes everywhere being "clean" can be effectively proved false. i never had "water-bugs" until coming to this filthy cesspool of a country.
or maybe i need to get a second pair of socks.. hmm.
2004-03-27, 04:49 PM
I bow before your ever so Mezurashii Gaijin-san nativist integrative wonderfullness, you pedantic priggish F'wit. BUT, I do like the retro pull, with high-falootin'. You, however, are mostly just a humourless windbag, rather than high-fallootin'. As for gratuitous, yes, I would agree with you there; much of what you have to say is gratuitous and self-satisfied. As for erudition, I would never accuse an American of that heinous disorder, never mind a midwesterner. You might want to invest in a dictionary, though. Better luck next time, germbreath.
Tom's Natural Toothpaste Forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2004-03-28, 02:29 AM
Where is the thread?