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  • ESSENTIAL items to bring from home when staying in Japan 3+

    I have a week before departure, and I'm pretty well packed up. But just like when I backpacked through europe for 4 months I always forget somthing. Would be curious what others who have made the trip would consider "hindsight" and recommend/suggest to a new comer to bring along.

    Someone said the toothpaste tastes like it has suger in it! Should I bring my own colgate? What about other normal items like that? I'm a guy BTW, so I'm not bringing a special bag just dedicated to hair products

    Thanks

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    Re: ESSENTIAL items to bring from home when staying in Japan

    What?? No bag special for hair products? No bag dedicated to face washing? And then another for make-up? Wow, I wish I was a guy!

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    • #3
      Re: ESSENTIAL items to bring from home when staying in Japan

      I have the same problem! For three months in Europe I had no pajamas. When I studied in Japan I didn't bring a towel. They told me all linens would be provided...I guess I asumed too much. As far as items you may have trouble finding...

      It is hard to find toothpaste with flouride in it, and I wouldn't be surprised if Japanese toothpaste did have sugar in it. The floride thing is a new idea in Japan and unless you can read the knaji for flouride I'd plan on bringing a big tube. Same goes for deoderant. They don't have antipersperants here in Japan. Slippers are a handy thing to pack too.

      You didn't specify if this was for a holiday or for living/working... that can make a big difference in what you should pack. If you're a large gaijin you may want to stock up on clothing, shoes and socks.

      Also where are you from? This also affects the things that you'll be longing for. A lot of brits complain about how hard it is to find baked beans. Do you like to cook? If so you might find brining along some spices, curry, basil that sort of thing. Really it just depends on what you need to keep you going.

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      • #4
        Re: ESSENTIAL items to bring from home when staying in Japan

        Bring deodorant. The stuff here costs $12 bucks Can and it`s useless.

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        • #5
          Re: ESSENTIAL items to bring from home when staying in Japan

          Don't bother with spices, they are all available here, in supermarkets, specialist shops/ ethnic shops that reside in large department stores.
          Anti-perspirant deodorant is about 500\ a bottle.
          Towels and the like are easily found.
          Shoes/ underwear/ L-S shirts are recommended if you are here for a while, though you can get from Lands'end. Good outdoor clothes/ rainwear, and sports shoes.

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          • #6
            Re: ESSENTIAL items to bring from home when staying in Japan

            Yah I am here for work. Im 6' 180 lbs, im bringing half a months supply of socks and undershirts from walmart to last me Is doing laundry expensive either?

            I only have 3 pairs of shoes too, business shoes, clubbing/night shoes, and then a pair of walking/running shoes.

            Can you buy real ketchup, and/or macaroni and cheese?

            Thanks

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            • #7
              Re: ESSENTIAL items to bring from home when staying in Japan

              Hello,

              you would be frankly amazed at how freely people will talk to a coin-operated-clown....

              One thing my male foreign customers sometimes divulge to me is that they find Japanese prophylactics too small to accommodate them, and thus liable to split.

              The COC, who anyway has no lower portions, has tended to regard this as a childishly simple essay in (implausible) self-aggrandizement, and to laugh the harder than he otherwise would. Still, unwanted pregnancy is no laughing matter, however shiny the coin, nor yet is a dose of the nasty.

              You can by Heinz ketchup anywhere, and Kraft Macaroni 'n' cheese.

              COC

              <no notes, please: I only take coins>

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              • #8
                Re: ESSENTIAL items to bring from home when staying in Japan

                I would recommend bringing alot of pants, sweaters. and dress shirts. You are tall and it would be very difficult for you to find pants and shirts long enough for you. As for personal care products (shampoo, lotions, soap) most you can find here. It is difficult to get deodorant so bring alot with you. Also bring medicine with you. The Japanese equivalent sucks big time. (based on weight therefore strength isn't strong enough)

                If you can't stand the cold bring long johns with you. The ones here aren't very warm and they will be too small for you.

                Where exactly will you be located in Japan?

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                • #9
                  Re: ESSENTIAL items to bring from home when staying in Japan

                  I'll be in Tokyo, in the Shinjuku area, have an apartment allready setup there for me. I'm from Canada so unless it hits double digit negative celcius temperatures, I'll be fine in my shorts and t shirt

                  I'm bringing two suits, so that should hopefully last me, along with all my dress shirts as well

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                  • #10
                    Re: ESSENTIAL items to bring from home when staying in Japan

                    Bring slippers for sure. I got a great pair of those suede ones with wool inside. Best Christmas present ever. I wear them all the time at home and bring them along when visiting friends. You need to bring more shoes especially if your a size 10 and a half and up. Yea, you can find sizes sometimes (took me a year to find a 10.5) but they weren't cheap. Plus, the fact that your going to be working in a company, it will get hot and your feet will sweat and once your only pair of dress shoes get stinky...you're screwed. Get to Aldo and pick up a couple of pairs you can wear to work, clubbing and with jeans.

                    Also, deodorant! Lots of it. All they have for guys is the ozone-unfriendly spray stuff that works for maybe a half hour and costs about 8 to 10 bucks CDN. I have never seen a stick for guys in a regular supermarket or drug store.

                    What else........Neocitran, Tylenol, Contac-C, Pepto-Bismal, Stuff like that for colds, flu, headaches, sore throats etc. The stuff from home works better, cheap and you know what works and what doesn't.

                    Bring some books with you or send them by boat. Expensive for paperbacks here.

                    Anything else you think about after, get your family to ship it by boat to Japan. Takes about 6 weeks or so and cheap.

                    Good Luck, J

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                    • #11
                      Re: ESSENTIAL items to bring from home when staying in Japan

                      Thanks for the tips!

                      I think I'll have to invest in a few more pairs of shoes

                      Man im gonna have to get a bigger suitcase too heh

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                      • #12
                        Re: ESSENTIAL items to bring from home when staying in Japan

                        Good thread this.

                        I've got one suggestion. Some people, including me, recommend books on tape in your native accent. Great for chilling out and company when your cleaning your 6-jo palace. I find it hard to relax with Japanese TV. It's really in-yer-face-shouty stuff, which is fantastic if your up for it.

                        On the other hand, some people think that listening to tapes might generate a siege mentality, and given the living space, it might well. No good for the old culture shock.



                        Your thoughts sirs, madams?

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                        • #13
                          Re: ESSENTIAL items to bring from home when staying in Japan

                          Oh, those wonderful little discs!
                          CDs and DVDs are essential anti-culture-shock items. Being immersed in Japanese is great, but sometimes you just want to sit back and chill with some music or movies in English, instead of settling for what Engrish you can find on Japanese TV.
                          Rush and the Simpsons have saved my sanity many a time. Gods bless Amazon!
                          Oh, and if you're larger than average even for a gaijin (like me - 6'3", 220), clothing of all kinds is an absolute necessity.
                          PERIOD.

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                          • #14
                            Re: ESSENTIAL items to bring from home when staying in Japan

                            DVDs - do ___ dvd players play all regions? australians and brits and europeans can't bring videos because we dont use the NTSC system. i have a few US dvds, and videos. but iis it hard (and is it expensive!) to buy a dvd player that plays all regions?

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                            • #15
                              Re: ESSENTIAL items to bring from home when staying in Japan

                              3 months worth of antidepressants.

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