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St. Paul International Lutheran Church images

St. Paul International Lutheran Church

Please come to our small and close knit congregation for Christmas service. http://www.spilchurchtokyo.org/ChristmasWe are located near Iidabashi station in the center of Tokyo. Many lines intersect here:JR Sobu lineTokyo Metro Namboku lineTokyo Metro Tozai lineTokyo Metro Yurakucho l…(213 words)

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Kevin

to protect yourself from other people's cold images

to protect yourself from other people's cold

Yes, as all the other sempais say, the masks are for protecting yourself from pollen, and to protect others from your your virus and cold.I think it is also a way to protect yourself from other people's virus and cold, when you feel weak. No Japanese people would admit this of course but it is …(189 words)

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Claire

Do what the people around you do or ask you to do! images

Do what the people around you do or ask you to do!

Most of the time, there is nothing to do.When there is an earthquake that feels longer, stronger than normal, you can switch the radio on and listen to the information that they will give. You can also rely on internet meteo data to know where it did happen, if there is any risk of tsunami (if …(304 words)

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Claire

Yaikagashi (burn and smell) at Setsubun images

Yaikagashi (burn and smell) at Setsubun

On Setsubun day (February 3rd), there is a culture to make "Yaikagashi" (a holly sprig with a baked sardine's head). Japanese people have a time-honored custom of putting this "Yaikagashi"at their door on Setsubun (the traditional end of winter) to ward off evil spirits. They may look a little bit …(73 words)

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Hideki Tazawa

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nature airliner

nature airliner emerged as a husband-and-wife folk duo in the summer of 2010, when Japanese photographer Eiko Hosaka Tiernan (vocals) and Canadian musician Laurier Tiernan (guitar) joined forces to start playing unplugged shows of Laurier's unreleased songs which suited Eiko's voice. The first sing…(183 words)

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Laurier Tiernan

Show me your socks, and I'll tell if if you have a tear images

Show me your socks, and I'll tell if if you have a tear

When in Japan, there will be many occasions to take your shoes off:visiting a lab? take off your shoesa temple: off they goa Japanese restaurant: all shoes stay at the entranceJapanese people are socks freaks. They have all kind of colors and patterns. 5 fingers's socks, tabi-esque 2 fi…(149 words)

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Claire

If you get sick in Japan... but not enough to go to the doctor images

If you get sick in Japan... but not enough to go to the doctor

Well, it can be a cold, a hangover, jetlag, ...There are plenty of pharmacies in Japan. The thing is, they do not always look like pharmacy. They usually sell a lot of different things that you do not expect to find in a pharmacy.Such as beauty product like shampoos, shavers, hair dying pro…(190 words)

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Claire

Commuting during Rush Hour ! images

Commuting during Rush Hour !

Imagine you have to board your 7:45am train by hook or by crook (so you can arrive in office on schedule). Let's add to this imagination, images of japan train rush and getting shoved by polite train conductors without any apology. So how do you board train now, especially during mad rush on weekda…(303 words)

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Samir Bodhe

Nissan Global Headquarters images

Nissan Global Headquarters

If you like cars, then the Nissan Global Headquarters in Yokohama is well worth your time to visit. Entry is free and the showroom always has a number of Nissan and sometimes, if you are lucky, they will also have some Infiniti cars on display. Access is just a few minutes walk from Yokohama stat…(167 words)

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Kevin

Of course it's hot! images

Of course it's hot!

Look at a map or better, draw a horizontal line from East to West, at the level of Tokyo. What happens? You will notice that well, Tokyo, and even more Kyoto, are quite South. As South as Kabul, Beirouth, Sfax, Casablanca and Jacksonville, Austin ... And Japan, is an island, all surrounded by w…(549 words)

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Claire

Be prepared and learn how to survive…natural disaster. images

Be prepared and learn how to survive…natural disaster.

Sorry for those look for fun items and experiences in Japan. The title won’t be something international tourists expect to find... but as you know, in Japan we often have earthquakes, including very big ones some times, because of that, the government provides a center called “the Disaster Preventi…(613 words)

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TomokoI

FAQ website has opened for who has concerned about travelling in Japan! images

FAQ website has opened for who has concerned about travelling in Japan!

FAQ website has opened for who has concerned about travelling in Japan!The website is to solve your inquiries and worries about your upcoming trip to Japan.The registered users of the website will help and suggest you to find out the answer.Websitehttp://faq-japan.com/Recommend Bo…(57 words)

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OH

Hotels around Fukuoka images

Hotels around Fukuoka

About Fukuoka Toei HotelFrom the Fukuoka Toei Hotel, guests can get to the Hakata area which is located in the heart of Fukuoka, in 10 minutes by bus, and Tenjin, a popular sightseeing area in Fukuoka, in about 10 minutes on foot.Guests can also get to both the Fukuoka Port and Hakata Inter…(92 words)

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OH

Only the appearance of similar. images

Only the appearance of similar.

There is a food called "COPPE-PAN-SANDO=コッペパンサンド".It is similar to a hot dog, but the Japanese do not think it's the same.Hot dog came from the United States."COPPE-PAN-SANDO=コッペパンサンド" It is inspired from the hot dog.Food that is sandwiched between the hot dog bun has al…(118 words)

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Siteseeing

Go to Shinjuku Kinokuniya Bookstore at TimesSquare images

Go to Shinjuku Kinokuniya Bookstore at TimesSquare

I guess Kinokuniya at Shinjuku TimesSquare offers the widest range of selection in terms of English books. Magazines, hardcovers, paperbacks, even Mangas in English, you name it! It is on the 6th floor and can be easily accessed from Shinjuku station. It even often holds English book sale which is …(71 words)

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taro

The Easiest Place is a 7-11 Convenience Store images

The Easiest Place is a 7-11 Convenience Store

Several times I have been asked, "Where can I get money from my overseas bank account?" And I have replied, "Go to a 7-11." The look I usually get is one of confusion. 7-11 is a convenience store, not a bank. Yes, that's true but it is honestly the fastest most convenient way to get cash from overs…(102 words)

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Nate

Online is a good option but if you wish to have the touch and feel experience and browse physically.. images

Online is a good option but if you wish to have the touch and feel experience and browse physically..

Kinokuniya in Shinjuku has been popular for such but other large book stores, like Maruzen in Marunouchi, also have sections on English books of varying sizes.(26 words)

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Sanjeev Sinha

Tokyo guide books images

Tokyo guide books

Your best bet is either at a bookstore in your home country before you leave or using resources on the Internet.If you get to Japan without a guide, there are several other options: The airports (Narita and/or Haneda) have English language book stores and there are a number of stores in the city …(122 words)

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jdlawrence

HoneyBaked Ham also available from fall 2013. images

HoneyBaked Ham also available from fall 2013.

I did just learn that HoneyBaked Ham (available only in US) will also begin selling in Japan this coming fall. www.honeybaked.co.jp.(24 words)

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JiyugaokaPaul

Feel Lost all the time images

Feel Lost all the time

If you know your way around in Tokyo you must not be new here.I go to Tokyo many times but always feel lost in all the people.People are busy in Tokyo but if you ask people will stop for a few seconds to tell you the way.Open up and don't think Tokyo will be like the Big Apple.(61 words)

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Yuuki I

The wait sweetens the drink images

The wait sweetens the drink

Timing is everything when toasting in Japan. The toast is the official start to the party, rather than simply an acknowledgement of something or someone. Parties in Japan tend to be well-planned, and often the “wonderful and lucky opportunity” for everyone to be gathered despite busy schedules, etc…(136 words)

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KurtisW

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Main idea first

Using English with non-native speakers has its own general rules to follow, but I have found some decent techniques when needing to be understood in English in Japan. Japanese is a subject-initial language like English, but in many cases, the object of English could very easily be the subject in Ja…(146 words)

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KurtisW

An honest thank you! images

An honest thank you!

In Japan, it may not be quite as common for strangers to help each other for no reason, but as a traveler, you will find that people in general are willing to help you with this or that, particularly if you express to them that you need help with something. Just asking someone for directions may le…(173 words)

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KurtisW

No reply necessary images

No reply necessary

One thing to point out, which may not be terribly important except in saving you some confused looks, is when you walk into a store, employees will greet you with a special phrase: “Irashaimase” (E-ra-shai-ma-se). This is the universal greeting that store owners and employees use toward customers t…(118 words)

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KurtisW

People raise the glass and say Kanpai- then we take a sip-keep the glass down and then clap - to kind of signify the start of the event /party etc. images

People raise the glass and say Kanpai- then we take a sip-keep the glass down and then clap - to kind of signify the start of the event /party etc.

In Japan, we say Kanpai when we do a toast. In corporate events, parties with friends or your host families, you might have to go through this... In corporate events normally they might have a speech - after which the speaker will raise the toast and say Kanpai. Then people raise the glass and say …(179 words)

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suku

The Tokyo Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park images

The Tokyo Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park

I recommend to join "Tokyo earthquake simulation seventy-two hours tour" at the facility in Odaiba waterfront area.http://www.ktr.mlit.go.jp/showa/tokyorinkai/english/72h/1f.htm(29 words)

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About toasting in Japan images

About toasting in Japan

Usually at formal occassions (a work-related party, wedding, etc.), the head person of the group / company / school (if a wedding, someone close to the bride or groom) will be asked to give a short speech and the toast. When that person calls "Kampai!" and raises their glass, everyone else will do…(77 words)

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Andrea Miyata

Turning in lost items images

Turning in lost items

If you find a lost item in a train or train station, turn the item in to a station employee or at the lost-and-found / information counter.If you find an item worth any kind of value (monetary or otherwise) on the street, you should take the item to the nearest police station. The officer in c…(216 words)

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Andrea Miyata

Lost without Translation images

Lost without Translation

Don't worry, in most places in Tokyo, you're not far from someplace easy to navigate. Try asking anyone you meet. Some people may say they can't speak English, but they should be able to direct you to the nearest train station, or "eki." If not, ask for the nearest "koban." The police boxes are…(96 words)

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mikekato

Please speak clearly and simply images

Please speak clearly and simply

I recommend you speak English clearly and simply. Japanese people studied English in junior high and high school. We don't understand idioms very well - I don't know the meaning of " foot the bill." So please use simple words and short sentences for us like I do to talk to non-Japanese people study…(56 words)

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makiko715

Smile! :) images

Smile! :)

Smiling is the most important thing you can do when you meet Japanese people. If you know some Japanese greetings like “Ohayou,” and “Kon-nichiwa,” you can use these words for the beginning of conversations. When Japanese people know you try to speak the Japanese language, they feel happy and comfo…(59 words)

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makiko715

JP (Japan Post) or Citibank ATM normally accept foreign cards images

JP (Japan Post) or Citibank ATM normally accept foreign cards

JP (Japan Post) or Citibank ATM normally accept debit and credit cards issued overseas. JP ATM can be found even in rural Japan.(23 words)

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Asiantiger

Mochi-tsuki events images

Mochi-tsuki events

The rice cake making is carried out in a shrine,temple and a martial arts school, local community from about Decenber20 through around January 15.However, it is not often performed on December 29. This is because there is the jinx that a Japanese avoids a day to arrive of 4 and 9.Most of th…(121 words)

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FRITZ

Use it in spurts images

Use it in spurts

You can use English as a tourist in Japan. Just speak clearly and smoothly without running your words together.(19 words)

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Kenji

They are there to help images

They are there to help

Sometimes there is no officer in the police box because they are out on patrol. If you need to talk to someone just pick up the phone on the desk. You don't have to dial. An officer will answer on the other end.(43 words)

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Kenji

Use your 100yen at McDonalds or 100yen shop images

Use your 100yen at McDonalds or 100yen shop

You may think what could be in your 100yen burger.There is so much you could choose from at a 100 yen shop.Food, gardening utilities, clothes, cups, you name it.If you wish to get most out of your change.100yen shop or Mc Donald's(45 words)

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Yuuki I

Telepathy or just lost in translation? images

Telepathy or just lost in translation?

Any major city in Japan you'll notice how crowed it can get.People don't yell or fuss.When you want to get through the people in the train.You simply put your hand out in front of the person you want to get by and people will know you want to go through.Amazing!!(54 words)

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Yuuki I

Call TELL! images

Call TELL!

If you want an immediate counseling in English, it would be best to call the Tokyo English LIfe Line (TELL) for a free and anonymous phone call for any types of issues or information needed. They are open to calls from 9am to 11pm daily. Their telephone number is 03-5774-0992. If you want to me…(83 words)

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RieS

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Church in Tokyo

Franciscan Chapel Center (address: 4-2-37 Roppongi, Minato-Ku, phone: 03-3401-2141/2142) is the English-speaking Roman Catholic parish of the Archdiocese of Tokyo.(22 words)

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Mayu