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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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Used: "Good Day Books" in Gotanda/ New: "MARUZEN" in Otemachi images

Used: "Good Day Books" in Gotanda/ New: "MARUZEN" in Otemachi

If you would like to buy a used English book, I recommend "Good Day Books" in Gotanda which is 15 minutes from Tokyo station on the Yamanote line. This book shop has various kinds of books. Check the map:http://www.gooddaybooks.com/contents/home/new_location?language=englishIf you would like …(92 words)

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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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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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Yurindo has a great selection of English books images

Yurindo has a great selection of English books

I go to Yurindo to purchase or pick up an English book. Although you cannot compare the selection to a Barnes and Noble, it has a range of classics to recent books from fiction to nonfiction. I often go to the “osusume” or the recommendation section to find books that I may want to read. If you are…(76 words)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Church services in English

St. Paul International Lutheran Church near Iidabashi station in Tokyo has English services and Sunday School for children too. Friendly people and services just like back home, you will find many nationalities and Japanese who attend regularly. Communion is held every Sunday. You can find infor…(52 words)

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Where are ATMs that accept my foreign issued bank card in Tokyo? images

Where are ATMs that accept my foreign issued bank card in Tokyo?

Japanese post offices in most major Japanese cities accept foreign-issued bank cards and credit cards.(15 words)

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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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When you meet Japanese people, you can say "Hajimemashite", meaning "Nice to meet you."Even though you cannot speak Japanese well, that words will give Japanese people a sense of familiarity.(31 words)

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Credit Cards

If you lose your wallet while traveling in Tokyo, I would recommend searching thoroughly, and waiting a few days for a report before cancelling your cards. One time, I lost my bag with my wallet and cancelled all my cards for fear of fraudulent use. However, after making a report to the local polic…(132 words)

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Bring the prescription to the nearest pharmacy

You should have received the prescription from your doctor/hospital. You can just bring it to any pharmacy that has a sign of "処方せん" or "処方箋" that means "prescription".(27 words)

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Convenient words, "Otsukaresama desu" images

Convenient words, "Otsukaresama desu"

"Otsukaresama desu" is one of the most convenient greetings you can use at the office. This words can be used almost anytime in the office and any of your colleagues including your boss. When you come across someone in day time or when you are going home in the evening.(50 words)

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Slowly and directly

The first thing you can try when you communicate to non native English speaker is just speaking slowly. Another thing is try speaking directly. For example using active sentence instead of passive or try not using too much polite expressions.(40 words)

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When accidents happen

When you are in an accident.Things to know are...Was anyone hurt?Did you damage someone else property?Know your insurance before hand. The police in Japan will not help you, they will only do their job. Which is take record of the accident, they won't tell you who's fault is was. That's n…(137 words)

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Yuuki I

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Catholic Mass

St. Ignatius Church in Yotsuya/Kojimachi, adjacent to Sophia University (the Jesuit university), has Mass in English(17 words)

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Catholic service

St. Ignatius in Yotsuya/Kojimachi(5 words)

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Many stores catering to mountain climbers

Many stores that cater to mountain climbers and hikers usually have items useful in responding to disasters (water purifier bottles for example); the Ogawamachi area of Tokyo, near Ochanomizu/Meiji University/Nikolai-do (Holy Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral), is full of such stores, but ICI Ishii S…(91 words)

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Arigato, demo Gomennasai

Say thanks but no thanks - "Arigato, demo Gomennasai"... or better yet for English-speakers, "Thank you, demo Gomennasai" and if the "inviter" is persistent, just say "No, no, Gomennasai"(29 words)

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If in emergency, hop a cab and say "Chikakuno Byou-in" (not "Biyou-in", that is a hairdresser's place); seems most taxis in Tokyo have GPS devices to find a hospital nearby even if the cabbie is a novice and not used to the neighborhood(43 words)

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Don't hesitate!

Do not hesitate to ask around! There are so many services around you that are willing to help you get to your destination. I recommend either 1) Go to the information desk at the nearby mall or department store, 2) go to the police station or 3) ask a foreigner (or local) on the street (they may be…(76 words)

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Usually on New Year's Day, people hold mochi-tsuki events near the shrines or governmental facilities. images

Usually on New Year's Day, people hold mochi-tsuki events near the shrines or governmental facilities.

You can participate in this event. Entry fee money is 500 yen. It is 10 minutes' walk from Shibuya Station.①KODOMONOSHIROhttp://www.kodomono-shiro.jpMAPhttp://map.livedoor.com/map/?lat=35.6590833333333&lng=139.710611111111&name=&zoom=(33 words)

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Don't worry!

If you are at a department store or mall, I recommend you to go to the information desk to give the lost item that you have found. If you are on the street, it would be best to give the lost item to the police station. Although they may ask you to fill in a form, do not hesitate. You will have …(111 words)

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Men In Black

When going to a funeral in Japan.Wear a black suit and a black tie.Also bring along a Jyuzu it is believed that the round stones keep away spirits that you don't wish to take home.(37 words)

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harsh or soft?

In an informal occasion, for example if asked to enter a restaurant or bar by an employee or if a waiter is asking whether you would want another drink or dessert, the most simple and straightforward way would be to say, "kekkoudesu" (meaning "no, it's okay") would be okay. This does not sound as h…(103 words)

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In the case of a small car accident

If a small car accident, such as bumping into another car, you should both go to the side of the road and discuss the situation. Let's say that person A's car bumped into person B's car. They should both take down the other car's license plate and ther other person's name, phone number and address.…(109 words)

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Kinokuniya Bookstore in Shinjuku

I strongly recommend you should go to the two Kinokuniya book stores in Shinjuku. One is at the south exit and the other at the east exit of Shinjuku JR station. You can see lots of variety of English books there.(41 words)

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Kansha shimasu

This pharse "kansya-shimasu" is to appreciate what you have done for me. This is one of the polite expressions to say thank you very much.(25 words)

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Koban system

This is the unique sytem in Japan. Whenever or wherever you lose your way. why don't you stop by the police box, where the policemen kindly give you a helping hand where to go. You can make fully use of these police boxes.(43 words)

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Always check your sound

Personally, when I use headphones in a crowded train, I triple check that the sound is not audible outside the headphones. Noise leakage from people's headphones can be a real pain in the morning on a crowded train, and for some reason, people are just oblivious to their own noise (and no one will …(97 words)

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Leaving it alone may be best

Finding a lost item is an intersting situation. It all depends on where you "found" it. Seeing a phone, bag, laptop, or other valuable item placed ina train station with the owner clearly absent does not necessarily constitute a lost item in Japan. Although it may be difficult to leave alone, the …(131 words)

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Earthquake Advice

Firstly, don't panic! Stay calm. If there is violent shaking you need to get under a table or bed, or something. If there is nothing, door frames are a strong part of any house, so stay under them, or otherwise slip into your toilet. Stay away from windows, cabinets, etc., as things will fly and fa…(307 words)

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Gestures are just as important as phrases

If you forget the word for your gratitude, you can briefly look at the face of the person you are grateful for, and then tilt your head down forward. This should always work in any occasion. Depending on your relationship with the person, the angle of the tilt would be different. If your rela…(220 words)

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Career Counselling

I support and help Japanese & non-Japanese with career coaching support. Feel free to contact me at bconkle@gettbac.com to schedule an appointment and let me help you develop your career in Japan.(33 words)

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Career Coach Brent