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Bring the prescription to the nearest pharmacy images

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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juninada

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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juninada

Slowly and directly images

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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juninada

Tokyo Counseling Services images

Tokyo Counseling Services

I would recommend the Tokyo Counseling Services which offer counseling in both English and Japanese. You can listen to an interview on Tokyo Podcast with Dr. Andrew Grimes who is the director of the clinic. http://www.tokyo-podcast.com/suicide-in-japan/(40 words)

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anthonyjoh

When accidents happen images

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

Catholic Mass images

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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Mike's

Catholic service images

Catholic service

St. Ignatius in Yotsuya/Kojimachi(5 words)

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Mike's

Many stores catering to mountain climbers images

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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Mike's

Arigato, demo Gomennasai images

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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Mike's

Byou-in images

Byou-in

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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Mike's

Don't hesitate! images

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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RieS

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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Spaceman

Don't worry! images

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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RieS

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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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RieS

In the case of a small car accident images

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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RieS

Kinokuniya Bookstore in Shinjuku images

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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yumin

Kansha shimasu images

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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yumin

Always check your sound images

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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KurtisW

Leaving it alone may be best images

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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KurtisW

Gestures are just as important as phrases images

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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KazuoN

Use simple English and write things down. images

Use simple English and write things down.

If you should encounter any difficulty when trying to communicate in English just use very simple slow English and if that doesn't work write it down. Most Japanese have a lot of passive English knowledge from their Jr. high school days but just have not had the chance to use it so may be a little…(76 words)

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Career Coach Brent

Donate it!!! images

Donate it!!!

In almost every convenience store there are boxes near the cash register for various causes and often you can see NPO groups at major train stations collecting donations for example seeing eye dogs so take that spare change and make a change with it. :-)(45 words)

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Career Coach Brent

POP SENSEI P.B images

POP SENSEI P.B

24 HR YOU CAN VISIT A POLICE BOX ANY WHERE IN JAPAN !! IF YOU GET TO THE POLICE BOX , FIRST LET THE POLICE MAN KNOW WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR AND HE WILL HELP YOU NOW ADAYS IN YOKOHAMA THEY HAVE POLICE MEN WHO SPEAKS ENGLISH AS WELL. IF YOU ARE NICE AND POLITE THEY WILL WELCOME YOU…(61 words)

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Pop

Domo! images

Domo!

In casual situations, a simple "domo!" will do fine and gives off a friendly vibe.(15 words)

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Hudwa

Try 7-11 images

Try 7-11

If your card has credit card function, trying 7-11's ATM would be a good idea. My Irish friend was trying hard to withdraw money and finally found that 7-11's ATM is a good one.(36 words)

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KoheiM

Kon-nichiwa !! images

Kon-nichiwa !!

Greetings are a kind of manner as well as a way of communication to open up for each other. As you may know, Japanese hospitality is highly valued by other countries. Our hospitality always starts with greetings and ends with greetings. Through greetings, we can feel closer to each other. I think …(82 words)

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OKAKI-sun

Slowly and Gently images

Slowly and Gently

Some Japanese people get very nervous when they are talked to in English all of a sudden with native pronunciation. Actually I am one of them. J I would be grateful if you can talk to me in English slowly and gently. That would greatly help following conversations. Japanese people usually unders…(92 words)

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OKAKI-sun

Woman Gynecologist images

Woman Gynecologist

English Speaking Female Dr and Nurse . Kanda 2nd Clinic 9am ~ 11:30m / 2pm~4pm . 20-14 Nishi Azabu3 chome,Minato ~ku Tokyo Japan:Phone 03 3402 0654(22 words)

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ShelleySweeney

call 119 ! images

call 119 !

If you need to call ambulance in Japan remember you dial 119.You can call from your mobile but you need to explain where you are.The Japanese government recommend try to call from public pay phone.If you can't find pay phone near by, try to explain where is the landmark near you or go to the …(75 words)

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yukorose

after ambulance arrives... images

after ambulance arrives...

Getting the ambulance to come is just the first step. One is far from out of the woods once they arrive. It may be good to know what happens then as it is probably different than your home country. As I am from the U.S., where ambulances are generally very sophisticated, that is my orientation.…(426 words)

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Bones

You forgot to pack underwear?! images

You forgot to pack underwear?!

Uniqlo stores are everywhere, but in a real pinch, try the convenience stores. Many of the Family Mart's carry selected items from the Mujirushi (MUJI) line. I've picked up underwear, pajamas, and toothbrushes at convenience stores on many different occassions - the "konbini" saved me!(45 words)

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Emmie

place to purchase devices or adaptor images

place to purchase devices or adaptor

Electric appliance shops in Akihabara is always good option. FYI:Yodobashi in Akihabara offers multi language assistant service. In case if you stay or bout to be at Shinagawa Prince Hotel in Shinagawa, their in house convenience store always has devices stocks.(42 words)

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lenamum

Many wear mask to avoid pollen in Spring images

Many wear mask to avoid pollen in Spring

Some statistics shows that more than 30% of all Japanese are allergic to some kind of pollen. The most common allergen is cedar pollen. Due to massive plantation of cedar for the post-war recovery lumber demand, there are so many cedar trees in Japan that produces huge amount of pollen. Since avoid…(104 words)

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taro

Here are 3 very important risk reduction advices when Tornado occure images

Here are 3 very important risk reduction advices when Tornado occure

* On September 2, 2013, a tornado caused extensive damage in a total 19km area from Saitama, Chiba and Ibaragi Prefecture just north of Tokyo. To be honest, I had no idea a tornado could be powerful enough to blow off a house….I cannot help but call for your attention after I went to the damaged re…(281 words)

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totowatanabe

LOST IN TRANSLATION images

LOST IN TRANSLATION

You may feel physically lost but in a sense it's not just you.Even the people that know their way around feel lost.Going into Tokyo to find something larger.After a while many Japanese people feel that they are getting farther from why they came to the big city.One of the biggest cities…(124 words)

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Yuuki I

Multifunction Masks only in Japan images

Multifunction Masks only in Japan

Before coming to Japan, in my hometown Colorado I've never used or seen a mask.After coming to Japan I've seen many people using masks.During the Fall season.It's easy to catch a cold on a over packed train to work.Many use masks to reduce inhaling the breath of the person standing next t…(135 words)

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Yuuki I

Seven Eleven (24 Hours) or Post Office (8am-8pm) images

Seven Eleven (24 Hours) or Post Office (8am-8pm)

Seven Eleven better if you need money in a pinch anytime of the day, otherwise the Post Office.(18 words)

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Steve

For English books, Bookoff in Jiyugaoka and Naka Meguro images

For English books, Bookoff in Jiyugaoka and Naka Meguro

Since the closure of Bookoff Cafe in Shiroganedai, the Bookoffs in Jiyugaoka and Naka Meguro are probably best equipped with English books. So it seems that these shops picked up most of the used books from Shiroganedai.It should be said that Jiyugaoka recently (February 2014), is offering …(62 words)

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Steve