What can I put in a care package for a new mother in Japan? (I'm in the U.S.) [more inside]
I've lived in Japan for some time now, but I'm not very good at the language. When I encounter anything beyond the simple, and I don't understand what's going on, I feel frustrated, then angry, then ashamed, which undermines any confidence I have to speak the language, which makes it less likely that I'll do better the next time. What can I do to break this cycle? [more inside]
I have 2 chinese characters tattooed onto my left arm. I'm travelling to Tokyo and Hong Kong next year. It will be winter so probably a non-issue, but what would the reaction be if I were to show it? What about public onsen in Japan? Would it cause any problems?
I'm traveling to Japan and Singapore soon, returning to the US on October 1, 2010. My passport expires April 11, 2011. Singapore's entry requirements state that the passport must be valid for at least six more months. Do I need to renew before I go? [more inside]
Where can I get some awesome takoyaki in the DC area? [more inside]
Next week, I'm going to be in Tokyo for a few days and then Kyoto for another day or two. What shouldn't I miss? [more inside]
[TokyoFilter]: Planning a November honeymoon in Tokyo. Help two non-Japanese speaking USians who have dreamed of visiting Tokyo their entire lives figure out what's worth planning/reserving/paying for and what's not -- arigato in advance! [more inside]
Is there contraceptive gel in Japan? How do I find it? [more inside]
Looking for an older note of great artistic quality... [more inside]
Looking for a v.sad story I read on the 'net years ago about a nursing home in Japan that had mannequins of children playing in the grounds. [more inside]
My dad is heading to Japan. I think he'll be in the Tokyo area. He's offered to try and find interesting stuff that's hard to get over here. Thing is, I'm not sure what to ask for or where to have him try and look… [more inside]
My buddy and I are going to Japan for vacation. We need help in deciding on where to stay and what to do. [more inside]
People who live in Japan: what do you buy to bring back to Japan when you visit your home country? Mostly looking for things for personal use. Gift or resale ideas are welcome too.
What English-language science fiction books would you recommend I teach to Japanese high school students? [more inside]
Should I keep my US-based health insurance while I am working abroad for a year in Japan? I have a pre-existing condition. [more inside]
Ｃan any of you less-frustrated Japanese readers or super sleuths find the address of my former bank in Japan? It is moneykit.net, the all-electronic division of Sony Bank (ソニー銀行). So electronic, I can't find a physical address, which is required for US tax forms. All documentation is in boxes, the account is since closed, I am no longer in Japan, and my eyes are burning from all the googling in Japanese. お願い致します。
My husband is leaving for Japan today, staying in Nara and spending a bit of time in Tokyo. Any suggestions on interesting gifts for me and/or friends he could bring home (other than your normal Japanese souvenirs)?
I need help finding loans for graduate school in Japan. [more inside]
What exactly do I need to do to be able to download a Japanese exclusive iPhone/iPad app? (I am in the US, and the app in question is Puyo Pop Fever Touch.) [more inside]
Roof-top balcony, concrete, with kids. Looking for DIY sound-proofing ways, that can handle Tokyo Japan climate... [more inside]
1.5 months in Japan and I'm loving it. Now that I'm used to the neighborhoods, and had a few great mini-travel experiences, I want to push myself and my time here more. Help me plan adventures? [more inside]
Is there an Asian practice of placing dots in the corner of paintings to show imperfection / humility? [more inside]
Can you recommend recruiters or specific programs for someone who would like to teach English in Japan, starting this fall? [more inside]
In Japan, there was—and maybe still is?—a practice of communicating via allusion. I figure there must be a name for that, so tell me what it is. [more inside]
I may have to hand-carry 50 copies of an English-language business book into Japan next month. I will declare the books to the customs inspector at Narita. Does anyone have experience doing this? Does Japanese Customs only accept cash? Is my lack of Japanese likely to be a problem? Is this a one-stop process, or will I have to collect the books later? Thanks in advance!
Please help me decide between Eastern Europe and Japan for vacation. [more inside]
How can I learn how to programmatically recognized Japanese handwriting? [more inside]
Help me find a tattoo artist in both Korea and Japan while giving me advice how to communicate what I want and what the artist thinks I need. [more inside]
48 hours in Tokyo...or maybe not? [more inside]
Can anyone translate these Japanese antidepressant ads and this book cover? [more inside]
I'm wondering if you have any suggestions for a) a rental phone plan and b) some way of getting internet connectivity during a two-month stay in Japan. [more inside]
Tokyo Travel: I am arriving at Narita at 9:30pm Saturday night, with reservations at a hotel near Shimbashi Station that evening. Is this trip possible? [more inside]
Please help me understand travel to Japan [more inside]
What is the best frequent-flyer mile program for someone who travels from the US to Japan at least once per year, and makes several trips within the US per year? [more inside]
I would like to fly business class to Japan. Any tips on doing this as cheaply as possible? [more inside]
When did the Japanese stop eating whole-grain rice and switch to white rice? I imagine that this was a gradual move, starting with the rich and slowly filtering down to the masses, and I'd like to know, generally, when it started, and when everybody was eating white rice only.
Great Japanese novels? [more inside]
I want to make little machines that do cool things. I've been daydreaming and doing moderate "research" for years and years. How do I make this into reality? [more inside]
Traveling in Tokyo filter: My nephew, who is in the U.S. Air Force, is traveling to his first posting at Misawa AB, in Aomori Prefecture, in Japan. He will arrive at Narita at 2:55 pm local time on March 17, and needs to get to Haneda airport for a 7:55 am flight to Misawa the next morning, March 18. He'll have one afternoon and evening in Tokyo to do a little sightseeing. Suggestions and travel help? [more inside]
Help us plan our honeymoon in Japan. [more inside]
We're going to Japan for a week, in three weeks. I'm very nervous about a bunch of stuff. [more inside]
What is the best way to take Tokyo's railways from the Tokyo Big Sight (Comiket) to Narita Airport? I've gone to this site and this site and looked at several railway maps from the various transportation companies, but I am just getting more confused. I don't mind a long ride, so the fewer transfers the better. I'm leaving on a Saturday evening.
How to see "the real Tokyo" (in three days)? [more inside]
I wanted to get a new camera before my snowboarding trip to Japan later this month, but the model that I want, the Sony DSC-HX5V/B, isn't available until mid-march. But I've got a 1 night stopover in Tokyo, electronics wonderland! How can I find out if it will have been already released there so I can get it on the way?
[JapanFilter] Are Japanese "ryaku-bou" (略帽) field cap style hats still produced/worn or are they inextricably linked to Japanese fascism/militarism? [more inside]
Recommendations needed for must-try restaurants and food in Kyoto! [more inside]
Japan in 6 days hahaha...need some help with itinerary and a little music question too... [more inside]
A humorous visual guide to proper Japanese bowing technique. Does anyone have a link? [more inside]
Where can I find English translations (or, heck, even a Japanese version) of Japanese laws relating to mental illness and patients' rights? [more inside]
What can I do to get a lower fare from Detroit, MI to Nagoya, Japan? [more inside]