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What interesting unique items should I buy in Japan?

I'm travelling to Japan for the first time. I'll be there for about a week, and want to buy some interesting, unique, useful items. What can I buy in Japan that I can't get anywhere else, or that is better than what I can get elsewhere? I'm a utilitarian minimalist who doesn't like owning stuff for the sake of stuff. I like things that are useful, well-designed, beautiful and high-quality. I also like small things. What should I buy in Japan, and what kind of stores should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Jul 5, 2013 - 32 answers

Travelfilter: How to get the cheapest flight from Vancouver - Tokyo?

I've wanted to go to Tokyo all my life, and have a few weeks off soon. I've been looking for flights and the cheapest I can find are $1450 all in... but I suspect if I the trip was broken up a bit by not flying there directly, it'd be a lot cheaper. Are there any resources you know of to help with this/have you done this before/do you know a good route that would shave off the $$$? Time isn't overly important as I have three weeks between jobs for exploring. But I don't want to be paying this off till next year. Help!
posted by abbagoochie on May 22, 2013 - 5 answers

Song-stuck-in-my-head-filter

What's the name of that Tokyo Police Club song where "Tokyo Police Club" is one of the lyrics?
posted by 256 on Mar 24, 2013 - 1 answer

Is this itinerary for a trip to Japan reasonable?

I am traveling to Tokyo next week and have not been there before. Is this itinerary reasonable? [more inside]
posted by Heliochrome85 on Mar 15, 2013 - 23 answers

Pinched nerve, Tokyo: physical therapist or Alexander technique teacher?

I'm asking this for a friend, A. A has a pinched nerve in the neck that isn't getting any better. He has bad posture and sits in a cubicle all day. He would like to see a physical therapist for this, but has also heard good things about the Alexander technique for correcting posture. Which would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Feb 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Advice for a (probably) pinched nerve? Good physiotherapist? (Tokyo)

I've had a tingling/burning sensation in my left shoulder/hand for about a week. A doc that I saw in Tokyo thinks I have a pinched nerve and told to come back in a week, but was rather vague about what to do in the meantime. I have no health insurance so I would prefer to not go back, but I just noticed the tingling starting up in my right hand as well. [more inside]
posted by Thanquol180 on Feb 22, 2013 - 7 answers

Take me home, concrete roads.

Watched Studio Ghibli's Whisper of the Heart several days ago, and am now obsessed with introspective movies/TV series about young students living in Tokyo. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on Feb 17, 2013 - 14 answers

Nonde nonde nonde!

Help me show my drink/party-loving friend who is visiting Tokyo a memorable time! [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Jan 20, 2013 - 6 answers

Tokyo / Narita Filter: Is there a restaurant in T1 where I work on a weekday afternoon?

Tokyo / Narita Filter: Is there a restaurant in T1 where I work on a weekday afternoon? I have to wait for someone arriving on a flight that arrives after mine. Recommendations for a restaurant in Terminal 1 (landside) where I can work for 3 hours, preferably with free wifi? Thanks
posted by quidividi on Nov 5, 2012 - 5 answers

Spending 10 days in Tokyo

What are some good things to do in Tokyo next week? I'll be staying in Shinjuku, and would appreciate a bit of guidance as far as stuff to do. [more inside]
posted by sp160n on Oct 27, 2012 - 11 answers

Tokyo flea market this weekend

Tokyo flea market this Sunday? Google-fu dekimasendeshita! [more inside]
posted by sconbie on Oct 23, 2012 - 4 answers

Exericse/therapy spots near Shinjuku, Tokyo?

Living in Shinjuku, Japan. I have been rather stressed lately due to a variety of factors. Please help me find both exercise locations (cheap gyms, jogging routes) and inexpensive (but decent) counseling/therapy around the Shinjuku, Japan area. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Oct 23, 2012 - 8 answers

Paperwork Galore

JapanVisaFilter - My visa period is almost up, and my contract is extended but not for a whole year. What's up? [more inside]
posted by 23 on Oct 23, 2012 - 5 answers

90s japanese film about love in faceless corporate world

Looking for a Japanese film I saw prior to 2003. It was a dystopian picture of some people trying to have an office romance in the corporate office landscape of Tokyo - lots of shots of bleak urban concrete and highways and faceless office parks full of conformist white collar employees - in the final scene of the film one of the characters is stranded walking along the edge of a highway. It dealt with a complicated love triangle. I know this isn't the title, but it was something like "Kiss me twice, now hold me I love you" or something a little crazy like that- I believe this film was made in the 90s or the early 2000s. It was in Japanese language with subtitles. There is a slight chance it may have been Korean, but I'm pretty sure it was Japanese. This film may have been discussed by Fredric Jameson in one of his essays as it was screened in a graduate school class on Japanese cultural critique.
posted by cmp4Meta on Sep 24, 2012 - 4 answers

CLAIR in Japan

Have you been hosted by CLAIR on a visit to Japan? Looking for stories and anecdotes. [more inside]
posted by sconbie on Sep 13, 2012 - 0 answers

30th birthday present for an older brother living in Japan. Home comforts need not apply.

In two weeks it is my sibling's 30th birthday. He lives in Japan. I live in Western Europe. What can I get him? Inspire me! [more inside]
posted by fakelvis on Aug 24, 2012 - 10 answers

Cheap apartment in Tokyo, fast?

Need to find affordable housing in Tokyo ASAP? [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Aug 6, 2012 - 7 answers

Japanese Ecstasy(?)

What is this Japanese ecstasy-like drug I'm hearing about? [more inside]
posted by princeoftheair on May 29, 2012 - 10 answers

How do I carry my yen?

What's the best way to handle getting/carrying foreign currency? (For travel to Japan, in particular.) [more inside]
posted by hoyland on May 16, 2012 - 10 answers

Would you like to come to... No, you're busy. I see

How do you find out about events in Tokyo, before they're just about to happen? [more inside]
posted by iamcrispy on May 12, 2012 - 4 answers

Tell us what not to miss in Shinjuku

Your thoughts on things to do in and around Shinjuku next week. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Apr 8, 2012 - 15 answers

Fuss-free bouquet to Tokyo?

What happens when flowers are delivered to private houses in Tokyo? [more inside]
posted by runincircles on Mar 28, 2012 - 2 answers

Introduce me via books to great modern cities

Which books (fiction or non-fiction) gives a stranger the best impression of what it's genuinely like to live in New York, London, Berlin and Tokyo in modern times? [more inside]
posted by Kirn on Mar 26, 2012 - 29 answers

Babysteps into the land of Japan...

Travelfilter: Things to do in Japan that are good for someone who finds traveling stressful, and are welcoming to tourists and non-Japanese speakers. [more inside]
posted by Arethusa on Mar 8, 2012 - 14 answers

In Tokyo and back in the dating game: help me be the most amazing first date ever!

FirstDateFilter, Tokyo Edition: I've been out of the dating game for some time and am looking for some creative afternoon date ideas in Tokyo. (I could also use any general first-date wisdom to help me regain a little bit of my dating confidence.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 27, 2012 - 8 answers

Contemporary art and performing arts in Japan

Contemporary art and performing arts in Japan? I will be living in Tokyo for about 4 months soon. I plan on checking out the arts and performing arts (theater, dance) contemporary/emerging/experimental/however-you-want-to-call-it scene. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by kitsuloukos on Feb 6, 2012 - 4 answers

WHere to stay in tokyo (young couple, quiet area, central)

Where should a youngish couple that likes quiet stay in Tokyo ? (keeping somewhat central) [more inside]
posted by kirikara on Dec 12, 2011 - 21 answers

Tokyo Sexytime!

Asking for a friend- I'm serious! Friend is headed to Tokyo this December, and is looking for some cool weird funny sexy sex clubs and/or shops. "More quirky than scary," she says. Any ideas?
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Nov 26, 2011 - 4 answers

Can i check 'left luggage' without leaving the secure area of Narita airport?

Next month, i'm travelling to Vietnam (via Tokyo) to be a grubby and lightly-packed backpacker for a few weeks, and then i'm flying to Tokyo to be a confident stylish city tourist for a few days before I go home. My initial theory about how to do this is to pack separate bags and put the "stylish city lady" bag in left luggage in the Tokyo Narita airport during my 2.5 hour stopover on the way to vietnam. Is this possible? Or do you have better ideas? [more inside]
posted by Kololo on Oct 20, 2011 - 13 answers

Please help me return to Tokyo without leaving my armchair!

I lived in Tokyo for a while. I miss it. Please help me find films / TV / music videos shot in Tokyo so that I can indulge my nostalgia. [more inside]
posted by ManyLeggedCreature on Oct 8, 2011 - 14 answers

What are some interesting things to do in Tokyo and Kyoto for 8 days?

What are some interesting things to do in Tokyo and Kyoto for 8 days? [more inside]
posted by Average Mario on Sep 13, 2011 - 17 answers

Looking for some shows in Tokyo

Looking to find some punk-ish (or anything, really) shows in Tokyo over the next two days. Where have all of the find-shows-by-mapping sites gone? [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Aug 5, 2011 - 5 answers

How Safe Is It To Travel To Tokyo?

My family lives in Tokyo, and I grew up there, but I now go to school in the states. My parents want me to come out to visit next month, but I'm a bit concerned about the radiation. They assure me that any increase in the levels is negligible, but I realize that there are many different types of radiation, and food grown in the Fukushima area is still being served in Tokyo. I just really don't want to be a victim of hindsight, and it seems for every reputable article I can find that indicates the levels are safe, I can find another that begs me to reconsider the first. I don't know what to do. I don't want to be paranoid, but I also don't want the whole family to be at risk if there is an overlooked issue.
posted by howgenerica on Jul 26, 2011 - 22 answers

Welcome to Japan

What should I expect once I arrive in Tokyo? And what shouldn't I miss while I'm in the Kyoto area next weekend? [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Jul 17, 2011 - 12 answers

Japan: Looking for advice on logistics for a paranoid traveller

I will be in Tokyo for 5 days next week. Since I will be arriving at Haneda airport close to 23h00, I will need to make a call to my airport hotel to collect me at the airport. How does one actually make a phone call in Japan? I know this sounds silly but not knowing how to read all those japanese characters is making me anxious. The hotel is situated in the Haneda area and the phone number starts with 03. I searched flickr for some pictures of payphones and this one indicates that it accepts coins and phonecards. I am now worried that due to the lateness of my arrival; no shops selling phonecards will be open. Any advice ?
posted by lahersedor on Jul 10, 2011 - 18 answers

Should I spend two days in in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore or Tokyo?

Should I spend two days in in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore or Tokyo? [more inside]
posted by emily37 on Jun 24, 2011 - 26 answers

Japan: Easiest way to get from Narita airport to Tokyo Station?

Japan: Easiest way to get from Narita airport to Tokyo Station? Or, do I have my train details straight? [more inside]
posted by belau on Jun 17, 2011 - 12 answers

Shinjuku vs Shibuya

I will be in Tokyo for a few days next month and need to decide where I am staying - Shibuya or Shinjuku? [more inside]
posted by Julnyes on Apr 28, 2011 - 10 answers

How good a deal is Japan Rail Pass?

Are there any cheaper alternatives to the Japan Rail Pass? For two adults traveling mainly around Tokyo, as well as a few days in Osaka and one day trip to Nara, for a total of 10 days. *Bonus question - what are the best places in these cities to see contemporary Japanese art?
posted by kickingtheground on Mar 3, 2011 - 20 answers

Help us get off the couch!

Please suggest some fun, affordable places to go and things for my boyfriend and me to do on the weekends! Location-specific ideas would be especially appreciated. We live in Ibaraki prefecture in Japan, about an hour by train from Tokyo. Slightly long list of preferences and details inside. [more inside]
posted by you zombitch on Mar 2, 2011 - 7 answers

When is the best time to travel to Tokyo?

When is the best time to travel to Tokyo? [more inside]
posted by *lostatsea* on Feb 16, 2011 - 10 answers

Again with the going to Japan thing...? Yeesh.

Where should I stay in Tokyo for 2+ months? Any possible alternatives to gaijin houses, or which/where are the best ones? [more inside]
posted by dubitable on Jan 5, 2011 - 10 answers

Where to stay in Tokyo?

You are familiar with Tokyo. You are giving advice to a first-time visitor who is looking to experience some of the best of what the city has to offer. Where would you have them stay? [more inside]
posted by jnnla on Dec 17, 2010 - 18 answers

Design House Tokyo

Where are the best places to go for interesting and innovative Japanese design? [more inside]
posted by MuffinMan on Dec 10, 2010 - 4 answers

Looking for a podiatrist in Tokyo.

Looking for a podiatrist in Tokyo. [more inside]
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo on Oct 13, 2010 - 2 answers

Looking for a 'Wow, that was nice' birthday in Tokyo.

My wife's birthday is next Wednesday, and it seems I've also got the day off. I'm looking for fun things to do in or around Tokyo for a birthday extravaganza. [more inside]
posted by Ghidorah on Oct 11, 2010 - 3 answers

Lugging luggage in Tokyo

Tokyo trains: how inconvenient is it to lug luggage on the train/subway system? [more inside]
posted by Maximian on Sep 15, 2010 - 10 answers

What would be a good gift (from Los Angeles) to bring a Japanese friend in Tokyo?

What would be a good gift (from Los Angeles) to bring a Japanese friend in Tokyo? [more inside]
posted by pnoeric on Aug 23, 2010 - 10 answers

Chinese tattoo - will it be a problem in Tokyo & Hong Kong?

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?
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2010 - 10 answers

Anybody know of therapy/counseling options in Tokyo area?

Can anybody recommend a therapist/counselor in the Tokyo area, preferably for cheap/free, and on the west side of town? [more inside]
posted by segatakai on Aug 5, 2010 - 3 answers

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