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Leaving for Japan in 24 hours. Dont know what to expect...
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Posted 9/28/14
So in about 24 hours I am taking an 11 hour flight from San Francisco Airport to Tokyo Haneda Airport. I am going to be studying abroad at Yokohama National University for about 10 months. Its finally starting to hit me I am going to be gone for so long. Dont know what to expect, Dont know what to think. What is life?

p.s. tips on packing and general suggestions and comments welcomed!
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That's pretty awesome! Don't be afraid to try new foods.
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Go exploring,
try different foods,
don't stay in one city,
visit the cherry blossoms,
go see the anime attractions in Tokyo,
& most of all have fun it's an amazing place to visit.

ALSO IT'S OCTOBER SOON SO THERE WILL BE MANY MANY MANY FESTIVALS
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expect not to watch much anime, unless your courses are all in the afternoon.
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If you bring your PC whit you then make sure to have a proxy enabled on it if you want to use CR in Japan.
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- Behave yourself and carry yourself properly.

- Be polite and courteous and never rude.

- Do not behave in stereotypical ways (in terms of being a foreigner).

- Keep an open mind.

- Learn about the culture, history, people. There are many things of historic value to see; don't just be bombarded by the regular modern sites. Those you can see anywhere - the real richness lies in the past and the uniqueness of the culture.

- Take in the sights, go exploring. Don't stick to the map! Let yourself get lost, you're bound to stumble on something interesting.

- Don't only take in famous locations, but also non-tourist spots. Those are usually the hidden gems of traveling. Those dingy little places on the corners of roads are usually the best ways to really get the feel of the place, rather than the hot button tourist spots.

- Be open to trying new food, especially things that you don't get overseas. Try to avoid places that cater to tourists, and check out local dining areas.

- There is much more to Japan than anime. In fact, the general population doesn't care much for it. Don't limit yourself.

- Do not let rudeness, unfriendliness, xenophobia, stereotypes, racism or anything of that sort get you down. You be the better person. Remember, you're not only representing yourself but the country you come from. Keep that in mind.

- Be realistic. Japan is not a paradise nor this mystical land; it is a real society with real problems just like every other. You're going to have good days and bad, good experiences and bad ones as well. It all comes with the package, and the chance you have been receptive of.

Enjoy yourself!
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Posted 9/28/14
Go into it realistically.
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SoldierSangria wrote:

- Behave yourself and carry yourself properly.

- Be polite and courteous and never rude.

- Do not behave in stereotypical ways (in terms of being a foreigner).

- Keep an open mind.

- Learn about the culture, history, people. There are many things of historic value to see; don't just be bombarded by the regular modern sites. Those you can see anyway - the real richness lies in the past and the uniqueness of the culture.

- Take in the sights, go exploring. Don't stick to the map! Let yourself get lost, you're bound to stumble on something interesting.

- Don't only take in famous locations, but also non-tourist spots. Those are usually the hidden gems of traveling. Those dingy little places on the corners of roads are usually the best ways to really get the feel of the place, rather than the hot button tourist spots.

- Be open to trying new food, especially things that you don't get overseas. Try to avoid places that cater to tourists, and check out local dining areas.

- There is much more to Japan than anime. In fact, the general population doesn't care much for it. Don't limit yourself.

- Do not let rudeness, unfriendliness, xenophobia, stereotypes, racism or anything of that sort get you down. You be the better person. Remember, you're not only representing yourself but the country you come from. Keep that in mind.

Enjoy yourself!


Posted 9/28/14
sleep the whole way

trust nobody...


i'd say this about any country you go to.
Posted 9/28/14 , edited 9/28/14


Darn, you caught me before I was done typing.


Posted 9/28/14 , edited 9/28/14

SoldierSangria wrote:



Darn, you caught me before I was done typing.




it was good advice. surprised you didn't ask him to ask them to account for war crimes xD
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If you're anything over a size 10 in shoes or Large in clothing, make sure you bring plenty of outerwear!
It'll also be getting cold, so have a jacket, fleece lined with some wind proofing, gloves, and a wool beanie or something.
Crocks are popular over there for ease of removal, if you can find the winterized ones, you're even better.
Houses can get drafty and cold, they're definitely built differently, so bring warm sleepwear and slippers.

I did not have a bad meal, I only had a few things that I did not enjoy. Ignore the restaurants that you'd see in America, the rooftop of most shopping areas houses the majority of feasting establishments.
They'll have a display of foods out front so you can pick and choose; some will be a sit and order, others will be a buy a ticket and hand it to the window. In the more "rural" areas, the restaurants (or other business) will usually be on the first floor of a house.
Water will usually be available in pitchers somewhere in the place, usually refills are self-serve.

Allegedly there is a visitor center somewhere at the airport that caters to providing initial information about train cards, cash exchange, and cell phone sims/temp phones.
Put your phone on airplane mode, if you're not using it especially, otherwise you'll get a nice couple thousand dollar cell phone bill per month for roaming. When you get there, that's when you can put in the Japanese sim (if your phone is unlocked) or get one of those pre-paid phones. I'd almost recommend a satellite phone, but I don't think you have enough time for that anymore.
There is an app for the train schedules in English, see if there is an app for translations, like Google translate, and it can help you out in some harder spots.

There is a lot of cool stuff to see and do though!

I only went for 2 weeks with a backpack of 4 shirts, 2 slacks, and a weeks worth of undies and socks. Was at a friends rental place and she had a washer. Customs was surprised and amused that I was so lightly packed.
I'm leaving some things out for the surprise!
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Posted 9/28/14
Best advice have fun.
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Omg my gosh lucky!! Where r u going to live? R u going to live on campus there?
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My crystal ball reveals that you should expect to see most things written in Japanese.

No, but seriously here's some advice on packing:

1. You'll want to pack light for an international flight and either buy any nonessentials after arriving or have them shipped to you. Ideally you can carry the bag you're bringing on the plane, that eliminates the possibility of your bag being lost..

2. Attach Molle webbing and pouches to the bag so you can increase your carry-on bag's capacity. Every cubic centimeter of space counts.

3. Be advised of the items you are not allowed to bring on a plane, items you can't bring into Japan, and the limits on things like fluids.

I cannot emphasize enough that you need to check your medicines (including inhalers) against their list of banned or controlled substances, and anything you absolutely must bring along should be brought to customs' attention immediately with documentation that your possession is medicinally necessary. Japan has very strict drug laws, even stricter than those of the US. You do not want to open that can of worms.


I suppose I can offer some advice for the flight, too:

1. Bring gum and start chewing it the moment the plane's descent is announced to be imminent. Your ears will be grateful for the lack of screaming pain.

2. Bring your own headphones if there's going to be an in-flight movie. They charge an arm and a leg for their own headphones, they're used, and the quality is usually very low. The jack should fit your own set's plug.

3. Arrive at least an hour before your plane is scheduled to board so you can get through security and customs with time to spare.

One more, as a bonus: If you bring any electronics with you, be advised that you'll need a adapter/converter for the wall outlets. Don't just plug things in, you'll risk ruining your machines (and the plugs might not fit the sockets without the adapter/converter besides).
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