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Tips for Foreigners Living in Japan



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TIP! 30.  Oishii!


You wanaa buy some indian food items like curries and snacks go on line to this web site they have free home delivery with som hindi movie too.


TIP! 29.  Bank in Japan!

If you want to open a Bank account in Japan, go for Shinsei bank.

1. They not only provide English web page service but also the 24 hr helpline is in English too.

2. You can use their or 7-11 ATM 24*7*365 . No national holiday and no new year holiday.

3. you don't even have to go to bank for opening account just go to site and ask for starter kit.

4. You don't need Hanko, Signature will do.

5. You can transfer money to anywhere in japan for free through net, 5 times a month.

6. The ATM will work as JDebit card.

7. You can get American Express credit card, free for 1 year.


[SUBMITTED BY Amit Chaturvedi

TIP! 28.  Tips for Indians!

- Japanese language is much like Hindi. You can construct a sentence in Hindi and translate in JP. (if you know ll words!). If you can pronounce Hindi well, you can pronounce Japanese well.

- Ambika store in Tokyo is great place to find Indian food. They have free home delivery as well

[SUBMITTED BY aniruddha

TIP! 27.  if you want to know what happens when you go to Japan without enough money, you should check out www.megatokyo.com check it out if you don't want to know either :) you won't regret it! it's a really cool webcomic that tells quite a bit about japan and stuff. you might pick up some useful Japanese as well ^_^
[SUBMITTED BY shishikyuu | www.megatokyo.com

TIP! 26.  If you want to buy a small things for your house, such as spoon, cup, plate,...better to go to 100yen shop. there you can buy almost everything in the value of 100yen only...wow, that`s great!
[SUBMITTED BY Baunheng | http://www.geocities.com/hengz2002]

TIP! 25.  If you are going to Japan to live there, first, you should visit. While you are there, pay attention and make arrangements on where you are going to live. Make sure you know the area very well. Learn how the address system works. After you visit, then make plans to move. If you are going alone, make sure you have enough money to support 10 people, even though it is just you. Moving to Japan is very expensive!! The last thing you want is to be stranded in Japan without any money. And the more Japanese you know, the better off you'll be. Hope all that helped! :)

TIP! 23.  In America there are various dialects (East Coast, Southern, Northern, and West Coast). Japan is no different. You will find in different areas people say the same word differently. For example in Tokyo-ben they say "shiteru"=to know. However a little further to the west in Gifu prefecture they say "shitoru". this is one little example of thousands of different accentuations and word differences. My Tip is, and trust me on this one!!! is to Take the time to learn your neighborhood "ben" (dialect). You'll be surprised at how easily people accept you because you speak the local slang. Its a respectable thing.
[SUBMITTED BY Kaleb Micheal Adams]

TIP! 22.  When eating with chopsticks NEVER EVER use the same part you ate off to pass food around, ALWAYS use the other end,not only is it impolite but it's nasty.

TIP! 21.  Learn how to ignore rude people and befriend cool people. Have a drink once in a while to relieve the stress. Don't get consumed with trying to get rich in 2 years. Enjoy the little things. Get a job where you finish at a decent time. Don't keep quitting jobs because they suck...you will find the next job sucks as well. Hang in there at the same company...in a few years you will be making the good money.
[SUBMITTED BY Danchan33|| http://www.geocities.com/danchan33/]

TIP! 20.  Using World Link for international calls home has made my stay in Japan great. World Link offers the cheapest international calls as well as a service for discount calls within Japan.
[SUBMITTED BY Brian O'Sullivan || www.worldlinkjapan.com]

TIP! 19.  Remembering names is really important! However, if you are bad at remembering names, concentrate on clothes or hair. People love it if you notice a new hair cut and perhaps you can cover up that you have forgotten their name!!!
[SUBMITTED BY Taikofreak]

TIP! 18.  A common mistake for native English speakers is to think of Japanese words in terms of English spelling. That is, for example, Toyota, is thought of as Toy-ota, because we easily recognize the word toy. Sayonara, is thought of as Say-onara, for the same reason. This is a bad mistake and leads to terrible pronunciation. Japanese is not spelt! It consists of sets of spoken sounds, or syllables. So to make a point, it is To-yo-ta, or Sa-yo-na-ra. Good luck.
[SUBMITTED BY Peter || http:/www.geocities.com/peter_stephens]

TIP! 17.  To use the ATM's go to the post offices because otherwise finding an ATM to work with your bank is a search

TIP! 16.  Take your money out of the bank before any national holidays! I spent the entire Golden Week on a budget of 2000 Yen.

TIP! 15.  If you are an exchange student staying with a host family try to bring a gift when you first meet them and when you leave.
[SUBMITTED BY Elysia Bowles]

TIP! 14.  Konbanwa! O-Genki desu ka?
Anyways, here's my little tip... Don't walk and eat at the same time when you're walking down the street with a lot of people. It's considered bad manners. I found this out the hard way...
[SUBMITTED BY Ekitayoru || www.angelfire.com/rebellion/sea_of_silver]

TIP! 13.  Having a handkerchief is useful, not for blowing your nose, but to wipe your face when it's hot outside and also for drying your hands after washing them. Many restrooms do not have paper towels or blow dryers. Many Japanese people do this....

TIP! 12.  Konnichiwa! I have a couple of tips:
When standing in a subway, try not to turn your back on the person(s) who is sitting down, this can be considered an insult. Also, when speaking to someone, watch your tone, loud or angry tones can be insulting/intimidating. Don't make direct eye contact for too long, this is considered confrontational. Hope that helps!

TIP! 11.  First off they have the escalator rule in London as well, but if you're hungry try Pocky its a simple, tasty snack that can easily substitute the addiction for like snickers but is less fat, but maybe that's just me. [Editor's note:  Men's Pocky, yummm]

TIP! 10.  Don't bathe outside the tub, take a shower then a bath. If a shower is not provided in the home, when taking a bath, use the bucket to wet the body, rub on the soap, use the bucket again to wash off the soap, then get into the tub. 

TIP! 9. ALWAYS carry a little pack of kleenex with you -(they are handed out free in most shopping malls) - You'll be grateful for them when you need to use public restrooms, especially at train stations [often there is no TP]. 

TIP! 8.  People always stand to one side on escalators (in subways, department stores...) to allow fast walkers by.  In Tokyo, stand to the left on escalators. The passing lane is on the right.  Osaka is the opposite of this.  Tokyo and Osaka are almost always opposite.

TIP! 7.  Go and take a look at the little shops at the train stops... they have everything... well, just about.

TIP! 6.  Try not to live in the city where are many gaijins, but in the outskirts where the normal life occurs.  You will get an undistorted view of Japan, in contrast to the city where things seem really strange!
[SUBMITTED BY BOVORN || http://inter-web.tripod.com

TIP! 5.  Try to use the Mass Transit system (Trains and buses) as much as possible.  You will learn the correct pronunciation and association of the Kanji and Hiragana to location names that you are visiting.  You will also get to know all the places along the way if you pay attention. [Ed. note: trains and buses are remarkably always on time!]

TIP! 4.  At first, don't hang around any Americans [Ed. note: or English speaking foreigners :) ], learn to speak the Japanese language, make new friends, you'll be amazed how fast you'll learn if you don't speak English.

LINK! 3.  FBC (Foreign Buyer's Club) is the way to get gaijin food and stuff in Japan.  The prices aren't that bad.  It comes right to your  door and you can pay for it at any post office www.fbcusa.com 

TIP! 2.  Reading manga (Japanese comics) is a great way to learn "spoken" Japanese as manga has conversation among charactersAND manga is fairly cheap -- in Japan!

LINK! 1.  Amazon.com's sister site in Japan www.amazon.co.jp has FREE shipping within Japan.  Most of the site is in Japanese, but it has most of the Amazon.com's English selection with English comments!

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