Moving to Japan, Need Suggestions

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Moving to Japan, Need Suggestions

Post by argswmtk » Tue 12.18.2007 1:11 am

Hello everyone. I'm moving to Japan for about 2 years in March and I had a few questions.

Will I need an adaptor to make my electronics work in Japan? Toaster over, PS2, PS3, radio clock, TV, lamp, tooth brush...

Also, I'm considering buying a new HD television in the US before I leave. Will I be able to watch cable television in Japan with it? Over the air signals?

Will a Japanese DVD player hook up and display properly?

I appreciate all of your comments, and any other words of wisdom that you might have.

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Post by katafei » Tue 12.18.2007 3:52 am

I have no words of wisdom for you...
But I simpply have to ask: why are you thinking of buying a tv before you go to Japan????




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Post by Harisenbon » Tue 12.18.2007 4:15 am

katafei wrote:
I have no words of wisdom for you...
But I simpply have to ask: why are you thinking of buying a tv before you go to Japan????
I thought similar things. ;)
Japan runs at 100, as compared to the US which (i believe) is 110 or 120, so your clocks and stuff may run slow. Your computer and PS3 (and most electronics that are not home appliances) have their nifty little power adapters that will take a current from 100-220, so you'll generally be ok.

Don't bring any appliances, as the cost of shipping outweighs the cost you would pay to buy one in Japan. Also, voltages will be slightly different (as I said above).

Japan uses a differnt broadcasting signal than the US for Digital broadcasts (and even a lot of analog broadcasts). You will most likely not be able to use your TV here. Plus, shipping a TV would probably cost you more than just buying one in Japan.
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Post by Igirisu_gaz » Tue 12.18.2007 5:15 am

Just bring a laptop, for which you will not need an adapter if you live in the US (use the thin 2 pronged plug), coming from the UK I did need one. And as mentioned above, don't bring electrics, there's more or less no point, maybe you can send on your PS2/3 if you really can't live without it but it will be kind of expensive to ship over. Be ruthless with your packing, if it isn't 300% essential to your existance as a human being, cut it.
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Post by Adriano » Tue 12.18.2007 7:35 am

katafei wrote:
I have no words of wisdom for you...
But I simpply have to ask: why are you thinking of buying a tv before you go to Japan????




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that´s the question! Why do you gonna buy a tv before go to Japan, at special Tokyo, where you can buy cheap electronics a lot in Shibuya?
When I go to Japan, I will bring only a laptop and 電池recharger, as electronic... that´s is only things that I consider very 必要 when you stay abroad...

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Post by NocturnalOcean » Tue 12.18.2007 8:28 am

I would visit Akihabara instead of Shibuya though (for electronics that is).
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Post by Adriano » Tue 12.18.2007 8:31 am

NocturnalOcean wrote:
I would visit Akihabara instead of Shibuya though (for electronics that is).
I made a mistake T__T
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Post by argswmtk » Tue 12.18.2007 10:53 am

Thank you everyone for your comments. My company is paying for my move, so size/weight/quantity is not really an issue.

The reason for wanting to buy a TV is that now I have my PS3 so I want to watch Blue Ray movies. I really want my 1080p :D

Hmmmm.... so I guess I'll have to buy a new alarm clock, tooth brush, toaster oven, and microwave?

BTW, I'm moving to 大阪.

Thanks for all of your comments.

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Post by kayuu » Tue 12.18.2007 1:04 pm

I've heard that Japan uses the same TV [bandwidth/refresh rate/frequency/Hz] as the UK (50Hz), but different from the US (60Hz). In which case, your TV probably wouldn't work in Japan if you're buying from the US. Apparently you can still safely use a PS3 on a 50Hz TV without problems, check the voltage though and use a suitable adapter. I'd wait and buy a TV from Japan instead. At least then you know it's gonna work for watching TV, and probably will work for your PS3 too. Instead of buying an expensive HDTV from the US and not being able to use it for anything but your PS3 for which you might have a hard time buying games/films for from Japan anyway because of the region settings.

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RE: Moving to Japan, Need Suggestions

Post by afroanxi » Tue 12.18.2007 5:29 pm

don't forget that they have 110V not as EU 220V.
so take your power adaptor or whatever.

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Post by Wakannai » Tue 12.18.2007 7:38 pm

get a new cellphone in Japan.

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RE: Moving to Japan, Need Suggestions

Post by argswmtk » Tue 12.18.2007 9:15 pm

Thank you everyone. I guess I'll have to supress my urge and not get a TV.

Fortunately, my company is paying for my cell phone as well.

I guess I'll buy some adaptors before I leave.

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Post by adam » Tue 12.18.2007 10:20 pm

Lots of deodorant and toothpaste.

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RE: Moving to Japan, Need Suggestions

Post by spin13 » Tue 12.18.2007 10:37 pm

argswmtk wrote:
BTW, I'm moving to 大阪.
East and West Japan are different. In Osaka it's 100V at 60Hz.

More info here.

-Eric

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RE: Moving to Japan, Need Suggestions

Post by argswmtk » Wed 12.19.2007 2:32 am

spin13 wrote:
argswmtk wrote:
BTW, I'm moving to 大阪.
East and West Japan are different. In Osaka it's 100V at 60Hz.

More info here.

-Eric
Awesome, thank you!

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