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Topic: I'll be going to Tokyo in Oct'06  (Read 5750 times)
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« on: July 26, 2006 08:37:59 AM »


I'll be in Tokyo for the first time this October.  I know my hosts are very lovely and I would like to bring them some gifts from the United States.  Does anyone know if there are things here that people in Japan are particularly excited by (that are difficult for them to get there)?

Thanks for all the info about yarn shops.  I'm excited too, about info on Flea Markets and old kimonos - yahoo!

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« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2006 12:38:36 AM »

hmmm... i had this problem... shirts/hats with english printing on them are perfect. esp if you can explain its importance (ie local baseball team, etc). mikey mouse/ minnie mouse stuff is really hot, too. really, pretty much anything disney is cool. since you'll be going in october, maybe some halloween stuff would be good, too. they have some merchandise in the stores there, but most people don't participate in the holiday much. however, i'm sure that a few cute halloween trinkets (bats, orange bears, little pumpkin candles, you know...) and some "american candy" would make you quite popular! also, anything handmade and small (like keychains, jewelry, etc) would be much appreciated, i'm sure.

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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2006 07:47:51 AM »

Thank you!!!  It seems so obvious now but I never would have thought of that stuff - I just take it so for granted.
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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2006 12:46:27 PM »

american junk food! it has a cult following there like theirs does here...not just candy but ordinary stuff you find in the stores like chips. maybe some famous saltwater taffy? that is uniquely american...

or SUPER HERO stuff!! batman and superman are american icons! and right now at the post office they have a sheet of very limited edition dc comiics classics stamps.


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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2006 03:33:17 PM »

Thank you!!!  I plan to stuff my suit case with all kinds of goodies. 

I also understand that they love American Baseball teams that have Japanese players.
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2006 11:34:53 PM »

80's style clothing.  That's what a lot of the stuff in the thrift stores looks like.  Definitely anything 80i-ish.  What part of Tokyo will you be visiting.  I am stationed at an AF in NW Tokyo, near Tachikawa
« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2006 05:41:22 AM »

I'll be going with my husband, who will be on business (I'll play).  We'll be visiting a company called FIT.  I can get a more precise address for you, if you'd like, when he comes back from his current business trip.

I plan to go all over Tokyo.  I may have an 'escort' at times but, I'm nervy so I don't plan to let ignorance of kanji and extremely limited Japanese keep me in my room.  There will be a week when my husband and the office he's visiting will be going to trade shows elsewhere in Japan.  I plan to either stay in Tokyo or go to Kyoto - at least so far as plans go (my ideas could change at any minute).

Do you need anything from the US (that will fit in a suitcase)?
Thanks for the hint on the 80's (I do try to forget that decade(-: ).
« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2006 09:19:26 PM »

You should definitely get a Japan rail pass if you're going to have some free time.  There are some great locations around Tokyo for sightseeing and are really easy to get to, and cheap - with the rail pass!!  But you'll have to buy it before coming to Japan. 

Nikko and Kamakura are really nice historical places close to Tokyo, and Chinatown in Yokohama is worth a wander too!

In terms of souvenirs, your best bet is food.  Not necessarily just junk food... but "famous food".  If you're from Vermont, for example, bring something maple.  When Japanese people travel, anywhere, they always bring back "omiyage"  and like 95% of the time it's famous food from that area.  Other than that, something that your area is famous for.  Alcohol is always a good bet... a bottle of wine or whisky, especially with a recognizeable brand, would be a big hit.

I've been living in Japan for over 2 years now, if you have any questions just let me know!

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« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2006 04:55:30 AM »

oooooh...if you're going to go the alcohol route, sailor jerry's navy spiced rum is REALLY GOOD. one of the best rums i've ever had PLUS it has a traditional tattoo art hula girl on the bottle! Cheesy

and of course there's always jack daniel's tennessee whiskey or crown royal (which i actually think is canadian...)


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« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2006 05:22:39 AM »

Thank you Riss, that's excellent advice.  And thank you for the advice on the railpass - I'll make a point to get it before leaving.

History is great and fascinating but I also enjoy going slowly and talking to people at convienence stores (even if I can't spell the word) and gas stations.  I love checking out the 'cultural' things of daily life that a local wouldn't notice because they are busy living it.

I love fleamarkets and thrift stores.  Of course, I'm looking forward to checking out the yarn stores and fabric stores - any suggestions? I'll make a point to cruise a mall quickly but I don't see myself lingering there.

I'm in Massachusetts but originally from NH so, I'll make a point to bring maple syrup and wine from a local winery.  Thanks for your enthusiasm and tips Marmalade!  I'll bring JD if I can get it past my husband(-:

My husband was there last year (he's in his 50's) and he spent a lot of time with the 20 year olds.  He got a kick out of how fussy they were about food and how very commited they were to the food they grew up with.  Cheese and chianti were definite misses(-:  'Chinese Noodles' (Ramen noodles to us) were VERY popular.

Thank you everyone!!!
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