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toothy
« on: July 26, 2006 08:37:59 AM »

Hi,

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.
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« 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
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« 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(-: ).
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« 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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« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2006 06:27:03 PM »

Well, apparently cheese "smells bad", so it's not so popular.

Thrift stores in Japan are called Recycle Shops.  Many temples have monthly flea markets and / or antique fairs.  I know of markets and recycle shops and fabric stores in Nagoya (where I live), but am clueless about what's what and what's where in Tokyo.  Just google it??  Or ask your hosts.  Locals are the best resource you have.  There's lots of great stuff to discover in Japan, that hasn't been translated... yet!

There is a very famous flea market / antique fair in Kyoto on the 21st of each month at Toji Temple.

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« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2006 03:19:11 PM »

YAY FOR JAPAN TRIPS!!! Im so envious, has anyone on this board who lives in Japan come across Marimo Products? If so do you know where I can find them in the US?..or would someone in Japan be willing to mail them to me as a swap for something else? Grin let me know, I live in NY
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« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2006 04:49:35 PM »

Marimo the algae?  or something else?
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« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2006 07:04:18 PM »

Hi Moonoverbrooklyn,What are Marimo products?  I can't promise, but I can try to pick some up while I'm there.

Are you going to school in Brooklyn (my step-daughter is)?
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« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2006 10:04:17 PM »

Marimo the algae?  or something else?



YES MARIMO THE ALGAE!!! Im a complete nerd and would really like to own one, or two.... Grin
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« Reply #15 on: September 18, 2006 10:07:41 PM »

toothy, this website will give you a look at what the marimo products are   http://www.marimarimarimo.com/ I hear they are really popular in Japan and I live in brooklyn, I have all my life, its a great place!!!
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« Reply #16 on: September 19, 2006 03:12:13 AM »

Is Marimo the Japanese version of sea monkeys?  The site is very cute but confusing (there's some translating they forgot to do(-: ).
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« Reply #17 on: September 19, 2006 09:59:06 AM »

No, actually marimo is an algae that grows in select lakes in japan, there are stuffed animal cartoon versions and you can also buy the actual algae in bottles, its little an round, sorry for the confusing website but when you sheck it again look at marimo produsts....hope this helps
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« Reply #18 on: September 19, 2006 05:13:37 PM »

I'm confused about whether you want the real algae or the cute cartoon products that look like algae??
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« Reply #19 on: September 19, 2006 08:13:38 PM »

LOL sorry for the misunderstanding, I actually want both, alot of the stuffed cartoons come with the actual algae in a little bottle...
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« Reply #20 on: September 20, 2006 04:00:11 AM »

What do you do with the algae?  Is it a pet?  Kind of like an exotic house plant?

Do you eat it?
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« Reply #21 on: September 20, 2006 06:57:40 AM »

You dont eat it, Its kind of like a pet hous plant, it just float around in the little jar of lake water..hehe, I know its kinda weird, but Im a nerd that way
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« Reply #22 on: September 20, 2006 12:48:44 PM »

Hmmmm, I'll keep my eyes open for Marimo for you.

Did you know in my day we had pet rocks?  Yup, we would buy rocks in a box and name them and they would be our pets.
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« Reply #23 on: September 20, 2006 07:29:07 PM »

thanks so much!! If you find them well set up somethin for me to return to you!! hehe pet rocks ive heard of those
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« Reply #24 on: October 09, 2006 10:11:49 AM »

Hi!  I am also going to Tokyo this month and got a suggestion for 'Omiyage'/gifts - Bath and Body Works.  I guess they don't have one there, but since there are a million scents available, I was wondering what popular scent I should go with!?  Any thoughts?

Thanks!
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« Reply #25 on: October 09, 2006 02:55:51 PM »

Ohh I want to go too!! I went to japan last year and I want to go back back!!

Have a lot of fun!
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« Reply #26 on: October 09, 2006 03:48:59 PM »

Your message brought a big smile to my face Mariska.  Thank you very much, I hope to have a great time.

When my husband came back from Japan last year, most of his photographs were of food Cheesy
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« Reply #27 on: October 14, 2006 09:46:00 AM »

Japan is so much more then food! Wink
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