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« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2007 05:06:26 PM »

I don't know how close you live to St. Paul, but the gift shops at the Historical Society are full of wonderfully unique Minnesotan items.  It would be worth checking out!

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« Reply #11 on: June 18, 2007 10:32:59 PM »

What a great experience for your daughter. I am sure with an open mind like hers, she'll have a great time here. The suggestions that people have given are all so helpful and I really don't have much to add to the conversation- Just want to reiterate that cash is always great to have here. I've only been here about 6 weeks, but not once have I seen a local national use a credit card. Here, it's cash cash cash! Here's a good tip if she does use her card at a register though: They will ask you "1 or 2?" They're asking if you want them to swipe the card one time or twice. I have no idea why you'd ever want them to swipe it twice, but let her know that "1" is always the correct answer Smiley

She will notice that her curling iron will take a long time to warm up and that her blow dryer doesn't work as efficiently here (its takes almost twice as long to dry my hair here), but other than that, the plugs are all the same.

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« Reply #12 on: June 18, 2007 10:52:53 PM »

If you can get it in time, I would reccomend the Japanese Phrase Book and Dictionary by Berlitz. (ISBN 2-8315-6267-8) I speak some Japanese, but I borrowed this book from a friend and found it very handy. It has useful phrases and sentences in English, romanized prononciations, and Japanese script which she could show to someone if there are still misunderstandings. It has little color coded edges of sections like food, transportation, health (very important to be able to communicate; I found that out the hard way!)

I wish your daughter all the best of luck! I'm sure it'll be an amazing trip!
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« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2008 10:17:45 AM »

I'm just jumping in with this a really long time after the conversation, but this is just in case anyone else reads:

I've been to japan twice and here are my tips:

- The post office ATM's have never turned down my debit card and have a better exchange rate than (usually) your bank, AMEX or the exchange places at the airport.
- I have had some trouble finding places that take cards, but usually its the convenience stores and smaller family restaurants. Large department stores, tourist locations, or chains stores usually do take credit cards.
- make sure you call your credit card company and let them know you will be traveling so they don't decline your card. Make sure that your first purchase is a small amount or you will have to wait for them to call the card security number.
- A LOT more people than you think speak english (I have had no problem ordering food at a chain restaurant in english, like McDonalds). and they will all at least try to stumble through a conversation, just be patient. If they dont' speak english, they will usually ask someone nearby to help translate for you.
- pronounce the word for excuse me (sumimasen) as "See Ma Sen" - you will have a MUCH better response. people won't even look, they'll get out of your way.
- dont' be disappointed if the hawkers outside the subway stations don't give you samples of what ever it is they are selling - they normally won't.


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« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2008 10:20:45 PM »

i know this is old but how did your daughter like Japan?

I actually live in Fukui! <3
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