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General questions about tourism/travel and life in Japan, including shopping, visa issues, culture-shock, finding accommodations and employment, proper cultural etiquette, and common problems ex-pats in Japan experience. Bachelors Degree in Japanese Culture and Masters Degree in Marketing.

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2016-07-15 What happens when a person walks in a:

Hi,    You'd actually find it pretty difficult to find a place that servers either. Most don't.  At any rate, Japanese foods serve a wide variety of foods, and even for seafood places there is a huge variety

2014-03-04 2 Teen Boys Traveling in Japan:

Hi,   Officially there are places that will require at least one person to be 18, but there are many that don't. You should try to find a place that will allow them in - contact them ahead of time.  There

2014-02-01 Radiation in Fukushima prefecture:

Hi,     It is far more likely that you will get more radiation on the plane trip crossing the Pacific. If that is the closest that you will get to the disaster site, than for a visit it is really not worrying

2013-10-22 Gifts for Japanese host families:

Hi,   Basically you want her to bring some things that represent where you are from, be it your hometown or the US. She might bring something for the whole family and a small item for each family member

2013-07-22 Tokyo & Osaka:

Hi,   Autumn weather is by far the best in Japan. It is stable and often has clear weather. There is a small chance a few typhoons could come through at the start of October, but usually are finished by


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