Japan Packing List Tips by Maline

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How to read the signs - Japan
How to read the signs

Miscellaneous: Do bring a little hand book/charts of the syllabaries of Katakana and Hiragana. That way you can do a bit of studying, and if you need to, it'll help you read some signs. And a regular travel dictionary is of course always handy. See also my Tokyo page..!
In the picture are the names Katakana (top) and Hiragana(under) written in their respective syllabaries by me :-)

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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you are western, chances are high that clothes and shoes for sale in Japan will be on the small side. I am a European 38, but if you are bigger, then don't count on finding a lot of clothes in Japan.
Umbrellas are for sale everywhere in Japan, and there are quite reasonably priced.

Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Japan is a country abundant in pharmacies, so if you are in need of medical off the counter supplies or toiletries you needn't worry. However, do bear in mind that the knowledge of English in Japan is pretty rudimentary, and explaining what items you need can be hard if you don't speak Japanese!

Photo Equipment: This is of course for sale in Japan. But as with all electronic equipment, be careful if buying since standards often differ between countries .

Miscellaneous: A small portable radio and a mini flashlight can be good to bring in case you should be the victim of an earthquake. See my warnings and dangers tips for more info on natural hazards.

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