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10 things one Japanese expat is always sure to stock up on when returning to Japan

Any expat, exchange student, or anybody who has otherwise spent a long period of time abroad will tell you that, while the local food is exciting and fun and delicious for a while, eventually you’ll start to experience intense urges for the comfort foods and products of your native land. For some, these urges may be occasional, mild pangs, but for many, the urges are so strong they can’t resist stocking up on boxes and boxes full of their favorite items from home every time they head back.

Recently, a Japanese female expat who has been living in America for years introduced our sister site to the top 10 items that she likes to stock up on when she visits Japan:


Some of the supermarkets we’ll go to, to get your favorite brand:

Drug stores where we’ll buy your over the counter medicine and other products.


First up, an item so obvious it almost doesn’t even warrant mentioning,

1) Japanese tea

Green tea and other types of Japanese origin teas are, of course, also available in the United States, but our sister site writer says she prefers Japanese leaf tea to the green tea bags typically found in American grocers. The leaves will hold for a while when frozen, so it’s a sensible buy despite green tea being increasingly available stateside.                                        Everything you need to know about green tea

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Find here some great tea

2) Furikake

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We just talked about furikake finding its way into American cupboards, but Japanese supermarkets provide an unbelievable glut of flavors when it comes to this simple condiment meant to be sprinkled on white rice.

different kinds of furikake at Amazon Japan

3) Toothbrushes 

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A frequent complaint of Japanese living in western countries is that toothbrushes tend to be almost frighteningly large. Our Japanese writer notes that the huge brush heads have a tendency to induce a gag reflex when you’re really trying to reach her molars, so she tends to buy a handful of Japanese toothbrushes, which have smaller, narrower heads.

toothbrushes on Amazon Japan

4) Beauty products (especially toner)

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Fasio mascara by Kose

KOSÉ

Shiseido ultimune skin ptotective cream. 14,500円

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DHC big sale until the 8th of December

DHC SALE

Face-up so as to overlap!  Medicinal Q Series 3-piece set
¥ 10,954 (excluding tax) Campaign price ¥ 8,200

Japanese women apparently use toner (“keshosui” in Japanese) with extreme frequency compared to westerners, meaning that, while toner is fairly easy to find in the US, the Japanese product tends to be specifically formulated and bottled for use in large quantities.

5) Stationery and pens

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The Japanese really do love their notebooks and pens, and many Japanese remark upon how the paper in notebooks sold abroad tends to be much lower quality despite costing roughly the same amount as back home. Also, with products like these Star Wars notebooks found on most stationery shop shelves, it’s little wonder our Japanese writer likes to stock up.

6) Feminine napkins

Again, I can’t really speak to this one, but apparently Japanese pads are less bulky and easier to wear than the American ones. Plus, since they’re cheap, light and don’t take up much space in her luggage, our writer says she packs a bunch of these whenever she leaves Japan.

Feminine napkin ranking;

超吸収ガード 370 14コ入
Laurier super absorbent series
Sweetやさしいローズの香り
Sofi Kiyora fragrance
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Whisper Cosmo

7) Over-the-counter drugs

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According to our writer, American OTC medications can work a little too well on dainty, petite Japanese bodies, making the Japanese who take them feel woozy, so she packs up bunches of medications for her medicine cabinet stateside. On the flipside of this, I’ve heard many western expats complain that Japanese prescription drugs for common colds basically obliterate you, so there’s a strong possibility we’re all just experiencing some placebo side effects when taking spooooooky foreign drugs, even though they’re really all the same thing.

8) Dashi fish stock

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We presume Japan fans already know all about this one. Dashi is the subtly flavored glue that holds many, many staple Japanese dishes (not least miso soup) together. Made from dried and shaved bonito, dashi is responsible for much of the signature umami of the Japanese dishes you love. Like many other East Asian foods once considered exotic in the States, dashi is becoming more common in grocers, but Japan still offers a greater variety at much lower prices.

Hondashi by Ajinomoto, you can find this is any Japanese household

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9) Candy

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Japanese candies certainly have a distinctive flavor, and the fact that they’re usually individually wrapped means they’ll stay fresh for a good long while even after you open the larger package. Additionally, the many wacky Kit Kat flavors available in Japan make great, unique souvenirs for non-Japanese friends.

Click here for snacks, curry and other foods

10) Underwear (?)

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Of course, people in the US come in all different shapes and sizes, just like in Japan, but the average size is certainly a little different, which makes tracking down—according to our writer—things like bras and panties fairly difficult for especially petite Japanese women. Additionally, Japan has a booming non-lingerie undies industry with underwear for all kinds of needs, such as winter-use bras and panties that have extra padding for warmth.

Of course, this is just one person’s list. Your typical Japanese male’s list might include a lot more in the way of boozy beverages and, ahem, “men’s magazines,” for example, and there are almost certainly Japanese expats out there who don’t feel the need to stock up on anything when they’re visiting Japan.

If you need assistance with any of these products please don’t hesitate to mail us and remember we will go to any shop to get your favorite product, the web is not almighty!

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Ever wanted to drink a busty anime girl’s sweat? These tea bags can make that dream come true

Sipping a hot cup of tea can be an enjoyable way to relax and put your brain on auto-pilot for a few minutes. Waiting for your tea bag to steep, though, can be downright dull. Sitting there, staring at the bag’s string and tab, you might find yourself wishing for a view, and if your preferred view is a pair of large anime breasts, this Japanese company would be happy to oblige.

Muku is a design firm based in Niigata, with a specialization in manga, anime, and video game content. According to Muku’s website, its newest brainchild, the Beautiful Girl T Bag, is “a product born from the pure desire of wanting to drink a beautiful girl’s sweat,” which we guess isn’t quite as gross as some other bodily fluids, but is still pretty far in the corner of the fetish bell curve.

The Beautiful Girl T Bag’s unorthodox spelling is almost certainly to evoke thoughts of T-back panties, as “bag” and “back” are written almost identically in Japanese (bag/バッグ vs. back/バック). Muku’s promotional image, though, shows a deeper appreciation for the upper half of the female form.

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If you’re thinking you don’t recognize that character from any titillation-heavy anime or video games, that’s because Beautiful Girl T Bag is still in its planning stages, and that’s just a proof of concept mockup. Muku is currently looking for creative partners who’d like to license their characters for use. The tea itself will be procured from “a top-class tea provider in the Kanto region [east Japan],” with the finished products being sold at local events or national anime specialty store chains.

Muku is also looking into the prospect of crowdfunding production, so keep an eye on the company’s website and Twitter account if your cup of tea is looking a little lonely without a busty anime girl in it.

Source, images: Chara Tea

Why use a personal shopping site like JWS?

Imagine that you are looking for those limited edition sneakers, a pair of Kuchinashi jeans, a specific accessory for your camera, original Japanese snacks or Japanese books….
You found what you’ve been looking for online, but now the real problems start, language problems, overpriced international shipping or lack of international shipping, Japanese clothes sizes and credit card issues prevent many from ordering on-line. Or what about the plenty of auction sites  in Japan, browsing through them is sheer fun, but ordering from them is like  pulling nails.
Wouldn’t you like to know the details, like size and quality, or the sellers reputation before ordering something?
The charming and cute MS from the world of “Turn A Gundam” – perfectly created! From “Turn A Gundam” comes Kapool, the Mobile Suit excavated from the Black History that acted as Turn A Gundam’s partner until the very end. This figure is designed to let you replicate all of Kapool’s charming and popular poses, from aggressive battle scenes to comical daily scenes.

Kapool

This is where we step in, you tell us what you need and we will find the cheapest option for you and have them delivered to your doorstep. We will bid for you, buy for you or go to the shops for you. We help, advise and guide you.
On your request we will look for reviews and translate them , and if necessary physically check the product .
Just tell us information of the goods that you are looking for and we will handle the rest.
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Why use us and not another company?
6-there is no signing up and no news letter, we figure that if you need us you know where to find us.
7-your private information will be handled the old way, we print it out and erase the info from our server.
8-we will send you the receipts if possible or copies of them.(shipping receipts too)
Check out our website, and we beg you to have little patience when the site loads a bit slow, we tried to put as much info on it as possible..

Rum raisin-flavored chocolate Oreo bars to go on sale in Japan!

Despite the popularity of goodies like Kit Kats and Oreos around the world, most countries sell only the original flavors of such snacks with perhaps one or two flavor variations on the side. This area, however, is where Japan goes totally nuts with novel and often downright bizarre marketing campaigns to introduce the latest flavors of ordinary snacks—just ask anyone who’s ever had the courage to try wasabi Kit Kats or strawberry chocolate-covered shrimp chips!

Nabisco Oreo bits sandwiches macha!

Case in point, confectionery and baked goods company Yamazaki Nabisco has unveiled its newest flavor of the popular Oreo cookie: rum raisin.

If you live in Japan, get ready to run to your nearest konbini, and if you don’t, well don’t cry just yet….we are here to serve you and get you mighty fat.

This new rum raisin flavor is being marketed for the older crowd with a label of “for adult tastes.” Since the bars come with a rum raisin-flavored whipped chocolate center and are encased in 70-percent cacao dark chocolate, the combination of a crunchy Oreo cookie with the softness of a creamy filling is sure to delight everyone’s taste buds. Take that, strawberry chocolate-covered shrimp chips!

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Boxes of Chocolate Rum Raisin Oreos officially went on sale in Japanese stores yesterday. Their current price is listed as 200 yen (US$1.67) for one box of seven individually wrapped bars.         Also be sure to try these Oreo Chocolat with a cacao mass of 70%…..it’s your life in a small package; bitter and sweet and it ends far too quickly..

ハイカカオチョコと塩キャラメルの“大人向け”オレオ登場

Source: Entabe
Image: Yamazaki Nabisco