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If you live in Japan, what are some items you always make a point to bring back to Japan after you return from a trip abroad?

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omiyage for coleagues

No other burden has ever been as heavy or onerous as the crushing weight of omiyage.

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Deodorant, quality medicine, sweets, nice fashionable clothes and shoes, real pure honey, not that fake junk from stores, omiyage for coleagues, toothpaste, soups, tea, etc

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Cheaper to buy appliances in Japan than to bring them home. A value above ¥10,000 needs import duty. Transformers add to the cost and are bulky in size. They give off heat.

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There are only about 16 countries, including Japan that use 110-120 volts.

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Elvis is here

UK electrical appliances, 240 volts cannot be used in Japan, 100 volts without the use of a step-up transformer.

> Who mentioned the U.K? My native country is not where you think.

You have frequently posted about Newcastle even on this topic. I wouldn't want other people to think they can bring UK appliances to Japan and expect them to work. All voltages in Europe are 220 volts. Australia and NZ too.

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Shoes

books

Penaten Creme

Eucalyptus candy

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By the way, I think seeds are restricted?

Not sure, I never had a problem bringing them in.

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I usually bring a few bottles of wine, and sometimes home-made honey and vegetable paste (my wife loves those).

I usually buy deodorant, aftershave, etc. through amazon.

By the way, I think seeds are restricted?

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Oxo cubes.

Piccalilli.

Various seeds for my roof garden, for a good fragrance in the pleasant weather.

Antiperspirant, which does a substantially better job at keeping my shirts in one piece than Japanese deodorant does during the hellish summer months.

Anti-inflammatory cream for my incipient arthritis.

A separate suitcase full of salt and vinegar crisps for my daughter, for whom it serves as a Proustian memory of long summers spent in Wales with her grandparents, now both gone, who delighted in every moment they were able to spend together when she was a child and the world was a happier place.

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Real aspirin, deodorant, Dial Soap, Crest toothpaste, Sensor razor blades, Brut aftershave, Milk Duds

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Brought in cheese many times and it was always passed.

Oh, and bread is always expensive here so sometimes that goes in the case.

Jagfa cakes,Xmas pud and mincemeat too.

Brought a load of fresh Thai spices once that I immersed in oil.

No problem!

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Yeah definitely deodorant, also sunscreen, after shave/cologne, organic granola, cereal.

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Just kidding, Cheese, Coffee, Cereals, Olives, Pickles, Pizza Sauce, Chocolates, and lots of different NUTS.

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Nivea deodorants because they don't have the same quality here in Japan.

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Good cheeses

Cherry Ripes

Various spice mixes

Organic coconut flakes

Steak and chilli sauces

Old books from parents' house

Shoes

Deodorant

Novelty socks

Dark, dark chocolate

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I believe you. That doesn't make it legal, though. It's actually punishable by law.

I know, but I travel a lot, and I mean a lot 3-4 times a year and never had a problem, not about to worry or stop at this point. The only thing they did catch me on and were strict with was when I brought 2 US adult AV discs back in 2003 and that was the ONLY I was ever pulled aside.

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Roy...

Cheese

Bacon

Various Pepper seeds.

FYI, those would be illegal to bring into Japan.

Bacon and seeds probably but cheese is OK.

I brough 6 kg back in December. They checked and it was fine. Actually it was wonderful.

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FYI, those would be illegal to bring into Japan.

Never, ever had a problem in 24 years.

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Fritos

fritos

and

fritos

oh since I don’t do this anymore, I’d buy a nice unique brand new old fashioned Colman cooler and fill it with frozen bacon, beef hotdogs, breakfast sausage, even sliced Turkey and Boars head beef baloney once. Then I’d sell the cooler on yahoo auc for 3 times what I payed for it. Ah the good ole days

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Would love to bring back an air fryer (my country shares same electric configuration as Japan) as I have heard so much good things about them but we only travel economy. AF do so much more than conventional ovens, and my lack of Japanese means a domestic one would be wasted on me

UK electrical appliances, 240 volts cannot be used in Japan, 100 volts without the use of a step-up transformer.

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Thornton’s Chocolate.

Real Turkish Delight.

Oh and a few bottles of Newcastle brown ale. You can only get the small bottles here in Amazon. No self respecting bloke fram the Toon would be seine dead drik'en a wee battle o brawn

Lived in Newcastle for nearly 15 years, and the locals I saw or knew to a man, never drank Brown Ale but Exhibition or lager. Only tourists, Southerners and students ever drink Brown Ale. It’s disgusting. It’s the Coca-Cola of beers.

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Clothes that fit. Especially shoes that are larger than children's sizes. (The Big Shoes stores are OK, but very limited in brand and style).

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Cereal

Cheese

Snacks

Soap/deodorant

Bacon

Jolly Ranchers

Now and Later

Various Pepper seeds.

Shoes

Certain medicines

Certain kinds of foods

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Drugs, legal ones ...Cheese, deodorant, more cheese and usually some Terry's Chocolate Oranges.

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And duty-free?

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Deodorant, shoes, proper fitting clothes.

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Add another to the deodorant gang. I also get the biggest bottles I can find of extra-strength Tylenol and Tums (getting older), and decent sized tooth-brushes.

Dress shirts are a must. I take a 36/37 sleeve, which isn't all that easy a find in the States and unheard of here. Good quality dress shoes (Rockports), size 29. I can find larger sizes here, but only in the cheaper brands that are only slightly better than going barefoot.

If there is room leftover - a bag of grits, black-eyed peas, good cornmeal.

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Tasty rice, especially if I am in Bangkok. The Royal Projects shop in Suvarnabhumi Airport sells various small packets of special rice. Thailand has so many varieties.

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Funny how many of us agree on deodorant, I thought I was weird always buying deodorant but I guess not. Many of you touched on things I usually get but I might add medicines, supplements, and sunglasses. I preferred the medicines that practically put me to sleep because I feel refreshed the next day after a cold, don't like visiting the doctor's and waiting several hours just to get a prescription.

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Deodorant. Tho I'm not using any during winter nowadays.

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Smoked English Back Bacon when I go to the UK and HK. And yes, I know its not allowed.

@Elvis - I have bought 2 great air fryers here over the years. Mine gets a lot of use.

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Decent deodorant.

Nice cheese.

32cm shoes.

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Nice call and we used to do that. But we can get good cheese in Costco which is just a short drive away. I would have said American hotdogs but Costco does that too. One of the many benefits of living in the city.

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Good cheese.

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Mostly souvenirs, food and clothes. But bits of my record collection from family house.

Then got watch my weight so low fat salad cream (Heinz), Paxo stuffing, Bistro gravy, barley soup mix from the U.K. Local breads from my native country, Tim-Tams when I visit my Ozzy family but only in winter as chocolate melts and goes yucky. We used to bring back tinned pâté as recommended by the Japanese travel books when I visited my Italian family who live in Spain. But I wonder if the quarantine allows that anymore. Buttermilk powder for country-farm baking (does good scones and so on). Powdered Coleman's mustard from Taiwan (seriously its very popular there)

Would love to bring back an air fryer (my country shares same electric configuration as Japan) as I have heard so much good things about them but we only travel economy. AF do so much more than conventional ovens, and my lack of Japanese means a domestic one would be wasted on me

Clothes as I don't like clothes shopping in Japan. Novelty T-shirts; I heart NY etc.

Oh and a few bottles of Newcastle brown ale. You can only get the small bottles here in Amazon. No self respecting bloke fram the Toon would be seine dead drik'en a wee battle o brawn pet.!.

And lots and lots of souvenirs for Japanese family and friends.

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