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Answers to Common Questions for First-Timers

First Time in Japan Life in Japan FAQ

Regardless of your destination, visiting Japan for the first time is super exciting! It can also be a bit confusing for those unfamiliar with different aspects of Japanese culture. Tokyo Girls' Update has created a quick primer to answer some simple but common questions for newbies visiting for the first time.

Why is there so much plastic?

Why is there so much plastic?

Japanese customer service has a sterling reputation all over the world, and with good reason. Whether you're visiting a chain store found anywhere in the country or a fancy boutique in a popular neighborhood in Tokyo, you're basically guaranteed to leave with your goods carefully wrapped or meticulously packaged. This uniform standard looks great and leaves a lasting impression, but can also result in a lot of excess plastic, especially bags. If you're environmentally conscious or simply don't want to deal with several bags, the easy phrase "fukuro irimasen" (袋いりません, literally "I don't need a bag") can save you some trouble.

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