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the 5 words you need to know if you're japan-bound.

by: rebecca willa davis

October 03 2013

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Three years ago, I made a major life decision: I left my job (which, as it just so happens, was at NYLON--yes, I left and came back), moved out of my apartment, pack up all my clothing, and moved to Tokyo. It was probably the scariest thing I've ever done--and also the coolest. Because how many people can say that they lived in Japan?

And what made it cooler is the fact that Tokyo really is as crazy as people make it out to be; it's not like traveling to LA from NYC (or even London from NYC), where things change slightly but you can still figure stuff out. Even really basic things, like how you answer the phone, spend your Friday evenings, or pack your lunches is different.

If you're planning a trip to Tokyo anytime soon--and I highly recommend it--your guidebook will give you all sorts of helpful phrases like, "Konichiwa," and "Arigato gozaimasu" (that is, hello and thank you very much). But they're missing a few key words that you'll definitely want to know.

So without further ado, click through the gallery for the five words you need to know if you're a NYLON reader traveling to Japan. I hope you have a really sugoi* time. (*Sugoi means cool, FYI.)
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