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Japan Life Guide
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I've added a Word document to the Downloads section called 'Japan Life Guidebook.' Its a 13-page document that I translated and compiled from a variety of sources and includes information with regard to daily life in Japan (a lot of it is specific to the greater Tokyo area, but a lot of it is also applicable to Japan in general). Some topics covered are:

- What do do in an emergency situation (illness, injury, fire, traffic accident, theft, earthquake, etc.)
- Annual Japanese holidays and events
- a chart showing the Japanese (imperial) calendar with corresponding Western calendar years
- information on socializing, housing, food, manners/taboos, garbage disposal, etc.
- multi-lingual help desk services for foreigners
- addresses and phone numbers for the embassies of 17 countries

Most of the information will be helpful to Japan newbies, but Japan veterans will also probably be able to glean some useful tidbits out of it. It can be accessed from the 'Downloads' link in the Main Menu on the left.

Hope people find it helpful.

Best wishes,

Shawn

Posted on: 2007/2/28 8:36
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Hi

This is very generous - thank-you!

Regards
Matt

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Awesome! The information you've collected is invaluable.

May I add a few resources?

Tokyo English Lifeline - free counselling and resources for people who need emotional support. Available in English and Japanese.

Website www.telljp.com
Telephone 03-5774-0992
Hours Daily 9:00am-11:00pm

Being-A-Broad - support and information network, helping foreign women survive and thrive in Japan
http://www.being-a-broad.com/

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Excellent piece of info, just one question.

How do you say the following?

きゅう救きゅう急です (That it is an emergency)
きゅう急びょう病にん人がいます (That there is a sick person)
けがにん人がいます (That there is a injured person)

Not being able to read kanji at the moment (work in progress!) I would be saying what it means in english! Not much use I'd think?

Thanks,



Dave Giddings
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If you use firefox as your web browser, you can download the add-on RikaiChan. With this toggled on, you can move your mouse over the kanji you can't read and it will give you the pronounciation (providing you know hiragana) and the translation. It's sweet.

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Excellent!..er...I havent got firefox, just MS Internet explorer, sorry to be so awkward, is there anyother way to get how to say the kanji?



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I'll get to it - just give me a couple of days. I did compile the whole thing in my spare time... :-p

I think there's a few other things in the file that may be useful other than just those few kanji.

S

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The file has now been updated with the Japanese pronunciations and information from Tessen listed above.

Shawn

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Thanks for that shawn, sorry to make more work for you.

Dave Giddings
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I posted before about the Tokyo English Life Line, the telephone-counseling center in Tokyo.

This month, TELL sent my school their first annual report on the School Awareness Program. This program is intended to provide a free, confidential, non-judgemental and annonymous place that Japanese and foreign resident children can call for suppport. TELL has an outreach program which brings TELL staff to students and teachers at Japanese and international middle schools and high schools.

TELL also has resources for adult residents of Tokyo, and has a directory which lists everyday things you need to know about life in Tokyo - legal, health and education services, etc.

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