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Good Sparkling Apple Cider in Japan?

This year I have a hankering for a good sparkling apple cider, like Martinelli's, which I usually had around the holidays with my family stateside. I've seen their apple juice at Kaldi Coffee Farm, and it might be sold at Costco, but is there something similar from Japan? I keep seeing grape or melon champagne style sodas for kids to drink around the new year or Christmas, but not apple. Any suggestions / brand names of locally made sparkling apple cider are appreciated!

helloalissa

on Dec 11

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coffee makers

So, I really want to invest in a good quality coffee maker. Until now I've used a french press, but my husband does instant coffee because it is the quickest thing to a cup of coffee. All of the coffee makers I've seen at K's denki and such are flimsy plasticy and feel like they will fall apart in 5 mins, but still cost ichi man. I'm afraid to purchase one online and have the same feeling. Anyone have a brand recommendation on amazon? I'm looking for one with a programmable timer for my mendokusagari husband.

edthethe

on Nov 30

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stray power cords

Is it possible to buy just a power cord for a kotatsu? We can't find ours anywhere, and I'm not sure where to look.

edthethe

on Nov 23

3 Answers

Disinfectant Spray Similar to Lysol?

Do any of you fellow expats know of a similar spray to Lysol in the US (spray disinfectant) that you can get here in Japan? Our daughter is coming down with a bug, it seems, and we're doing our best to keep germs at bay as much as we can. Would love some input if you have any suggestions!

genkidesu

on Nov 5

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Effective cold medicine

Always nice to be handed a cold as you enter a 3-day weekend. I've been using the medicine (off the counter) in the image but it doesn't seem to have much clout. Does anyone have an cold medicine that they turn to in Japan that gets to work quickly?

Tomuu

on Nov 4

4 Answers

Hokkaido by plane or by train?

Hi. How can I travel to Hokkaido? plane or train?

Ooray2775

on Oct 11

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Double strollers?

Does anyone know of good double stroller brands in Japan that aren't massive, but will still accommodate a 3 or 4 year old? I've been getting by so far by using our single stroller with my eldest, and then carrying my 6 month old in a baby carrier - but he's getting heavy! Sometimes I'd just like the option to have both of them in a stroller, but I don't want something too bulky, either! Any advice would be much appreciated!

genkidesu

on Oct 9

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All Natural Products

I am currently in search of a natural deodorant and natural soap that won't break my skin out or burn me! Any suggestions on products and stores?

DLHayes

on Sep 30

1 Answer

Looking for a good Fat Bike

Hi all, I'm looking for a decent, budget-priced Fat Bike (basically, a mountain bike with fat, 4-inch tires). Anyone know of any good, reliable online dealers for fat bikes (used or new) in Japan? Any Japanese brands you recommend? Thanks!

genkidesuka

on Sep 21

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Credit Card approval in Japan

Hello fellow gaijins! Has anyone experienced applying for a Japanese credit card? I applied last weekend for a jcb card and it was an onsite application. I received a phone call from them after 4 days verifying my information. Could this be a good sign that I might get approved for the card? To this date, it has been 4 days since they called and it's silence so far.

Oldsoul

on Sep 13

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Tell me the things that make you think about leaving Japan?

A lot of my friends in Japan finally came to the country after having wanted to come here for so long. After living here for a short time though, most of them soon go back home. Just wondering why that might be. Thoughts? Do you find that after living overseas for a long time, things become more difficult?

RoganT

on Sep 12

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How to get from Fukuoka to Nagasaki, from Tokyo to Fukuoma

Any suggestion how to get from Fukuoma to Nagasaki ? We are going to Japan in July with my adult son. And we start in Tokyo, than Kyoto, Hiroshima and Fukuoka. I believe there is some good way to use Shinkanzen. Any help with HELP

yellow007

on Sep 10