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"That time of the month" in japan...



Here's the deal...

I'm participating on this Japan Exchange that my school offers, so I'll be off to Japan next year (I actually have a japanese exchange student staying with me right now. I'd ask her this, but her english isn't all that good, and she's really shy.)

But that's not the point. My question is, I having people tell me to stock up on tampons and pads before I head over for the year, since it's different in Japan. What I want to know is, what do they do in Japan then? Whenever I ask people they just say it's 'different.' Is there a woman who's lived in japan for a while that can tell me what the deal is over there before I donate a suitcase to feminine hygene?

PS: Sorry if this topic makes anybody uncomfortable ^^;;
Hi there :)
I was the same as you, when I first when to Japan on an exchange I brought 3 months supply with me LOL!

Now I am living in Japan and actually it's not too difficult to find what you want. Apparently women prefer pads here, but I've had no problem finding tampons.
If you're quite fussy about what you prefer I'd bring some with you, at least the first month or two until you have had time to look around and find something similar.

In my experience I believe you'll have no problem, I haven't lived everywhere in Japan, but I do live in a small town and it's been fine.

Congratulations on your trip - it's a wonderful experience!! Where are you going? I first went to Kobe, but now live in the bottom of Kyushu.
Thanks for the info. I was so confused since all I kept hearing was 'it's different.' That puts everything in perspective. I guess I'll have to bring some supplies until I can find some tampons...it's impossible to do sports in anything else 😌

I'm going to a place called 'Konan City' from what I gather it's a small city somewhere between Nagoya and Kyoto...(not sure which one it's closer to.) I'm a little nervous about the trip. I've been to the place once before for five days last year, and I must say I stick out quite a bit in Japan.

My friends and I think I should bring as many 'unusual' but tasteful clothes to Japan as I can. I figure I'll already stick out a ton as a blue/green-eyed blond, why not stick out a little more? It's not like I'll do anything outragous. Just bring some flare jeans, cool shirts, and some chains for my jeans ^_^
DragonChan! You're going to Konan?! That's where my husband is from! This is the first time I've ever heard of anybody going to Konan! Wow!

Anyway, let us know if you need to know anything about it. My husband lived there all his life! I'm sure he'd be interested in knowing somebody is going there.
Yay! Somebody who's heard of where I'm going!

My school has a sister school in Konan, that's why I'm going there in particular. The school is called 'Bihoku', has your husband heard of it?

I don't think I need too much info on the place at the moment, since I did go there for about 5 days in October. It wasn't enough time to get a good impression, but I have a faint idea of what life might be like.

Thank you!
If you buy anything like Towels , tampons , condoms in japan .. they put it in a non-transparent bag at teh counter. even if you buy them with your grocery shopping , they get bagged seperate. Ah .. i'll never know.:p
SalaryMan - LOL! I wonder why they do that? Do they have some sort of facination with embarressing people horribly =P ?
DragonChan, I asked my husband about that high school and he knew it well. It is very close to his parents' house. I was right, he was very interested in knowing someone was going to be an exchange student in Konan... ;)
Originally posted by DragonChan
SalaryMan - LOL! I wonder why they do that? Do they have some sort of facination with embarressing people horribly =P ?

Don't worry Dragonchan, it might only be where Salary man lives. The shop where I go doesn't do that. The shop is called "No. 1" and when I told my friends another meaning for that in English they all thought it was amusing ;)
Another supermarket I go to is called "sankyu" - thank you- and the liqour shop next door is called "bery muchi" - very much!
nzueda - that's reassuring. I can't beleive a store would do that...kinda cruel if you ask me.

Those store names are funny. I'll have to make a list of things like that when I go to share with all of you when I get back. I swear we could all be eternally amused simply by reading Engrish...
Originally posted by DragonChan
SalaryMan - LOL! I wonder why they do that? Do they have some sort of facination with embarressing people horribly =P ?
And what's embarrassing about a non-transparent bag? You can probably just stuff it inside a regular one or even take your own tote bag to the grocery for bagging as part of a recycling campaign. 😄
Blue Day ???

When I first heard my girlfriend tell me it was "Blue Day" it took me a week to get a friend to explain. I wondered why she was sad? Do women still call it that ?
One of my Japanese friends told me that when she started "that monthly thing" for the first time, her mother made "red" rice to give to everybody in celebration. She said she was terribly embarassed. If my mom had done that to me...well, let's just say I wouldn't have liked it very much... :devilish:
And someday they may be entirely a thing of the past.....

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Seasonale promises to make the option a little more convenient, with packaging that gives women 12 straight weeks of active pills and then a week of dummy pills for their period. And the FDA's approval means menstrual suppression could become more common as Seasonale's advertising alerts women to the option.

Seasonale isn't perfect, the FDA cautioned.

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I think so too. For me, taking something that is going to stop a natural process such as that couldn't be too healthy. I was having some problems awhile back, and my doctor told me I could take go back on the Pill, and without taking the placebo, be absent from having a period at all. He even mentioned hysterectomy to me too. I sure wasn't that desperate. But that's just me. I sometimes think that by getting a tubal ligation I made a huge mistake. It seems a lot of problems started after that. Problems that I never had before.
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