Appropriate clothing for Japan

Old May 4th, 2014, 02:49 AM
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I've visited several times and saw they tend to wear darker color or black color clothes for winter, but they also wear jeans and other casual clothes during summer and spring season.
The dress up neatly, for they are always well groomed [for women] with the make-up on and eyelashes.
I think its totally fine with your jeans and sneakers.
Shopping for clothes is fun in Tokyo, u definitely need to go to Shibuya and Harajuku to get the trendy outfits and clothes, for the Japanese-made clothing the price is relatively expensive.
Have a great experience in Tokyo!
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Old May 5th, 2014, 02:59 AM
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I've found a lot of the replies useful as I'm going to Japan next month. I suspect that some commenters on blogs let their personal tastes influence their responses. If people don't wear, or like, jeans and trainers they are likely to say they're unsuitable.
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Old May 5th, 2014, 07:46 AM
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Yeah, maybe. Some people seem to have an obsession with fitting in with the locals, also. I can understand perhaps wanted to do that for safety reasons, but there's no way I could ever be mistaken for Japanese because I'm not Asian. I'm going to look like a foreigner whether I'm in my jeans and trainers or in my cute skirt and heels.

Anyway, I'm getting stuff together for my suitcase and doing a packing list - please feel free to comment if you think any of my choices are weird for Japan in May (apparently the average high is about 23 degrees C, which I consider quite hot). Looks like I'm bringing a suitcase after all - pulled something in the gym and don't want to risk putting too much weight on my back.

On the plane:
Wearing black thick(ish) leggings, oversized T-shirt, hoodie, denim jacket, light scarf, my Nike Air Max trainers. Carry on backpack: Tablet, Kindle, phone, phone charger, camera, camera charger, adaptor, 2 guide books, small notebook, toothbrush, pen, sunglasses, bags with liquids (moisturiser, mascara, lip gloss, toothpaste), eye mask, travel pillow.

In the checked bag:

2x black leggings
3x jeans (lightweight skinny jeans)
1 x hoodie
3 x long sleeved tops
6 x vest tops (for layering)
3 x short sleeved tops
1 x denim shirt
1 x oversized check shirt
2 x patterned skirts
1 x black shorts
1 x 3/4 black cable knit sweater
1 x black slip on shoes
1 x brown leather ankle boots (maybe)
1 x black blazer
2 x light dressy scarves
4 x black tights
1 x black cardigan
1 x short long sleeved light sweater
Hair brush and comb
Hair ties
2 x pyjamas
Travel mug
Lightweight parka
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Old May 5th, 2014, 09:41 AM
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I took a print out of useful phrases, with phonetic pronunciation guide. I also had a phrase book but used it rarely. Had a translator app on both our phones, which did prove useful as was also able to read/ translate text.

Also had a printout of my train ticket requirements, with dates, times and names of trains to make it easier to buy my tickets.

I always have a hat, either a summer or winter one. My black hair heats up in the sun, and as it's thin, so does my head! Likewise, I get cold easily!

We also took camera, camera charger, small tablet, both mobile phones (and rented a mobile wifi unit), small medical bag, address list for postcards and emergency contacts, all the normal hotel/ booking confirmation printouts, a couple of specialist guide books (such as the Diane Durston I mentioned in one of my blog posts), a few postcards so I could write a personal thank you at a couple of the smaller more personal ryokans (where the owners had already gone out of their way for me even when we made the bookings), and a couple of gifts for our volunteer guide and cookery school teacher.
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Old May 5th, 2014, 04:31 PM
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ClementineLdn - To me it seems like you are bringing a lot of clothes for ten days....I am here for two months and think I have less than you are planning...;-)
Do hostels have a coin laundry? Most business hotels like Toyoko Inn do. Of course if you don't have a private room, you can't leave your clothes out to dry etc. so I guess that is an issue...
Anyway, have a wonderful trip!
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Old May 5th, 2014, 06:43 PM
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That is a lot of clothing. Lots of layers and a hoodie and a parka when the temps are going to be "quite hot" for you.
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Old May 5th, 2014, 07:00 PM
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I am an overpacker and that seems like too much for ten days. I figure I can wear each pair of pants at least two or three times and most tops at least twice. Nobody but you will know if it isn't a fresh outfit.
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I do not know what many of the items are on your list but agree that it is excessive. Why the need for so many sweaters and cardigans and hoodies? I can understand the jean jacket as the flight may be chilly but it is going to be quite warm and probably rainy in Japan during June.
Umbrella and a light waterproof gor-tex type jacket would be useful. Am not sure what to make of things like tights but aren't they warm? No need for layering. Travel mug? Scarfs? Jeans are often good for traveling. I used to wear one pair for about a week when backpacking through Europe but they are difficult to wash yourself and dry yourself without a washer and dryer. You also can't wear them for very long in a hot and humid climate as one tends to sweat a lot. Navy type khakis along with jeans might be a better mix depending on what you plan to do in Borneo. I also doubt you will need a blazer if you are staying in Hostels.
Also how do you plan to use your phone?
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Old May 6th, 2014, 03:33 AM
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Thanks for the info. I'll probably cut that list down once I finalise my itinerary. I'm taking a large suitcase because that's all I have, so I'll have to resist the temptation to fill it.

Kavey - thanks for reminding me about the printouts. Do you remember the translator app you downloaded? I have a Samsung Galaxy tablet and iPod Touch, so it may work on one of those and could be very handy!

Mara - I know it seems like a lot, but I find I always bring the same for 2 weeks or 2 months, as on shorter trips you don't want to waste precious time doing laundry. Most of my hostels have a coin laundry but you can never guarantee when it will be free, and I don't want to worry about laundry when I have so little time in Japan. I'm also in a dorm so have no drying space and a lot of my stuff can't go in the dryer.

mrwunrfl - I'll probably ditch some of the warmer clothes, but I'm wondering about air conditioning. I remember when I lived in NYC, I needed a lot more warm clothes than I thought because it was freezing inside shops, restaurants, etc. Is it like that in Tokyo too? I think I definitely need the parka in case it rains - it's super light and folds up really small.

SeeHag - yeah, I probably will cut down on 'bottoms' and warmer stuff, but definitely wouldn't wear the same top more than once if I could help it. Perhaps I sweat more than other people but I would not be comfortable walking around a hot city for a whole day and then wearing the same top again!

mjs - I'll probably ditch some of the warmer clothes, but see above...I was wondering about air conditioning. Tights I was thinking of for possibly going out in the evening. I tend to wear tights all year round because I don't really feel comfortable in skirts/dresses without them, but if it's really hot, I might just not bother. Travel mug, I need for the hostels to make drinks in the mornings. Scarves, they're just for dressing up. They're the really light, floaty patterned ones, they're not warm ones. Blazer, again, it might be nice to wear something a bit dressier for going out in the evenings. I wouldn't bother with it if I was backpacking but if I'm taking a suitcase, I figured why not? I'm meeting friends for karaoke one night and going for dinner with a friend another night, so it might be nice to dress up a bit. The phone I need for when I'm in Europe (journey to/from the airport, at the airport and during my connection), in case anything is delayed or goes wrong.
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On my Galaxy S4 we just used the S Translate function, which translated voice to text and vice versa, as well as just regular text to text.

Pete can't remember the app he installed to read/ translate Japanese alphabets.
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You don't have to care about what to wear!
You can wear what you want wear and make you move with a light.
You would go to the place really feeling Japanese tradition like these
It's natural to wear jeans and sneakers of course.
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