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Jul
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accepted Will I be stopped at customs if I bring the shell of a cicada through US customs?
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comment Will I be stopped at customs if I bring the shell of a cicada through US customs?
@Shog9 correct -- the insect regularly sheds it's casing. I don't want to bring back the insect, but it's 'husk' so to speak.
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revised Will I be stopped at customs if I bring the shell of a cicada through US customs?
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asked Will I be stopped at customs if I bring the shell of a cicada through US customs?
Jun
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comment Bringing only cash to Japan - Any tips on how I should protect the money?
@MattN.D.Hat yeah, I've got used 5 banks in 2 countries while traveling enough miles to go one way to the moon over the past 10 years. If you read the fine print it says exchange rates will be calculated as the visa rate + 2% or something similar. It's not bad for small amounts (better than a flat fee), but not free. also see: expatriates.stackexchange.com/questions/1196/…
Jun
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comment Bringing only cash to Japan - Any tips on how I should protect the money?
While there is no fee for the exchange, generally the exchange rate is slightly higher than some other methods because of the convenience.
Jun
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comment Always possible to pay for taxis in Japan with a credit card?
Perhaps the IC cards are well accepted in Kanto, but down in Kansai it's definitely not the case. Cash is still king for taxis.
May
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comment Visa and Immigration delays on arrival in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
@AdrienBe thanks for the info -- had no idea that was doable. It is both more costly (in time and fee) to do it before leaving, but I suppose it is an option.
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comment Can I converse with Japanese travellers on the Shinkansen or is it rude?
For reference, it's a 3 hour trip from Tokyo to Osaka -- not 2 hours. I've ridden the Shinkansen a dozen times or more in reserved cards over the past couple years, and never once seen a foreigner in a conversation with a Japanese person. So the non-reserved car may be a better bet.
Feb
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answered The rate is for 2 guests when making online hotel reservations
Feb
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comment From Haneda airport to Narita with same airlines
The day of the week will greatly impact how long it takes. If it's a weekday and you are fighting with rush hour, trains are far far far less appealing. It also depends on if you have status/where you're sitting on the incoming flight as you may be able to get out of immigration far faster.
Feb
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revised Are American Express credit cards widely accepted in Japan, specifically, Osaka?
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answered Are American Express credit cards widely accepted in Japan, specifically, Osaka?
Oct
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comment Is it rude to give up your seat in Japan?
the person may not sit down, leaving an empty seat, and more people standing. Not to mention that the sole act of "standing up and walking away" is easier said than done on a rush hour commuter train in Japan. Even if someone does sit down, there is no guarantee it will be the person you intend to.
Oct
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comment Is it rude to give up your seat in Japan?
In Japan this is a great recipe to having an empty seat, an embarrassed intended recipient, and looking like you don't want to stand around old people. If you just get out of the seat and leave, especially on a packed train, you run the risk of making the situation worse (more people in less space) as folks will assume you intend on leaving the train, rather than assuming you are trying to give up your seat to someone who needs it.