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Shopping for livingwares

When you first come to Japan to study, you will spend a lot of money on livingwares and furnitures. In those times what is very convenient is stores where you can buy relatively cheap things. If you want to reduce costs, we suggest that you buy livingwares from the stores we are going to show you.

(1) Shopping for livingwares

In Japan, when you rent an apartment from a private company, it doesn’t have any furnitures or any other necessary things. You have to buy it yourself.
Buying new things is very expensive, so we recommend that you buy from a “recicle store” (shops that sell used items). Discount shops where you can buy daily necessities from a reasonable price and the “100 yen” shops are also recommended.

Shops recommended for exchange students

    • Recicle shops

These are physical stores (or internet stores) that sell things that were never used, or furnitures and electrical appliances, clothes that were used once but the previous owners doesn’t need them anymore. They clean and repair these things and sell it again.

    • Discount shops

These are stores that purchase daily necessities, clothes, food, electrical appliances, and toys in large quantities and sell them for a low price. There is a discount shop in Japan that is also famous overseas: “Mega Don Quijote”.

    • 100 yen shops

Stores that sell everything for 100 yen. Daily necessities, food, expendables goods and more can be found there. In Japan we call the 100 yen shops: “Hyakkin”. “The Daiso”, a Japanese 100 yen shop that expanded overseas, has over 2,900 stores around the country.

(2) Citizens Flee Markets

freemarketThe Citizens Flee Markets are often open on Saturdays and Sundays in big parks or the local facilities. People bring things that they don’t use anymore in their house and sell it for very cheap prices. It is good to check with the local government for more information on the flee markets.

Shopping for livingwares

Things to think about

・Know what you will need
・100 yen shops are highly recommended
・Things that you can buy from 100 yen shops

When you first come to Japan to study, you will spend a lot of money on livingwares and furnitures. In those times what is very convenient is stores where you can buy relatively cheap things. If you want to reduce costs, we suggest that you buy livingwares from the stores we are going to show you.

Livingwares that every exchange student needs:

There are too things that are necessary to be listed. The list below is just to give you an idea. Use it as a reference when shopping for livingwares.

Kitchen utensils

・Knife
・Cutting board
・Frying pan
・Pots
・Spoon and forks (or hashi)
・Plates, cups
・Detergent
・Saran Wrap
・Tupperwares
※These things are only necessary for people who will be cooking

Stationary

・Pens, anything to write with
・Notebooks
・Binders
・Staplers, paper clips, post-its, scissors, glue, scotch tape, etc)

Others

・Shampoo, Body soap, etc
・Bath mat
・Tooth brush, tooth paste
・Baskets (to put towels, laundry, etc)
・Toilet papers, brushes to clean the toilet
・Towels
・Hangers
・Trash can
・Paper tissues (kleenex)
・Umbrella

Things that are convenient

・Driver set
・Batteries
・Flashlight

Where you can buy everything for cheap prices: “100 yen shop”

You will probably spend a lot of money with livingwares. In those times what is very convenient is stores where you can buy relatively cheap things. When you don’t want to spend much money, it is better to shopt at a “100 yen shop”.
They sell everything for 100 yen. They sell processed food, makeup accessories, tableware, kitchen utensils, batteries and a lot of stationery. It is a shop when you can buy what you need for cheap prices. They basically sell things for 100 yen + tax (8%). Some stores, depending on the thing, they are selling things for 200, 300 or even 500.

Things you can buy at a 100 yen shop:

At a 100 yen store you can found tableware, kitchen utensils, and expendables. Also stationery, processed food, makeup accessories. So we will tell you some things that can be founded in a 100 yen shop among many other daily necessities.

【Kitchen utensils you will need when its dinner/lunch time】

You can buy tableware necessary in dinner/lunch time. The plates and cups are resistent and has various kinds of. Also has colorful kitchen utensils.

【Stationery that you need when studying】

If there is a thing that exchange students need the most, it is stationery. Pencils, pens, erasers, markers, notebooks, binders, etc, you can buy anything you need for studying easily at a 100 yen shop. Also scissors, scotch tapes, paper clips, post-its, papers for copy comes in various sizes and colors.

【Livingwares necessary to use in bath】

Things that you will be needing to use in bath is shampoo, rinse, towels and a bath math. Tooth brush, or toilet necessities, hangers and cleaning utensils can be found in the 100 yen shop. So choose the one which is best for you and buy it.