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dombay
July 6th, 2009, 09:19
Is so depressing.

My sister just left yesterday so today I have decided to start packing. I just assembled some cardboard boxes, about to drag my suitcase out.

How is your packing going? I don't want to leave Japan and it feels like if i procrastinate about packing that will delay the inevitable.

mteacher80
July 6th, 2009, 11:14
I am not leaving this year, but in preparation for next year, we have been living as minimal as possible. i just threw out (well donated) a bunch of clothes, and shelves and floor chairs just last week. i hate packing and my wife does too, but she is really good at it, so i usualy just get to sit back and relax.
good luck dombay, sorry we never got to meet up, could have been a fun night methinks.

yohgrl23
July 6th, 2009, 13:05
I packed up 3 boxes and mailed them home last week, now I'm hoping to fit all the rest of my stuff into just 2 big suitcases, I can't bring myself to getting them out yet. Knowing me I'll pack the 2nd (my bags need to be shipped to the airport on the 3rd) I hate packing! so I procrastinate as much as possible.

I find it difficult to pack with all the other junk in my apartment too, so once I move stuff into the new person apartment maybe packing will be a bit easier.

I've got to get rid of a lot of stuff, the trash people are really not going to like me.

wicket
July 6th, 2009, 18:18
We got out with 2x20kg suitcases/backpacks, 2xlaptop bags [carry on] and 3x10kg boxes. Everything else was given or thrown away.

Dombay - I didn't want to leave either, but Japan's not going anywhere and you can always go back there - for a visit or even to work. You have plans, remember? I didn't think I'd be this happy a year on, given the tears I cried when I left, but it's amazing how quickly you can adjust.
Having said that, get drunk and have a cry about all the things you'll miss. It worked for me.

Yuffie
July 6th, 2009, 18:19
Yeah I've kinda bought as little as possible in recent months but um...I haven't started packing yet except I threw a couple books in a box. I really should get on this as I leave a month from today.

kuroneko87
July 7th, 2009, 10:03
I've started packing. I'm onto my third box. The first was 8kg (winter clothes), 2nd was 13kg (books and shoes) and I haven't taken the last to the post office yet to be weighed and sent. I have one more spare box which i think I will fill as well, but I'm going to try and limit myself to these 4 and my 20kg suitcase, laptop bag and carry on bag.

I'm doing a lot of packing now because I have to move out of my apartment on the 3rd of August and every weekend until them seems to be really jam packed with sayonara parties, etc, and I'm travelling down to Karatsu-shi,Saga-ken for a few days in August before I head off to watch my friends compete at the Sailing World Championships.

Marrissey
July 7th, 2009, 11:32
I've packed a grand total of nothing. Started throwing stuff away though, and that's been kind of liberating. I get sentimental just clearing my desk at school, so when I start on the real stuff it's going to be super horrible I'd imagine. Japan will always be here - but my friends here won't always be together and we won't be in this situation again, and that's what gets me sad.

I bought some of those vacuum bags that make all your clothes shrink to the size of a pea, so hopefully I can send most of the clothes home now.

kuroneko87
July 7th, 2009, 11:39
I've packed a grand total of nothing. Started throwing stuff away though, and that's been kind of liberating. I get sentimental just clearing my desk at school, so when I start on the real stuff it's going to be super horrible I'd imagine. Japan will always be here - but my friends here won't always be together and we won't be in this situation again, and that's what gets me sad.

I bought some of those vacuum bags that make all your clothes shrink to the size of a pea, so hopefully I can send most of the clothes home now.

yeah cleaning out the desk is hard, I've actually been tidying up the hard drive on the computer they gave me today, getting all my files ready to just transfer over to my USB on my last day. I agree about Japan always being here, and I will come again, but i feel lik even if I come back again the people won't be here and thats what has made my time here the best!

The vacuum bags are amazing I bought a heap of tham and they have survived vaccumed enroute to australia. i got my sis to check my winter clothes and she said she couldnt tell theyd been na ship for a month.

dombay
July 7th, 2009, 11:48
Where does one get spacebags from?

i have some daiso ones but i think they won't work.

kuroneko87
July 7th, 2009, 11:51
Where does one get spacebags from?

i have some daiso ones but i think they won't work.


I've used the daiso ones and they seem fine, you might be able to get them at daiki or other department stores in the storage/travel section but they are bound to be more expensive. The daiso ones aren't the rollable type with the vavle but the vaccum ones.

C-dub_PDX
July 7th, 2009, 15:20
I will be out of my house on July 31st, so it is approaching rapidly. I have begun the process of throwing shit out and weeding through all of the junk in my place. I don't really want to be doing it yet, but I figure the sooner I get started the better.

On Sunday I got out one of my two suitcases and started preliminarily filling it with crap I won't need in my last few weeks. I'll probably have to reorganize it all before I send it to the airport, but it will be less work with more or less everything already in the bag.

I am actually anticipating having some extra room to work with. I took home almost a full suitcase of crap I wasn't using and extra clothes last summer, and I was able to send a full suitcase of stuff home with my sister when he came to visit. That said, I absolutely hate dealing with al of this. The act of packing seems to symbolize the huge change that is coming. It would have been so much easier to put it off for another year, but then I would just be dealing with this same mess next July.

yohgrl23
July 7th, 2009, 15:59
Where does one get spacebags from?

i have some daiso ones but i think they won't work.

i saw some at Kahma, but they were huge, i think they just didn't have any of the smaller sizes in stock though.

Marrissey
July 7th, 2009, 18:31
Got mine at Don Quijote.

dombay
July 8th, 2009, 13:23
Got mine at Don Quijote.

Where's that?

I'd better go and buy some.

karatemollie
July 12th, 2009, 14:57
LOFT has space bags too.

Kitsune
July 12th, 2009, 15:16
The vacuum bags are amazing I bought a heap of tham and they have survived vaccumed enroute to australia. i got my sis to check my winter clothes and she said she couldnt tell theyd been na ship for a month.

+1!

Space bags are so awesome. I packed all my winter clothes into one 20lb cube of cotton and polyester. Takes up only half of a suitcase

Tegan
July 12th, 2009, 17:36
Thursday the black cat guys are coming to take my luggage to the airport! eeeek! and Yaaay! Soooo excited to be going home, but man is it a lot of work to get all packed. I am still not sure if Im going to bring back both of my winter coats back. hmmm

mteacher80
July 12th, 2009, 21:48
damn its that close that people will be going home. well hope your stay in japan was a good one and good luck from here on out!!

dombay
July 13th, 2009, 18:01
Yea the black cat's visiting me Thursday too.

Boxes finishing up tonight.

Apartment inspection Wednesday.

It's all just really sad. I cannot see myself enjoying Sydney much come next week :(

Yuffie
July 13th, 2009, 19:09
I suck at life. That is all.

dombay I wish I was feeling as down about leaving as you are since that's how I felt when I went home after study abroad. But uh...I want a motherfucking cheesesteak. Working on that Philly bulletin board for like two weeks sure made me homesick.

dombay
July 13th, 2009, 22:33
Yea that's true. Im going to enjoy non-J food for a bit. But I'm sure that I'll miss J food pretty quickly too.

Going home is the most depressing thing I've ever done.

elleohelle
July 14th, 2009, 03:22
Yuffers, I will help you pack if I'm not too busy <3

dombay
July 14th, 2009, 19:02
So the city wants me to have all my items to post, currently 4 boxes, trying to make it 3, and my suitcase to be takkyuubined to Narita, ready by tomorrow afternoon.

I cannot argue with this. They're paying for it.

I think I'm going to cry I'm so disorganised :(

Urthona
July 14th, 2009, 21:55
Whenever I start to pack, I find more crap I want to take home.

twiceinalifetime
July 15th, 2009, 00:08
Packing sucks. I've moved house (furniture, the works) 3 times in the past 6 months - different, but still a ridiculous amount of packing. Moving back home from Japan was nuts because I had a million boxes to ship. You are smart to narrow down, but then it makes the decisions tougher. Good luck!

Tegan
July 15th, 2009, 07:41
Play some music that makes you feel productive or a radio program, I like NPRs wait wait don't tell me, and just go to town on your packing. Having something to listen to can be helpful. Don't look at all your stuff at once take it in sections or in piles and just get through one and then go on to the next, you will get through it all and will not feel as overwhelmed. =)

dombay
July 15th, 2009, 13:40
They let me go home to finish packing so it's just about done now.

Why even have a job?

Next stop the black cat then the mayor's office, bosses coming to inspect apartment, then the post office to ship these four boxes that I'm sending home.

sophiesaffron
July 17th, 2009, 11:08
Maybe this already came up but I heard a rumor that for shipping, the post office people want to check to see what you packed so you should bring the boxes there not yet taped up? Is this true? I don't want them going through my stuff:confused: plus it's already so nice and tightly packed

kuroneko87
July 17th, 2009, 11:14
Maybe this already came up but I heard a rumor that for shipping, the post office people want to check to see what you packed so you should bring the boxes there not yet taped up? Is this true? I don't want them going through my stuff:confused: plus it's already so nice and tightly packed

Nope I took mine to the post office all sealed up and it was no problem at all. they just gave me a little form to fill in (this was for funa-bin -surface mail by ship) which has English on it and you are expectedd to fill in, in English. I just gave a vague descriptions such as clothes, books, etc and my packages made it safely home.

sophiesaffron
July 17th, 2009, 11:23
Super, thanks kuroneko! :D

kuroneko87
July 17th, 2009, 11:29
No problems :)

dombay
July 17th, 2009, 13:09
Post office reckons 40 days to Australia by boat which is not bad.

Sent about 100 kg (most of that weight in books) and it cost be about 5 man.

kuroneko87
July 17th, 2009, 13:13
Post office reckons 40 days to Australia by boat which is not bad.

Sent about 100 kg (most of that weight in books) and it cost be about 5 man.

hey dombay!

I sent a boxes in May during Golden Week from Ehime to Brisbane and they arrived in early June, much earlier than i was expecting !

my boxes weighed between 8-13 kg and got me about 8000 yen each. Expensive but much easier than using a shipping company!

dombay
July 17th, 2009, 13:16
Yea that's the thing hey, there's a post office in my town. There's not a shipping company in my town.

Plus the city paid for it anyway so i didn't care about the cost as much as I would have were i paying.

kuroneko87
July 17th, 2009, 13:38
For me living in Shikoku its hard because all of the shipping companies are based on the mainland so wanted to charge me extra. With the post office its much simpler! The only thing was the lady at the post office was stupid and I swear she asked me 10 times if i was sure I wanted to send my things to Australia and not Austria!!!

dombay
July 19th, 2009, 10:13
For me living in Shikoku its hard because all of the shipping companies are based on the mainland so wanted to charge me extra. With the post office its much simpler! The only thing was the lady at the post office was stupid and I swear she asked me 10 times if i was sure I wanted to send my things to Australia and not Austria!!!

I get that all the time at the post office. Write it in kanji and they'll get it.

豪州 ごうしゅう

Noone knows the kanji for Austria so it's easy.

Timoshi
July 21st, 2009, 12:03
Yea that's true. Im going to enjoy non-J food for a bit. But I'm sure that I'll miss J food pretty quickly too.

Going home is the most depressing thing I've ever done.

Heh. Can't say I'll have that problem :^_^:

Do you know this website?

オーストラリア シドニーの生活情報なら 「チアーズ」フリーペーパー (http://www.cheers.com.au/)

It's a Japanese 'entertainment' magazine. Lots and lots of Japan related info. For example... [\ܑI (http://www.cheers.com.au/contents/eat/sp0808/sp0808.html) . Looks pretty damn good to me!

Yuffie
July 21st, 2009, 18:37
I AM FINALLY ABOUT TO START PACKING GUYS I ONLY HAVE 2 AND 1/2 WEEKS LEFT

yohgrl23
July 22nd, 2009, 11:16
2 weeks left.. gotta move all the furniture into the new guys apartment next tuesday. have not even started packing yet! ahh.. have no idea how i'm going to fit everything into my suitcases.
i need to clean like none other!

Yuffie
July 22nd, 2009, 12:01
We're in the saaaaame boat except I don't have to move any furniture. Good luck!

Paul
July 24th, 2009, 08:40
The only way to clean is to get a massive binliner or box and just go through the apartment chucking as much as you possibly can into it. Then dump it.

Repeat several times.

I've done about 3 sweeps of the apartment, throwing out 3 to 4 binliners full of shit every time, and theres still shit left over.

yohgrl23
July 24th, 2009, 08:55
thanks yuffie. goodluck
i was lucky and my school let me take monday off so i can do a big clean and get organized before the teachers come to move stuff.
I've done 1 sweep and came up with 2 garbage bags of trash and 1 box of stuff to ship home, that I should have shipped last month with my other boxes.
I'll do another sweep as I move shit out and hopefully then i'll be done and ready to pack my luggage.

cvmurrieta
July 28th, 2009, 07:53
Just moved out of my JET apartment and in with my girlfriend yesterday.

Felt kinda sad to be leaving the apartment...............................................

Veebles
July 29th, 2009, 18:48
KuroNeko and the shipping company picked up my bags and boxes today! I just have to pack my carry-on luggage and I'll be ready to move out on Friday. The hard/stressful part is over! :D

Yuffie
August 2nd, 2009, 20:38
OK so I was worried about stuff fitting but it fits just fine...the overweight charge is what's gonna get me though. $150, that's the same as an extra bag! And I was originally packing thinking 23 kilos, but turns out if you're leaving FROM Asia TO America it's 20 kilos. I have been living here for a YEAR.

The number of boxes went up to 4 today, and they are going to rape me as well.

kuroneko87
August 3rd, 2009, 11:41
Just moved out my apartment this morning as its my last day on JET, this weekend was a nightmare filled with clearing my stuff completely (no successor - I was told 1 week ago) and moving my stuff to my new place for 2 weeks. I had my inspection this morning and got my deposit back so am super happy!! No more stressing! I have to sit at my desk until 4.30pm twiddling my thumbs then im free!!

yohgrl23
August 4th, 2009, 08:27
Just waiting for the water people to come and turn off the water and give me my bill. Then off to the station and off to Tokyo. Leaving Japan Wednesday! Can't believe its all ending. My suitcases are on the way to the airport, they were just at the right weight but I got a few last minute gifts and my carry on is too big, so one bag is going to be over weight. Oh well. I'm just happy that I got everything in them.

candiedapple
June 1st, 2010, 21:06
Bringing back the PACKING thread since there are only a few months left for us non-recontracting JETs.

Does anyone have experience sending luggage FROM Japan TO their home country? I know you can send it to the airport, but what if you are going on a trip on the way home (not going directly home or back to Japan after the trip) and would like it send directly home?

Ladama
June 1st, 2010, 22:36
I also wanna hear about peoples packing woes. Is anyone going with a shipping company? I mostly have clothes, books, and a ridiculous number of cute knick-knacks, and can't decide if I should try a company like Shipmates, or just go with the Japan Post.

yohgrl23
June 3rd, 2010, 06:11
Ladma I sent most of my knick knacks and clothes home using japan post sea mail ( a group of us got a 10% (? maybe more) discount because we had 10 boxes all together (they don't have to be going to the same place but everyone has to use the sea mail option) everything made it home about a month after I did and nothing was broken or damaged.
I also had a LOT of books so I shipped them using Japan media mall it was really cheap they took about 4 months to get here though (i'm in Vermont so they had to go by sea and then land, I also mailed them in late May so I wasn't without them for long.)
Overall it was really easy the hardest part for me was getting my boxes and me a ride to the post office to meet up with my friends. I found out though that if you are not going for the group discount that you can request a pick up a representative from the post office will come to you and take your boxes.

onyxori
June 3rd, 2010, 18:58
yay vermont!
but to serious issues- sea mail...when I look on the japan post website I see air mail- where is the sea mail option? Is this something you have to go to the post office to ask for?

Ladama
June 4th, 2010, 17:16
yay vermont!
but to serious issues- sea mail...when I look on the japan post website I see air mail- where is the sea mail option? Is this something you have to go to the post office to ask for?

It's also known as "surface mail", cuz the ocean is a surface?

yohgrl23: thanks for the info. I might try to send a box of books via media mail, but I hear it's a little troublesome, i.e. only some post offices do it, and they have to check the contents. How was your experience?

I got a quote from Shipmates for shipping a cubic meter and holy hell, don't think I'll be going that route. >.<

yohgrl23
June 9th, 2010, 21:27
Ladama - sorry I only check this thing every once in a while. Surface mail is the correct name I just couldn't remember it.
the media mail was fairly simple. I did have to go to the main post office in my area (Luckily it was fairly close) they check the books and tie them in small groups with the plastic ribbon like stuff. A friend who did it with me had some papers inside one of her books and they had her take it out. Most of my books were pre-packed in shoe boxes and I stuffed cards and stuff in the bottom of the box and they didn't notice.
Then they put it all in a Japan post bag (mail sack) supposedly the mail sack is supposed to be returned to them but my small rural post office at home had no idea what to do with it so i just kept it.

monogatari
June 20th, 2010, 20:22
i've just about finished packing about 90% of the things that will be coming back with me.

the total comes out to 10 boxes which will become 11 later this week once i wash and pack my bike.

....yes, i have too much shit.

i have arranged for pickup this weekend and will be shipping via the sea shipment service of International Shipping and Moving from Japan / Moving Company (http://jluggage.com). i got a quote of 63,000yen for a cubic meter from Kochi to the port of Brisbane, Australia. i could have gotten door-to-door shipment, but that was really pricey... but as much as my boxes weigh (sucks being a bookwhore :'() and considering how many of them i have, 63,000yen doesn't seem too bad...? but what do i know. -_-; all i know is that jluggage's sea service doesn't care about weight and will get my stuff to its destination quicker than Japan Post. :)

sucks that the pickup guy apparently wont come up to my apartment and get the boxes since there's no elevator and i'm on the 3rd floor, though.... i may end up breaking my back.

nagako
June 29th, 2010, 13:21
From Kyoto to Seattle, Washington, I just sent 39kg of stuff (mostly books and clothes) via Surface Mail. It was 16,000 yen which was way less than I was expecting. Also, Japan Post will come to your door to pick up your stuff-no charge-if you call and ask them too. Just make sure you've already picked up the green address sheets and stuck them to the top of the box after filling everything out. They'll weigh your stuff, take your money, and haul it away for you!

onyxori
July 1st, 2010, 08:55
I came over with three pieces of luggage- and I'm trying really hard to stick to leaving with the same or less. With no replacement it sucks to have to bin so much good stuff. Not like shelves or tables (yet) but that extra bottle of olive oil and the giant stash of toothpaste I brought from home for fear of gnarly teeth. I find it makes me more sad to throw out that sort of stuff as opposed to tables and chairs and whatnot.

This weekend I have to take my bass apart ship it. *sad face*

Actual question: anyone know if that whole thing about Americans only being allowed 23kgs when returning from Asia is true or not? I would think that if they let you come in with 50 and change they should let you leave with 50 and change...but that might be making too much sense.

Yukino
July 2nd, 2010, 10:29
Oh packing... that's something I really don't want to think about...
I have a friend coming to visit me today, for 2 weeks so when they leave I'll see how much I can send back with them. That still gives me 2 weeks before I have to leave my apartment. I figure I can fit half of it in my suitcases and then I'll have to ship 2 or 3 boxes. I'm using the post office, just because it's close to my house and easy to use.

Does anyone know how many days in advance you need to ship your luggage to the airport?

bighungrysteve
July 2nd, 2010, 11:49
anyone have any advice on customs charges? i'm preparing stuff to ship back to the UK, but I sent a present home worth 1man and I was charged customs tax for it because the people there are idiots. is there some kind of form i need to fill out, or is listing the contents and value of the box on a sheet of paper enough?

onyxori
July 8th, 2010, 09:21
@bighungrysteve:

::copied and pasted::
All mail that enters the United Kingdom may be examined by customs, but normally letters, postcards and packets containing only documents and similar forms of correspondence are excluded.

If you are receiving a package from overseas (unless it’s from another EU Country), please be aware that it may incur customs charges. Any package assessed by HM Revenue and customs as being liable for customs charges will also incur a Royal Mail handling fee of £8.

Any goods imported into the UK over the value of £18 are liable to import VAT. Gifts between private individuals over the value of £40 are also liable for VAT. Goods and gifts over these values may also be liable for customs duty. You no longer have to pay customs duty for goods up to the value of £135, however you will still be required to pay import VAT and excise duty where applicable.

For more details please read the Royal Mail guide to receiving goods from overseas. You can also check the [


Customs Declarations – CN22
For gifts and goods up to £270 in value you'll need complete one of these:
[URL="http://www.royalmail.com/link/download?catId=4200004&mediaId=39900677"]Customs declaration CN22 (opens in a new window) (http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/customs/post/internet.htm)

onyxori
July 8th, 2010, 09:22
hope that helps! ;-)