Isn't it amazing how much stuff accumulates while living here in Tsukuba? As the turnover rate of both foreigners and Japanese is quite high in Tsukuba, many people are faced with trying to find the best way to ship their belongings to wherever they are going. There are a number of options, and the best deal will vary as to shipment size and destination. Thus, it pays to check around before you commit yourself.
One possibility worth checking out was suggested to the Alien Times by the Tsukuba Information Center. Japan Luggage Express is a company headquartered in Kashiwa, Chiba, about halfway between Tsukuba and Tokyo. It accepts both small and large orders and offers various options, including air and ocean freight, temporary storage in the country of destination (if the final address has not been finalized), packing materials, and pick-up anywhere in Japan. They can either make arrangements for delivery at a specific address (at a higher rate) or a more economic rate at a nearby port (if you have the time and means to pick it up yourself). Their customer service number is (toll free) 0120-48-0081 and is available in both English and Japanese.
The International Women's Network (IWN) is a group of women who enjoy chatting with people from all over the world. We hold a monthly potluck dinner where we exchange information about the local community while eating a variety of foods. No reservation is needed to attend the potluck. Just bring one dish of food and show up at the meeting. Newcomers are always welcome! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy the international city of Tsukuba with us!
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