Although grocery shopping in a new country can be an interesting exercise as you discover new products and in many ways learn about the culture of that country, you may find that along with your favorite brands from home, grocery shopping is quite a different experience altogether. Having lived in Tokyo and Yokohama, I can share the ins and outs of grocery shopping there which you may find vastly different to what you are used to at home.
If there's one thing I know about Tokyo, it's where to get your book fix, whether you're after brand new, used, borrowed, traded, online, bookclub, and more. I am a bookaholic and regularly buy and borrow more than I can read. I've decided it's a weakness I am happy not fighting, unlike my other addiction - chocolate. When I lived in Tokyo, besides my wallet, cell phone, and hand towel, the only other thing guaranteed to be in my bag was a book or two, what with all the train rides to pass time on and cafes beckoning me to stop for a latte and read. I've listed my favorite sources for English books below and am aware that there are others. I welcome any additions including for other parts of Japan. Happy reading fellow bookworms!
There are all kind of online grocery shopping services available in Japan, from general stores that sell imported goods, specialty stores that sell organic goods, Asian stores, and even a shop specializing in all things meat, and fortunately for the foreign community, some of them are in English.
The single most useful and life-changing purchase I made in Japan was my electric bike. I was honestly devastated when I had to leave it behind. The combination of high shipping costs, non- compatible voltage, and high levels of bike theft back home meant it wasn't worth taking it with me. I do know that if I ever move back to Japan my first purchase will be another electric bike.
Perhaps one of your greatest challenges in being pregnant in Japan will be finding suitable clothing to cover your rapidly expanding belly. While some expectant mothers in Japan have not abandoned the sack-like pinafore dresses, maternity fashion has evolved to the degree where you can get your skinny jean fix albeit with an elastic waist to last you all 9 months.