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Although you can get by in Japan without speaking the language, knowing just a few phrases can help you make friends, enjoy service with a smile, and discover richer, more rewarding experiences.
Score a table in Tokyo's famous fish market, join the power-ballad belters at a late-night karaoke bar, or sip on sake with newly found friends in a centuries-old Kyoto brewery.
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