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Canada plays host to a growing number of international students, with more than half (52.7 per cent in 2008) coming from Asia, according to the Canadian Bureau for International Education.

Although part of studying abroad is about developing new tastes and discovering new places that in time become old haunts, there’s comfort in bringing the familiar with you to keep those homesick blues at bay.

What stuff, we wonder, can’t students leave home without — and wouldn’t mind risking an excess baggage fee for?

Nami Suzuki, a graduate of McGill University, shares what she hauled all the way from Japan to Canada.



Nami Suzuki at Vieux Montreal (Old Montreal). Photo: Contributed















Montreal had so much Asian stuff. I think I could find anything I wanted if I didn’t mind spending a lot of money.

But if you’re picky (like me, I can’t live without my plum wine choice – Choya), then you’d probably want to bring [stuff] from home.

I brought a rice cooker (a lot cheaper to buy in Japan), [Hi-Chew] Japanese candies (too expensive to indulge on everyday if I bought it in Canada), my favourite instant noodles and condiments for rice (furikake).

Bringing plum wine was my first and last attempt, though! It took so much of my luggage weight limit. I also asked my parents to send me little things that are cheaper in Japan, like socks, [an] umbrella, tank tops, etc.

Now I realize I got so many things from Japan while I was in Canada!

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