“Zaditen”, an allergy medicine from Novartis, is now available over-the-counter in Japan. Last year it was by prescription only, but I’m blogging about it because it works for me where little else did. It’s about 1800 yen for a 20 capsule pack, which seems expensive but “welcome to Japan” eh? Its main ingredient seems to be Ketotifen, and I noticed it makes me a little sleepy, but at least I am not wheezing from the Cedar pollen flying down from the mountainous areas of Japan in great clouds. Zaditen might be useful to allergy sufferers in Japan, and you can print this and take it to your local pharmacy (yakkyoku 薬局) to get some, but of course use it at your own risk.