It’s been pretty quiet lately. Continue reading
I went to immigration this morning before work to get my new 在留 card. The last two years, it’s only taken me about an hour to get in and out. Not so this year. The line was freakishly long, and it was hours before my number finally got called. The good news is that I don’t have to go back for a while — I was given a three-year extension this time. (I asked for five, as always, so I only consider it a partial victory.)
I mentioned before I used to go to Yamatoya when I worked in Tamachi. I don’t get back very often, but I swung by after work tonight. I was greeted by one of the older guys there, who not only recognized me, but called me by a nickname he gave me after a joke I made one night. It’s always nice to be remembered.
Living in Japan involves many things: a lack of open container laws, high prices on just about everything, and natural disasters. While earthquakes can strike pretty much any time, this is the season for typhoons. Japan doesn’t name their storms like we do in the West; instead, they simply number them. Yesterday was Typhoon #24, and it was a big one. Continue reading
The time had come again to do what all expats without spousal visas or residency dread: Go to the Immigration Office. Continue reading
As I mentioned before, I brought back an entire suitcase full of things to sell. It was mostly Japanese games and accessories, anime soundtracks, and game soundtracks, with a single volume of manga and the last of my original Transformers from when I was a kid. As soon as I had both time and motivation, I headed to Akihabara with suitcase in tow. Continue reading
After a solid four weeks in the States, it was finally time to go back to Japan. I always have mixed feelings when it comes time to return, but it’s better to look forward and all that. Continue reading