After a second visit to Touhou University Hospital this morning, the doctor says my pneumonia is gone. The lingering cough is common, he said, and should vanish within a month. If it’s not gone in three more weeks, I’m to go back in. I also wasn’t prescribed any medicine this time, which is good; I was tired of taking so many damn pills. Finally, they only took a regular X-ray this time instead of a costly CT scan, which effectively shortened my bill by an entire decimal place.
(Warning: This post might be considered boring to anyone who isn’t me. Proceed at your own risk.)
Now that I’m feeling better, I can finally reflect on my annual US vacation. Three weeks in the States allowed me time to do most everything I wanted to do and several things I needed to do. For example, I… Continue reading
After spending a few hours conversing and having some pints with a friend, we stopped in Shinagawa Station to part ways. A policeman walked up and asked if we were tourists, and we said no, we live in Tokyo. He then asked to see our 在留 cards. Just over two years here and I finally got asked for my card. It’s as annoying as people say.
I assumed the cop was bored, while my friend felt the guy wanted to practice his English. Either way, I didn’t much like it.
- Continue reading While in the States, I managed to get sick for the last week home, and stayed sick in Japan. Took me three local clinic visits before my doctor referred me to a nearby university hospital, where they discovered I had pneumonia via an expensive CT scan. Between the local visits, the hospital visit, and a lost day of work due to fever, it’s been a pretty costly experience.
Another year in Japan requires two things: renewal of my job contract and renewal of my visa (in that order). Before going back to the States, I’d done the former. Now that I was back in Japan, it was time to do the latter. Continue reading
I live in Japan, but the US will always be my home. Thus, I consider both places home. When speaking Japanese, I use the verb 帰国する (to return to one’s home country) when going to America, and the simpler verb 帰る (to return home) for when I come back to Tokyo. Continue reading