Thursday, September 3, 2015

And So It Begins

We have made it through our first few days in Japan. I'm not sure where to even begin. It's been pretty exhausting. There is SO MUCH paperwork in getting set up here. SO MUCH. 

We landed on Tuesday afternoon to rain. It was kind of enjoyable since we rarely see it in Southern California. Traipsing through the airport with four suitcases and four carry-ons was like a comedy act. We should've rented a cart is what we should've done. We pretty much laughed it off. But not every time. 

Our first night was at the Marriott which was very nice. Room service and a comfy bed were very welcome by that time. 
I spent Wednesday morning eating breakfast and studying for the driving test while Ken was at the office. 
We had to register at the Ward office before we could move in.  Then finally to the apartment. We are talking bare bones here ladies and gentlemen. B A R E. 
Some of our rented furniture has not arrived yet. So we only have the table and chairs and bed. Slim pickings. 

This is our new parking spot. The lower one. You hit a button and your car disappears down under ground. Crazy. 
Yesterday we set up a bank account, bought me a new phone 😉, bought some groceries and bought a router. We also had some delicious Japanese food for lunch. Really good. 

Today was our first trip on the subway to meet our "person" for our driving written test. We both passed, thankfully. A couple of men from Sri Lanka were friendly and talkative. They want to meet again for dinner. We will see. 

DMV lines are crazy all over the world. Just in case you need to know that. We will go again for a driving practice and then a driving test. Things are complicated in Japan. We are thankful that it is the weekend and we can do what we want and explore. I'll be back with more interesting adventures from soon! 


  1. Karen, the process you're going through now reminds me of a favorite Charles Darwin quote: "Step by step, method in all things." And what a daunting number of steps and processes you have to go through to get settled in. Very brave to tackle driving right off. Look forward to see how you furnish and decorate your apartment--will you take the Japanese minimalist approach or still need more "things" to make it more like home? Hope you have time to rest up a bit and that you and Ken will have a little time to explore. All the best in your new journey, Karen.

  2. I am living vicariously through you. I knew about alot of paper work. Most Japanese buy a stamp of their signature to make paper work easier. Just a little fyi in case you didn't know but I'm sure you did.

  3. Wowzers!
    I think I would be so overwhelmed that I would
    not know where to start.
    Looking forward to your adventures!

    M : )


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