Archive for the ‘Germany’ Category

Changing tax class

April 12, 2007

Changing the tax class after getting married was a lot easier than I expected. All I had to do was go down to the KVR with the translation of the wedding certificate, our passports, and our current tax cards

The nice man in the office made the relevant changes in the system and updated the tax cards while I waited, and I didn’t have to pay anything.

Translation of the Wedding Certificate

March 21, 2007

Before we can register our marriage in Germany, and therefore take advantage of the better tax rates, we need to get an official translation of our Kosekitouhon (family register) that was issued by the town hall in Japan.

Normally in Japan you don’t get a “wedding certificate”; instead they issue a new Kosekitouhon, removing the bride from the existing one for her family. We also got a separate certificate that we need to submit to the British consulate, but it’s the Kosekitouhon that we have to get translated for the German authorities.

The Japanese Consulate-General in Munich will do the translation within a week, for a fee of 9 Euros.

Paperwork for getting married in Japan

January 24, 2007

As a British citizen getting married in Japan, you need to provide the following paperwork when you go to the town hall to sign the forms for the legal marriage.

  • Birth certificate, and translation
  • Passport, and translation
  • Certificate of No Impediment

The translations of the birth certificate and passport apparently don’t need to be done by a certified translator. You can just get your partner to translate them.

Getting the Certificate of No Impediment (CNI) requires slightly more effort, specially when you’re not resident in Japan. The CNI has to be issued by the British Consulate responsible for your place of residence abroad (i.e. Munich in my case) and then forwarded to the Consulate in Japan – Osaka or Tokyo depending on where the marriage will take place. The Consulate in Japan will then issue the CNI in Japanese and post it on to your address in Japan (assuming you have one; I guess you have to pick it up in person otherwise).

Another complication to getting the CNI is that the consular officer might want to see some kind of proof that the Japanese partner is not already married. In this case you need to get hold of a copy of her/his Kosekitouhon (family register) from his/her local town hall.

Our CNI was issued with no problems, and now we’re all set to get married in Japan later this year. While we were there for Christmas and New Year we finalised the plans for the temple ceremony, clothing, and the reception party. Some pictures will follow later.

Kochelsee & Walchensee

November 3, 2006

Continuing to catch up on the entries that I skipped while I was concentrating on getting the Japan Diaries finished, here are a few pictures from a day at Kochelsee & Walchensee.

While looking through the pictures, I realised it was exactly a year to the day since the previous time we were there.


September 26, 2006

The past weekend was nice and sunny so we drove down to Spitzingsee for a walk around the lake and up the hill to the Berggasthof Untere Firstalm.

Britboard + Toytown Munich = Toytown Germany

August 23, 2006

The Britboard and Toytown Munich have been merged to create Toytown Germany. Whether or not the new site will be greater than the sum of its parts is something we’ll have to wait to find out.

When the 2 sites were merged we found that Invision, the developers of the forum software that we use, don’t provide any way to merge two separate forum installations, so we had to do it ourselves:

Open air swimming in Benediktbeuern

August 9, 2006

The last couple of weekends I’ve been swimming at the Alpenwarmbad (open air heated pool) in Benediktbeuern, which is about 45 minutes south of Munich.


On both weekends the weather was pretty bad (lots of rain) so I and the people I was with had the pool all to ourselves. I’m not sure why people avoid the place when it’s raining – if you’re going swimming you’re going to get wet anyway…

Not so many pictures because I only got the camera out after I’d finished swimming.

Pig’s Head

March 1, 2006

Pig's head

At V-Markt you can buy a pig’s head, but they don’t sell any decent cuts of Lamb.

Cross-Country Skiing in Bayrischzell

January 30, 2006

Pictures from yesterday’s cross-country ski trip – a 12 kilometer round trip from Bayrischzell to the Bäckeralm and back.

Cross-Country Skiing in Oberammergau and Lenggries

January 16, 2006

Pictures from yesterday’s cross-country ski trip from Oberammergau through Graswang to Schloß Linderhof.

And pictures from the previous week’s cross-country skiing in Lenggries.

Kochelsee & Walchensee

July 25, 2005

Pictures from a day trip to Kochelsee and Walchensee, 9th July.


April 22, 2005

Photos from another visit to Walchensee.


December 7, 2004

Some pictures from a visit to the Concentration Camp memorial in Dachau.

Bad Tölz

December 7, 2004

A couple of pictures from a rainy day in Bad Tölz.


October 16, 2004

Yesterday I visited a company based in Dresden for some work-related meetings. The meetings finished early so I had a bit of time to walk around the city centre before my flight back to Munich.

Photos here: