Posts Tagged ‘Japan’
When I renewed my visa I naively assumed that it included an extension of the re-entry permit.
I didn’t find out that this is not the case until I was at Narita airport going through passport control.
Passport control officer: “So, you’re not coming back to Japan?”
Me: “Of course I’m coming back, I’m only going on vacation.”
Passport control officer: “So where’s your re-entry permit? This is expired.”
Me: “Here it is look, I renewed it in April.” *points to the new visa*
Passport control officer: “This is your visa. You also need a new re-entry permit!”
Luckily they issued one at the airport, but only for a single entry. I have to go back to the immigration centre to get a new multiple re-entry permit.
My visa expires next month so I went on Google to find out what forms I need to fill in. Annoyingly most of the hits are to forum discussions and professional visa application services, but not to the actual information on the immigration service website.
Eventually I found them, and hopefully if I post the links here it’ll help anyone else who is looking for the same information in the future:
In the 2-3 of days immediately after the earthquake, it was difficult to get essentials like bread, milk, eggs, and rice, but there has always been plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats. Two weeks later, we can get the basics, but in limited amounts.
There has been a bit of a scare about contamination in the water, but that has pretty much passed now. The government’s warnings sparked a wave of panic-buying bottled water, which looks set to continue for a while. There’s been no bottled water in any of the shops near us for the past week or so. We’re just drinking the tap water and giving the kids bottled water that was sent by a friend in another part of Japan.
As for the rolling blackouts, they’ve been cancelled almost every day. We’ve only had two so far, and they were both shorter than planned.
At work they’ve introduced an electricity conservation policy which means we have to work shorter hours. I can live with that.
Overall, everything is almost back to normal.
Step 1: This step is only necessary if you have been living under a rock for the past decade and do not already own an mp3 player. Crawl out from under your rock and buy one. iPod, Walkman, generic brand, doesn’t matter.
Step 2: Throw away the crappy earbud headphones that came with the mp3 player and purchase a pair of high quality noise cancelling ones. (Pictured: Bose Quiet Comfort 3).
Step 3: Load up your player with enough music to last your commute time, taking into account delays. You don’t want to run out of music while stuck at the station waiting for a train that is delayed because some inconsiderate git decided to jump in front of it during the rush hour.
Step 4: Crank up the volume high enough to drown out the extremely annoying in-train announcements and station jingles.
We found a decent sized chicken at Sanwa and cooked it in a Le Creuset pot on the gas hob. It turned out very well, tender and juicy. And I even managed to make a Yorkshire pudding in the combo oven. Served with Paxo stuffing smuggled in from England.
Mildly annoying, but “No problem,” I thought, “I’ll just unsubscribe from it”. So I clicked on the “配信先の変更・停止はこちら” link, entered my email address, hit the confirmation button, and thought that would be the end of it.
But no, then I got another one. And another one. And another one.
It turns out they have literally dozens of different
spamshots newsletters, and the “unsubscribe” link only works for that particular one, not all of them. It took almost a week before I found the link to the page where you can switch all of them off.
Slow-motion video recorded by a friend during a trip to Japan.