Phew! I’m finally able to go online. I encountered some initial problems (all taken care of now) over the weekend after arriving at my place in Japan, so I haven’t been able to post anything until now. First, I realized that the adapter I had bought for my various electrical power plugs back home in Norway, which was supposed to allow me to use those electrical plugs in Japan, didn’t actually fit for my laptop computer’s electrical plug, the most important one. So I couldn’t charge my laptop until I found and bought the right adapter, which left me with only around 4 hours of battery life on my computer in the meantime. Then, to make matters worse, I suddenly had some trouble with my cellphone data no longer working, which meant I couldn’t use Google Maps to find an appropriate electrical store where I could buy an adapter (and I couldn’t use it to find my school and various other things either…), and since it was the weekend, and since there is an 8 hour time difference between Norway and Japan, I wasn’t able to call my cellphone company until late Monday afternoon…
I eventually got my cellphone data back though, and I was able to find both my school, a good electronics store that had the adapters I needed, and the ward office in my district where I needed to go to take care of some things that foreigners staying in Japan long-term need to do within 14 days of finding a place to stay in the country (in case I wasn’t clear enough about it before: Japan is VERY strict both about letting foreigners in, and about letting them stay there. The various procedures seem to go on and on…I think I’m finally all done now though, at least for a year…). My bad luck didn’t end there though: Just when I finally found the ward office, after having walked around for god knows how long (I didn’t get my cellphone data back until several hours after I started searching for everything), I arrived only to find out that it was closed, because apparently it was a public holiday (I had no idea, and if you don’t know beforehand, then it’s hard to notice, since most shops in Japan seem to be open for a long time anyway, even on holidays, apparently)…Coming of Age Day as it’s called, where families, schools, and others celebrate the young people who have turned, or will turn, 20 between April 2 of the previous year, and April 1 of the current year, which is when they are finally officially considered adults in Japan (and can legally drink, among other things. :P). There are various local celebrations, and pictures being taken etc.
So I will have to visit the ward office early tomorrow morning before going to school, and hope that they can take care of things fast, since I’m supposed to have certain documents from them with me when I show up for the first day at school. If not…well, hopefully the school will be understanding if I need a day extra. It’s not all bad though, the Coming of Age Day meant I got to see lots of pretty girls in really beautiful winter kimonos, which have these nice scarves that summer kimonos and yukatas don’t have. 🙂 The boys just wear boring, regular uniforms. 😛
Anyway, that’s what’s been up. I’ll probably be writing two more, much smaller posts over the next few days, one about something I found, and one about something about Tokyo that I like. Oh, and this is, for the most part, what my room looks like (before I moved in that is)!: http://www.mmtl.jp/english/detail.asp?id=10044 I’m in the 1DK type2 type. The bathroom is really cramped, and the bed is bad on my back (probably gonna have to get a new, better mattress at some point), but otherwise the place is fine. I have it all to myself, so I’m not complaining.
That’s it for now. Cheers. 🙂