If you’re a foreigner in Japan, at some point you’re probably going to have a run-in with the police. This might be because they think you look suspicious (for justified reasons or not) and want to check your residence card, pulled you over because you violated a traffic law, or maybe you lost your wallet and need to file a lost report/are lost and need to ask directions at the nearest police box (kōban).
Having just gotten pulled over for a traffic offense, and considering the police climate Stateside, I thought I’d write a short bit on what to do if and when you encounter the police in Japan.
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After visiting friends towards the middle and southern parts of Japan, I took one last trip up to Tokyo to hang with some peeps I feel like I never see often enough.
Although we’d all been contemplating visiting the limited Ani-ON Sailor Moon cafe, reservations were totally booked through, so someone else in our circle suggested hitting up the Capcom Bar that’s also on a limited run in Shinjuku instead. Hey, it’s not like I needed any convincing! 😉
Although I still get some work with oDesk, it hasn’t been nearly enough to make ends meet. On top of that, I’m finding that for quite a few companies that advertise, outsourcing to freelancers = way to get away with paying less than minimum wage for work.
So in light of that, I started branching out more. In March I registered with Gengo, one of the bigger translation sites, and it’s currently one of the places I’ve been receiving steady work from.
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On a previous travel guide post, I mentioned some cheaper ways to travel around Japan. One of the ways to to do this is with a Seishun 18 Kippu (read as “seishun juuhachi kippu“), that allows you 5 days of unlimited JR train access except for special expresses/shinkansen. Granted you’ll need a lot of time to get around, but it’s great for backpackers, group travel, and hopping off random stations to explore… Or people like me who don’t mind spending half a day or two on the train to save 40,000 yen ($400 USD) in travel costs.
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That’s right! I went to Gifu, Okayama, and back, and that’s about how much I saved with this ticket and choosing to by local/rapid trains instead of taking the bullet train. My whole train fare for the trip (including another trip I took to Tokyo with a friend to see the Fushigi Yūgi play) cost me less than 10,000 yen ($100 USD) with a Seishun 18 Kippu.
Posted in Culture & Holidays, Money & Finance, Series, Sightseeing & Travel
- Tagged cheap travel, cheap travel in japan, japan, JR, local trains, seishun 18 kippu, sightseeing in japan, spring break, summer vacation, trains, travel, traveling, traveling within japan, winter vacation
I’m not out of the teaching business completely, but I was so glad to finally be able to say good riddance to my old company and crazy boss at the end of March!
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In Japan it’s customary to give departing teachers flowers or another small gift. Although I was aware of this custom, the sheer amount of gifts I received was surprising and somehow much more than what the past departing teachers had received! It was bittersweet to say goodbye to all of my kiddos, but I felt loved reading their letters and how many of them said they enjoyed having class together over the past five years. I ran out of things to use as vases halfway through the week, and this was only a third of it all!
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Last Saturday a friend and I headed out to Tokyo to catch one of the last Fushigi Yūgi play showings at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel.
With Sailor Moon getting a musical revival (here and here), it was only a matter of time before another girls’ anime got one as well. Fushigi Yūgi brings back so many great memories for me, because it’s how I connected with a group of girls that later became my best friends throughout high school. We would pretend we were priestesses and pass around a priestess notebook that we filled with letters, drawings, and notes to one another during class. It was silly and fun. I still consider one of these girls to be my absolute BFF even to this day.
Here’s a short summary and review of the show, with pamphlet scans, too. 🙂
Posted in Culture & Holidays, Music, Personal
- Tagged anime, club eX, fushigi yuugi, fushigi yuugi stage play, girls anime, golden bomber, manga, pamphlet, plays, shinagawa station, shingawa prince hotel, shoujo anime, theatre, visual kei, yutaka kyan, yuu watase