I think Dr. McCoy said it best in Star Trek 4: "The bureaucratic mentality is the only constant in the Universe". The Japanese definitely seem to have taken it to an art form. In the past few days, I had to fill out more forms than I think in my entire prior life (ok, probably not really, but you get the point).

Forms for the dormitory, for alien registration, for health insurance, for the University, for the internet account, for the Japanese courses... it's gotten so bad I pretty much know how to write my own address by heart. In Kanji.

But at least it's almost over. I think there's just one more major form-signage session coming up, which should be for a mobile phone. Unfortunately Dutch mobile phones don't work here at all, so mine is currently serving as a glorified alarm clock. I've been given two different explanations for this; the first is that the networks in Japan all use 3G, so regular GSM phones don't work, and the second is that foreign providers are banned from the Japanese network. I don't know which is true; it might be both. At least all the phones I've seen in shops are 3G.

Not having a mobile (or "keitai" as the Japanese call them) is a bit of a bother since I also don't have a phone on my room or anything so the only way for people to contact me is by e-mail or postal mail.

Yesterday I signed up for the Japanese courses. I just barely made it to the sign-up office in time because I got lost on the Hongo campus. It's just huge. According to the placement tests I'm level "pre-3", which is what I signed up for. I hope that's okay since the test was just a simple "if you can read this, you can enter level X", and my reading skills are better than my conversation skills. But we'll see; worst case I'll have to work a bit harder the first few weeks. The classes are three times a week at the Hongo campus, which is about one hour travel from here. Fortunately the classes start at 13:10 so I can avoid the morning rush hour.

All this travel is getting quite expensive though. At least when I get a bike I'll be able to get rid of the bus fare everyday. As for the rest, I wonder if they have something like a monthly pass (this is however made more difficult by all the different railway companies in Japan). If not, I'll just have to deal with it. In that case I should at least get a "pasmo", a new type of electronic, rechargable ticket that works for almost all trains and buses. It's not cheaper, but at least it would be easier.

Categories: University, Personal, Japan
Posted on: 2007-04-10 09:53 UTC.


code xbox live gold

2013-09-25 15:01 UTC

Find out more information on the xbox live membership and xbox live service in general.
However, relaying on those reviews completely is not a smart thing to do always.

* Regardless of chosen faceplates, the procedure remains
fully functional.

piratage compte facebook

2013-10-02 18:46 UTC

Thanks very nice blog!


2013-10-11 20:53 UTC

I blog frequently and I truly thank you for your information.

This great article has truly peaked my interest.

I'm going to book mark your blog and keep checking for
new details about once per week. I opted in for
your Feed too.

buy facebook likes

2013-11-05 01:23 UTC

Folksy is a website that was created to showcase UK designers, artists
and crafters. If your trampoline is mostly for fun, such as what would be kept in your backyard,
then a round one is the most common. Such a deal is typically for three years, so at the end of that time the potential home buyer will have saved
$200 times 36 months, or $7,200 toward a down payment.

Versicherungsmakler Freiburg

2013-11-26 18:28 UTC

Hmm it looks like your website ate my first comment (it was extremely long)
so I guess I'll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I'm thoroughly enjoying your blog.

I as well am an aspiring blog blogger but I'm still new to the whole
thing. Do you have any points for first-time blog writers?

I'd really appreciate it.


2013-12-01 10:25 UTC

I savor, lead to I found just what I was taking a look for.
You have ended my 4 day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a nice day.


2013-12-09 00:05 UTC

Reduced appetite enables one to take less food, which restricts fat to enter into body.

The 'energy boost' here iss due to its additional effect of accelerating
one's metabolism and heart-rate. Some of these drugs are appetite suppressants, reducing the
inclination of the human body to feel hungry or
need food.


2014-04-01 00:45 UTC

Hello would you mind letting me know which hosting company you're working with?
I've loaded your blog in 3 different browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot
quicker then most. Can you recommend a good hosting provider at a fair price?

Many thanks, I appreciate it!

seo programms for mac

2014-04-30 01:38 UTC

TҺis seemed odd to me so I decided tо look further into the matter and write an article about what
I fоund. If you associate yourself with unethical search marketiոg techniques, ƴour reputation ԝill
definitely suffer. The bots often spider web (the most widely used of these).


2014-04-30 08:25 UTC

- Optimiƶed content that can convеrt νisitors into subscribers oг customers.
What is a low-ϲost, high return on іnvestment foг your SEO budget.
Only knowledge caո eոable Ԝеb optimization businessеѕ to prepare consumers for these algoritɦmic adjustments and
other tгߋubles far better.

google adwords login

2014-08-11 12:39 UTC

This is very interesting, You're a very skilled blogger. I have joined your rss feed and look forward to
seeking more of your great post. Also, I've shared your
site in my social networks!

Add comment

Latest posts




RSS Subscribe