Archive for October, 2008


Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

At the minute there are three woman in my apartment helping out with the packing.  They seem overly concerned about the number of coins scattered about the place and have started to create a pile of these on the dining table.  I really don’t like small coins and even though I try to get rid of them when I am shopping I always seem to end up with far too many weighing down my purse.  The worst culprit is the Japanese 1 Yen coin (worth about a half pence in sterling).  So far they have found 101 of these in the living room.  They have also found eight 5 Yen coins, forty-one 10 Yen coins, nine 50 Yen coins, three 100 Yen coins and one 500 Yen coin.  It’s going to get much worse when they get to my bedroom.

I also have coins for many other countries.  But I wasn’t expecting to find coins from countries I have never been to.  Seems that it isn’t only me who doesn’t like these cluttering up their pockets!

Moving Apartments

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Marty and I are moving this week.  We have been told that it’s easy to move apartments in Japan but we are still finding it stressful.  First there is the expense.  We need to pay the agent, key money, and a deposit.  This comes to five months rent!  The key money is the bit I find strangest.  We have to pay the value of two months rent to the building owners as some sort of gift before we move in.

Then we need to pay the moving company.  We knew that this would be expensive and I started to investigate a variety of different companies.  But it turned out that there was no point in researching it.  The building we are moving into only allows us to use one moving company.  They told us that we are getting a discount by using them because we don’t need to rent “panels”.  I have no clue what the panels are for.

Actually “no clue” is starting to sum up the whole experience.  I have no clue what anyone has said to me on the phone when they have rang about the move.  I have no clue how to sort out the utility bills and services.  And I have no clue how I am going to understand the three woman who are coming to pack tomorrow morning.  At times living in Japan does leave me feeling clueless.

Shopping in Tokyo

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

We have had lots of people stay with us this year and most of them have enjoyed shopping in Tokyo.  Norwin, who is with us at the minute, went out shopping today.  I must admit that I was expecting him to buy some sort of electronic gadget or maybe another godzilla toy.  I wasn’t expecting the hat…

Norwin and his hat

The Joker