It’s not the end of June yet but I already have flown 100,000 miles on American Airlines alone. So, I will have an Executive Platinum status for another year.
My second day living in Japan was my first working there. Although it is not official until July 16th.
In the morning, I met with the consultant again. She took me to the municipal office so I can register my residency and for them to activate my resident card. It took about an hour for the process. Then, we went to SMBC Bank by my work to open a bank account. This process took a few hours. As a requirement from the bank, I had to write my own application forms in Japanese. It took me a long time to complete those forms to open a bank account and to apply for a credit card. Anyway, after a few hours I got my debit card. I had to go back to work and we didn’t get a chance to go to Muji store. I was able to buy a few things from Daiso e.g. hangers, glasses, and a flor mat.
Because of the jet lag, I didn’t sleep well last night. I went to bed around 10:30 PM but woke up around 2:00 AM. I tried to go back to sleep but couldn’t. I finally got out of bed around 6:00 AM. It was a rainy day. I had breakfast and coffee at the Prak Roast Coffee which was not too far from the hotel I stayed at (Hotel Unizo). I took two bags with me and went to my new apartment to meet with a consultant from Relo at 1:00 PM. The consultant was very nice and very helpful. She showed me the apartment including how to operate everything in the apartment where the instructions are all written in Japanese. I was able to practice the intercom with a delivery person from Nitori who came to deliver my futon.
After the orientation, we went to the Muji store and Yodobashi Camera in Umeda. I wanted to buy curtans at Muji for the apartment but I didn’t know the length of the windows, so I couldn’t buy them. At Yodobashi Camera, I bought a washer/dryer combo. I wanted to buy two separate machines – one as a washer and another one as a dryer – but they won’t fit in my apartment, so I bought a combo machine made by Panasonic. The design is nice and simple. It’s called Cube. I also bought a medium-size refrigerator made by Mitsubishi and a fan (cool/heat/air cleaner) from Dyson. I was so tired by the time we were done buying the fan. We ran out of time because I had to to go dinner with a few people from work. A good thing about Yodobashi Camera is that you earn points (8% back) and you can use those points immediately after you have earned them. I was able to use points I earned from buying the washer/dryer when buying the refrigerator. The bad thing was everything had to be written in Japanese on the delivery slip. I couldn’t have done this myself. They will deliver everything on Saturday, July 2nd.
For dinner, I met with a few people from work for my welcome party. It was very nice of them to meet me.
After dinner, I got the other two bags from the hotel and took them to my apartment. So, I have officially moved in to my apartment. There was nothing in the apartment but the futon, 4 bags and me.
First night in the apartment
After 14 hours on a flight from New York, I landed at Narita International Airport. I got a resident card on the spot at the Immigration counter and cleared customs for my belongings (including those coming by air and boat later). This is my first day living in Japan, officially (June 18, 2016) and Japan is my third country I live in.