Already three weeks since I arrived in Tokyo, time went very fast!
The first 10 days was not very interesting, I had to do some formalities which come with a long stay to do. So I had to declare my address to my ward office, open a bank account in japan, then go back multiple times to the bank (Because nothing never happens as expected) and then find a contract for my smartphone!
Getting a number, we could think that it would be simple in a country like Japan, oh no it is not…
I went to the two main mobile operators, always the same answer, every contract includes a two-year engagement, and prepaid SIM card are not sold alone but only with a phone.
I obviously didn’t want to buy a new phone or to take a two-year contract as I stay “only” a year, so I looked for an alternative and a friend living in Tokyo for some time told me about a foreigner friendly company called GTN, which offer a 7 month contract, so I went there !
Finally, everything was done, I was ready to explore Tokyo and its surroundings!.. However, the weather was not on my side, because of the typhoon season, we had two weeks of rain.
Yeah… Typhoon! Another kind of “made in japan” events are earthquakes. We had some in a few days, nothing impressive, sometimes it moves a bit and nobody cares, sometimes it moves more and people will have a reaction, but that’s nothing unusual here.
Even with this weather, I found an activity to do, I went to the museum of emerging sciences and innovation, or simply Miraikan. That was pretty cool, I liked the demonstration of ASIMO, a pretty impressive humanoid robot, and a group of three robots who stare at you when they talk to you, I found them scary!
Today was a sunny Sunday, so I took the opportunity to go out! I will tell you more in my next post.