Don't get too excited, boys and girls... I don't actually know how to write katakana or kanji yet... this is just the Almighty Google's work. And it only says 'Section 5.'
So today was a very important day! I was registered as an Alien! OOOOOOOOOHHhh.... yeah. My guest house landlord guy, Sugiyama-san (Sugi), drove me to the government building where it was all gonna go down. My roommates told me that it was best to go with him for several reasons;
1) The place is almost impossible to find. Sugi goes there every month for paperwork, and he says he gets lost almost every time. It's only available to the naked eye on the full moon when Jupiter is in the 14th house, or something.
2) Although the government office deals almost exclusively with foreigners becoming registered citizens, NO ONE SPEAKS ENGLISH. Useful.
3) Sugi's a pretty cool guy. He's trying to learn a new language (French) all on his own. I can relate.
4) I don't have a fourth thing!
So after the standard bureaucratic process of filling out forms and waiting, and then filling out more forms and waiting some more, I got this;
The most interesting part of the whole experience was trying to explain to Sugi why being called an alien was funny. It took about 15 minutes, but I eventually got a chuckle out of him when I resorted to blurting out 'UFO! E.T.!' I think he might have been laughing AT, not WITH. Moving on...
I was planning on going to Shinjuku (an area north of where I live in Tokyo) today to check out a bunch of local scenery, but I ran out of daylight. My iPhone camera does not take pictures at night very well. So I took a walk down to the Seiyu to get some food for dinner. This was my walk;
So then I bought dinner, and this mug;
To make my voyages into the subway system easier, my roommates bought me this;
So today wasn't very photograph-oriented, but I still made some headway in becoming settled here. Tomorrow I'm going to go play tourist some more and go to the Emperor's castle and gardens on the other side of the city.