A bit of this

A few things today…
As a few people who know me will be aware, for the last 6 months I’ve been going on about running a marathon, but doing very little about it. However, that changed today when I volunteered to do a 10K run in 2 months….I’d better get training!

What else? A friend pointed out to me today (over raging laughter) that if you go to the consumer part of www.avantgo.com, set your location to Japan, language to English, with filters on, BRIGHTBLACK comes up at 10!!! And further, click entertainment and I was no.1!! I’m not sure why this is happening, but thanks to all those people! I’ll put the screenshots on this page ASAP.

Also, I got “Command and Conquer Generals” game today…hope it won’t interfere with my training…

Gaikokujin Torokusho

Just a quick update here as to what I was talking about regarding the area office. Well, as a foreigner, if I move, I have to inform the local City Hall, though in Tokyo, it’s the ward office – Tokyo being split into 23 Wards (‘ku’). I moved from Katsushika-ku to Setagaya-ku, so I went to the Setagaya Kuyakusho (Setagaya ward Office) and re-registered my address, and they wrote it on the back of my alien registration card (gaikokujin torokusho or ‘gaijin card’), which I should carry at all times. I’m guessing this is pretty much the same for residents everywhere. Certainly the Ward offices all look pretty much the same!

The gaikokujin torokusho used to cause a stir as all foreigners were fingerprinted and that was put on the front of the card, near your photo (and usually neatly hidden behind an official seal inside the plastic wallet). I was fingerprinted twice by employees who were very apologetic (in Japan, as in many countries, is a sign of being a criminal). Now, the fingerprint is gone, thanks mainly to the work of ethnic-Korean rights groups, many of whom, despite being born and raised in Japan are denied citizenship…but that is a whole different blog!

Calm before the…

Having a couple of quiet days here before the weekend erupts again – joined a gym though, as I haven’t really exercised over the last 8 months since I was in Bali. Also managed to register myself at the local area office to show that I have a new address, which is something else I’d been meaning to do. Fun stuff. Planning to go down to Isehara in Kanagawa this weekend sometime, and visit old friends…should be a good laugh.

Something for the weekend

Late post for the weekend – went to see “The Bourne Identity”, which was pretty good – and is also and example of how long it can take some films to reach Japan. I also had a great time at a friend’s birthday party on the Sunday.

I’ve also just started reading Alex Kerr’s book “Dogs and Demons”, and am currently about 80 pages into it. It’s about the Japanese government over the last 40 years, and some of the things they’ve been up to – so far it’s somewhere between fascinating and scary.

Also – snow today in Tokyo again…not quite enough to board on though.

Beer = Ogg

The weekend…you have to love it. well, after a night on the beers last night in Nihonbashi, I woke up his morning and decided to convert a couple of great tape comedies I have into MP3/OGG. I’ve decided to try “The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” first as it’s a classic. I’m using Audacity as the recording software. Whilst all this is going on, I think I’d better clean my balcony. The fun never ends.

test submission

this is the first ‘3rd party’ post to this test blog, and I have to say that this blogger system really is pretty simple to set up – less than an hour from zero to hero. Anyway, I’ll keep posting to thing for a while, and see how it goes.