I didn’t want to spend too much money, so I just stayed at Hiyoshi this day. I did, however, need to open up a bank account and take off three things (warranty, etc) off my Softbank phone in order to have the cheapest plan. The first thing I did was wait for Tina (who, by now, has basically been my translator for everything) by the metal ball statue in front of Hiyoshi Station. Since the bank needed an inkan (name seal), I went to Daiso and bought one. Yes – the sell “official” inkan at the 100円 shop. There was actually one with a character that could be read as my last name, but I chose to get a different name instead. It was tough to choose, but I ended up with Sakurai (桜井) as my last name. Sakuraki (桜木) also looked nice, but I decided on Sakurai because I like the VA Takahiro Sakurai
Next, we went to Mitsubishi UFJ, my chosen bank – as recommended by Suzu. Again, thank goodness Tina was there because people at MUFJ are terrible at English. They honestly weren’t very helpful. I messed up the the form, too, and had to write another one. Did you know in Japan, when you mess up, you write two lines through the text? I didn’t….back at home, I just scribble over it. When you correct things on official documents, you also have to use the inkan on it again.
I had to enter the window/be helped/enter more information three times (your name is called and you talk to an employee about opening up your account. Also they called Social Security TIN here). During the second time, a small earthquake passed by. To me, who has never experienced such a thing, I thought it cool. It was interesting, to say the least. Tina grabbed on to me, though, which I thought was funny. She was scared of it.
Anyways, opening up a bank account took A LOT of time. But I finally did it (and found it embarrassing, yet funny how they actually allowed me to use the inkan that wasn’t the right name…). A couple of other exchange students also opened up accounts at MUFJ. Most, however, make theirs at Mitsui Sumitomo, which I actually think is the better choice. Since Tina had to make a change on her bank account at Sumitomo, we stopped by there (and made a new friend who’s a KIP student!), and the atmosphere was totally different. The おじいさん (ojiisan) there was super friendly, nice, and walked you through the form. English was okay there and you could open a bank account by yourself. It made me wish I opened my account there. I don’t really want to go back to UFJ again (though, at UFJ, at least I got a Disney Bank Book for free LOL).
So my advice is to go to Sumitomo, since they seem nicer. Apparently, it doesn’t take much time to open an account there either.
Next, we went to Softbank to take off those three features I mentioned earlier. Is it weird that the thing I noticed was the drink dispenser?
I thought it was cool, though. You can have water, black tea, green tea, or coffee. And their sugar substitute is like some clear liquid °□°
Anyways, something Tina noticed was that the employees seemed to be talking behind our backs, so I don’t really recommend Hiyoshi’s branch of Softbank now. I’m pretty sure they were just talking about how foreign we were
But I digress.
Next on our agenda was going to Hiyoshidai. I would put the full name of the building, (TFJ Hiyoshidai? Something like that) but I’m too lazy to take out the form with the name on it right now. I just paid my rent there.
Just a warning – you have to set up bank automatic transfer for rent yourself. However, you need to have opened a bank account and have gotten your bank book and ATM card first. The ATM card takes 10 days to ship to your address, which means that, unless you open your account early, you probably can’t set up automatic transfer until after you pay for your first invoice.
After that, Tina decided to head back to her dorm, while I went to the patissiere across from Motosumiyoshi.
But shops close pretty early here, so I was shooed out (there’s a set time for lunch and for dinner, so shops actually close in between those hours. They don’t lock their doors, though, so they just tell you that they’re not open. Only family chain restaurants are open at odd hours). I probably couldn’t afford anything from them anyways.
I just went back to my dorm afterwards, intending to write more on my blog, but Tina called to inform me that vegetables were on sale 3 for 100円 in front of the Union Supermarket by her dorm. So I hurried there and bought three cucumbers, two carrots, and one onion. It was super cheap. Then I went back to Hiyoshi and blogged. And I tried to cook fish for the first time!
Here’s a tip: don’t cook fish if you don’t know how. It was hard to tell when it was cooked through and the taste was bad. Also I really hate how many bones fish have.
The last thing I did that day was go to Union, again, for the 50% off after 9. I tried to find some snacks I could buy, but nothing was worth the price! Ended up buying bread and some onigiri that were half price. I looked through the candy aisle, too, and found some interesting things.
I think it’s funny how they have a lot of “大人の” stuff, which means that they’re specifically catered for adult tastes.
Anyways, that was basically my day. Very boring, but need to save that money for the future!