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16 July 2008 @ 11:47 pm
We get a house in the middle of a spider-infested rice paddy!

Okay, maybe it's slugs instead of spiders. ^_~

It sounds like it's a pleasant country village surrounded by mountains, so softlykarou gets to take the raised road through the rice paddies to school like you see in all those anime. Falling cherry blossoms in season only, I think. Rent is only ¥17,000 per month, which is ridiculously cheap considering it's a fully-furnished house. It's because it's owned by the Kitahiroshima Board of Education. There's one benefit to living in the country. Plus Hiroshima City is about 45 minutes away by bus (or an hour by car, which we'll get since the previous JET isn't exactly going to ship her car back to America).

Oh, also, softlykarou's predecessor is from...Naperville. Small world.
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Jnytesenvy on July 17th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
yeah, tim bought his (previous) car from the previous JET person. however he says passing the japanese drivers test is a bitch.
dorchadasdorchadas on July 17th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
We have a year before we have to do that, so there's plenty of time. An AAA international driving certificate will get us by until then.
Jnytesenvy on July 17th, 2008 06:51 pm (UTC)
Evidently you have less than a year, Tim got a ticket at 6 months for not doing it. Or maybe it depends on how shitty the police in your prefecture are
dorchadasdorchadas on July 17th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
According to softlykarou's predecessor, you have a year or so before it really matters.

According to the Tokyo Embassy website, you have until the police pull you over and bust you for Driving While Gaijin.

Edit: The Japanese police say that you have a year, but that you can't keep leaving and getting new certificates to avoid taking the test. So you have one year at the maximum, and less if they don't like you.

Edited at 2008-07-17 07:31 pm (UTC)
Jnytesenvy on July 17th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah that sounds pretty familiar to Tim's story.

Do you happen to know where she went to HS in naperville?
dorchadasdorchadas on July 17th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
She didn't say.
Jnytesenvy on July 17th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
Alas. I wonder if I know her.