With Spring sneaking up on us, we took a day trip up to Nagano prefecture to see the onsen monkeys! Even though most of the snow was gone, there were still plenty of monkeys to see. These are the ones on the monkey cam so it was neat to see them up close.
FINALLY made it back to Gifu to take “the test” after having the initial document review last October. Left Gero around 6:00 am, made it to the Gifu Police Station for the 8:30 appointment. It started with document submission, vision test (had to take off [...]
From all accounts on the world wide web, passing the driver’s test the first time doesn’t seem to happen all that often. “Driving Schools” are a HUGE business in Japan -around $3,000/person. (Of course, you wouldn’t know that there were such high standards for getting a driver’s license because the general population of this island doesn’t drive any [...]
It sure isn’t easy to get a Japanese driver’s license. We took this information to Gifu for a “document review” so we can schedule the test. Proof of residence from city hall US license + certified translation of license Driving Record (including original issue date) Passport with Valid Visa Alien Registration card Picture of yourself Work [...]
We got a up close look of the Nissan GT-R. Very Shiny.. Very Fast. Check out the guy on the bench, he was obviously blown away from the grand viewing.
The final visa paperwork arrived this week (Certificate of Eligibility, etc) and after a quick trip to the immigration office in Gifu our status has officially been upgraded to ”intra-company transferee”. It only took months and months of paperwork but I am glad it was successful. Sitting in a room at customs after a 14 hour plane [...]
Found some pictures from the May visit to Takayama. More rice field planting (cont’d)
The continuing timeline of the planting season. Flooding the fields, standing in mud, planting the seeds, and wearing utilitarian (but awesome) hats. (cont’d)