Month: April 2013

  • Mount Tsukuba (pronounced ‘scuba’)

    Mount Tsukuba is shrouded in myth, and the day we hiked to the summit, the valley below was shrouded in mist. Peaking at 877 meters (2,877 feet), Tsukuba is an hour and a half ¬†north of Tokyo. Just take the Tsukuba Express from Akihabara Station for about 45 minutes (cost=1,150 yen) and then hop on […]

  • Pinching yourself with battery cables or The day I spent at the immigration office

    Editor’s note: The following is a personal account of my experience renewing my spousal visa in Japan. Everybody’s situation is a little different, so if you are seeking advice, here are the websites that helped me the most: Blog it Japan, GaijinPot¬†and here is a link to download the application and guarantor documents. My friend […]