Have fun at boot camp R us lol. Did a intensive week long camp for Iaido w/ Iwata Sensei. So you will have fun! Best part is try and grab some advice well soaking in the tub w/ members after practice!
So in NZ we have ducklings, but in Japan they have penguins
I am glad you ressurected from the dead after day one to survive for the curry later on! Great blog cheers, sounds like fun
shihan of the Ritsumeikan = Miyazaki-sensei???
BTW love the Jullet! That is superb specimen!
Man I've experienced every single problem you've described with banks, right down to the name abbreviation. I thought it was because I lived in the sticks, but if it's happening to you, its nationwide. Nightmare.
Only two proctors for that crowd? They must have had their hands full!
Talk about pressure. Sounds like kendo is going to be the easy part of this whole adventure.
Hang in there and keep us posted! Brings back memories lol! Welcome to all the new experiences! The name issue will get ya hung up in all sorts of transactions. Ie setting up bank account, signing verious contracts etc etc. Have run into that a couple of times over here. Anyways have fun and enjoy time over here!
Jeez nothing like a challange semp!!!!!! good too see that it's getting there finally!!! At last we will get to hear about some Kendo action from you mate bout time!!!! if the trainings are anything like your big bro's latest blog then your in for a hella good time?? just remember fall down 7 times get up 8!!!!
Tell me about it! Whats more, I had 2 lecturers sit in with me!!! Protocols eh!
HA! The entrance exam turn out is outstanding!
Feel for you man! Been there done that! For me was a bit easy, did mine in travelers cheques cashed it all in one swoop when I was over in Nagasaki for 9 months. Extra money, marked out the credit card machines that accepted foreign ie American credit cards in Nagasaki. Had a few good friends that helped out with tabs for nights out ect.
But yeah things can be a hassel. Anyways good luck and just try and relax. Your here in Japan, so enjoy the time and having fun in University! One of best times of my life!
couldn't sympathize more. I used to live in a small town in Aichi and it got so that the manager would take off his glasses, pinch the bridge of his nose and mentally prepare himself for our encounters. I think working in a Japanese bank would strip years off your life.
You'll find that everyone has got their hand in your pocket in Japan. 手数料 is ever lurking.
Hey K-B! Very interesting blog update.
Sounds like the Japanese banking system is for the rich and privileged... no money no talk.
Good luck with your kendo / sports science study!
Just wait until you need cash after 9pm on a friday or saturday and have to pay a charge at the convenience store (if there is one close) because there is no such things as a 24hour ATM here....
I also hate banks here. I feel your pain.
Nice work semp!!! looking forward to hearing how the training goes. Bloody banks!!!
I have to agree with Hiro's point's above aside from 3 & 4 as we all know you ain't capable of that ( I mean you'd have to work hard on your personality to considered cute and cool boss!!! after all you are short, pasty, gaijin, and speak ladyboy japanese ).
Keep the blogs comming mate as being a petty bureaucrat in an ( to paraphrase yourself ) institution, where rules and systems seem to be a misguided replacement for logic and initiative, it helps to get a dose of Kendo reality during the pointless hours of drudgery called work!!!
The beginners manual got it's 1st run in at beginners training and Paddles -san laid down the law in regards to the noobs ponying up the charles and getting the manual ASAP a good bokuto keiko hou was had by all.
Got your email, bro.
Well, I tell you what. You just cannot win the battles with the bank people. Most of the bank tellers are girls, right?
I had to go through a lot of troubles too so here is what I do every time I deal with them.
1. Smile: They will work with you better.
2. Be understandable: "Yeah, I know you are just following the procedures that you also think they are unnecessary, you poor cute little thing" kind of sympathy works quite well.
3. Be cute or cool: Who doesn't like cute and/or cool guys?
4. Be smooth: I think I trained well to be smooth, didn't I?
No guarantees for better service but at least they won't give you annoying vibration.
Train hard but don't get 6th dan before me, OK???