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Filing 2012 Taxes... BOO!!

by noreply@blogger.com (rizu) @ mochigashi

Well I FINALLY filed my tax return. It took about an hour or two to do it, but it's done, with three days to spare. Ex-pats get an automatic two month extension to file or something like that. I used TurboTax Basic ($37.88) to file my return. I have used TurboTax ever since I filed my first tax return back in 2006, and wanted to keep things simple. I'm sure you could do it completely for free if you looked for a different service. Which is cool, but TurboTax has never failed me. I had two things to do: the usual 1040 and then a 2555 form. I had some income from January 2012 that I needed to file with a normal W-2. Then the next thing you have to do is file a 2555 which is where you report your FOREIGN income. Do not try to do this on a 1040. If you have lived overseas for a period of 330 days, you qualify for US tax exemption on foreign income where you paid taxes. If you haven't been out of country for 330 days, you are supposed to have filed for an extension on filing your taxes. It didn't apply for me. There are plenty of other bloggers who have posted guides on filling out the forms before me, so I am not going to bother creating a guide. I'll just leave some links:

US Embassy Tokyo - Where I got my Yen Exchange Rate Conversion
An Informative Guide for First Timers (Targetted at JETs though...)
Another Guide I Found

It really isn't that difficult to do, just a pain in the a**. Just make sure you have an original of your 源泉徴収票 (げんせんちょうしゅうひょう), which tells you how much money you made in Japan. Use the same conversion rate for all the options when you convert (I only had to report the total earned income, not how much taxes was withheld).  I ended up scanning it into my computer and photoshop-ing my conversions into the image. If the IRS comes calling, I can just e-mail it to them (highly unlikely).

On a lighter note, I have been watching and reading Game of Thrones. OMG! How was I missing out on this for so long?? It has greatly occupied my time these past few weeks.

-Rizu

BIORE Kao Foaming Face Wash, Marshmallow Whip, 5.07 Fluid - Import It All

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Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser, 6.77 FL OZ - Walmart.com

Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser, 6.77 FL OZ - Walmart.com


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Four Years Ago Today

by noreply@blogger.com (Wendy) @ Asia Is For Lovers

Today marks four years that we've been living in Japan.

I was always planning to write a post reflecting on the year. I went and reread my last three anniversary posts earlier this week, and was starting to organize my thoughts about how I had grown and what I had learned this year.

And then the US presidential election happened. And it was shocking. I don't just say that as a Hillary supporter - which I am. I think it was a surprise to most Trump supporters too - though obviously more pleasant for them. In Japan they are calling it the Trump Shock. 

It feels strange and inappropriate to come here and write a blog post without acknowledging the election, but it also seems inappropriate and out of character to talk about it here. I don't use this space to share my political beliefs, and I try to keep this space positive, welcoming, and focused on my experience in Japan. But this is about what it's like to live in Japan. 

My experience of the election has been very different from anyone I know in the US. There aren't crowds of people protesting, there aren't crowds of people celebrating. No one is asking me what I think about the election or sharing their opinions either. It's just business as usual. Of course I have American friends here (and an Australian who cares too!), and we've met up and talked about what happened. But I don't feel present, or immersed in what's happening. It's strange to feel like a distant observer. I think it also makes it easier to make sense of my own thoughts and emotions without being caught up in a swirl of other people processing their thoughts and feelings at the same time. But it also makes me want to be close to my family. To share love and support. 

I know people who read this blog that are actively protesting the election results. I know people who read this blog that voted for Trump. I know people who read this blog that are devastated and people who are not. I care immensely for each of you. I hope you care about me too. I hope we are able to move forward together with love in our hearts.

I've had friends tell me I should stay here at least four more years. But I don't agree. Who our president is or isn't doesn't make me stop caring about my country and it shouldn't let me disengage.

Speaking of four years, that's how long I've been living in Japan. I want to write a reflection about that, but I want it to be separate from my reflection on this election as an expat. So, I think for today this is enough.

Haul Time! Japanese Makeup

Haul Time! Japanese Makeup

by Hey Sharonoox @ Hey Sharonoox

  Hey guys! Today I wanted to talk about some makeup haul from Japan. No I didn’t go to Japan but my daughter’s friend did and she was so kind to haul back all these makeup goodies for me. Without these, this post wouldn’t even be possible. A big shout out to Nan if you’re... Continue Reading →

 Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser | Ulta Beauty

Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser | Ulta Beauty


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Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser draws out and traps 2x more dirt & impurities than a basic cleanser, purifying pores to leave your face deeply cleaned and your skin tingly-smooth.

10 Must Buy Drugstore Face Washes in Japan | FAST JAPAN

10 Must Buy Drugstore Face Washes in Japan | FAST JAPAN


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These are 10 of the best face washes sold in Japan. There is a face wash for every skin type. Japanese products try to use the most natural ingredients possible.

[$8.99] Facial Cleanser Foam Cleansing Face Japan Biore

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6 Japanese Skincare Products that Will Revolutionize Your Skincare Routine

6 Japanese Skincare Products that Will Revolutionize Your Skincare Routine


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Japanese women are known for their beautiful skin. Here are 6 amazing products that don’t require a trip to Japan!

Don’t be Dirty! Skincare Biore & TonyMoly Face Cleanser

Don’t be Dirty! Skincare Biore & TonyMoly Face Cleanser


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Okay, you’re not going to believe where I picked up this Biore Ultra Moisturising Face Wash? At one of the local Asian grocery store (C&T). Oh wow!!!! They even have TonyMoly face wash fr…

Beauty Starts with Laneige Brightening Kit

Beauty Starts with Laneige Brightening Kit

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  When it comes to Korean Skincare, Laneige is up on top of my favorite brands. Laneige’s first launched their “Everyday New Face” campaign in 1994. And only in the year 2014 to present day that they make their first entrance to U.S and Canada. Available in Sephora and major stores. Let me introduce you... Continue Reading →

Biore Mild Cleansing Liquid | Better than Shu Uemura? » myBeautyCravings

Biore Mild Cleansing Liquid | Better than Shu Uemura? » myBeautyCravings


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Today, Biore Mild Cleansing Liquid will be put to the test. Does it measure up to Shu Uemura? Sure, it does to my mega surprise.

Biore Biore Skin Care Facial Foam reviews, photo

Biore Biore Skin Care Facial Foam reviews, photo


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Biore Biore Skin Care Facial Foam: rated 4.0 out of 5 on MakeupAlley. See 3 member reviews and photo.

Too Faced Banana Pudding Back in Stock with Free Shipping

by Isabella Muse @ Musings of a Muse

The Too Faced I Want Kandee Banana Pudding Powder is back in stock at toofaced.com with free shipping! I didn’t really LOVE it but I know many of you were curious to try it. Here’s your chance! 🙂 You may also enjoy...Too Faced Friends and Family 20% Off 2015Juice Beauty Friends and Family SaleToo Faced […]

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[BeautyReview] NEW Biore Skin Caring Cleanser Series - Mypeaceofheaven

[BeautyReview] NEW Biore Skin Caring Cleanser Series - Mypeaceofheaven


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Biore has launched a NEW Skin Caring Cleanser series that is set to capture your hearts and work harder for your skin. There are 4 products in this series for various skin concerns, namely MILD, Extra Moist, Acne, and a Scrub that is suitable for all skin types. Formulated with Skin Purifying Technology (SPT), this ... [Read more...]

Transferring Names on an Internet Account with NTT

by noreply@blogger.com (rizu) @ mochigashi

Today I had the task of starting to get my old internet account switched over to my AEON successor's name, I'll call her A-san here. It was long overdue and needed to be done. I thought I would explain this two-step process based on my experience today.

First of all, if you have an internet account with NTT East Japan, you most likely have two things to deal with: NTT for the Internet hardware (router etc.) and Yahoo BB through Softbank. Step one, I called NTT. They luckily have an English toll-free number available weekdays from 9-5 (found on their English website for Flets光, Google is your friend). This made this part easy. I told them a new person is living in my former apartment, I want to change the account holder's name to hers. It cannot be done over the phone. BUT, they can get the information and have the documents needed sent to you. The papers are also available on the Japanese website, but Aki wasn't around, so I didn't want to make any mistakes, and had NTT help me. Anyway, when the documents arrive, they need copies of both of our IDs (gaijin card is fine) front and back (B&W is OK), and then both of our signatures. There is a name-transfer fee of ¥840. Much cheaper than breaking the NTT contract, which is the original goal in doing all of this. It will take about a week or so to get it processed.

Next came the battle with Yahoo BB. They DO NOT have an English support number. There are a bunch of menus to work through when you are initially connected. I don't remember which numbers I pressed, but I believe '2' was the first one, which is for people currently holding a contract. Out of the next options, I pushed the option for an operator, which might have been '7'... Sorry, I don't remember the exact wordings... That aside, I chose to try and battle it out with my slowly improving Japanese and see if I could survive. You won't learn a language if you don't try. I first started with my typical, 「すみません。日本語はちょっとですから、簡単な日本語でよろしくお願いします。」Bascially an apology for my bad Japanese, and asking the operator to please use simple words, i.e. no keigo. I went on to explain how I wanted to change the name on the account. YOU CANNOT CHANGE THE NAME with a Yahoo BB account apparently. She told me that basically, I have to cancel my Yahoo BB subscription, and A-san has to call them and create a new account in her name. There are cancellation fees involved, and I believe they vary depending on how far you are into your contract. Since my contract is about a year and three months in, the cancellation fee is about ¥5000. No way around it, can't be done. So, they will send me a document in the next week or so confirming the cancelled contract. For A-san, they said it should take about a week for her to get her internet service back up. Some advice the lady did give me though, was that I could have left the contract open for another week while A-san gets her new one set up, and then have my service cancelled the evening before her new service is turned on. However, it was already done, sigh. I again thanked the lady for putting up with my crappy Japanese and said my よろしくs etc. and finally hung up.

So now it's just a week long of getting some paperwork filed and then it will be done. It takes less time to do it this way than setting up a completely new fresh account, because the hardware is already installed at the apartment, so no one has to come set it up. All that will need to be done is Yahoo BB to open the IP address to the connection as soon as the account is set up.

End results:

NTT East: A cheap transfer fee and some paperwork, and they can change the name on an account.
Yahoo BB: Impossible, no way out of that cancellation of a contract. I think they do it on purpose to make more money.

I was pretty proud of myself with the Yahoo call because I understood more like 65% of what was said than the 45% last time I had to call a phone/internet/service company back when I moved cough *Yokohama Waterworks Bureau* cough. This job change has done my ears some good haha.

-Rizu

The Best Face and Body Patches You Need

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If you suffer from pimples, dark circles, dry and red cheeks, rough knees or cracked heels, put a patch on it! … more

Biore Marshmallow Whip Face Wash Review, Photos – Musings of a Muse

Biore Marshmallow Whip Face Wash Review, Photos – Musings of a Muse


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Excuse me why I'll rant at Biore for never releasing the cool stuff here in the US. Biore WTH why can't we have cool cleansers that are called Marshmallow

Biore Foaming Facial Wash (Acne Care) (Red) ReviewTHE YESSTYLIST - Asian Fashion Blog - brought to you by YesStyle.com

Biore Foaming Facial Wash (Acne Care) (Red) ReviewTHE YESSTYLIST - Asian Fashion Blog - brought to you by YesStyle.com


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Scrutiny, Accepting Part-time Work, Networking, and Upcoming Day Trip

by noreply@blogger.com (rizu) @ mochigashi

I finally feel settled in at work. The students are starting to chat with me more, and the staff are making more comments with me. It's interesting because the boys seem to talk to me more than the girls. I think the girls are too shy and when I try to talk to them they just squeal, "KAWAII!!!" It's amusing to say the least. So if I were hideous to look at, would they talk to me more?? They know I understand most of what they say, but beyond a question regarding the lesson, they won't really say more than "Hello." I think the pressure of always being scrutinized, however, will never go away. I don't feel this when I am at school. I feel this when I'm walking in the area before and after school, even if there are no students in the streets. I guess part of it comes from the fact that I know that Japanese housewives can be gossips and have quite the spying eyes. In addition, the PTA is highly involved at the school, of course. I won't even take my phone out to check messages while I'm walking because I think they might disapprove of that if they see me doing that. Basically, a teacher shouldn't do something the students shouldn't do, i.e. crossing the street when the crosswalk light is red, etc. And as a foreigner, I stand out in a residential area 10x more than the other teachers. So I just wait until I am A. on the bus or B. out of the area completely if I decide to walk home that day. Once I've crossed over into my own territory, I feel the scrutiny disappear almost immediately. I probably have no need to feel like I'm being watched like a hawk, but I can't shake it. Why? Because at training they basically drilled that concept into our heads: you will be noticed and observed. If the parents see something they don't like, they'll tell your JTE, who will then not say anything directly, etc. I guess I just like to play it safe in the end.

That aside, I have finally received a part-time offer from AEON Corporate! Yay! Once a week I'll be teaching business English of some sort to some people at a company not too far from my house by train. So it'll be super easy to get there after work and then back home. I'm really excited, because once that pay starts, my overall monthly salary will go back up to about 1-man yen short of my previous salary. The Corporate guys seem really cool and I actually liked teaching business English classes before. It'll be nice to have real conversations with students again. I don't know much about the actual class content yet though, and that varies by client. Either way, the offer came at a good time.

Which kind of leads into my next topic, networking. Situation 1: Recently, a university friend of mine asked me to help him out with a website gig for his boss. It wasn't paid, but I was interested in the project, and my friend knew nothing about design and very little about coding, and needed help. So we sat down, designed it, and I got the coding started for him. We were discussing his business and my work etc., which led him into the conversation of his boss wanting to open some kind of trading business with the States and here. It was quite interesting, as his boss is wanting to target foreign women and hire foreign women. That's a first for me to hear something like that in Japan to be honest. I mentioned I would like to get out of teaching at some point in the future. So my friend got to chew on that. Then a few days later he calls me up asking to find out some information on product target locations etc. for this start-up business. I tell him I'll get back to him and when I have some info I pass it along. My friend then tells me that he told his boss he should hire me when he gets this thing started. Haha. I was like, "That's awesome!" So, basically, when his boss starts his new business, I'm gonna hear more about it. Situation 2: I was offered a chance to do some freelance editing work for a really good company through a person I met last year. It's a one-time thing, but if the client likes the way I do the job, if they need an editor again (quite likely), they could basically just hire me out directly, rather than through a proofreading company. And the pay is pretty good, considering it will be a 4-day job. The point of my discussing these two situations it that networking is slowly starting to pay off here. As a foreigner, if you don't network with Japanese people, and get to know Japanese people, it is going to be much more difficult to get opportunities that could get you out of teaching, even if you are not very fluent in Japanese. I like teaching, a lot actually, but I do want to give myself a chance for some career advancement, which is not so often in teaching English. The two situations are very small and might not lead to anything, but the people will meet me, I will meet them, and have a new contact. Network, meet more locals, and small opportunities like these will probably present themselves unexpectedly. These two situations were certainly unexpected.

On a lighter note, I get to go to Kamakura on a day trip next week! I'm super excited cause this will give the kids a chance to talk to me outside of the classroom. I'll also get to talk to the staff more, and just do some sightseeing for pretty cheap. It's also getting me out of the classroom as well. Hehe. I've been to Kamakura several times, but not really as a 'tourist.' So hopefully the weather will be nice and we'll have a good time.

-Rizu

お久しぶり!Long time no see! I'm back!

by noreply@blogger.com (rizu) @ mochigashi

Wow. I am breaking my silence. Haha. Hey everyone I am still around!! I am sorry for my absence. Life has been extremely busy and full of change this past year. I started a new job in Tokyo back in March and I am finally happy with my work. ALT life just was... dull and boring. It works for some, but didn't for me. I'm still in education, but I get to be creative. Yay! I hadn't really had the motivation to write much since then, but the itch is back. I am hoping to be more active this year than last.

Anyway, I just got back from immigration today. Have three years really passed since I came here? My visa was set to run out in February and I had to go about the business of renewing it. Got to the Shinagawa Immigration office bright and early and was out in less than an hour. I thought I had all the forms, but turns out I was missing a tax from from my company. Oh well, at least I get to send it by mail, and everything began to be processed. I really hope they give me another three year visa at the least.

I also just got back from the States. I went home for my first Christmas since I moved. It was nice to be home and open presents with everyone this year rather than opening the box in my apartment. Three weeks in Texas was good fun, and I'm glad I got to see old friends and most of my family.

In the past few months, I have really become more interested in skincare. I dunno, it has become a bit of an addiction for me. My poor bank account! But Japanese winters do a number on my skin and I just want to take care of it. I am still working on my routine, but I think it is getting closer to what I want it to be. I'm very interested to try and AHA (chemical exfoliant) to get rid of pesky bumps. It's interesting, as there seem to be tons of variety in Korean brands, but when I try to find a Japanese one, I can't seem to find any. Even DHC, which does seem to make one, didn't stock theirs at all at the DHC counters/shops. Maybe it's not sold OTC in Japan. Who knows. I did finally get my hands on some of the Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream. Maybe I will talk about products soon.

I also passed N3 of the JLPT back in July. That test... made my head spin to say the least. I haven't been studying much since then. I studied daily for an hour at least before it and I had to stop and let my brain rest. It was a barely passing score, but now I can say I did it. I am debating whether or not I should go for N2. I do use Japanese for work at least a few times a week, and I do feel like it would be nice to understand more fully what I'm hearing. Maybe I will go for it in the end. It is a big jump though with the kanji nearly doubling!

For those of you who are still around to read thank you! I am going to make an effort to go back to regular updates. Promise!! xoxo

-Rizu

Biore Kao Foaming Marshmallow Whip Face Wash Review

Biore Kao Foaming Marshmallow Whip Face Wash Review


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Biore Kao Foaming Marshmallow Whip Face Wash Review

Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser (Budget Skin Care).

Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser (Budget Skin Care).


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A review of the Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser by Chris De La Rosa.

Review : Biore Face Wash

Review : Biore Face Wash


Food Travel and Makeup

Hello All, In my last post, I had promised to review Biore face wash. There are many variants available but today I will review I had first tried it 4 years back when I first came to Japan and like…

Japanese Sunscreen 2017: Basics and Recommendations! - Wonect.Life

Japanese Sunscreen 2017: Basics and Recommendations! - Wonect.Life


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Choosing a Japanese sunscreen is about "strength" and "compatibility"! Find out what they are, plus top picks for sunscreens from Japan! (o^ ^o)

Travelling Home and Back

by noreply@blogger.com (rizu) @ mochigashi

Well, sorry for my long absence! I was visiting home and am finally back in Yokohama. It was a very busy trip. The first few days were mainly taking care of a few things and then Aki arrived. He was able to come to Texas for a week, and we were out almost every day of the trip. We were meeting up with a few friends, playing tourist, and eating so much food I could die! I swear I gained 5 kilos while I was home. I guess that is typical when visiting home. Since you don't live there anymore, you feel like you have to eat all of your favorite foods while you have the chance since you don't know when you will get to eat them next. Oh well, I have started a pretty rigorous Pilates workout plan so the weight should start coming off again. Unfortunately, I didn't take many pictures. It never occurs to me to take pictures at home, since it is something I am so familiar with. That aside, it was great to go home, but I'm glad to be back in Japan.

Something I got to experience for the first time was going through Japanese immigration as a returning resident. When I was on a student visa in high school, I never traveled outside of the country while I was in Kyushu, so I simply just turned in my Gaijin Card when I went home. Getting off the plane I was expecting to have to wait the usual 30 minutes or so to get through immigration. What a mistake! I got to go to the super short line for "Residents with Special Re-Entry Permits" (as they called it). It literally took five minutes and there were only three people in front of me. I pitied the super long line of tourists the next section over.  After a super long flight, nothing sucks more than the "I'm free!!" thoughts and then get stuck having to wait more. The experience wasn't really any different though. Just show the re-entry permit card, Gaijin Card (I'm still in the old system), and passport, get some fingerprints and a picture taken and that's it. No questioning was really nice. I was out of the airport within 30 minutes but then I had the nearly two hour Narita Express ride home. Narita is really freaking far from everything honestly...

That's all I really have to say in this post. I plan to write up some more product-review type posts soon though!

Until next time.

-Rizu

Review: The New 2015 Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++!!!!

Review: The New 2015 Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++!!!!


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Guys, I have an announcement. I’m engaged! Yes, that’s right. The new 2015 Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence sunscreen and I plan to elope soon. We will make our lifelong commit to each…

Japanese Collagen FAQs – Questions from our Readers

by Wonect Team @ Wonect.Life

Today we shall be exploring frequently asked questions about Japanese collagen products! These questions come from our readers, viewers and customers, and we shall cover questions such as collagen type, product characteristics and how...

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Five Top Japanese Beauty Products to Try in August - Savvy Tokyo

Five Top Japanese Beauty Products to Try in August - Savvy Tokyo


Savvy Tokyo

Summer is here, and these five Japanese beauty must-haves will have you looking flawless despite the heat.

KOSE Lip Gel Magic – a Japanese Cosmetics Review

by Wonect Team @ Wonect.Life

This is the KOSE Lip Gel Magic that was the talk of the town on the social networks. You can protect your lipstick from eating and drinking just by applying this lipstick coat gel....

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Best Pick: Biore Skin Care Facial Foam (Acne Care)

Best Pick: Biore Skin Care Facial Foam (Acne Care)


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My face wash of choice has always been the foaming variety — Japanese ones to be exact as they contain no sulphates, foam up much better, and leave no residue behind. One of my all-time favourites …

Kao Curel Intensive Moisture Cream Review

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I decided to try Kao’s Curel Intensive Moisture Cream because it’s a certified quasi-drug in Japan and claims to be suitable for dry and sensitive skin.… more

Japanese Collagen Drinks: SUNTORY vs FUJIFILM vs FANCL!

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There may be some us who take multiple collagen products just so we can see the effects better. This could be multiple collagen powders mixed together in the morning, or taking both collagen tablets...

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Garnier Skin Skinactive Soothing 3-in-1 Face Moisturizer and Darkestville Castle

by Isabella Muse @ Musings of a Muse

This weekend, I’m planing to stalk drugstores for Garnier Skin Skinactive Soothing 3-in-1 Face Moisturizer, go apple and pumpkin picking, and play stupid amounts of Darkestville Castle. But first about that Garnier Moisturizer. Garnier’s latest skincare launches are looking mighty interesting as you may already know from my past posts about the new cleansers and […]

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JP Bank Direct - Signing Up and First Time Log In

by noreply@blogger.com (rizu) @ mochigashi

***EDIT 2013.8.29***
I previously said I would do a Part 2, but have decided to hold off on making a more detailed post with screenshots about doing a wire transfer. I have them, but I don't know how I feel about it... nervous I guess. If someone REALLY wants details on how to do the transfer, please let me know in the comments below, and I can talk with you directly. I might also do the Part 2 but instead of screenshots, just use booklet page numbers like I have done here in this post, since the booklet has pictures in it.
 ***END EDIT***

This is going to be a long post, so I have added a break into it so you can click if you want to read it all. If you are interested in using online Japanese banking, you don't necessarily need to be fluent, but you need at least some reading skills to do it, and some common sense ^_^. Read on.

So, recently I signed up for JP Bank Direct (ゆうちょ銀行ダイレクト), i.e. online banking. I think online banking in Japan can be very very useful, but very difficult for foreigners here due to lack of English support. For me, the closest bank to my house is a good 20 minute walk and can be a bit of an inconvenience if all I need to do is transfer some money (Forty minutes round trip to only do a bank transfer?? Yeah...).

Now, if you speak zero Japanese, you may need help signing up (i.e. bring a friend), but I went to the JP Bank and told them what I wanted to do. You can probably say something like this: 「ゆうちょ銀行ダイレクトを使いたいんですが。」("Yuucho ginkou direct wo tsukaitai n desu ga.") Basically saying I want to use the JP Bank Direct. They will give you a paper to fill out with your basic info, as well as bank account info. I'm not sure if you can write it all out in romaji, but you can ask them. Beside which, if you don't know how to write your address in kanji, then you need to learn it, or copy it from you Gaijin Card. Make sure you have some form of photo ID, a hanko, and your bank book. If you don't have it, you can't sign up that day. Make sure you write your name as it is on A. your ID or B. your bank book. Ask the staff which they prefer. Also, something that confused the hell out of me for a moment was that you get to choose a 6-12 digit pin number that you will need to remember (it's basically an online signature pin). Anyway, once you fill it all out, show the attendant at the number machine and they will make sure you filled everything out. Then they will give you a number to wait your turn. At the desk, they take your ID and stuff to make copies, etc. They will also make sure you hanko'd everything where it needs to be. That didn't take long. When the lady helping me out came back, she gave me copies of the forms I filled out and all my stuff back. IT TAKES ABOUT TWO WEEKS to process. Sorry, you won't get it right away. You have to sign off on it when it's delivered too so be aware of that.

Read on to learn more... sorry if it's confusing >.<




Okay, two weeks over and you get your little packet in the mail. It comes with a green paper that has an Internet Service Card, and the password for your first time logging in. I didn't get screen shots of my first log in unfortunately, but there is a booklet that shows you how to sign up (Japanese only), with screen shots (page 8 for logging in on a computer). So the (p. X #XX) is corresponding to the booklet I got and the screenshots in it. You should follow along with the booklet if you get confused, because it hops around the pages.

(p. 8 #1) First, you click the login button
(p. 8 #2) Then type in the お客さま番号 (customer number) on the CARD. Click 次へ (next).

(p. 9. #1) Next, type the 初回ログイン時に入力するパスワード (First time log in password) that is on the green PAPER (インターネットサービス is written above it). You will then click ログイン (log in) and be taken to a screen with red letters.
(p. 9 #2) Click パスワード変更 (change password).
(p. 9 #3) You will first: type in the first time log in password, second: a new password of your choosing, third: the new password again, and the last thing is: that 6-12 digit pin number you chose when you signed up. Then click 次へ (next).
(p. 9 #4) It will take you to a page that basically says your password was changed and when. Continue on by clicking 次へ (You may or may not need to log in again).

(p. 10 #5)You should now be on page 10 in your booklet if you are following along with the screenshots. You are going to set up your security. You first will need to click 次へ again and then you will see a screen with a bunch of pictures.
(p. 10 #6) Choose a picture that you will remember and click 次へ.
(p. 10 #7) Now, if you can't read any Japanese, you might be in trouble. You must choose three security questions and type the answer in hiragana. I chose the easiest ones I could read. Once that is finished, you guessed it, click 次へ.
(p. 10 #8) You will see a confirmation screen with a big red scary looking box on it. I did not check the box (which I think has something to with remembering the computer or not), and just clicked the register button (登録する). Awesome!!
(p. 10 #9) Now, you will see a page with your picture, and three questions and answers. I took a screen shot so I wouldn't forget. It's up to you. Click 次へ. 

(p. 11 #10) Now, you need to type in your e-mail address two times and click register (登録する). You are almost done!! 
(p. 11 #11) Click メインメニューへ (To the main menu). You will probably receive a confirmation e-mail from them. 

From the main menu, if I remember correctly, you go ahead and log in again. You will of course use the お客さま番号 on your CARD, and then click 次へ. 

(p. 8 #3.2) One of two things will happen: You will then see your little picture and type in your NEW password, and get to log in. AND/OR...
(p. 11 #5) You will see a screen with one of the questions you selected during the security setup. You will need to answer it correctly, click 次へ. 
(p. 11 #6) Then answer a second question. Now, I did not select the red box (I really should figure out exactly what it is for) on the second question screen, and then clicked my last 次へ. 
(p. 11 #7) Oh, you get to type in your password! Awesome! Upon logging in, you will see a screen with all of your account information on the left, yay!! You shouldn't have to answer the security questions again unless your forget your password or something.  

Congrats! You did it!
My hand is about to fall off. Until next time!

-Rizu

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by noreply@blogger.com (rizu) @ mochigashi

Oh boy... I can't believe I said "New Open," but it now sounds weird to me if I say something like "Renewal Grand Opening," or something. Yikes. So, I love Tokyu Hands. It is one of my favorite stores in Japan. You can buy all sorts of things such as party goods, variety goods, arts and crafts stuff, cellphone accessories, household goods, etc. I'm not quite sure what to compare it to back at home. It's definitely not a Hobby Lobby by any means. Anyway, I was so excited that they were moving the store closer to Yokohama Station. Before it was a good ten minute walk. Now it is located on the 5th-7th floors of the MORE's building. While I love that it is much closer, and think it's neat that they do demos for some crafts, I am SOO SAD. They got rid of a ton of the sections of the store.  The previous store was a massive one, comparable to the one in Shibuya. Now, they have crammed so much stuff into three floors... well. I would take the old location any day. Mainly, because I enjoy putting together miniatures. And there was a particular section called "dollhouse" that sold the type I like. For example, miniature ramen stands, etc. It's gone. The only Tokyu Hands that still seems to sell it is the one in Shibuya. So sad! They also got rid of the majority of their furniture section, as well as their arts and crafts. They still have some, but its like a tiny corner, rather than a whole floor. At least they still sell paint and canvas... Yeah. So, I got all excited about it, to be largely disappointed. Of course, I still shop there, but yeah. Bleh.

I have been a bit stressed of late. I am going to be changing jobs and I am going to be giving my resignation this week. Not excited about that conversation at all. HOWEVER, my new job is in Tokyo! YAY! I will keep living in Yokohama for now, but I am absolutely excited about this job. No more ALT work for me. It's still education, but it isn't ESL. It will really allow me to work on a team, explore my creativity, and do some design work too. It also allows for some career advancement. So yay me! I hope I won't need to change jobs again. I am also going to be able to quit working part-time. I have really enjoyed my part-time work, but it's kind of a drag to go home, change, and go back out to work, even if it is only twice a week.

Oh, an update on the DHC face products I have been using. WOW. I have been using the stuff since late December and my skin has completely changed. For the better. Never turning back. My pores look cleaner, and tighter. The stupidly hideous fine lines on my forehead are nearly non-existent, and my face has almost completely cleared up. I seriously had horrible breakouts all the time. Now, it's just a zit here and there. I have definitely gotten my money's worth.

-Rizu

Long Time No See (Not a Japan-related post btw)

by noreply@blogger.com (rizu) @ mochigashi

I am so so sorry everyone for what has been nearly a two months' absence. Please forgive me! A huge reason for my absence was NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), which I ultimately failed by about 15000 words. I was a bit disappointed, but I did far better than I have ever done before. My lack of motivation is another factor. But, I think I was in a funk where I felt kind of stuck. I didn't feel like I had anything worthy of writing.

It wasn't only writing that I wasn't motivated in, however. It was many things. I spend a lot of time just counting down to the weekend and getting through the week. That's not a good way to think, in my opinion, nor the healthiest. I am trying to motivate myself to spend more time making art, studying Japanese, and improving my health. It's not the easiest for me. I have started off pretty strong with renewing my Japanese studies. I bought some textbooks, a new kanji app (iKanji for those who care. ¥500 and totally worth it), and downloaded corresponding anki cards for my texts. I have gotten to where I study at least an hour a day. I think I will start up some coursework with Kumon again as well (took a break).

The next step on my agenda is diet. I am trying to get back into cooking. Until this weird funk, I was pretty good about cooking every day. So, I am starting to get the pan back out and cook again. I have almost cut sweets out of my diet completely. I am super proud of that. It is so tempting to get an ice cream or a cake or something at the conbini. And I tell myself no. I don't need it. And I buy an apple instead. I allow myself some sometimes. For example when Aki brings omiyage from his mom or something. And I will DEFINITELY be eating Christmas Cake. I next want to cut out potato salad and heavy food. The most difficult part of this is that I absolutely LOVE anything salty and fatty. WHY!?!?! It is pure torture sometimes to turn down that delicious looking ピザまん.

I chopped off a lot of my hair today. I decided if I am going to try to better myself, a new look might help me out. I think I cut off about 7 or 8 cm. It was pretty long. Now it is about shoulder length and I love it. Speaking of "cm" it's weird. I find myself using more and more metric units on my own than Imperial. I almost never say inches or feet, pounds or Fahrenheit. I guess it is a combination of being in Japan and also have more non-American friends haha. The Imperial system is so cumbersome...

Well, I apologize to those who sat and read all that. I would call this a bit of a personal rant. My life itself is actually really good. I am financially stable, have an awesome apartment, an awesome boyfriend, and great friends. My family are supportive. Oh! I am an aunt now. My sister had a baby girl. She is really cute for a newborn in my opinion. I think I just went through a weird month. Not sure why. I'm sure most young adults go through weird funks once they've been working and in the real world truly on their own for the first time.

My next post, I think I will talk a bit about the awesome wedding after party I went to. And I may also talk about some make up, or something.

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