Wednesday 9 October 2013

I don't have to go again until 2020!

To the immigration office that is. I have just got a new passport and I needed to change my old alien card for the new version, so I decided to do it on one go. Since I last went to the immigration office it has moved, it used to be right next to the station, now...well let's say it took me a while! I did, as any savvy young lady would do, and plugged the address into the maps app and followed the little blue dot all the way to... an apartment building! Argh. Since I didn't believe that immigration were now dealing out of someones flat I double checked the address. Mr Google came up with a map and an address, the map was one of those dodgy self made ones with nothing to scale so I wasn't too sure about it and when I put in the address that was with the map if came up with a spot the other side of the station, nowhere near the location on the provided map.

In the end I gave up and call my husband and asked him to text me the address in Japanese, this time it worked! 

A side note for anyone in the same situation, I have PR, there is no stamp in my passport now, it is all on the new gaijin card (not the proper name but let's be honest and call a spade a spade). And big thumbs up, there is no need to get re-entry permits anymore - hallelujah to that!

And this is for me, for when I go back in 2020, so I find it first time! The address of the Saitama Immigration office

Anyway, it was all pretty painless and I wasn't there too long. Since it was a beautiful day, I decided to walk over to Shintoshin and grab some lunch there before heading home. So here are a few pics I took along the way, I think I will start collecting more of the manhole covers...

I love the autumn skies here....

Manhole art number 1, if you are in Japan, what is on your cities manhole cover?

The Shintoshin area is pretty new and there is some great architecture, the station and surrounding area is pretty cool, I wasn't in a good spot to get pictures of that though.

This looks like an old Japanese coat of arms, not sure if that is what it actually is...

It was a bit early for lunch when I got to the mall, so I had a bit of a mooch first, how adorable are this little stools?

Had a nice wander and lunch then headed home. After the bumpy start it turned out to quite a pleasant day, especially since I won't need to go back until 2020 and yes, I have put it in my calendar as not to forget!


  1. Any ideas on how to create those cute little stools in your picture? I would love to have a couple of them!

    1. not sure, I suppose you could just drill holes in a regular stool?

  2. The stools are so cute! Thanks for sharing. But I must say I Love the manhole covers! So beautiful. Have never seen anything like that! I live in Michigan and used to live near a town up north where there is an iron ore factory that makes them. I had always seen them, but I was so surprised to see one after moving some 200-300 miles south of there! Now I make a game of looking for them wherever I go and have often taken pictures of the ones that say East Jordan Iron Works, and whenever I have grand children along have them stand in the circle around them and take photos of there shoes on them! Glad you shared these!


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