Journey to Freedom S01E02: Am I Normal?

March 19, 2013

I just enrolled yesterday at Koyama Driving School Tsunashima, one of Japan’s most prestigious schools for driving and I am really excited. So excited that I unintentionally arrived an hour and a half early for my aptitude exam. Today I’ll also be attending my first class、運転者の心得、loosely translated to “Driver’s Knowledge”.

When I arrived at the campus, one of the front desk staff, Ms. Mizuno, immediately handed me my schedule, and escorted me to the other room to have my picture taken. I thought to myself, Oh no. I am in the process of growing my hair longer, and the state that it is in at the moment, is not exactly photo friendly. But alas! No one is exempted from having their picture taken. Continue reading “Journey to Freedom S01E02: Am I Normal?”

Journey to Freedom S01E01: Throw ‘Em The Money

I love how they implemented trains in Japan. You can almost go anywhere you want as long as you have the time to do so. Places like the sandy beaches of Izu, or the lush forests of Tanzawa are my favorites to visit. It’s that convenient.

However, there are still times when having a car is a more convenient form of transportation as compared to trains. Camping, for example, requires you to bring basic items like tents and grills (and the marinated food to grill). Bringing all of those on a train can be a little bothersome and tiring. The wiser thing to do is to just drive to the location, and have all those items in the trunk. But what if you don’t have a car? Well, good thing you’re in Japan as car rentals are crazy cheap. You only need a valid driver’s license to rent one.

Problem: I don’t have a Japanese driver’s license. Continue reading “Journey to Freedom S01E01: Throw ‘Em The Money”