18 August 2010 @ 12:32 pm
I hate suspense, I really really do  
So...now I'm in that awkward timestamp where I feel it's too early to start putting things in suitcases (and some stuff I can't put in suitcases cause I, y'know, kind of need it over the next week) but I really want to get started on things - actually to be totally honest I really want to get started on the things I'll need to be doing once I arrive in Japan and those I really can't get to. -.- So I have to settle for making lists of crap and chewing my nails. I don't get how it can simultaneously feel like there is too much time till I get there and not enough wtf reality Also why is it impossible to find a map of campus >.> Like not where the buildings are but inside the buildings? nnnnnnnnng planning >.<

Also dad has a grand plan (since our phone contract is conveniently ending) to try and get me a phone here that I would be able to use in Japan and then continue to use once I got back - which would be awesome cause my phone is showing signs of dying, and would also not leave me with a random headset bouncing around upon my return...but it's less than a week till I leave. And he's leaving on a business trip like two days before I leave and knowing my family there just isn't going to be time. Plus, ideally, I'd like to get a phone with a proper keyboard hey [livejournal.com profile] faded_lace can I just steal your old one? cause I'll be emailing/etc so much in Japan, but sofar one of those isn't on the lists of phones he can get a good deal on. Though there is a pretty sweet touchscreen one but there's other complications with that one too Plus there's the issue of unlocking it so I can, y'know, use it in a foreign country. :/ It would be nice if we could have started figuring this sort of thing out at, like, the beginning of the month?

In slightly happier news, we are like 3 boards and a series of steps away from having a back deck, which will make the cats extremely happy once the workmen leave and means that there is no longer a foot and a half drop out the kitchen door. It does look damn strange, though, having stuff there though after like two years of the "moat".

Oh and my catbite is healed to the point I can wear just bandaids instead of gauze wraps :3 yay.
 
 
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[identity profile] pergamond.livejournal.com on August 18th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
I think you'll be hard pressed to find a phone that will work in Japan. Even my European one, which works in N. America, Europe and Australia doesn't work on the Japanese network D:

They are just too advanced and on an entirely different network system:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/20/technology/20cell.html

I wonder whether my iPhone will work :\ A Japanese iPhone does work in the US, but I don't know whether the ones you buy over here do.
[identity profile] britkit27.livejournal.com on August 18th, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
:/ According to my dad they've changed that in recent years and supposedly my ye-olde current phone will even work there. I'm not sure where his source is. But I mean, if I get there with an "unlocked phone" and it doesn't work, then it doesn't work and I'll get myself a prepaid. I kind of need my phone replaced anyways >> it's been having fits.

I dunno. It would make sense, but then these things rarely do.
[identity profile] pergamond.livejournal.com on August 18th, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
Nah, that article is only from last year and I was there just last summer. My USA phone didn't work either, though that one doesn't even wok in Europe, despite being new.

But it's true if you need a phone anyway, it doesn't matter :) But being tri-band isn't enough - that will allow the phone to work in Europe (something US phones have got better at in the last few years) but not in Japan.
[identity profile] britkit27.livejournal.com on August 18th, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
Hrm. I'll ask him tonight how certain he is that phones from here will work >> I was pretty sure that none of them did too, but we'll see.

I don't technically need one yet, but I probably will soon and if our contract is switching now may well be a good time. The screen keeps going black randomly or going all opposite-color o.O tis very strange
[identity profile] pergamond.livejournal.com on August 18th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
I'm over 90% certain it's a complete no-go unless you have a smart phone (e.g. iPhone) and even then it's no guarantee.

Your Dad might be thinking about how US phones are now more frequently tri-band, but that isn't enough for Japan. For instance, that NY Times article is just last July and none of my friends over there could get their foreign phones to work.

Of course, if it means you get a new phone rather than not, then don't reveal any of this ^.~

also, e.g. http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2223.html There's some other quite useful tips on there too if you're feeling the urge to browse :)

Edited 2010-08-18 05:54 pm (UTC)
[identity profile] britkit27.livejournal.com on August 18th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
I'll bring that up - actual experience is actual experience, whatever the interwebs say.

^.~ I'll keep that in mind as well.
and the coast comes like a raft of warm air: [BBCSH] Stop thinking about cake[personal profile] fulminata on August 18th, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
*cough*iPhone*cough* or a Blackberry. I have the original Bold and I've been eyeing the new Torch...

My plan for packing for large trips is to put away everything except what can be packed last minute (toiletries, electronics, and the like). That way, you're mostly prepared. Have you made a checklist of everything to take over? And gathered it all for easy packing?
[identity profile] britkit27.livejournal.com on August 18th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
XD You do realize there is no way in hell my dad is buying me an iphone. The only reason he'd be getting me an touchscreen one is because he found some insane deal on it And even then he's talking about getting that one for himself and giving me his current phone And they're kind of big :/

I've covered my brother's bed in everything I want to bring that I'm not going to be using over the next few days. I don't have a specific checklist, really, but it's organized into sections so I can see what I do and don't have. I just want to start packing but am hesitant to start until I have everything there so I can really see how to fit it all to my best advantage. And I have to make sure that I don't put all the heavy stuff in one suitcase or it'll go over the weight limit >>
and the coast comes like a raft of warm air: [Bleach] Byakuya: Ahn?[personal profile] fulminata on August 18th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
The iPhone 3Gs is only $99. Just saying. Blackberries, compared to Apples, are a bit heavier and are kind of bulky, even though the keypad is very nice.

You could keep all the light & important stuff for your carry-on, then spread the rest out equally?
[identity profile] britkit27.livejournal.com on August 18th, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
You've never met my father XD 99$ for a phone is too much. Believe me, I wouldn't mind an iPhone but while he's the one paying for it? Not going to happen.

I have two rollaround bags I can/will check, and two carryon one of which needs to be a just-in-case overnight bag. I'm sure I can figure it out once I start packing...I just feel it's to early to start packing. XD I'm running myself in circles, don't mind me.
and the coast comes like a raft of warm air[personal profile] fulminata on August 18th, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
Crazy talk. Your father sounds about as frugal as mine. Conspiracy I suspect.

Take a deep breath and calm down. It'll all work out fine. :D
[identity profile] britkit27.livejournal.com on August 18th, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, definitely. Mind, that frugality is for a damn good reason atm and has served us well in the past in getting us vacations to awesome places but...well XD yeah.

^ ^;; I'm sure it will too, but...I hate the suspense >.
and the coast comes like a raft of warm air[personal profile] fulminata on August 18th, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
Very true. You and your cruises. /jealous

Uh... think happy thoughts. :D
[identity profile] britkit27.livejournal.com on August 18th, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
^ ^;; I can send you a postcard?

Am trying :D
and the coast comes like a raft of warm air[personal profile] fulminata on August 18th, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
THIS BITCH LOVES POSTCARDS.
[identity profile] britkit27.livejournal.com on August 18th, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
XD I'm afraid they're not very exciting, they just have a picture of the ship on them but I can send one if you like.

Oh, how did letter translating go?
and the coast comes like a raft of warm air[personal profile] fulminata on August 18th, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
POSTCARDDDDDD! :D

Uh.. I've been super lazy and haven't done it yet. =/
[identity profile] britkit27.livejournal.com on August 18th, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
XDDDDDD I'll dig it out and try and send it by tomorrow.

XD ok.
and the coast comes like a raft of warm air[personal profile] fulminata on August 18th, 2010 05:51 pm (UTC)
Tonight! I'll pull out my workbook and do my best. I have a feeling I'm going to have major fail issues.
[identity profile] britkit27.livejournal.com on August 18th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
:D I'm sure you'll be fine. I'll try and be online if you have any questions ^ ^
and the coast comes like a raft of warm air[personal profile] fulminata on August 18th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
Okay. I shall do my best!
[identity profile] faded-lace.livejournal.com on August 18th, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
Hey, I don't suppose you'd happen to know how to get a blackberry to work in Japan? I have a curve and it would be super convenient to have it work there, but I didn't think there was a way...
and the coast comes like a raft of warm air[personal profile] fulminata on August 18th, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
I think it depends on your model of Blackberry and whether or not you are willing to shell out the money for International rates. I would talk to your carrier about it. In any case, you could always take it with you to Japan and get a SIM card from either DoCoMo or Softbank.
[identity profile] faded-lace.livejournal.com on August 18th, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
I see. Yeah, the international charges are massive, but I'm going to bring it with me even if just to use as my alarm clock XD; I was going to go with a prepaid plan from Softbank, so I guess I can always ask about my blackberry while I'm there. But the international charges are probably worse than a sparsely used prepaid plan, so I guess I'll just have to see. XD;
and the coast comes like a raft of warm air[personal profile] fulminata on August 18th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
International plans are wallet rape, especially the global roaming charges. I would say the sparsely used prepaid plan would be much cheaper for you in the long run.
[identity profile] faded-lace.livejournal.com on August 18th, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I assumed as much, but since you're the blackberry authority that I know, I figured I'd ask you XD alas.
and the coast comes like a raft of warm air[personal profile] fulminata on August 18th, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
I'm switching out to an iPhone once my contract comes up for renewal. Too many issues with my BB. Plus, I'm addicted to shiny, new electronics.
[identity profile] faded-lace.livejournal.com on August 18th, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC)
I'd love an iphone, but I don't have at&t, so I can't. :< but I like actual buttons better than touchscreen anyway in terms of keypads.
and the coast comes like a raft of warm air[personal profile] fulminata on August 18th, 2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
iPhones can be jailbroken now, hun, but yeah, I think it'll take me a bit to get used to the touchscreen. I have my iPod Touch though to help me get used to it.
[identity profile] faded-lace.livejournal.com on August 18th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
Well, while I'm on a plan with my family, I'm pretty much plan-restricted, and the phone I can get cheap with my plan is the one I get. XD; When I'm on my own hopefully I'll be able to get a cool phone, too.
and the coast comes like a raft of warm air[personal profile] fulminata on August 18th, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
Ah, true. I've never been on a family plan... so I'm not exactly sure how they work. -_-;;
[identity profile] yomimashou.livejournal.com on August 18th, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
If you make sure to get a phone that's 3G and get it unlocked/get a global sim card/I don't actually know what any of this means, it should work in Japan? But I've heard you have to be careful of super high roaming charges...

I'm hoping to be able to get a prepaid phone in the airport, and otherwise I'll look into the rental company my program recommended...
[identity profile] britkit27.livejournal.com on August 18th, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
I have no idea. :/ Basically what I'd heard from people who went was to rent a phone there, but my dad seems to think he's found some way around it. I have no clue, and quite frankly don't much care either way as long as I have a working phone with email/text capabilities -.- this is proving to be harder than it should be

I'm hoping that I can get this all sorted before I go so that if I need to get a phone in Japan I can do it at the airport as well, otherwise I'd have to wait until I have my alien registration card and idk how long that'll take.
[identity profile] yomimashou.livejournal.com on August 18th, 2010 06:03 pm (UTC)
There IS a way around it, but I'm not sure of all the details. The one thing I know is that is HAS to be 3G--but 3G phones are getting a lot more common. I didn't research the details because I decided to go with a pre-paid (and my program will have the rental company available during orientation so that's my backup plan). But someone in my program posted some of the info she found to the facebook group, so I can send you that if you want?
[identity profile] britkit27.livejournal.com on August 18th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
Sure, that'd be awesome. Thank you :D
[identity profile] yomimashou.livejournal.com on August 18th, 2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
Emailed it to you ^^
[identity profile] pergamond.livejournal.com on August 18th, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
Ooh yes, that sounds right. If you can get a phone with 3G you might be rolling. iPhones, blackberry etc all use 3G but I think it's possible some other phones now might as well...
[identity profile] faded-lace.livejournal.com on August 18th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
It seems like everyone has said what I already was going to say - the only way I know of to get a phone to work in Japan is if it's a smartphone that can handle internet (e.g. any 3G smartphone or droid phone in the US, such as a blackberry, iPhone, or other phones that have internet browsers and email, NOT phones that can simply handle internet, such as the LG enV, the phone you were asking to steal from me. XD;) The important part, as far as I know, is the simcard, but from what I've heard, it's far easier to get a simcard that will work in Europe than in Asia, and roaming charges are really intense. You already know what I think of the majority of your dad's plans and restrictions, but in this case, especially since you never make calls and email would be free in Japan with the plan I'm attempting to go with, just getting a phone in Japan would probably actually be cheaper than you trying to get a 3G phone AND a new simcard AND dealing with roaming fees.

As for maps, we're going to school in an office building, so it's going to be my bet that it's pretty darn easy to navigate. Not to mention that we have a long orientation when we get there, during which I'm sure there will be plenty of time to ask questions about finding your way around. Take a breather, child, you need to remain calm. I promise we'll be all right. ♥
[identity profile] britkit27.livejournal.com on August 18th, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
Near as I can tell he's found whatever thing the japanese phones work on is something that is also accepted by some american phones, including my current one, and therefor I would just get a simcard in japan instead of a handset. Idk the reasoning for all of this, I really think it would be easier for me to just get a phone in japan and deal with getting a new one for the US when I get back but there's some complication with family plans, etc, idk I'm going to talk to him more about it tonight.

One would hope. I'm calm, I'm calm - just antsy :/ I want to be there and getting settled and figuring stuff out not waiting.
[identity profile] faded-lace.livejournal.com on August 18th, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
I mean, you can have your phone on the family plan at home and just not use it, like I am. If you don't make calls, your family won't be charged for them, so I don't see what the issue is. Not only would it be easier, but probably less expensive with roaming charges, especially since you never make calls in the first place. Like I've said in the past, if it's something that would make your life easier, you ought to put your foot down. I doubt it would even be more money, considering the situation, but if your dad isn't willing to sacrifice a little money for your happiness, something is obviously wrong.

I'm packing. :P
[identity profile] dragonlover58.livejournal.com on August 18th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
I am also in the awkward timestamp- I fly out to Narita on the 30th. I've been making lists and figuring out what I need here, but I'm just anxious to get to Yokohama and move into my apartment. I took pictures of the clothes that I'm taking with me since I'll be using them still in the next week and a half, but then when it comes time to pack, I can just double-check to my camera pictures to make sure I got everything.

*hugs* Best of luck!
[identity profile] britkit27.livejournal.com on August 18th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
Sucks, doesn't it? And that's a good idea. But pretty much the only clothes I haven't packed are my shorts, and those I'm taking all of, so it's pretty easy.

*hugs* you too!