久しぶり！ Long time no see! (Err, type? Read? Oh, you know what I mean.)
To say that I’ve been busy is an understatement. Since my last post (was that really three weeks ago?), I’ve attended the prefecture-wide Skills Development Conference, had two demo lessons, attended a third demo lesson, been to Tokyo for a weekend – oh, and I bought a car(!).
When I first e-mailed my predecessor, she told me that buying her car was one of the best decisions that she made. However, I was determined to save the money, so I decided not to buy her car. Instead, I opted to accept my fate and walk/bike everywhere. This was great in the summer/fall, but as soon as my bike got a flat tire during two weeks of near-constant rain, I was Stage 2-ing pretty bad and I was fed up – I wanted the convenience (and warmth! and dry-ness!) of a car. Sempai S took me car shopping one weekend, and we were lucky enough to find my car at the very first dealership we visited.
I loved it as soon as I test drove it! We spoke with the salesman and told him I definitely wanted it. Then, we talked with my supervisor, who would take care of the actual process of buying it.
Buying a car is super easy in Japan, by the way. All I had to do was bring the cash (yes, cash!) and stamp my hanko and – ta-da! – the car was mine. I picked it two weeks after first test-driving it, on November 1, 2013. I am officially a big girl with her very first car!
It’s a Daihatsu MOVE, about 12 years old but still looks like new! It’s actually a kei car, which is a class of very small cars (with very small engines) unique to Japan.
I can understand now why my pred loved her car so much. It really does make things so much more convenient! You want to rent a movie? Now Tsutaya is only a 5 minute drive away instead of a 20 minute bike ride! Need to buy groceries? Don’t worry about how you’re going to get them all home, you have a car!!! That being said, having to buy brand new winter tires and having them installed wasn’t fun… or cheap… but that’s the price you have to pay for convenience, right?