Tokyo Walking 19 東京ウォーキング
Throwback Thursday: My first visit to the infamous Tokyo Immigration Bureauーa large, looming and always crowded site of red tape and a general atmosphere of utter despair. It is often a frustrating experience because no one ever seems to know exactly what is needed for what kind of visa and thus people either bring too many documents, or are told they have too few… and when they follow up with the missing ones are told that these were not needed in the first place and why are you bothering them with extra things they don’t need. On this particular occasion, it was my first time renewing my visa in Tokyo and I foolishly imagined that the walk from the station to the bureau “wouldn’t be that far” and that “buses are for wimps”. Given that this was on a hot and sunny day in August with no convenience stores and little shade on the way I proved myself to be the foolish one. Live and learn! Since then I’ve been much more sensible. ^^;
Previous Tokyo Walking posts can be found here.