How is the life in Japan as a student?

Studying in Japan gave me so many lessons in life and I felt even more mature as a person.

First, life is not easy. Yes, I’ve been here so many times. But as the day goes by, the place you once considered beautiful will no longer attract you. I visited Disney Sea again for the second time as part of our filed trip and guess what? I thought the whole trip was boring. I went home around 3PM.

I have never been a store clerk in Philippines but here, I am now on my second job as a store clerk. I am not very good in shouting “irrashaimase” or “arigatou gozaimasu” to customer so I need to put an extra effort to raise my voice.

Japan is a fast paced country and everyone is always tired. You can even feel it inside the train. Part time worker and contractors are paid by the hour so every hour counts. That means working on weekends is normal.

Even if you work 7 days a week, you will feel what you earn is not enough. I pay 40,000 yen monthly for my place and 26,000 yen for my monthly pass. My phone bill is 4,000 yen monthly. This means I need to earn 70,000 monthly to cover for my bills and 20,000 for my food. Working 26 hours a week will give me around 100,000 yen monthly. I only have 10,000 left to pay for other expenses like water or electricity. If I fail to work lets say for just a day, I will be short of money and this is the reality of living here.

I love studying Japanese. Everyday I look forward to learn. However there are days that I feel like I am not improving at all. Maybe I am overthinking or maybe I have high expectation set to myself.

Is it worth it? It’s a solid yes. I met new friends. I gained some and lose some. I now know who will stay with me even if I am on the lowest of the low. I learned to let go of some things I used to have and adjust to what I can afford. I find ways to earn extra income, compare store prices utilise phone apps to get discounts. I am more cautious now on where to spend my money.

Will I still do it over again if I can turn back the time? Absolutely. I know I am on the right track. I just need to maintain my composure and passion. I need to remind myself that this time I am not here to travel but to master the language. If I succeed in doing that, more opportunities will open. May God guide me on the right track.

Getting Credit Card for Foreign Students in Japan

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Since I moved to Japan, I already plan of applying a credit card but I am not sure if it’s feasible especially for student like me. I have read several emails about long term residents living in Japan and still haven’t been able to get a credit card. No one knows what’s the reason of getting declined because most of them have full time jobs and been a resident for quite some time.

Based on my review, the best credit card for students is the Rakuten card. They almost approve anyone as long as you have a resident card and Japan address and phone number. So I tried my luck in applying and since the site is in Japanese, I used this site as guide for translation (https://www.credit-card-master.com/credit-card-for-foreigners-in-japan/). You need to link your Japan bank account to the application because unlike Philippine credit cards, Japan credit card will automatically take payment from your account.

So the following day I received a call from a Rakuten Japanese agent who verified my address and personal information. After 2 days, I received my credit card. If you didn’t link your personal account to Rakuten site, they will ask you to do it before delivering the card. It was really surprising coz I never expect I will get approved. I was barely a month in Japan when I tried applying and only have a part time job.

Anyway, maybe I was lucky that I was able to speak some Japanese during verification or maybe they can see my credit history in Philippines that’s why  I get approved but who knows? One thing about the credit card, your name in the card will be the furigana yomikata written in English alphabet. Mine was written as Anjierin and my real name is Angeline. I didn’t bother to change it anymore.

If you’re having a hard time applying a credit card, try Rakuten card. This is not a sponsored post but I am just happy sharing my experience.

A.

P.S.

I got 2000 points when I got approved that can be used on their website. Not a bad deal.