Tried natto for the first time yesterday! It’s a really weird flavor but the texture is awful because the stickiness kept getting into my hair. I tried it on bread with kim chi and sriracha but the taste of the natto completely overwhelmed everything else and it wasn’t spicy at all :(!
It’s supposedly super healthy, so I’m forcing myself to eat it. Not only that, but its only 78 yen for THREE servings. I guess it’s great for those of us living on a budget? Anyway, I guess I’ll try it with rice and an egg next time?
Whew! I haven’t done one of these “haul” posts for a while. I’ve been busy with work recently so I haven’t been able to go out and explore as much. After work today, I wandered around the area and came across a Cou Cou store. It’s similar to Daiso, except everything is 315円. In return for it being 210円 more expensive, their selection is much cuter and the quality is a tad bit less shambled. I had to refrain from buying too many things, but here are a few of the items I did get.
Two strawberry glasses for 315円~ I was drinking out of the carton but now I won’t have to, yey!
Two small hand towels for 315円! A lot of the public restrooms (especially at stations) won’t have paper towels (or soap), so I got these for those inconvenient moments.
A mini heart pillow & mini rabbit pillow for 315円 each. My room still has a very sterile feel to it, so I’m trying to make it more cozy with adorable home goods.
I’ll be working nearly every day in February, aside from two days off where I’ll be off snowboarding. This means I may not be as active as blogging as I used to be (was I even an active blogger?). Aside from this, I’ve also gotten into experimenting with YouTube videos that you can view here. It’s a little more fun to edit videos than photos so I’ve been slacking on taking pictures~~~
So if you recall from my packing post, I had decided to bring a brand new, factory unlocked iPhone 5 with me to Japan. When I got here, I got slapped with the harsh reality of not doing my research in advance and it finally dawned on me that there was a possibility of me not even being able to use my iPhone 5.
Softbank wouldn’t give me a SIM card unless I had bought a new Softbank locked phone from them and au was the same. Docomo was willing to give me a SIM card but since the iPhone wasn’t a Docomo device, they would count it as tethering and were going to charge me a bunch of fees. The Docomo store I went to didn’t have English speaking staff on site so I had to talk to customer service through a phone and hand it back to the store staff occasionally. It was pretty exhausting, especially after a twenty minute conversation the guy finally decided to tell me that the store I was at didn’t have any Nano SIM cards anyway and not many of their stores did.
So after failing with all of the normal phone service providers, I decided to do a little more research and go a cheaper route with a data only SIM card since I had a lot of friends who used it. The one they had used was b-mobile. The only problem was that b-mobile does not currently offer any nano SIM cards.
I found more information on the subscription based b-mobile SIM cards on Mike Ferrier’s blog and after seeing this video, I felt the chances of me successfully using a b-mobile SIM card were high.
And yes, I did succeed! Here are some photos for a step by step process as well as a video:
Things you will need:
- Sandpaper (I bought mine from Daiso)
- A nano SIM cutter (bought from Amazon Japan)
- A b-mobile SIM card (bought from Amazon Japan but can also be bought at Yodobashi stores or b-mobile’s website)
- iPhone 5 (duh!)
This is what your SIM card will look like.
Read instructions so you don’t waste a perfectly good SIM card!
Slide in the SIM card like so (make sure the dented corner is on the right side).
Finished product. Sand it down and then stick it into your iPhone!