Mittwoch, 12. März 2014

How to get a job in Japan with a Student visa / Hello Work

First of all you need to apply for a working permission. You can request it directly at the airport or at the foreigner embassy.
For requesting it at the airport I received from my school a sheet where I had to sign it and turn it in at the airport control counter.
At the embassy you have to fill in more papers and wait for 2 weeks till you get the permission.

With this stamp on your residence card you are allowed to work in Japan

Remember that with the student-visa you can only work 28 hours per week!!

The CV

Here in Japan they use printed forms for your CV!! You can buy them in every Conbini store.
They have 2 different kind of CVs. For Part-time job and for full-time job.

Part-time job CV パート、アルバイト

You have to fill it in by hand and you can't copy them. Passport pictures are also needed for it.

Hello Work

Hello Work

What is it

All my friends at school recommended me to go to Hello Work. It's a work agency that helps you in finding a job.
It's charge-free and until now no one ever told me, that they didn't get a job and basically half of my school found their job through that agency. I also found my part-time job there.
They also have English speaking officers.

Office Location

The office worker are all really friendly. The office is located between Shin-Okubo and Shinjuku's Kabuki-chou. Right at a main road next to the train station.

Hello Work Shinjuku (Kabukicho Branch) 1F, 2-42-10 Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku

Keep in mind that it takes almost 3 hours at the first time you go there. The earlier you go, the better. The office opens at 9 a.m. You can also call and ask for an appointment.

What they do

After they saved your informations in their files, they immediately look for any type of jobs in their data bank or also for the job that you want to apply for.
If you are interested in that job they will call for you and rather you have an interview or you can send them your CV.
If they found 2 or 3 places that are interesting, they will send you away. If it didn't work out you have to go back again and they will look for further places.

I went twice there until I got my part-time job at a restaurant.

Other ways

There are also different types of websites to find a job and also one special one for foreigners. It's called Gaijinpot.

Good luck!! =)

Sonntag, 9. März 2014

The Zoo in Ueno - 上野の動物園

Tokyo's zoo is really famous for its Pandas. The zoo is situated in Ueno, right next to the JR station. For some reason Pandas are really famous here in Japan. They have some kind of cuteness effect.
Beside Pandas they have other animals as well. They have elefants, monkeys, birds, small animals, ecc.

I've been at the zoo twice already. Once in Summer and once in Winter. Everytime I went there they were restructuring something and some accesses were close.
It's a big zoo, there are a lot of animals and you need an entire afternoon to see the entire place. Be careful in Winter closing hour is at 5 p.m.
I really like how they organised the zoo and it's in a really pretty surrounding. There is a lot of green and nature, unusual for Tokyo.

I personally would recommend to go in Summer. It was pretty cold when I went last February. Nice was that there weren't many people around. They don't put the animals in hibernation during Winter.
During Summer it's really crowded and depending on which month pretty hot and humid. 
The perfect season is probably in Spring, April to June.

The fee is not that expensive. It's 600 ¥ for adults.

Right next to the entrance of the zoo there is a little pizza place. The name of the place is "Pizza Savoia". They sell small pizza which are super delicious. Give it a try if you are already there.

Pizza Margherita

Sonntag, 2. März 2014

EXCEL Hairsalon in 109 Woman Shibuya

109 for Woman is one of the most known stores in Shibuya. It's right at the big crossing, impossible to miss. If so then just ask somebody for directions.
Beside being an awesome place to shop it also has a hair salon on the 8th floor.
It was my 4th time going there. I really love this place!! The personal is really friendly and everything looks so nice there.

Inside the hair salon

Everytime I went there I had more or less an idea on how to cut my hair and already picked out some pictures to show them. They also have magazines with hairstyle ideas.
Let me tell you something, they really try to get the exact same result as it is shown on the pictures. No kidding they take it super serious.

My hair transformation from long to supershort.
This is how my hair developped from super long to super short... If you want to know more about why I cut my hair click here.

Just to give you an example, I showed them a picture of Keira Kneighley with short hair and they basically made my hair look exactly the same.

their color collection

If there is something that they can't do, they try their best to do it as similar as possible.

The last time I asked them if it is possible to color my hair purple. I showed them the following picture:

They told me that this is only temporary color and for getting this result, I would need to bleach my hair.They had a purple-pink color and suggested me to color my hair twice, in that way I would get a close result to that picture.
Since japanese hair color is weaker and less damaging, it wouldn't be to damaging for my hair coloring them twice.

selfie while waiting for the color to have effect

This is the outcome of coloring my hair twice without bleaching them....

I was really sattisfied with the result. Everytime I leave this hair salon, I'm super duper happy with the outcome of my hair.

The prices are not that expensive eighter.
For a cut you pay 3500 yen and for coloring 12000 yen. Coloring is a little bit more expensive.

While you are in Tokyo give it a try!!! =)