Getting it was a bit difficult though, as mobile shops don't easily let foreigners sign contracts (many foreigners tend to leave the country without paying their bills!). I was lucky enough, and a kind co-worker of mine who speaks fluent Japanese helped me set everything up. I am loving it! I can call and text (for free, to other Softbank users) my friends all over Japan!
That made my day. And oh, I received a fun welcome package from my prefecture, explaining how everything in Japan works, and warning me about earthquakes and typhoons!
Today was so warm and sunny- such a treat for a Canadian. It really doesn't feel like December, and I spent all day sightseeing and shopping (some essentials for the apartment at Muji).
As I was riding the train over the rice paddies and near the sea, I couldn't stop thinking about how grateful I am to be where I am now. And how happy I am with my decision to leave everything behind... and come here.