Can I Withdraw From a Foreign Bank Account Using a Japanese?

Do you know if it’s possible to withdraw money from your US bank account here in Japan?  I asked this question to countless foreigners and coworkers living here in Japan.  I would get the same answers over and over again: “I’m not sure,” “I’ve never tried it,” “I don’t know.” Well I needed to ship something home today and the Japan Post wouldn’t let me use a debit card. I decided to figure this out once and for all if I could withdraw money from my US bank account here in Japan. Armed with Continue Reading …

How to Send Money Home From Japan (Part 1)

Update: Hey Gang! This is a quick note to let you know that GoLloyd's is now GoRemit a service owned by Shinesei Bank. To register you can go to the English version of the site here: http://www.goremit.jp/index/en. Looks like some more updates are in order ;) When people consider moving to Japan, one of the biggest concerns is taking care of those outstanding bills/debts from back home.  You know, the car payments, credit-card bills, student loans, etc.  This often makes people feel like Continue Reading …

What’s Your Story? (Three)

Page 1| Page 2| Page 3| Page 4| Page 5| Page 6| Page 7 BACK TO MY SOUTHERN ROOTS Going back the U.S. meant going back to where I was born, to where my parents were born, going back to my roots. I remember going to Florida seeing those relatives I hadn’t seen in years. I could remember faces but couldn’t remember everyones’ names. I found their accents to be really weird. My brother’s name is Derrick, but my cousin Vamonde would say “DAY-UH-RICK” all slow and drawn out. I remember giggling the Continue Reading …

Getting Around in Japan if You Aren’t Good With Maps

Okay, I’ll be honest with you, I am AWFUL when it comes to maps and directions.  Finding out that Japan’s rail system is the most common mode of transportation in Japan, freaked me out a bit.  I went out with some of my coworkers after my first week of job training in Japan and found out just how “awful” I was.  I realized that I didn’t know anything about riding trains and I couldn’t read most of the maps because they were written in kanji.  My coworkers pretty much had to guide me around like Continue Reading …

What’s Your Story? (Two)

Page 1| Page 2| Page 3| Page 4| Page 5| Page 6| Page 7 My Martial Arts Training Begins My father was serving time the year I was born... GOTCHA!! No my father wasn't in prison. He was serving in the U.S. Army, stationed in Korea, the year I was born. Little did I know how much of an effect it would have on my life. My father studied TaeKwonDo while he was there, and earned his 1st degree black belt while in Seoul. While we lived in Germany, my father in enrolled all four children in Continue Reading …