Greetings . . . .
I’m Tony. I’m originally from the UK and - unlike most people here so far - I actually live in Tokyo and don’t work for Tokyocheapo! But, seriously, for a cheapo like me, it’s an excellent site with some great information.
I came here to work for my UK company, then became independent and lived here for a while until 2011, when the yen became too strong for me, as a dollar earner; I then worked in Athens and Shanghai before returning to Tokyo last year. I live in Hiroo and cycle around, so I thoroughly agree with the earlier poster who recommended to live centrally and cycle.
I enjoy playing with my kid, sports, exploring the side-streets and how it feels after going to the gym (as opposed to how I feel while in it).
Top tips for newbies: Lawson Y100 shops (the bigger the better, such as the one on Meiji Dori between Ebisu and Shibuya),
No, I don’t like natto - if anyone is surprised, I just say I come from Kansai.
My question (and, sadly, I think I know the answer) is: “is there any way to get a Japanese SIM card, with a Japanese phone number, without having a Gaijin Card, or whatever they’re called these days.” I don’t want to get one of the foreign visitor type temporary things for which you pay an arm and a leg.