About two months ago I got the postcard to say my (Japanese) driver's licence needed to be renewed. As with all things bureaucratic I put it off and put it off. I had huge notes scrawled across the calendar which I crossed out and transferred each week. I didn't want to miss the deadline since I am due for a GOLD licence this year (no accidents, parking or speeding tickets - touch wood). But I still did not really want to go on my own.
Last night I DECIDED that today would be the day. We dragged ourselves along to the camera shop to get a picture taken. (It turned out very nice) Then I followed the man's instructions to take it straight to the police station. I might have wimped out at that stage had he not told me to do that.
I am pleased to say the women at the Central Police Station were friendly, courteous and very helpful. I managed to get all the paperwork done then and there. We had to watch a half hour traffic safety video then we were free to leave. All told it took about an hour and a half.
Little Guy was happy to sit through the video, appeased by the lollies I found in the bottom of my bag and then later kept company by a REALLY noisy boy the same age. Mr. T looked like an angel compared to him and I was secretly very relieved we were not the ones causing a disturbance for once.
So I did it! It's been a while since I talked about my fear of doing anything official that requires me to speak Japanese. I still have the fear but I guess it's not quite so great these days. Yaye me!