Closing February

feb27a.jpg End-of-month formalities: decorating time books and attendance sheets with my personal seal (there’s a dedicated sheet where I must personally put my seal on each day, and that verifies that I’ve been at work). Hiro wears a smart suit today, my guess it’s because today’s his last day at work here. Ako runs around ‘watashi wa panikku desu’ with the Workshop arrangements but still had the time to explain to me how to operate the campus ATM. Apparently I can use it to transfer money to Finland, which is good – all kinds of bills will be running from my rather depleted Nordea account… I still don’t know how to pay for the I-house apartment, but I trust I will be informed of it in due time:)
For some reason, there have been announcements during the whole day – in japanese, of course. It always surprises me how few people even here speak english – I spent an hour in the Animal Facility and Research Resource Center trying to explain that apparently my security codes from summer and / or fingerprints have been erased from the system and I would like to have this fixed – without success. Not a single word of eigo – I finally got through the message by remembering words like sekuuritii, bangoo (number) and dame (not good/allowed something), but most likely I’ll just have to bother – again! – some of our lab’s natives and go up there on Monday to get things corrected…