I Am Going To Tokyo

JICA Office at Menara Citibank
JICA Office at Menara Citibank.

The wheels are in motion. I attended a briefing at the JICA Office at Menara Citibank on Wednesday for Counterpart Training for Independent Living Programme for People with Disabilities together with Siew Chin and Harry of the Beautiful Gate foundation for the Disabled, and two Personal Assistants (PAs).

Visa application form for Tokyo trip
The application form for visa to Japan.

The three of us trainees are using wheelchairs. We filled in the form for visa application and the applied to be members of the JICA Alumni Society of Malaysia. We were then briefed on the visa application, arrival procedure, allowances provisions, etc. After the briefing, we collected our plane tickets from the JAL office in the same building. I had requested for a low-protein low-salt/no salt added meal.

JICA Trainee Guide Book and plane ticket from JAL

(Clockwise from bottom left) Audio tape and phrase book for simple
conversations in Japanese, Copy of the the letter to the
Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat Malaysia from JICA
confirming my nomination for the Counterpart Training for
Independent Living Programme for people with Disabilities,
plane ticket from JAL and the JICA Trainee Guide Book.

Now I need to get the appropriate clothes, especially when January is the coldest month in Japan with the average temperature hovering around freezing point. The extreme cold will be a problem. I tend to get spasms in low temperatures. I wonder how many layers of clothes I need to wear.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

9 thoughts on “I Am Going To Tokyo”

  1. I was recently passed a Japanese for Dummies Book from a friend in PDF format. Please let me know if you want it. I’ll send it by email. Glad to see your on your way! Blessed Christmas!

  2. Have a good time in Tokyo! Take more warm clothes with you. Don’t forget the gloves and scarves too! When will you be back in Malaysia?
    Merry Christmas!

  3. Silly Pat,
    Yes, i would love to have a copy of that. Thank you.

    I am still in KL. Will be going in January. Winter clothes shopping is bleeding my wallet to death.

    Thank you.

    Penang Podcast,
    Thank you to you too.

    Malaysia also can get miso soup mah… same for kimono.

    Thank you. 😀

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