Hello friends! My name is Sasha, and I need a lot of help right now!
I’ve been living in Japan for a little over three months, and it has become apparent that it is impossible for me to continue taking public transportation to get to and from work. I live in Anan, and I work in Tokushima. In order to get to work by 12:00, I have to be at the train station at 9:17, because the trains only arrive once every hour, and the buses do as well. However, the trains and buses aren’t even close to synchronized, so after getting off the train in Tokushima, I have to wait at least 40 to 50 minutes for the bus to arrive.
This has proven to be a serious financial struggle for me as well, as transportation costs go up to around $200 monthly. Even though my company reimburses the transportation fees, the money still comes from my pocket.
Here’s where you all come in!
I have a couple who has told me they would be happy to sell me their car. They would like me to pay only $2500 for it, since it is an older Toyota model (a Toyota Yaris Verso to be exact). I was initially able to provide the funds because of the money I’d been given to survive until I’d gotten my next paycheck. However, I was unable to purchase anything for myself due to issues with my work visa (which are all cleared up now!) This leads me to having hardly any money to be able to save up due to having to try and set everything up at home all at once.
The other $2000 will go towards getting me to a driving school, as getting a license in Japan is notoriously difficult if you don’t have one from the United States. I had a permit in the US, but never wound up getting my license because public transportation in Oregon was fantastic.
I plan on either the Anan Driving School or the Minami Komatsushima Driving School. The websites can be found here:
The Komatsushima school would be most preferable, as it will have me with a license within one month. However, the Anan school is much closer to where I live.
Normally, I would go to get a loan for this sort of thing. However, no place I’ve been will allow me to take out a loan because the car is in Japan. If even I am able to raise enough to help me for the car, that would be enough to make me happy. I am desperately in need of another form of transportation, because I am unable to get enough sleep to get to work by the time I come home.
I love my job, and the travel time is the only significant amount of stress within it. If I can at least eliminate the travel aspect, it would take a tremendous weight off of my shoulders.
Thank you for your time.