You do, however, have to take off your shoes when entering classrooms from the hallway. I'm not sure how this is supposed to work; today I just taught my lesson in my socks, because they made me take off my shoes at the door--even though they were *indoor* shoes I had *specifically* brought so that I wouldn't have to take them off. (Maybe they couldn't tell I was wearing indoor shoes because--silly me--I was walking along the hallway in them?) I just don't get it.
Anyway, after that I was finally able to pick up my gaijin card from City Hall. With proper identification in hand, I went straight to the cell phone dealer and bought myself a new phone. It looks like this (the wine-colored one on the far right). As a thank-you gift for purchasing a new contract, they also gave me a box of barley tea (extremely popular here in the summer) and a Tinkerbell washcloth.
Now I just have to read all the documentation that comes with it. There are five booklets to go through--two manuals (one for phone services and one for email services), two guidebooks (ditto), and a magazine of downloadable games and other services.