EDIT: Apparently my problem is that I can't understand the Canadian Enbassy website as the 4700 yen is only if you need them to sign your form - which they can do when you walk in to hand in the forms, no appointment neccessary. Sigh! Well at least I saved 4700 yen, right? And when its ready they'll mail it to me, so all I have to do is take it to Immigration and my ward office! Yay!
I'm a proud Canadian (born and raised, and although I'm also proud of the dual British citizenship I inherited from my mum I've never really thought of myself as anything but - and I'll save for another time my worries for what that means about any kids I might have in Japan)
Anyways, proud Canadian that I am I've recently been questioning the value of a Canadian passport - not its moral or symbolic worth, but its actual monetary worth. Don't worry, I'm not about to try and sell mine on the black market - not that it would get me much as it expires in mid-July.
That's the problem, I need a new passport and renewing my Canadian passport has proved MUCH more expensive than I had expected.
- passport fee 9300 yen- photographs (the extra-spiffy-with-all-the-bells-and-whistles-including-cd set so I could get the required full white backdrop not offered anywhere else) 3000 yen
- guarantor proxy form (since I don't know any doctors or lawyers or mayors in Japan) 4700 yen
- notarization of the proxy form (on the mistaken assumption that it'd be cheaper and easier than taking the day of to have it done at the embassy - it was most definitely NEITHER!) 11500 yen
- morning off work to submit the forms in person 3600 yen
- day off work to pick up my new passport, take it to immigration to transfer my visa and get a reentry permit, and update my info at the ward office 10800 yen
plus about 3000 yen for all the train fares to get me everywhere and home again
Although to be fair I should minus the 800 yen I would have spent on lunch but for the notary's need to check everything three times and the fact I was already 10 minutes over my lunch hour.
Just for comparison - renewing my British passport was a breeze (walked in the office, took 700 yen photos at the machine, filled out what I could on the form, gave them my old passport, and paid my fee. Oh, and the real kicker? My British passport is good for 10 years but I'll have to go through all the fun for my Canadian passport in just 5 years! (I've put the word out I'm looking for official friends, one of the guys at work has promised to take me drinking with a bunch of lawyers he knows, and my sempai has agreed to go for coffee with me and her high school friend who became a dentist, so hopefully I'll have plenty of people to sign my form 5 years from now.)