So, the postal service in Japan takes a bit of getting used to. We have a small mailbox (about the size of a shoebox) in the lobby of our building. Whenever anyone sends anything bigger than that tiny shoebox (like a large envelope, package, etc), they will “buzz” to our apartment, so I can go outside and sign for it. It’s the same for paychecks or any other “special” letters.
This is nice because I never have to worry about someone stealing my package off my doorstep (because that does happen in America)… but is SUPER annoying because if I miss the “buzz,” I have to go downstairs, grab the “you missed our ‘buzz’ letter,” call the number on the sheet, give them my package number, re-schedule a “drop off” time (in a 3 hour window), and then wait around the house during that 3 hour window for the package.
It can be really inconvenient when I have somewhere else to be…
Ryosuke ordered some new water filters online and we got to pick the drop-off time (3 days later). I fell asleep waiting for the water filters… Oops. And even though the filters could have probably fit in the box, they didn’t try to stuff them (which I guess is nice…?) and I had to call the company for another drop off.