That's right, my babies, the Knot hath been tiedethed. I am betrothed. This bull is officially in pasture. Kind've.
Since the ceremony isn't going to be until January, we went down to the city hall and turned in all the necessary paperwork. I was amazed at how easy it was, because experience tells us that when dealing with city halls and paperwork and whatnot here in Japan, there's always a catch. I talked to an international lawyer about why it was so easy to do, and he just said, "Well, the Japanese aren't really flooding the USA wanting to work there, so it's no biggie." I guess I had my ducks lined up in a row all nice and neat, with the proper translations and everything, because 45 minutes or so after arriving, it was done!
The Embassy website here is pretty awesome for information, and have ready-made forms available. The tone of the directions to getting married is almost flippant, kind've like "yeah, you know, just to this and this, you're good." I printed out a little form that was a "fill in the blank" for translation purposes (gotta get the English version) and the new Missez translated it. Kinda cool I thought -- our official English version is hand written by her. In the appropriate spaces at least. Since marriages here are recognized in the USA, the next step is to grab some form and bring it along with our English version up to the Embassy, which is a huge pain in the ass but mighty necessary.
We're moving into a pretty big place (3 bedrooms = big?) pretty soon here, so if you wanna come and stay 'bout an hour outside the hottest spots in Tokyo (by train), be sure to hit us up.
I don't really mean that of course, but I'm all grownsed up now so I hafta maintain appearances. *sniff*
Either way, I'm really happy. It seems strange to be Married because it's such an adult thing to do, which ought to make sense because I'm 30, but it feels right. I hope you all get to meet her soon.