This year I need the speedy delivery of an international courier company to get some Christmas presents to Toronto. I’ve been working in Japan for over two years now, and although I regret not being able to take some time off from work in order to get back to my family in Toronto for Christmas, I’m glad I can rely on an international courier company to get the presents delivered on time. Although it’s not the same as being there, sending my love and presents makes me feel a bit closer to my family.
I get to see the guys from home for about a few weeks year and sometimes even less. Although I wish I could do something to get more free time, I have to comply with the way people work here in Japan. Everybody works hard here and is many times expected to make sacrifices for the well-being of the team. And even in our spare time, we are often motivated to spend time with our work mates and participate in group activities, to get the team closer together. Plus I have some plans to work on, so the faster I complete them, the better for everyone.
I love Christmas! Maybe it’s because the winter holidays coincide with my birthday, I don’t really know. The fact is, I still feel like a little kid in the days before Christmas. Finding the right Christmas tree is always a treat. It has to have rich branches, and have a proportionate symmetrical build. Although I wish I could send a Christmas tree over to my family, I doubt an international delivery company would accept it. Maybe I should try finding a bonsai Christmas tree, and ask the boys from the shipping company if they would accept delivering it to Toronto.
Back to reality, I’m glad I could find a company I can trust to send the presents, as finding them here in Japan is pretty easy, thanks to the countless specialized small shops, hypermarkets, malls and the like. Although living in Japan can take quite some time to get accustomed to, finding great stuff to send as presents is not only easy, but fun too, as there are so many things to choose from.
Getting to the actual delivery, I chose to work with a private international courier company to get the presents to my family. I could have gone for the EMS Japan Post Service, which costs about 900 JPY for a 300-gram package, but I decided it was more convenient to go with a private company. Why? Because, yeah, you pay a little bit more in this case, but you get more in terms of convenience as well. All the staff is English-speaking, and they offer home and office pick-up as well. Plus, they offer accurate time estimates, so that I can be sure the Christmas presents will actually get to Toronto by the 25th, and not on Valentine’s Day or something.
I’m hoping next Christmas I’ll be able to hand the Christmas presents myself, but until then, a speedy delivery on the Japan-Toronto Christmas route will suffice. It’s funny that it’ll probably take more time before I decide on the perfect presents than it would take the guys from the courier company to send them over to Toronto.
This post was contributed by Eric who is a Canadian currently residing in Ueno, Tokyo and living in Japan since 2010.