I take everything positive I ever said about the Japanese post office back. It turns out that my passport was at the Osaki post office since February 13th, 3 days after my consular appointment. I still missed my flight on the 21st because we never got a notice in the mail, they didn’t come back to redeliver, and when we called them numerous times to ask if it was there, they said no. No, no no. It’s not here. There’s no way we would have lost or misplaced it. Today, finally, I paid the embassy $20 to tell me the tracking number for the package, and when I looked it up online I found out it has been sitting at the post office for 10 days.
I had to buy a new plane ticket and am now on my way to Narita to catch a flight back to SF.
I just reread this post and I realize it doesn’t make that much sense. But hey! I’m just glad I’m going home.