Well I have settled into everything in Japan. I have been here for a week and a few days and have had the chance to really adjust to life.
The flight really wasn’t as bad as I expected. It was kind of crappy because the movie-on-demand feature was broken (it always is), but there was enough to do and I talked to an older Japanese lady. She was really interesting, she said that as long as you make an active effort to fit into Japanese culture, you will receive a warm reception. I got lucky though and was able to have an isle seat with two empty seats to my left. It was a little annoying because I was near the bathroom, but overall it wasn’t too bad.
Anyways, after I got to Narita and got through customs I had to buy a bus ticket. At customs I had practiced a little Japanese, but it mainly consisted of me nodding and saying “Hai” (Yes). I bought the bus ticket with no problem at all. There was a little bit of confusion when the lady asked “Nan nin desu ka” (How many people?), but somehow I managed to get by. After I bought my bus ticket to Hon-Atsugi, I decided to call my parents. It was a pain in the ass to figure out the phone, but somehow I managed to call my dad to tell him that I had got to Tokyo fine. I also called Asahi Kasei to tell them when my bus arrived at Hon-Atsugi.
Next I went out to my bus stop. I took all of my luggage (there was a ton) on the luggage cart out to the bus stop. The minute I walked outside I realized something about Tokyo, it is very very humid. I thought coming from Houston I would have been used to humidity, but damn this was like 100x worse. Anyways I had about 45 minutes until my bus arrived so I decided to just hang out near the bus stop. At this point I took a picture, but I was really way too jetlagged to care about anything. The bus came and from there it was about 2 hours to Hon-Atsugi. We passed through Yokohama and over a bridge that overlooked the Pacific Ocean (never saw it from that side). Bus didn’t seem too bad, but like I said, I was too jetlagged to care.
Once I arrived in Hon-Atsugi, Shieri (the intern coordinator) was waiting to pick me up and take me back to Atsugi Youth Heim (my apartment complex). She spoke English very well. Once we arrived at the Youth Heim and dropped my luggage off she showed me were the 7-11 (or conbini) was so I could get food and snacks. When we came back to the Youth Heim, a few other interns had gathered. I met Marek (the Polish intern) , Juan (the US Spanish intern), Alex (the Canadian intern), and Marco (the Italian intern). After talking for a while we decided to go to a Yakiniku (BBQ) restaurant that the interns had dubbed “Cheap Cheap”. It was awesome. Basically they just brought out raw meat and a mini charcoal grill and everyone cooked their own meat. Afterwards some of the interns went to karaoke, but I decided to go back to the Youth Heim and sleep. I was so tired at that point. I will post pictures here a little bit later as well as catch up with my posts.
I have already done so much and have a ton to write about. It’s been so crazy that I haven’t really had the chance to update the blog recently. But anyways, I will try my best to keep it up to date.