I am finally here in
土曜日: Didn’t sleep all night; flight in the morning; departed a little late at 11:40AM; went very well; slept for 10 out of the 14 hours; when not sleeping, I ate the meals, talked to the people around me, and watched a movie.
日曜日: Early afternoon (Japan time) arrived at Narita Airport in Tokyo; passed by Disneyland Tokyo; checked in at Keio Plaza Hotel; ate dinner at a curry udon place with a few people à This was an interesting experience because none of us could really speak Japanese. There was one guy who could read and write well, but his speaking is somewhat nonexistent. So, I had to try my best to speak to the waitress to get the message across. It ended up with a lot of “これをお願いします。” Of course this includes the gesturing to the food item on the menu.
月曜日: Woke up at 6:30AM; day one of the Tokyo Orientation; breakfast in the morning; many speeches; lunch (vegetables, butter squash soup, and beans made to look like beef—I was thinking, “Interesting…”); panel presentations (funny speeches, but not much help—instead, more like words of encouragement to boost our egos); workshops; very nice dinner provided by the hotel and paid for by the program’s coordinators; ２０時半から２３時までカラオケをしました。([I went with the people going to the same prefecture] from 8PM until 11PM to karaoke.). I sang Piano
火曜日: 7:30AM woke up; breakfast; workshops; lunch; more workshops; submit baggage at a collection area for them to be shipped to the contracting organization; went to buy an electric razor; rested a bit in hotel room; ate dinner with some people at a restaurant called Watami (ordered salted peas in a pod, dumplings, salmon sashimi, fried cheese balls, crabmeat croquettes, fried octopus, and RAW HORSEMEAT… WOOO); walked around Shinjuku alone (went into a couple of video game stores, saw many pachinko parlors, and passed by many restaurants and cafes).
水曜日: 7:45AM woke up; breakfast; shinkansen (also known as the bullet train) to Nagoya; met with Saito先生; treated to a very nice lunch (ate delicious katsudon); went by train with Saito先生 to “Koh” (spelling may be incorrect) station where he parked his car; toured Mito Senior High School and met all the teachers who were there at the time; picked up my bags; went to Mito’s town office to apply for my alien card; went to my apartment (it’s very nice!); put most of my bags into the apartment; went to landlady’s (Oiwa-san) office to pay rent and get apartment sorted; went to the Kobayashi residence to do a quick introduction; taught the directions from apartment to the Kobayashi residence to Mito SHS and also directions between my apartment and the SHS; dropped off at the Kobayashi residence; talked to Kobayashi household members (Mr. Kobayashi, who is an English teacher in SHS, wasn’t there because he’s supervising a school trip of 20 students to Australia, talked a great deal to his wife, a little to their son, a bit to their daughter, and tried very hard to understand and even speak to Mr. Kobayashi’s father who lives with them); ate dinner (very yummy curry rice although I was sort of dying from the spices; washed up; slept at 11:30PM.
木曜日: Woke up at 7AM; bathed; breakfast; Saito先生 picked me up although I was already set on walking; Started my time at Mito SHS; organized many files left for me by my predecessor; went back to Oiwa-san’s office to pay for insurance; went to lunch at a Chinese restaurant, あらい, that’s right next to my apartment complex with all the English teachers that were available at the time; lunch (pork and cabbage—very good but spicy…, owner welcomed me to Mito by making sort of like chow mein—but very Japanese using yakisoba and a little difference in taste, also ate some very good homemade cake); everyone came over to my apartment to look for the phone that my predecessor put away; went to the bank only to find out that I need to get a form from the town office; went to town office to get the form; sped to the bank to open an account; went to Softbank, a cell phone company, to get a mobile, but I can’t until I get my actual alien card; bought rain gear to cover my clothes when it rains and also bought slippers for work (my shoes that I bought are too fancy); went back to the Kobayashi residence; did some odds and ends; ate dinner (katsudon—YUM!—with miso soup); watched ナルト on TV; talked with Mr. and Mrs. Kobayashi’s daughter; did some origami; washed up; slept.
金曜日: 7AM woke up; bathed; breakfast; Saito先生 picked me up; now at Mito SHS...
7AM woke up; bathed; breakfast; Saito先生 picked me up; now at Mito SHS...
Stay tuned next week for another update!
今週の写真: Here it is! It’s one of those toilets that can wash you and even dress you! =) I tried it, and let me just say that I didn’t know that the water was going to be warm and in the best angle…