Thursday, November 5, 2009
First night in Japan
First night in Japan.
Trying to grasp the fact that I actually live here now- which hasn't hit me yet. I was expecting a mini breakdown on my first night, wanting to go home, but everything went quite smoothly. Maybe I was too tired, or too drunk!
After the longest flight I've ever had, a rep from my company picked me up at the Nagoya airport, then drove me to my training apartment, where I'll be staying for two or three weeks. It's a pretty nice Japanese-style flat, which I'm sharing with a nice Canadian girl. My bedroom is covered with tatamis, and I sleep on a real futon, right on the floor. It's quite comfortable. And, it's so clean!! No cockroaches or mold.
We have everything we need for now- kitchen, living room, and bathroom. The bathroom is funny to me, there are three different rooms for it: the actual toilet is in its own little room, then the sink in another, and finally a room combining the shower and bathtub. Sweet! The shower is not Korea-style, but I like how it's right next to the bathtub. According to Japanese customs, you're supposed to shower first, then soak in the tub.
I barely opened my suitcases last night, as I just wanted to hit the hay. I did knock on my neighbours' door and met some fellow trainees, with whom I had a quick drink, then walked to the nearest convenience store to get a snack (a triangle-shaped rice and tuna concoction), and some shampoo. Can you believe I got Shiseido shampoo for less than 3$? One of the only brands that is actually cheap here!
I've been up since 6am (hello, jet lag), and my next few days are free for me to explore Nagoya and get some rest. I'm now on a mission to find some breakfast!