E..? Wakarimasen

Trip Start Sep 14, 2005
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Trip End Feb 04, 2006


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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Whoah, where to begin. Ive been in Japan for about a week now or so and I still feel a bit stunned. My first days in this strange place have including lots of paper-filling. For every single thing theres a paper to be filled out. It took four papers to get the Alien Registration card. I took three papers to open a bank account. Right now Im using internet at this "Fun center". And yes, I had to fill a paper here too.

Well, despite all the necessary and many unnecessary papers, Ive had a great time so far. I live in a very spacious dormitory and seriously have the most gigantic bathroom with everything, even a bathtub with four paws - something Ive always dreamed of having. There are six of us JAS, Japanese and Asian Studies students; me, Josefine (Sweden), Daniel (Sweden), Jimmy (yeah, thats right, Sweden), Tofu (Malesia) and William (Australia). The schedule has been loose, and so far I havent studied a single day. The university classes start next week. So far weve been getting the everyday life rolling - finding where the nearesta ATMs are, where is the post office, where the hell was that station and by the way, where on earth is our dormitory??

The locals seem helpful and polite, but the cold truth is that you cant get too far with English. Ive been streching by one year worth of Japanese to its absolute limits. When you go to a shop to buy food you dont actually know what the hell yourwe buying, you just make sophisticated guesses. Luckily almost all Japanese food is very good. I also had to learn how to eat with chopsticks in a matter of minutes when no forks were available - its not as hard as it seems!

Groceries are a bit cheaper here than for example in Finland, but the prices of fruit and vegetable are sky-high. Luckily eating out is fairly cheap, which is a good thing, since even though the dormitory apartments are very nice and all, theyre seriously lacking things in the "kitchen area". The oven is so tiny that actually it was only today when we discovered we had an oven.

Me, Josefine and Yoko went to Kyoto for shopping, and ended up spending the whole day there. We also took some purikura - you go to a photo booth with your friends, pose for the cameras, then choose four pictures, decorate them with a computer and then get them printed out as stickers. It was a lot of fun, and very cheap - only 100 yen per photo shoot per person. Purikura seems to be a way of self-expression for many Japanese teenagers.

Anyways, I do miss home at times, but when home-sickness hits theres always someone around =) I think Im gonna have a wonderful time here! See ya!
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clairebutin
clairebutin on

Hello Japanese girl !!!!
Really interesting account! It seems that Japanese people are like French concerning papers to fill in for everything!
I know the purikura : I tried it with some friends. We were three in a booth!!! It's funny.
I hope you enjoy your new life with other foreign students.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Bisous.
Claire

paividunkel
paividunkel on

Hey Cousin!!!
Just thought about you today and figured to see how it's going there. I am glad to hear that you are getting used to Japan and everything has been going pretty good so far. One of my friends here in the States was in Japan just a few weeks ago, and she absolutely loved it. I have never been there, but hopefully some day..
So has your school started yet? How has the weather been? When Hannaliisa was there, she mentioned that it was EXTREMELY hot and humid... yeah totally different than what we are used to in Finland... hehe... oh well..
Well good luck my dearest cousin, and keep me posted!!!
Päivi

myrri
myrri on

hello hello
Thanks for all the comments. Unfortunately Ive been a bit lazy with my travel log, but thats mainly due to the fact that you cant access internet 24/7 as I got used to in home sweet home, Finland. I shall try to update it soon. Now Ive got some lunch to grab and some class to attend to. C u! Mata ne!

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