ここにいる!(Koko ni iru) I am here!

Well after one of the most miserable travel experiences of my life, I am finally in Japan! And there are so many things to talk about- both big and small. First though, getting here…

Getting here really, really sucked. I mean like, uber sucked. Traveling 6000+ miles in a day is exhausting- And that’s not even taking into account the time difference of +13 hours…

It’s also true what they say; airline food really does suck. The first meal was all right, it was chicken and rice (with a piece of sushi-which was actually good!). Next was a ham sandwich which was downright terrible because it was completely frozen in the center and the cheese on it tasted like salty milk. The last was a pizza- like one of the ones you throw in the microwave and its not amazing but it does the job. Let me tell you, it did NOT do the job on the plane. It was all right until I got to the center where there was a heaping glob of tomato sauce unlike anything I have ever tasted before. You know how when you get to the center of a jelly donut where there’s the most jelly and it’s one of the greatest sweet joys of the world? Think of that, but instead of jelly, there’s pure tomato paste. Yeah, I nearly threw up on the guy next to me (who moments before had sneezed all over my arm). You have no idea how glad I was to get off that plane…

Thankfully though, the actual process of getting here went very smoothly. Getting through the airport was easy enough (though having to get my fingerprints taken was a little unnerving) and I would up getting onto the bus right on time (though I kinda cheated and found someone who spoke English).

So yeah, “Tokyo Airport” is actually not close to Tokyo- At. All. It’s actually in Narita which is a much more rural area so, I took the “limobus” to Kichijoji station- supposedly a 1.5-2 hour trip. My luck as it was, it took almost three and a half hours. I imagine there was a bunch of traffic or something but I passed out pretty quickly (and left a lovely bunch of drool on the window).

For the short time I was awake though, I made a few observations, the first being that, like everyone says, Japan is humid. I’m not talking like, “Oh it’s a bit muggy, let’s turn on the A/C” humid, I’m talking like, “Holy crap, I think I’m going to suffocate- It’s raining in my lungs” humid. Another was that Japanese cars beat American cars hands down. Almost all of them had a built in TV/GPS on the dashboard and a whole bunch of other gadgets on the inside. Sadly, I fell asleep too quickly to really absorb much else.

Anyway, around 7:30pm I finally arrived at Kichijoji station and met my host parents Hiroko-san and Junji-san. They have been wonderful so far- They are both very nice and understanding and have been quite patient with me despite my pathetic level of Japanese comprehension (aka me nodding my head a lot and “hai”ing even though I have no idea what they are saying). The house itself is very comfortable and decent sized- My room is kinda small- I think the room next to me is for the other 留学生 (Ryuugakusei- Foreign exchange student) and it’s pretty nice so I’m kind of jealous but I’ll get over it. The only thing I don’t really care for is the bed; it flat out sucks- it’s probably harder than the floor. Once I get over my phobia of speaking Japanese, I have to go to the デパート (depaato- Department store) and get a cushion or something.

Besides those few things, it’s been a good experience so far though I’m still somewhat out of it from the jet lag and just adjusting in general. It honestly doesn’t seem real but once I take a look out my window at the tiled roofs around me…
View from my window

and I think…Wow, I’m in Japan! I am here…

And so it begins…

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~ by evokerhythm on August 31, 2009.

5 Responses to “ここにいる!(Koko ni iru) I am here!”

  1. Totally fucking subscribed. Beautiful.

  2. The angle seems a little weird to me, but otherwise, nice picture. Also, what the hell is that on the roofs? Clay tile?

    • Yeah. The angle bothers me too but there’s like this rack thing in front of the window and the shape of the window makes it kinda weird… And I have no idea what it is on the roofs but it looks cool 😀

  3. OMG how cool. I’m sorry your trip sucked but WOW! You’re THERE!!! keep posting a LOT 😀

  4. I am super excited for you, dude. I could’ve told you about the airline food, since I’ve had my fair share of terrible plane meals. =P You’d better keep doing these blogs on a regular basis, or else I will find you and beat you down. FOR CEREAL.

    -Dom

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