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22 June 2011 @ 05:24 am
Life, Japan, and everything  
*waves* made it!  Made it actually several days ago, and it's awesome to be back in Japan.  It's hot, sticky, and the place that I live is luckily only halfway to the top of the hill instead of all the way, and still I have to take a break midway up the street to get there because I'm panting, but it's still awesome.  There is only one other person living in the guest house right now (and I picked it purposefully because it was a small one and only houses 6 people total anyway, but she's upstairs, I'm downstairs, and we're both doing the same language program.  It's awesome.

So yesterday we went to the store and bought actual food to cook since we have a functional and not too frightening kitchen (and ended up going back again later for other non food type necessities), and today we took the train out to the place we'll be attending every day for class, wandered around and got lunch, visited the park next door, and then poked around our neighborhood a bit before heading home. 

There are so many silly things I like about this country - the fact that random strangers will ask you if you need help when you and they are both browsing at a bookstore; the fact that there's a bookstore on one level of the department store that is on top of the closest train station; the 100en (hyaku-en) shops that are so much better than dollar stores in the US; green and growing plants everywhere; the taste of flaky pastry and the twisty little streets.

So, here are my three pictures from the last couple of days - since I've been doing the recovery from jet lag thing it's been slow going, but that's ok, I'm already having a great time.  Hopefully classes will just make it a learning great time!


the view from the corner of my bed ... and yes, me and the other girl living here had our tea out in the garden this morning


the fin-shaped building is where I'll be going to class.... it's called the Pacifico Yokohama tower


This is part of the walk back to our lodgings - one of the man-made streams



Tomorrow we have to go take placement exams and get oriented, which, ok, not looking forward to, but at least we'll get some idea of the schedule (i hope) and that will be great since they are supposedly planning field trips and things for us too. :D

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literate and stylish: coffee et buffymishloran on June 22nd, 2011 12:57 pm (UTC)
It actually does look pretty beautiful. Consider me jealous of the going-abroad-to-immerse-in-language thing, as well as your location! I hope you continue to have a lovely time :D
my monkied brain: _nihon_prayerskatekat1010 on June 23rd, 2011 01:53 pm (UTC)
thanks darling! today was a good day so it continues. i'm terrfied of the homework (it starts next week), though. *fingers crossed*

and gods, it's lovely to get out of the country and into another one! this is like one of the not so secret reasons to study their literature
Vertigo: pic#107251779akavertigo on June 22nd, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC)
There are a lot less robot pandas than I was expecting.
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on June 23rd, 2011 01:54 pm (UTC)
hmmmm, i will have to work on that for you - can't have you dissapointed on that score! (and if you look closely they're behind the ferns)
Vertigo: perfume: fin in a glassakavertigo on June 23rd, 2011 02:01 pm (UTC)
Robo-pandas are srs bzns.
Kivrin: b/w! (glim)kivrin on June 22nd, 2011 03:30 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! I'm glad you're safely arrived and settling in; thanks for sharing pictures!
my monkied brain: _nihon-flowerkatekat1010 on June 23rd, 2011 01:54 pm (UTC)
thanks darling! it is really nice to feel mostly settled and pleasantly happy about it all!
brutti_ma_buoni: Japanese snow printbrutti_ma_buoni on June 22nd, 2011 05:43 pm (UTC)
*waves*

Glad you made it in good shape. Sounds like you have a great setup already, and I hope the classes are good too!
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on June 23rd, 2011 01:56 pm (UTC)
hello darling! yes indeed - things have turned out in pleasing manner so far. and i'm keeping my fingers crossed about the homework, but at least nothing starts until monday on that score!
Kat: *squee*seductivembrace on June 23rd, 2011 12:09 am (UTC)
What a pretty view you have! Good luck tomorrow - although, with the time difference, that's probably pretty close to now, huh?
my monkied brain: _nihon_prayerskatekat1010 on June 23rd, 2011 01:56 pm (UTC)
isn't it lovely? i'm going to have to take more garden pictures! and thanks for the luck - it was now then, and it all worked out ok (well, hopefully, we find out tomorrow morning ... but it's not like they kick you out if you do badly on the placement test or anything)
littleotter73littleotter73 on June 23rd, 2011 12:31 am (UTC)
*waves back*

Glad you made it safely! Your pics are great. Good luck tomorrow (or I guess that's today now).
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on June 23rd, 2011 01:57 pm (UTC)
thanks darling! i'll keep 'em coming as i can! and thanks for the luck wishes too - we'll find out tomorrow how we did (but honestly, it doesn't really matter, i'm sure i'll learn *something* no matter what class i'm placed in)
Blueblue_meridian on June 23rd, 2011 01:23 am (UTC)
Oh gorgeous!!
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on June 23rd, 2011 01:57 pm (UTC)
:D
savoy trufflesavoytruffle on June 23rd, 2011 02:11 am (UTC)
Looks gorgeous! Glad you arrived safely.
my monkied brain: _nihon_prayerskatekat1010 on June 23rd, 2011 01:58 pm (UTC)
*smishes* thanks darling woman! it really is pretty (though also totally humid, so there will be pics of place and possibly not too many of me until i get a little more acclimated).