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21 September 2004 @ 10:29 pm
More random observations about Japan:

-It's a myth that all Japanese are short. I'm 6'1", and while I haven't seen a single girl that comes close to my height, I've seen several teenage boys and adult men that are taller than me. There's not many, maybe 1 in every 50 people that I see, but it's a decent ratio, really.
-Sleeping on a futon on the floor is actually more comfortable than many beds that I've slept on in hotels. Not that that's saying much, but the point is that it's not too bad.
-The downtown areas often REEK. I'm talking pee and other waste products.. it comes in waves, and it's disgusting..
-We went in a restaurant, and they made us take off our shoes.. ^^;; In a public place, that seems weird, and they had thongs that we had to wear if we wanted to go anywhere in the restaurant while we were there.
-The street advertisers are really persistent.. even if you don't know japanese, they'll still try to get you to come up and eat there. (That's how we ended up where we did)
-Food is expensive... especially fruit. OMG and jams and jellies run about 800 yen each, and they're TINY jars. >.> I heard that the peanut butter is weird, too, but I haven't tried it.
-There was more, but I'm forgetting it all.. I'm tired. ^^;;

Yesterday was my NOVA orientation, and it was nice to see all of the people that I'd met on Thursday at the airport again. ^^ I also got a cell phone, though I'm still figuring out exactly how to work it. A big group of us went out to eat afterwards, which was a real adventure.. I still don't want to try and eat anywhere alone for the moment. *dies* I got my cell phone too, but I haven't figured out exactly how to work it yet, so I'll play around with it a little later and see what I get. ^^ I start training today at one of the big branches in Shibuya Honko (I hope there will be other training people there too), and the same thing tomorrow, then Thursday they supposedly have me start teaching lessons at that branch to see how I do. Then I have Friday off and start work at my main branch (Seijogakuenmae) on Saturday. My regular schedule gives me Mondays and Tuesdays off,with nice earlyish shifts on Thurs and Fri. I like those better, so that I can look around a little bit afterwards. ^_^ I've heard from both of my roommates on separate occasions that this job is so easy that it's boring, so I really hope that that's the case. ^^;;; Easy sounds good, yes yes. Boring is bad, but I like the easy part, because I'm still a bit clueless on how to do anything. Oh well, at least I don't have to worry about teaching today.. just listen and learn. >.>;; I don't know if I'll get to post this before I leave either, since I'm not connected to the internet at the moment and I can't just sneak into Rachelle's room and plug it back in. ^.^;; She's going to call about the router today, so hopefully by the end of the week I'll get nice internet all the time in my room.. =) With the current jet lag that I'm still having (falling asleep around 9 or 10 and waking up at 4 or 5 am) it'll be great to have something to occupy my mind with. ^_^

And here's a little bit after work..

Today was my first day of OJT (on-job-training). It wasn't too hard, actually, and being on the fifth floor of a skyscraper, where almost everything is in english and everyone talks english (and some speak french, because this branch teachs french too), it's easy to forget that you're in Japan. ^^; Anyways, as far as the job goes, we were taught a couple different parts of lessons, and we had to actually teach them after a few hours practice.. but we weren't the main teachers or anything so it actually wasn't too hard. The time passes really quickly when you get to it. ^^;; I have a feeling that while at first it's a bit skeery, it'll settle into a nice routine after a while. I've heard many times from my roommates and friends that it gets really repetitive and boring, but that's okay. I got put into a branch that has a lot of kids, and honestly that seems like more fun. ^.^;; I asked to have a lot of children's classes actually, because I had a feeling that with my penchant to like to play around, it would be slightly more entertaining. I still don't want any of my own, but at least I won't get as bored with that. We don't learn to teach kids at all right away, though. ^.^;;

I have a cell phone now, and I'll post the number in a locked post. I've never actually talked to anyone on it, though I did send a few text messages to my roomie and to dilettantka. They're fun!! ^.^ I haven't had a cell phone in 5 years or so, so this is my first time with all of these things. ^^ I also have a camera in the phone, wai!! <3 Lalalaa, lessee... I have to buy a switch tomorrow and then I should have internet in my room fulltime (instead of randomly). I should be getting my alien registration card in about three weeks.. Japan is still a maze to me, but I both like and dislike things about it at the moment. I've had three blisters so far.. X_x Oh, and I experienced the joy of being a sardine on the subway today. ^^;; I've been on it when it was fullish before, but this was by far the worst. Just when I thought it couldn't hold any more people, they pushed more in ^.^;; *coughs* And people thought that the anime club room smelled bad, try standing packed into a train after a warm humid day where just walking outdoors starts the sweat rolling.. ^^;;;;;;; Oh, and I love my roommates, and my trainers are too awesome. And I've learned more strange Australian idioms that I ever thought existed!! XDXD Apparently "pissing off" is something totally different to them!
キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인: renji pretty tennis paradisedilettantka on September 21st, 2004 06:44 am (UTC)
Haha, it is definitely an easy job, you'll probably want to get trained in other types of teaching to give yourself some diversity in your classes. Teaching kids is fun! But yeah, when I hear teachers complain about working here, I'm like... WTf... have you ever had a *real* job? :P

and now I'm gonna email you <3
Miwa Satoshimiwasatoshi on September 21st, 2004 10:09 am (UTC)
Sweet! Keep us posted ^_^
Chiakichiaki777 on September 21st, 2004 04:33 pm (UTC)
My cousins are taller than me and are like basket ball players, I was gipped..... Damn you tall peoples...

I like futons more, they don't have that hard springyness compared to beds.

AND WAIT, they GAVE you a cell phone? I'm now envious. I'm hella going over there to work now. I want a cellphone.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 21st, 2004 04:38 pm (UTC)
LOL, well the cell phone was a free deal worked out between NOVA and Vodaphone. ^^ The model that we have is apparently about a year old, but still really good. Better than a lot of American phones that I've seen. The plan isn't free, though, and there was a 3000yen setup fee that's supposedly going to be charged to my Credit card (hope it doesn't die on me).