That’s right, I’ve survived my first week in Japan (*•̀ᴗ•́*)و ̑̑
I’m going to skip over my 2 days in Tokyo… what can I say, lots of jetlag and although the 2nd day was full of interesting workshops, it was a bit of a repetitive, irrelevant snore fest. Moving on.
WHERE in Japan am I? Well, if you read my first post attentively, as I know you did Ｏ(≧▽≦)Ｏ you’ll know I’m on the island of Shikoku. More specifically in Kuroshio-cho 黒潮町, located in Hata District, Kōchi Prefecture.
I was picked up at the airport by my supervisor and the other JET working here. When I arrived I excitedly looked for them, there was a crowd facing me with colorful banners and names buuuuuut I couldn’t find them! Turns out they had been given the wrong arrival time haha. I wasn’t the only one in that situation though and when they did arrive I got my very own banner unrolled.
The ride to my new home was very beautiful, bright green and yellow fields surrounded by mountains and then the BRIGHT. BLUE. OCEAN. (｡♥‿♥｡) I was too excited and jetlagged to snap pics of the latter, but don’t worry, they will be bountiful! We had lunch together, soba for me and I tasted the katsu kare from the other JET because… well, me.
We arrived at my new house which is great: kitchen, living room and bedroom. Best of all, my predecessor was here for 5 years so INTERNET right off the bat! It’s all furnished and set up which is really nice because I would have been way too jet lagged to figure out what to buy on day 1. I’ll be uploading a video tour soon, when the lighting is better (very rainy now), so in the meantime, here’s a picture of Alphonse:
The first night, after a few purchases in the next city (Shimanto-shi), the other JET and I had dinner at Joyful, a chain here, which was very welcome as I was both HANGRY and bursting with questions. Day 2 was a whirlwind of paperwork, bank accounts and getting a cellphone. The highlight of my day was eating the famous katsuo from here! In fact I had katsuo tataki 2 days in a row because it’s just SO.GOOD.
Every morning until September, I go to the Board of Education since it’s natsumi no hi –summer break- right now. It’s quite rural, nestled between the ocean and mountains, the peaks of which are very misty right now.
In my first week here, I’ve managed to “break” the kitchen screen door (OOPS) and accidentally let in a gokiburi –cockroach- (yay for not promptly closing the door) BUT I did figure out how to use the fish grill in my stove top SO, point for me!
I’ve also been very confused by all the announcements (which I can’t understand) from the town coming in through the speaker in my living room. I figure, no siren, no problem! It’s been very rainy and windy due to it being typhoon season so I haven’t been out as much as I wanted to; However, Friday I did get to wander around a little and hit up both a bakery and farmer’s market:
That about sums up my first week here. I’m looking forward to good weather so I can check out the beach and explore more of the town. I should be able to use a car very soon… that’ll be interesting since they drive on the other side of the road. I’ve used my first weekend in to unpack and cook a bunch of bentos for work next week. Current goal, not wake up at 5:30 am anymore! Matta ne ( ´ ▽ ` )ﾉ