Wednesday, May 25, 2011

New beginings

So I moved into my new place. It's an all-women's dorm, so it's shared bathrooms and such. But a furnish single room and a big kitchen and it's been recently renovated. I'll post pics soon.

In between homes

Being a fresh off the plane foreigner with no current income and very little extra cash makes the daunting task of finding an apartment even more spirit-breaking. I let the fear of being homeless get to me and jumped at the first place I found that fit my temporary budget without thinking about my situation as a whole.

As a result, I ended up at a place that was not a good fit.

Sure it was clean, relatively, and a place to leave my stuff and sleep at night, but I could never call it home.

So I cut my intended time in half and searched for something more like home. And within a few days, I found one. Checked it out with a friend and signed the contract immediately, setting the move in date to my soonest day off.

Which brings me to today. Leaving one place before I hate it for no fault of its own to a new place that I truly hope I can call home.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

I'm one to talk...

After complaining about train manners, I thought about my own actions on public transportation and found points that could use improvement. Will have to work on that.

In other news, this my last weekend at my grandmother's place. I'm off to Nagoya on Monday, sign my contract on Tuesday and Wednesday to Friday I have orientation. Thus my new life will begin.

I'll have access to Internet where I'm staying so I'll try to write more then. There really is only so much I'll punch in on a keitai keypad.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Public transportation in Japan

I know I commented on this before the last time I lived in Japan years ago and it still holds true:
Let your guard down while waiting in line for a train or bus, and 4 times out of 5, a middle-aged Japanese lady will cut in front of you.
If you're really lucky, it'll be a flock of them.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Monday, May 2, 2011


Off to the closest big city to pick up some things. The journey always begins with taking the TenHama to Shinjohara to transfer to the JR. I love this little train. Riding it really feels like home. It's one of the constants in my life. One of my lighthouses.

In other news, I need to remember there's lagtime between pushing the shutter button and the actual shot on my keitai camera.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Tea time

One thing I look forward to every time I go to Japan is teatime with my grandmother. At 10am and 3pm we whisk up some tea and enjoy some sweets. None of the formalities of a ceremony, just tea and sweets.


He wants to go outside into the rain and has been barking like mad all day.


First, apologies if the photo isn't rotated properly. Still figuring this out.

It's raining here and the frogs in the front garden are croaking like mad. (At least I think they're frogs.) The rain is cold and it's all together chilly today. I wish I had picked up some black tea in Nagoya or Hama. Next time.