I think the thing I have said the most since arriving in Japan is “Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu.” Literally translated it doesn’t make much sense, but it is customarily said after meeting someone for the first time and means something basically like “let’s be nice to each other and have a nice relationship.” Although, my supervisor at work says Japanese people use this all the time as a basic pleasantry in many situations. Either way, I like the sentiment behind it. So to Japan I say, yoroshiku onegaishimasu—I hope we will be great friends.
I am currently sitting in my living room, in front of a fan as the cicadas hum outside. Actually, it’s less of a purr and more of a deafening roar—but somehow already I’ve started tuning it out. The “real feel” temperature with the humidity everyday has been a crisp 43 degrees (I am the crisp, to be clear) so the fan has sort of become my best friend here. Luckily my bedroom has AC, so I have been going to bed around 9:30 every night. I would say 30% due to jet lag and exhaustion and 70% to escape the heat. Okay 20/80.
I was planning on writing some sort of recap of my almost one weekiversary in Japan, but honestly it feels like I’ve done so much since I’ve been here I wouldn’t know where to start. Tokyo orientation was a 2 day blur of jet lag and meeting new people. I would estimate there were probably 800 incoming ALTs (Assistant Language Teacher aka me) and there was another orientation of the same size the week before. Orientation was mostly spent inside of a hotel, but ventured out in the evenings to wander around and suffice it to say I will definitely be back to explore Tokyo again this year.
Arrived on Goto on Wednesday afternoon and since then have got my apartment, set up a bank account, got a car (!!), registered with the city so they know I actually live here, started work, and have done a little exploring of my new island home. It is quite possible the most beautiful place I have ever seen. Everything is so lush and green and the beach isn’t half bad either. Locals keep saying it’s small and there’s nothing to do, but there appear to be lots of hidden gems I fully intend on uncovering. And in the meantime I will be here, studying my Japanese! Goto, I think we’re going to get along just fine (yoroshiku onegaishimasu).