Written early morning Saturday March 19th:
Hello from Japan everyone! After what amounted to a very, very long day I have arrived safely in Japan. I’m still not completely sure how real all of this is yet. It does feel like I’m here though! Even now the humidity is such a drastic change from dry, dry Calgary. It’s a bit of a rainy and grey day here too which I’m sure doesn’t help.
Anyways, on to the details of my arrival in Japan. I had a whirlwind day of packing up my apartment in Canada and getting my suitcases packed (thanks Mom!). I’ll probably do a longer post later on what I brought but needless to say it was a lot. Two large 50lb checked bags, a probably 25lb rolling suitcase and a laptop bag that was absolutely stuffed with way too many electronics, was what was coming with me.
My flight from Calgary left at around 7:30 in the morning so I had a very early morning. Everything went smoothly though, even though Canada decided to send me a little snow before I left. The flight to San Francisco wasn’t too bad. The seats were terrible but other than that it was okay. I played some games and the time literally flew by.
My plane to Japan was a large 747 and it was quite nice. I had a decent window seat which made me happy. I don’t think the two guys I was sitting by liked me much when I had to go to the bathroom though. Two times on a 9ish hour flight is acceptable, I don’t know how they seemed to have bladders of steel. The movie selection was okay, watched the new Star Wars again and then the Attack on Titan live action movie. Otherwise I played some games, coloured and got not a wink of sleep.
We landed about half an hour early in Japan which was nice. The customs line took about as long to get through. It was super easy once you made it up there though. They just look at your forms (if you are coming for work and all), make your residence card (again if you are working here), and send you on through. My bags were already off and ready by the time I had grabbed a cart and found which carousel I was looking for. They had attendants standing by to pull the bags off of the carousel and have them waiting at the sides which was nice. Customs was super quick to get through as well.
After making it out the doors I had to find my way to the baggage delivery services but there were signs everywhere. So I pushed my way down to them and was promptly handed a form I had no clue how to fill out. After nearly a days worth of travel I was not really up to trying to figure it out on my own and so I asked for help, showed them the address of the training hotel and tried to pay attention as they filled it out. After signing it all away I went up to the counter an paid, it was about 3300 for two large bags.
After sending off my big bags, which get to training a day before I do, I went off to figure out how to get into Tokyo from Narita. Before coming I had looked up several things and the cheapest way to get there. After a long day of flying I had absolutely no energy to try and figure it out, especially at the airport with so much going on. I shelled out some cash for the Skyliner Express train and called it done. This train was just below where I came out and runs every 20 minutes or so. It only makes two stops outside of the airport terminals, Nippori and Ueno. I was getting off at Ueno. The train was fast and I chatted with another girl who had just arrived to visit friends. She got off at Nippori and then, not five minutes later the train was at Ueno. I got off, figured out where to go, after asking questions a couple of times because it was fairly busy.
I managed to find my way to the line I needed and bought myself the right ticket. I even found the right platform and train that I needed to take. I did get a little lost after getting off at my station. Trying to figure out how to get on my hotel’s street. I did figure it out though and made the ten minute walk to my hotel. The check in was really easy and my room is tiny but nice.
I was tired last night and the idea of trying to communicate terrified me slightly and so supper was some gyoza and Sakura Pepsi bought from the convenience store a few doors down. The convenience store in itself was a lot, there was so much stuff for a little store. And my favorite candy is only 99 yen here, I don’t know if this is good or terrible for me.
Anyways, it’s Saturday morning now. I wanted to get this down before I forgot about it because this is going to be a crazy busy few days.