The plan was to write this as things happened, but this first week has been quite draining… So lets catch up since this is the very first post of the blog!
Hi! I’m the Love Princess: Carmichael, also known on the internet as link6616 (the 2000 IQ Killjoy Gamer). Many descriptors could apply to me and you’ll discover some of those as we progress through the blog. I’m an Assistant Language Teacher through the JET Programme that has been placed in the small city of Saijo, on the island of Shikoku in Japan. Lots of green, mountains and rivers about the place. Much like me, you’ll learn more about Saijo later, so for now, lets move onto the super interesting stuff!
… Like 9 hours of flying! It was a relatively pleasant flight, as much as it can be for someone both quite fat and tall (high spacial preference). However the food was edible, I managed to squeeze in some good conversation with the people in my row, friends of mine from Tasmania. They were placed in different parts of Japan. And additionally get in some episodes of Pushing Up Daisies a great murder mystery romantic comedy series written by some of the people behind Dead Like Me.
After that 9 hours we arrived. By we I mean I mean my 2 friends, myself and about 97 other Australians. All coming from winter, which if list the temperatures would seem trivial to anyone else but going the humid sticky head of Japan it’s quite a shock. Luckily we had the day to ourselves since we couldn’t check in to our Shinjuku hotel until later.
It was very difficult in a sense, as we were all tired, and didn’t want to buy too much stuff… nor waste money. So, the obvious thing to do was hit up Yodobashi Camera. And proceed to not buy games there.
Or Dragon Quest themed Keyboards…
And to check power adaptors… But that keyboard…
And afterwards we hit up the Arcade! I beat a Japanese person at a fighting game… I was so happy. I’ll talk more about games in a separate post!
After all this it was time to leech internet from the hotel since it was check in time. The hotel was amazing. Customer service is always amazing in Japan however at a really nice hotel it’s just insane. I didn’t really take many photos of the hotel or Shinjuku.
The rest of the day was really just hanging out and talking with other JETs, the refrain of hi, where are you from and where are you going was pretty constant and would be throughout the entire 2 day orientation.
Well, that’s Day -1 and 0 of JET. Time to talk about day 1, next post!