Completely paranoid that I wouldn’t get off at the right station, I somehow made it to what was, from now, my new home base.
Just barely on the far side of Tamagawa river, Kuji station was and still is a tiny, tiny station on a line that only has local trains. It was supposedly close to the park that stretches along both sides of the Tamagawa river, but I never made it there in the 8 months that I worked for NOVA.
I arrived and disembarked, with a backpack and my carryon bag in tow (there were more DVDs in there than anything else). I forgot to mention it in the last post, but at the airport, the Nova liaison had sent my 2 large suitcases via courier for me, and they would arrive in two days. It’s called takkyubin, and it’s very reliable and cheap. In a country that relies on public transportation and where most people don’t own cars (at least in the city), it may just be the best and most convenient invention EVER. 🙂
So, when I arrived, evening had already fallen. There is only one exit at Kuji station, though, so when I disembarked and followed the people, it was easy to find my roommates waiting for me. Inside the gates. 🙂 Both of them!! Ang was a pretty blonde from Australia, and Rachelle a cheerful girl from Texas.
The only surviving picture that I have of Rachelle and I, and of course it’s purikura. ^^
They showed me how to use the exit gates. It seems so weird to think of now, but I really had NO idea how to use public transportation! I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t had them there for me! Possibly randomly stuck my ticket in the ticket gate (as you’re supposed to), but I would have been way more freaked out about it.
I’d just ridden my first train!
It’s amazing what you remember when you get into the right mood! It’s as clear as day for me now, even though more than nine years have passed since that night. After we disembarked from Kuji station, we turned right, and walked a few feet, stopping in front of a very, very small grocery store. It was so nice of Ang and Rachelle to take me, since obviously I wouldn’t have any food in the apartment. Walking into that store, with Ang pulling my little carryon and Rachelle with my backpack, I looked down the aisles.
Omg… how tiny! TINY TINY TINY! It was about the size of two convenience stores stuck together. I didn’t know it then, but this was actually the largest grocery store in the neighborhood. O.O!!! I was very taken aback with the tininess of the lone grocery store, but it was nearly 8pm by the time, so with my roommates help, I picked out enough or breakfast (yogurt cups and a container of apple juice) and they helped me pay. Good thing too, because I was not coherent at all. And then we began the 20-minute walk to my (our) new home.
It was after 8 when we arrived, and I barely survived a shower before I collapsed in my room. I’m sure my roommates understood. After all, I had flown to a foreign country on an 11-hour flight, went through immigration, orientation, and ridden increasingly scary trains, not to mention that I hadn’t slept much at all the night before, or any of the preparation that I took before I left. Oh, and 8 pm in Japan meant 5 am back in Washington. Yeah. I’m sure they understood. 😉
In my room was a futon and blankets, a few hangers, a floor fan, and a tiny little nightstand-thing. That was it. But that was all that I needed. I filled it up quickly, in any case. 🙂
This was my room the next morning.
And this was my room a few weeks later. See a difference? XD;;
So, I took a shower, crawled incoherently into bed, and then nothing.
Absolutely nothing. I couldn’t sleep.
Because I was really in Japan. OMG, I was FINALLY IN JAPAN!!!!
After a few hours, my mind quieted down, and I fell asleep. Only to wake up at 4 am.
Well, nothing like an early start, right? Good thing too, because that day, Friday September 17th, was my first real taste of Japan and it was about all that I could take!
To find out what happens, tune in tomorrow! (=^.^=) I think that I’ll continue this for at least one more day before updating on other things. Maybe a little longer. I’ll continue this story for as long as it takes, but I have yet to decide on a schedule yet!
But for now.. See you tomorrow!!! 😀