We’ve spent the past few hours getting acquainted with the walk from the dorms to campus – which in typical Japanese fashion is up a steep, narrow hill – and inspected the local 7-Eleven and my favorite 24-hour convenience store, Lawson. So now that the fridge is stocked with onigiri and ramen noodles I’m feeling right back at home. Its almost like I never left!
Tomorrow morning promises more orientation, followed by an afternoon trip to Shinjuku – where I plan on purchasing an umbrella (“kasa” or かさ ) since it has been raining since we arrived and appears determined to continue doing so. I spoke with my friend Tat (a Japanese guy I met working in Niseko) and he mentioned him and some friends were going to a music festival in Yoyogi Park tomorrow. I would love to meet up with them, but we’ll have to see what the curriculum calls for before I make any attempts at escape.