Daily rambles, stumbles and travels

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Arrived in Japan!

Robzilla and I are officially in our Japanese apartment in Yokohama ^___^

It was a long flight, (Eleven and half hours to be precise) where I managed play bejewelled many times and view the film 'Social Network'. I was bubbling with excitement and nerves, which probably didn't help the fact I had an odd bought of air travelling sickness (I'm usually great at travelling on planes), but the hours flew by and the journey to our hotel in Tokyo was smooth. I was glad to see there were quite a few blossoms still hanging onto the trees!

The hotel itself was really awesome too, spacious and great location (Right next to Tokyo Tower!). We even got ourselves a free upgrade too, I think it was because we didn't smoke? Either way, woo! After a much needed rest for an hour or so, we had a celebratory meal at Mos Burger, a delectable burger food chain in Japan, which I must admit, their teriyaki burgers are SOOO GOOOOD. Afterwards, we took a stroll through the Zojoji Temple which is almost underneath Tokyo Tower, pretty impressive to say the least! Surrounded in sakuras and many hidden treasures, it looked almost perfect when being lit by the evenings sun.

We woke-up considerably early the following morning, getting confused about times zones and all kinds of excited about picking up our keys for the apartment. We left our bags at the hotel and went to the Sakura House office in Shinjuku. It was great coming back to this point, as this was where Robzilla and I had previously stayed during our time in Tokyo. It was a short walk from the subway station and my mind was fluttering between excitement and nerves, I don't think it helped I was still getting used to the time zone! The time had come, we had finally reached the building. Inside, we were greeted by many faces, so we sat down to whoever was free.

This
is when it hit me, we were going to be living in Japan.

We were shown a video on Japanese bins (They have a crazy amount of recycling over here, you have at least five bins) and asked to fill in many forms. We were even given complimentary green tea and chocolates! Many papers and signatures later, it was set. The keys were handed over and next-up was the task of finding the apartment.

To cut a long story short, it was a pretty rough journey. Mainly because we had four hefty bags between us, this versus the Tokyo subway was not a good combination, this including finding ourselves on the wrong train and having to backtrack to lead us to the right one. Luckily, we asked some very nice Japanese folks who guided us in the right direction, so domo arigato to them!

When we got on the other side at Yokohama, evening had hit and we eventually managed to flag a taxi. As we began to enter the area of out apartment, the taxi driver seemed to be very confused, driving up some very winding roads (I give anyone credit who could squeeze around those bends!) and then eventually stopping at the bottom of a very long passage way towards the apartment. Not only was it a long passage, but it was a bumpy stair way up hill. The taxi driver was kind enough to wait with some of our bags, as we then lugged them up the hill (This just shows how trusting you ca be of complete strangers in Japan. And yes, this may have been a very risky idea leaving luggage with a taxi man we barely knew, but hey, Japan is awesome).
When we arrived at the apartment we unlocked the door and were welcomed by a spacious and very lovely lodgings. Many appliances and a very comfy bed. Our bodies were pretty much broken at this point. We still had to wander out to retrieve the essentials, but luckily there is a convenience store about ten minutes from the apartment... BUT... we had made it! ^____________________^ <3

That was just under a week ago now and here I am typing away in the apartment.

SO, what has been happening this past week?

It has been a mixture of finding our bearings and planning our next steps. Oh yesh, don't forget the sprinkling of jet lag.

I'm still in a state of disbelief right now, that I will be living here for just under a year. I'm looking out of the patio door and outside is, WOAH, IT'S JAPAN. I think it dawns on me a little more each day, especially when going grocery shopping (So much fun!), that I'm actually here.

The local area is a lovely suburban town, which has many shops and places to discover to keep us busy with wandering around. There seems to be a lot of older residence nearby and all the houses are so beautiful.
Our neighbours in this apartment block are ridiculously quiet, which we are very grateful for, as one aspect of living an apartment is having to put up with who you are housed next to, so naturally we we worried about how the local folks would act. Luckily, it seems the polite manners of the Japanese lead us to have considerate neighbours. So much so, that we only discovered today we do actually have someone living next door, we thought it was empty as they were so quiet. Hurray!

Although, despite how lovely this apartment is, it is a little further away from Tokyo than we were expecting. When checking out the local subway line into Tokyo, it took just over an hour, which for business purposes maybe a bit troublesome. We have another place in our housing sights, it is with the same company we found our current residence through, but it is only 15 minutes away from the Shibuya area in Tokyo, which couldn't be more awesome. This was in fact one of our first spots before where we are now, so we are going to check it out tomorrow and see what we think of it. If all goes well, we may be moving into that apartment. Either way, we'll be here for another two weeks yet.

This is one HUUUGE entry. But ya know, this is one life changing experience, I can't help but ramble!

I've been procrastinating with this blogger for sometime now, so for that, my apologies. I have been keeping a photo blog on my Tumblr page, please check it out for pretty photos! Expect more up-to-date entries now we are properly settled, I haven't really had the brain power to update this mofo with any sense.

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! IN JAPAN!

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