Monday, April 2, 2012

Japan, Japan, Japan

Well, long time no see everyone! I have settled in Japan, and FINALLY have an internet connection and time to sit down and write. I have been a busy busy bee.

First things first:


I won't say much about it, but my first two weeks or so in Japan were spend in Omiya. I was training for work. I had read that it was really draining and exhausting, and to be honest, I didn't find it to be so. The only thing that was annoying was jet lag. However, the trainers make you jump right into training the next day, and by the end of the week, it's mostly gone. I made some great friends at training, and we still keep in touch. Overall, it was mostly just teaching you how you are supposed to do your job and a bunch of other useful things. By the end of training, I felt mostly comfortable. I think I was more nervous my first lesson out of the whole time. That's all I really have to say about that.

That aside, I have settled into my apartment. It is about six tatami in size, and a typical efficiency style apartment. I find it a little bigger than I was expecting. ^_^ I live in a mostly residential area, about a fifteen minute walk from my station. Not too bad, and then commute by JR. There are a few restaurants and other amenities, so I don't have to walk far to get anything I need.


In my area of Konan-ku, there is this really cool mountain that I went to with Akkun. It's more like a giant hill, but anyway, it felt like I was climbing a mountain. The place is called 円海山(enkaizan). It was really cool because it is so removed from the residential stuff that it feels like you are in another world.

We really had an awesome time wandering around there. Another fun adventure was going to Kamakura. I went there yesterday. It is only about twenty minutes away from my station so we thought it would be an awesome way to spend Sunday. We went to the 大仏(giant buddha), a temple, and the beach. Then we waited an hour for some pretty good curry. It was worth the wait!!

I have also been to Asakusa, Roppongi, and Ikebukuro. I will share some pics from those adventures at another time.

Thanks for reading everyone! I am also going to be creating a little survival guide for getting set up in Japan. Because, no matter the fact that you have co-workers that have the ability to help you, they are busy too. So if you can do it on your own, all the better.

See you next time!



  1. Great pics, what did you use for the first and what kind of beer was that?

  2. Hello! Sorry for the late reply. For the first picture, I used a combination of Instagram and then did some extra manipulating in Photoshop. The beer in the picture is probably Kirin. That is the most common beer on tap and was labeled: 生ビール which means draft. :D

  3. Hi mochigashi,

    I recently found your blog and I was looking at your posts and was very happy with all the stuff about AEON that you have posted. I know what to pack if I get accepted into their program! So nervous! :)

    I was wondering if you can give us an insight into what your house looks like. I always hear the saying Japanese people are like people living in a matchbox, and I find that fascinating. I know that sounds weird coming from a person that recently found you but I would greatly appreciate it if you do. Keep up your blog! :)

    1. Thanks for the comment! That's a great idea to create a post about my apartment. For one person, it doesn't really feel like a matchbox, but if there were more people, I could see it happening.

      Good luck with the AEON application!

    2. I'd like to second the request to see and hear about the goods/bads of your apartment with pictures! In particular, coming from America, what are you thoughts on: 1) drying laundry outside, 2) no central heating in the winter, 3) water heating in the winter, and 4) creepy crawlers in your apartment. These are a few of my concerns on living in Japan... still debating on applying to AEON, so I look forward to hearing your response.

    3. thank you for the comment! i will be adding the apartment info soon. im trying to take some good pictures that show how generic it is and without too much of my personal stuff in it. thanks for the comment!