無事な到着

[continued from previous entry]

Arrival in Japan – Approximately 4:15 PM

But first we had to pass through the B[o]ring Sea. And over the B[o]ring Strait.

First thoughts upon arrival?: OMGSTRESS

– No wait. The first thought was OMG WHY IS NARITA AIRPORT SO HOT. But then I realized that they probably just don’t use too much air conditioning to save energy. Oh no! My spoiled western sensibilities!

– Our flight from Tokyo to Osaka was delayed by an hour causing a scramble to find out if we were staying the night at the airport, trying to grab a bus, or trying to figure out the JR train system.

In the end, we ended up at the airport. We will catch the 7:00 bus in the morning.

Observations:

– Kansai International is a very tall and very appealingly designed building.

 

– INFLATABLE PIKACHU AND PIPLUP. WHY IS EVERYTHING SO CUTE. Oh yeah, we’re in Japan.

– I didn’t realize Japan was Hogwarts. YER A WIZARD HARRY.

– My fear of public restrooms has been allayed completely as long as they are in Japanese airports. Everything is clean and pleasant-smelling. Also, they have squat toilets in addition to Western ones. Which is sort of awesome in addition to being sort of strange.

– Being here has increased my awareness of the loud American. They exist. And I am not exempt from being that person. I hate it when I realize that the obnoxious one is actually me.

– I withdrew money from the ATM. It barely fits in my wallet.

– This is extremely gay of me, but I severely appreciate the kerchiefs that all the Japanese flight attendants wear. It’s so classy of them. It may also have to do with the fact that they are all petite and asian and can rock the flight-attendant-kerchief.

– The workers on the runway bow and wave to each plane as it takes off.

– Carrying out transactions in Japanese is difficult. And scary. My attempts have been mostly successful, but it really has been just a process of learning how to get over myself. It took me 5 minutes to get the pluck to ask the security guard if I could go back through security to access an ATM, but you know what? He understood me, and I understood him. Success. You know what I deem a failure, though? When you attempt to communicate in Japanese and they revert to English because you didn’t understand or can not express yourself correctly. This happened when I tried to order dinner at this fast-food place called First Kitchen. Which leads me to the next point.

– First meal in Japan! Not very glamorous, I concede, but still. It’s a fried croquette with mayonnaise and some sort of sauce. [北海道今金産と呼ばれた…] It was actually very filling and surprisingly high quality. Good job, Japanese fast-food. As the bag suggested, I definitely did have a “Happy Relaxtime.”

– I also had my first encounter with a Japanese vending machine. There are so many different kinds of drinks. I had myself a Mitsuya Cider [Refreshing and Sparkling!]. For those of you that were there for my Europe travails, I fancied myself a critic of European Fanta flavors. Over here, there are certainly other exciting kinds of Fanta, but there are also 10 billion other kinds of drinks to try and they’re all the same price and sold in vending machines. I am expanding on my beverage critiquing while I’m here. And here comes the first one:

Product: Mitsuya Cider [Refreshing and Sparkling!]
Price: 120円
Flavor: Lemon. It is refreshing and carbonated as advertised. Good balance of sweet and tart.
Note: The bottle it comes in is metallic and looks like a can of automotive refrigerant.

We’re actually camped out next to the vending machines right now, and I’m eyeing a drink called “Black Wonda.” Perhaps that will be my next target.

Alright guys, I’m gonna PTFO because I need my energy to actually get to the campus tomorrow.

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One Response to “無事な到着”
  1. Rachel Van says:

    As a side note, according to my linguistics teacher, American men consider Australian accents more “manly.” They also tend to think that men with Australian accents can beat the shit out of them. Linguistics research study.

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