Well here are a few things I’ve notice or would like to comment on after my few days in Tokyo.
1. The english catchprases are usually complete nonsense.
2. They really will pack trains like a can of sardines.
3. People are stylish. I suppose that can be true of a lot of cities, but I’ve noticed it here.
4. 7/11’s onigiri (did I spell that right?) make awesome snacks.
5. Learn how to convert currency in your head. It is beyond useful.
6. Learn the kanji used for metro/train stops ASAP.
7. Forgetting to walk on the left (instead of the right) might just get you ran over by a bike.
8. Squid is disgusting; don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.
9. I hope you love to walk.
10. If you are in trouble for any reason whatsoever, being from America is the perfect excuse.
I’ve had a lot of fun my first few days. Well, actually, my first two days sucked really. I got off the plane, to the dorm, ate, showered, and promptly became sick for the next 5 hours. So after sleeping that off, I awoke bright and early for a late lunch. I went out with Toma (no idea on the spelling, he’s from Russia) to Akihabara. I felt like a kid in a candy store. Six floors of electronics. Six. Not like tiny little floors with three or four displays each. Like six Best Buys stacked on top of each other, each with its own specialty. The headphones; they had every pair I had ever heard of and twice and many I hadn’t. After realizing we needed a alien registration card to buy any phone, Toma picked up some headphones and an mp3 player and we were off to a sushi shop. When the waitress brought out the food it hit me; I have no idea how to use chopsticks. Apparently I don’t have a natural talent for them either, unless stabbing this is talented. I resorted to using hands in the interest of time and hunger.
Back to the dorm by 3 or 4 PM and off to bed. I’m not sure whether it is really jet lag or just exhaustion that causes all those initial sleep problems, but, regardless, it screwed me up. I slept ’till about 2 AM, spent a few minutes online, and fell asleep again until like 5 AM. That works out nicely though. I think I might continue waking up early just because it makes it so easy to talk to family. I never have been a morning person, but heck, I’m in a new country, I can do whatever I want. My whole life, schedule, and norm has been turned upside down anyway.