I have been secretly living in Chiba, Japan for the last two weeks. Well, what I mean by secret is that I haven’t exactly made any blog posts about it. I did of course tell my family and workplace (it would be rude not to right?). As often is the case life keeps me rather busy and the blog rather quiet but right now I have plenty of free time so let’s have an update!
I arrived in Japan on the 11th of December after having left England on the 10th. My how I’d forgotten what it was like to fly such a distance and how much I disliked it. However, moment after landing in Japan I was already thinking that the seventeen hours and forty minutes it had taken to get here plus zombified state were worth it.
Two weeks into my holiday and I’m certain the lengthy journey to get here was worth it. Aside from being able to see my girlfriend again, Japan is just as crazy and as fascinating as I remembered it to be and whist I’m starting to settle down here in Yatsu theres always something interesting just around the next corner!
I’m here for the a month, enough time to see what Christmas and New Years is like in Japan having only visited in the summer before. Last time I visited, Japan was a very different place as thanks to my girlfriend I had a 24/7 tour guide enabling me to see and do so much without even having to speak or read a jot of Japanese.
This time is different, my girlfriend is a work from 7:40 till 7:40 (including traveling times). So this is my first time in Japan on my own and let me tell you, it can be quite scary! Previously I had been able to save my self the embarrassment of using my poor Japanese but when out and about on your own in Japan it wont be long before your put on the spot light for performance time. This of course is both horrible and great. For those of you learning Japanese this is exactly what you need to be doing, using the Japanese you have learned. Still it doesn’t make it any less awkward.
Not even home is safe, milkmen, postal workers, neighbours are all out to get you! So don’t think you can escape it, you will have to interact
Christmas over here is over now and it’s been pretty interesting but that’s another post. Already the Christmas decorations are being taken down or have already been taken down and the New Years decorations are going up. Very much looking forward to seeing what that is like.
I have just under two weeks left here but will be returning in the summer. I’ve been having a great time so far and have lots of pictures for blog posts that need writing so stay tuned!