04.05.2007 - 05.05.2007 24 °C
So we're settling in a bit more. We just had a two-day orientation with our company and were able to meet with all the other teachers. For this we had to travel into Tokyo, which was exciting of course! It costs about 1.80 GBP (one-way) to get to the biggest station in the world (Shinjuku) by way of how many people travel through it, from our village. I've started calling it our village even though its part of a city of over 700,000. Its just because we're only travelling by train and then you just imagine each station (apart from the ones in Tokyo) as being separate entities. Our work is one stop away and it only takes 3 minutes by train. Its 1.5 km and you could walk it, I guess, but I have no idea how!
Food so far has been good, we went to a counter-pub or Izakaya and had dinner there after orientation on Friday. Alas, it was slightly upmarket and even the rice and soup cost about 2.70, which is expensive here! But, we tried quite a few dishes in a kind of Spanish tapas manner and enjoyed ourselves! Most of the other teachers seem like a lot of fun, even the older ones! There is quite a range of ages, although mid to late twenties seems the median.
After orientation on Saturday we got the subway to Shinbuyu station, kind of shopping centre area I think. Anyway its all the bright lights and video screens you often see in films! We had some cheap counter food there, gyu-don or beef on rice, with some Asahi dry beer. It was delish! Then we headed back towards our neck of the woods because we didn't want to miss the last trains and be stuck out all night! We headed to Machida, two stops from our village and a pretty big and bustling place. We managed to find an Irish pub there, where I sampled the local Guinness and Melissa the local Belgian fruit beers. We got the last train home, although one girl, Jo, missed her last train home! It was ridiculously early we found out, something like 9.20, ours was 00.10.
Tomorrow is our first day and it should be very exciting! We'll post more details on the teaching specifics as we see fit. Missing y'all..