After about a 12 hour flight delay, a whole lot of running around in Singapore, I finally got to Japan.
Wooooooooooooooooooo. But seriously, it ended up being about 36 hours of “flight” time. Definitely wasn’t an easy trip over.
Because of the airline stuffing me around I ended up arriving at about 11pm local time. Luckily for me it meant the airline payed for a hotel foor me. But, in the morning I was up nice and early and on my way to Hamamatsu.
I did make one mistake though, I underestimated the number of accessible atms at 8am… I was starving and had a long train ride ahead. Won’t be making that mistake again.
Because my flight ended up going to Haneda, not Narita, I needed to find my way to Tokyo station. This ended up being rather exciting as I got to ride a monorail. It still amazes me how efficient Japan’s transport is. A train that is 30 seconds late is like he end of the world. THe only downside is that you pay for this efficiency out of your pocket. Rather than paying for the time you are on it, like Australia, Japan opts for the pay per stop option. Going one stop already sets you back $1.50.
The shinkansen is a whole other story. That is where it really costs you. The trip to Hamamatsu is about 2 hours from Tokyo by shinkansen. This cost 80 bucks each way :/. But it is a fun thing to do. Especially because you seriously can’t tell that you are moving that fast.
In 5 years Hamamatsu has not changed a bit. I remember it like it was yesterday. Its been great to stay with my old host family again. Eating some amazing traditional food, sleeping on the floor like a true Japanese person.
Did I mention how cold it was? Or how insane the Japanese people are? Last night proved that to me. Onne of my host brothers friends too me with him to a family game of soccer they play 2-3 times a week. We played outside, at 0 degrees, for 3 hours. Some of these guys were nearly 3 times my age yet they never stopped. Everyone was competing hard, yet no one cared about the score. This is something that I really loved. Might have helped if I was any good at soccer haha.
But anyway, here is a photo of us freezing out butts off post game. Can’t wait to do it again.
6 more days here in Hamamatsu and then back into Tokyo for the beginnings of the Study Tour. Already feeling like my Japanese will be up to the challenge.
Until then 🙂