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16:50 

Neko no nikki ~INTRO~

This Diary was created specifically for sharing my experiences in Japan. I am really bad at keeping diary updated, therefore entries will be late and messed up, but I'll do my best!

@музыка: JJ&YC - Colors ~Melody and Harmony~

@настроение: yosh! ganbarimasu!

17:23 

~Last chance~

Okay... I'll give it one more try... one last try...it's just that I start to forget things that I do not want to forget and that's what is so upsetting to me.
So here I go...

BUT before you start reading this I should put WARNING and DISCLAIMER.

@музыка: Океан Ельзи - Вище неба

17:30 

Day 0 ~Merry Xmas to all~

I don't really remember what time I actually woke up and what were the feelings. You know me - I am kind of last minute packer, so Saturday night was a bit off. I had some breakfast (I only remember that I had some hard time eating anything at all) and then the taxi came. I still don't get why Ne-chan (my sister) didn't go to the airport with us. It would've been better if she did, but oh well...

cont.

@музыка: JYJ- Long way

18:03 

Day 1 ~Be careful of what you wish for, because you wish might just come true~

It is actually hard to describe what I was feeling that time - joy, happiness, concern, fear... a bit of everything I guess. The girl has left me as soon as we landed... she was in a hurry to get to meet her friend (I was actually counting that I might get help from her friend as he is supposed to speak Japanese really well) oh well, that's a bummer, but that way I could test myself. And once again it was so quiet and somewhat empty at the airport similar to Moscow I guess. Was it because of holiday season... not sure... I've gone through custody, passport control and other checks pretty fast. Even surprisingly fast I must say. However there was a funny moment when I was going through custody. I have not declared any goods like tobacco, alcohol etc, because the amount I was carrying was below the norm; however the girl has asked me about it. She was surprised because I were to stay in Japan for 8 month and it seemed fishy to her that I had no such goods with me XD To tell the truth I find it somewhat cute of her))) After that I've exchanged some currency and to be honest I am not happy with the exchange rate... I’ve brought US dollars with me, and unfortunately for me $ is losing its position on the market. But there is nothing I can do about it and it seems like US either XD I bought a bus ticket with newly exchange JPY and went out to the bus stop… Or should I just say – I went OUT!


view outside


cont

@музыка: Beyonce - Love on Top

19:03 

Day 2 ~First day at work & bounenkai~

I woke up at 2 am and couldn’t fall asleep till 6 am, so therefore I had some hard time getting up at 7. At least I could go to work later than the required working schedule. I don’t remember that morning; probably I was still sleepy and nervous about meeting new people. It took me about 10 minutes by walk to get to the plant. First thing in the morning was a meeting with hr - SJ (it is very interesting, how outside work people can call each other by first name, but inside the company mostly by last names) He explained some rules, I’ve signed some confidentially notes etc. When explaining the housing rules I was pleasantly surprised. There is a rule that I can not let anyone stay even one night in the apartment. SJ (because it is an unofficial statement) said smth like:” Ok, I am not making any comment on this one… alright, next one!” XD At least he is reasonable enough to understand that various situation might happen. However I guess the only rule that I really need to follow is that I can not get any part-time job (especially teaching English, Russian etc), but that’s fine with me. It’s not like I even have time to be giving out lessons anyways. After going over all documents I was taken to the department. People would greet me quite friendly so I felt relieved. However boss was still missing. I was shown the premises.

photo taken later on

plain text and no photos

@музыка: Adelle - someone like you

@темы: nikki

20:24 

~Quiz time ~

I am tired of typing and can not finish next day nikki, so I will leave it for tomorrow.

But in the mean time, you can enjoy some quizes))) about weird stuff in Japan. the correct answers wold be rewarded (as to the reward we can discuss it later on)))

what are these?)))what is the purpose of these objects))) this stuff might seem weird to some of you, but it was to me)))

Part one
photos

Part two
photos

@музыка: Jeniffer Hudson - And I am telling you...

@темы: quiz

06:45 

Day 3 ~Inventory Countdown or what the heck???~

Once again I woke up at 2 am and stared at the ceiling for an hour or so, then I decided to watch some movies as I hate to spend/waste time aimlessly lying in bed without any sleep and not getting any rest. There is nothing better than silly comedy when you are under pressure, so Scrubs has made my day, or rather many days throughout January. But not matter how fun the TV show is, it is definitely no fun to get up at 6 am after mere 2 hours sleep. The only thing that can save me during such times is a long hot shower where I can relax and still half-asleep go through all morning rituals.

no photos and not that much to say about the day

@музыка: Океан Ельзи - Холодно

08:48 

Day 4~Tokyo time or Sightseeing Failure ~

After all that late night packing I had some hard time waking up in the morning (do not forget the fact that I was still waking up at 2am local time to watch some scrubs episodes XD not that I wanted to, but jisa時差 (time difference) is smth u can not avoid). I do not think I had any breakfast, I just rushed out the doors , happy to get the hell out of Tm as fast as I could, and I was running late for the bus XD (I will leave it up to you to make a conclusion about the main reason)))

meow)

@музыка: Океан Ельзи - Зелені очі

15:46 

Day 5 ~Couple spots~

Early in the morning I left with Bee for the station. She had to work that day and couldn’t babysit me and the bf was ill and couldn't take her place, so I had a chance to wonder around Tokyo on my own. Bee has given me nice directions about subway and places to go. She has also given me public phone cards to use if I get in trouble. The original plan was that I go to Asakusa and Odaiba on my own and then we meet in Shibuya, form where we can go home together. Even though the plan was not realized at first everything went well)


Asakusa~Odaiba~Shibuya

@музыка: Бумбокс - квіти в волоссі

16:19 

Day 6 ~NY “and all that Jazz”~

For the last day of the year we had a plan to go to Yokohama to meet one Japanese lady, who has been coming to Ukraine and Moldova for past 5 years to “promote” (if that’s the word to use) Japanese culture. In UAJC we have formed this Miyashiro juku, where we study various things about Japan and how we can popularize Japanese culture in Ukraine. In 2010 together with Miyashiro-san we went to Odessa and Dnipropetrovsk and in 2011 we visited Chernigiv and Ternopil, besides regular workshops in Kiev. Actually due to one of the workshops in Kiev last November I was introduced to the ambassador of Japan in Ukraine (Many people would think it is nothing to care about, but for some ua student to get business card from ambassador is actually pretty cool) This time it was my turn to come meet Miyashiro-san in Japan.


HOPE YOKOHAMA

@музыка: Океан Ельзи - Така як ти

16:27 

Day 7 ~Lazy~

Some days are really nice for keeping track of, as nothing much happened so there is nothing much for me to write about.

jishin desu

@музыка: Adelle - Rolling in the Deep

17:54 

Day 8 ~Royals and Royalties~

Sorry >_____< I am back after a long time!!! But I am gonna do better... I have to, cause I am close to loosing my sanity as it is...



The extra early morning was hard on everyone. Some quick breakfast, final checks and we rushed to the bus station. Bee has given me final directions (she kept worrying about me too much) and our ways parted at Ueno station. I was going further on my own. And the first stop was Ueno zoo.




animal planet)

@музыка: Океан Ельзи - Кішка

18:03 

Day 9 ~Sunshine~

I've been told that I am too detailed about my life - do not worry, it won't last long... I was writing Januaries enties in the second half of February, when i no longer remembered all the details))) good for you and pity for me...


To say that I overslept is basically to say nothing. I got up around 2 pm. I had some hard time ditching Hiro, but I managed to do so and so I went straight to Ikebukuro as I had to meet the photographer that day before going back to Tm. There is nice shopping/entertainment center in Ikebukuro which is called – Sunshine city

@музыка: Pink - So what

18:05 

Day 10 ~Beauty sleep~

I think this is one of the days that I would love to write about))) because nothing really happened) I stayed in my room for the entire day, mostly sleeping)))
The best relaxing day ever!

@музыка: Pink - So what

18:18 

Day 11 ~Time to settle down~

No matter how much I wanted to stay in my room for another day being lazy, I knew that I had to get out there because eno matter how much I enjoyed Tokyo life, I had to accept the idea that my life will be in Tm, and in order to make it more comfortable I went shopping for house stuff like buckets, towles, cups etc. and the rest of the day I spent cleaning , unpacking and getting my place in order.


So here is the short int to my apartment)

@музыка: 2ne1 - Ugly

18:25 

Day 12 ~12 dishes supper in one~

Honestly speaking the work related topics are usually boring and if I do not write it down right away – I forget about all the silly presentations I’ve done so far.

On the day before Xmas NY has taken me to city hall for allien registration and later on we acquired info regarding Japanese classes and even tea ceremony. So I was in a good mood even though not really Xmas mood. However I was looking forward to okonomiyaki welcoming party for me and IM. For the dinner we had many types of okonomiyaki, so I guess I had my 12-dishes supper) guys paid for us and we went back home. The next day we still had to go to work. T_T

so is it better? less details))) details like - at city hall NY was mistaken for my husband XD...

@музыка: Rihanna - you da one

18:30 

Day 13 ~Xmas card~

On Xmas day I had to work. I had some IT security training with IM. I guess I can understand the idea of IT much better than her after all the training I went through at ING XD
The highlight of the day was the arrival of the postcard! it is on my desk at work)))


My sister send it to Headquaters (I guess she was not able to find my postal address in my email box (and nevertheless I do not like the idea of her going through my email box in general…))

@музыка: Rihanna - you da one

18:33 

Day 14 ~ Blanking out~

IM and I went out shoping for household stuff and later on prepared some dinner together.


Nothing interesting and memorable after two month for me to remember.

@музыка: Rihanna - Man down

18:39 

Day 15 ~Small troubles~

AT work I submitted my first complete presentation. It was a challenge. People kept changing what I need to show on slides every time, but I managed to live through it! I even receievd a thank you letter from BBoss)))
In the eve I decided to walk to the study center where Jap classes were taking place. It seemed like quite a walk. I don’t know how but I actually managed to find the place even though it has taken me about 1 hour to get there.



Of course i can write alll about my feelings when i was walking for over an hour near highway with no people around in the complete darkness XD but who would care about that XD

@музыка: Beyonce - Move your body

18:42 

Day 16 ~Enviromental issues~

On that day I’ve learnt why Japanese like powdered tea so much - because it doesn’t pollute the environment! Tea bags have to be disposed of but tea powder – not.. You drink it all so no trash is produced.

I am sorry but I had to write it down to remember XDDDDDDDDDDDDD

@музыка: Beyonce - Move your body

Neko no nikki

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