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The Land of the Rising Sun

9th August 2009.

3 °C

Its been a long time since my last blog, and iv been busy! Summer in Japan is a lot of fun! The weathers great, the days are long and theres crazy colourful summer festivals going on everywhere you turn!

I dont know where to begin this blog, theres so many things i want to say, however i think ill leave all my
inane ramblings to a blog devoted to specifically that, and dedicate this entire blog to my recent Conquering of Fuji-san...better known as Mount Fuji!
As i previously mentioned, my friend whos also Scottish and whos also an English sensei (in osaka) whom i met in Melbourne over a year ago, was staying with me for 1 week before he departs these fine shores.

We decided to see what all this mountain climbing was all about and go Man Vs Mountain against Japans highest, Mount Fuji. Fuji-san (japanese name) stands at 3,776metres or 12,388ft, its a volcano but luckily it has been dormant since 1708, theres 56% Oxygen level at the top and can get very cold.
It was apparently traditionally seen as an abode to the Gods, and still is a sacred symbol of Japan for many Japanese people. Women were actually forbidden to climb until 1872 because they were seen as "unclean" and this would be disrespectful to the Gods!
Ok now the fact listing is out the way ill get back to the Journey. Our plan was to start in the afternoon, climb to the 8th station where our "hotel" was that we`d booked and get some shut-eye before continuing the ascent at night, with the aim of making it to the top to catch the much talked about sunrise.
The bus took us to the 5th station which is where everyone starts climbing from. July and August are the best months to climb, and because of this when we got to the 5th station to this little fuji village where you can stock up on supplies, we realised how popular climbing is as the place was packed out with people...hundreds and hundreds of people, like you see before the start of a marathon. Everyone there for one reason,and all raring to get going.
We filled out bags with a few bottles of water, some rice cakes and sandwiches, picked up a pair of gloves and a hat, and felt we were ready. It was a damn hot day and i was sweating before we even got started! We got moving about 1pm, 1 hour in i said to my mate Nicol "so far so good" as it was a walk in the park, literally as we`d barely begun to go up. Soon enough it got gradually tougher, but i was up for the challenge.
As i said the moutain wasnt lacking avid climbers, and among the climbers were people from all over, and people of all ages! Now there were some families climbing, which in my mind isnt a fantastic family day out! but if i was 7 years young and my parents turned to me and said "what do you wanna do today?" id have probably replied with such suggestions as - go to the park and play - go swimming - go to the cinema, things that children generally like to do. I would most certainly not have said lets go climb a huge mountain! It seemed to me like parents probably forced their unwilling kids into climbing, and a lot of the kids seemed to do what i was best at when i was young = moan and whinge and cry! No wonder! At the other end of the age spectrum were the old people, which i think out of the 1000+ people on the mountain id say 70% of them were over 60! Which is extremely impressive! Japanese old people are definetely not sitting around in their slippers having a tea and a biscuit and talkin about the weather!! OOOOH no, theyre climbing moutains, and making it look easy! It reminded me of the movie; The Bucket list, where 2 old men make a list of crazy extreme activities to do before they die, or "kick the bucket". So...maybe this is what theyre doing!....On the other hand some of these old people probably climb fuji every weekend for all i know!
As we got higher and higher the climb-route kept changing from a zig-zag path to a vague dirt track to actual rocks and boulders, that you had to climb literally as apposed to just walking!
I was setting the pace, and scaling the mountain pretty fast, that my friend Nicol could barely keep up! I was proud of my cardio and the fact i wasnt gassing out early, considering iv done next to no exercise since coming to Japan. I was going so fast and overtaking people, and acting like it really was a race that i rarely stopped to admire the stunning scenery!
Once we reached station 8, and arrived at our "hotel" we sat on the balcony and finally relaxed with a cold beer in the unpolluted fresh air and took in our view. Which was absolutely beautiful! There was a thick layer of fluffy white clouds as far as the eye could see, it was so picturesque! It looked like how heaven is usually depicted, except there were no angels and i was pretty sure i wasnt dead!
I`ve been putting the word hotel in quotation marks because, it is advertised as a hotel, however its definetely not an accurate description. Its more like a dingey rotting mountain hut, but i suppose no one would pay the overly priced 5000yen if it was advertised as such! The "hotel" was basically long stretches of bed with a pile of sleeping bags and numbers along the wall, in a very tight badly ventalated room...although i have slept in worse places before.
So we had made it to the 8th station in little over 3hours, which was pretty good i thought. It was 4:30pm, we had some food chilled out for a bit then about 5:15pm, we decided to get some sleep (even though i wasnt tired). It turned out to be one of the worst attempts at sleeping iv ever had! For several reasons; i had been sweating all day and there are no showers on the mountain, i wasnt tired and just wanted to keep climbing, the bed was shit and i was squashed in between my mate and a fat spaniard, both of whom were snoring!
Anyway, 1am finally arrived (when we were planning to wake up) and i wasnt feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed at all! I was tired and now cold as it was nighttime, and i was coming to the realisation that we hadnt brought enough clothes!
I looked outside, and saw a mob of Japanese who were kitted out like they were going to Antartica!
I just had a t-shirt, hat, shorts, hoody, and gloves. Nicol decided to cut holes in his socks and turn them into leggings, which looked ridiculous but he said it worked well.
We put our previously purchased headlights on and joined the mob. Looking down the moutain all you could see was hundreds of little lights moving up the path, and with the amount of people it seemed like we were all one big search party or we were all on our way to the mines! On the way to the top, we passed people sitting down with Oxygen cannisters, breathing in and out like Darth Vader, ha.
We reached the summit at about 3:30am, and by this time i was Freeeeeezzziiinngg! There was luckily a hut which was heated that everyone was squeezing into. Inside they were selling ridiculously overpriced ramien (noodles), we had no choice but to buy a bowl :(
We had to wait for 2 hours before the sunrise, in that time i was sitting there shhhiiivvering. When it started to get lighter we moved out to the cliff-edge, and waited with the masses. About 5:20am the long awaited sunrise finally graced us with its yellow and hot presence!! Everyone erupted with applause and cheers, almost as if the winning goal had just been scored at the world cup! Some people were bowing and praying when it came up! Nicol and I celebrated with a victory beer we had been saving for the occasion!
Once the whole thing was over and it was daytime, i turned to Nicol and said "Lets get the fuck off this Mountain!". Coming down only took us an hour and a half, however id say it was harder because it was a different path to come down which was really loooose gravely sand on a zig-zag with no barriers, and it really made your calf muscles work.
Maybe it wasnt a great thing coming down in record time, as we had to wait 4 hours for our homeward bound bus in the heat doing nothing :(

All in all, climbing Fuji-san was an incredible experience. I saw some beautiful scenery and reached the top to see an amazing sunrise! So mission successful, and i recommend it to to anyone!
Having said that, id say its a one time thing, im not going to be going back again, thats for sure!....well unless someone paid me! haha...

More blogging coming to a computer screen near you soon, im going to Kyoto in a few days, and im sure ill offload all my thoughts on everything else (maybe not even japan related!) at somepoint when i get a chance.

Take it easy.

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The past and the curious; Tokyo drift...

24 June 2009.

sunny 27 °C

I thought it was about time I wrote another blog, mainly because im bored and have some time on my hands. However I didnt wanna just fire a blog out if i didnt think it was ready! A blog is like a baby, my blog ideas are like the foetus in the womb and if it comes out prematurely its probably not going to be as good! (Im proof of this haha).

My time iv had in Japan so far has without a doubt whizzed by, which on the whole is a good thing! Its very much true that if your keeping busy and always have something to do, time most definetely flies! I've experienced times in life where, things have been pretty dead, quiet and boring and theres really not anything taking up my time in any sense of the word. During these times, time draggged, almost to the point where you look at a clock and see the minute hand skip back a second. What im trying to say is that time is relative, and having nothing to do always feels better when you've had a long stint of being busy!

Im finding it more difficult to muse on interesting and strange cultural things in Japan because I think i've become accustomed to life here now. However theres still always something amusing to discover!
First thing id like to talk about is Chopsticks. Now chopsticks date back centuries and are part of Oriental tradition!....fair enough. On the other hand Japan for example are supposed to be at the forefront of technology and as technology moves on you'd think they would wake up and drop the sticks! Surely technology is the attempt to make life for everyone easier, in any way we can and constantly improve the world!? Im not trying to shit on their ways, dont get me wrong, I love the sticks!...but to me, using the Chopsticks when you know the knife and fork are out there...is like still riding around by Horse and Cart when you know the car is out there. Now like i said before I love the sticks, its like a game eating with them...like playing Operation! But when your expected to eat Meiso soup with sticks, you gotta be outta your mind!

Ok, the next few things on my rant of curious musings is...Jaywalking. I spose Jaywalking is frowned upon everywhere, but i think in Japan people tend to really play by the rules with this. Im not sure iv actually seen a Japanese person Jaywalk! I cross the road whenever and wherever I can, if i think its safe to cross I'll cross! I know what your thinking...what a rebel! this is true, and this is what the onlooking Japanese people are thinking times 100, as some of the time they'll look at me like i've just stabbed someone in the neck, or pissed in someones eyes, when im only crossing the road when the red man is on! no biggie!

Next is the white-guy nod. This is probably a bigger thing in more remote places where white people are few and far between. However, even in the outskirts of Tokyo, seeing white people is not as common as you'd think. If first happened in my first few weeks, there was a white guy walked past me in a crowd of Japanese people, he grinned looked at me and just nodded. I thought this was weird, but now whenever i see a white person, sometimes they nod and its quite a nice recognition of another ''gaijin'' (foriegner) in Japan!

Next is Phones. Now you might think theres nothing to say about phones. Well your right theres not really! All i will say is that....you cannot send a text message to someone unless they're on the same network as you. If there not you have to find out their ''phone email address'' and send them an email! Its not that big of a quibble but pretty stupid if I may say so! Also...Japanese people like to hang things from their phone, phone accessories. Its almost like a subtle competition as the shit they hang from they're phones seems to be getting bigger and bigger and more and more! It'll get to the point where holding the phone is like a lead-weight due to the mass amounts of crap hanging down, and wont fit in their bags let alone their pockets!

Something i find particularly interesting/amusing is when I frequently see people with English writing on their clothing. Might not sound amusing, but its more than likely going to be written badly and not make much sense! I've not been able to take photo evidence of this, cause id look crazy. Im afraid i only have one example. Its a student, who wears a baseball cap, which reads ''Heavy working in young age makes for quiet rest in old age'' maybe thats a proverb he lives by I dont know...but I found it funny!

Now drinking in the streets and public places to me, when allowed is frowned upon back home. Typically you might keep your distance from someone with a can of beer in the street or on the train, probably because theres a chance they could be a maniac! Over here however you can drink in public no problem. Its not something i make a habit of, but when you feel good in the knowledge you dont have to finish your drink before you leave your apartment, and taking your can to the streets is one of the things you wont be looked at badly for doing! Just like smoking...while im on the subject of Vices! In Britain, smoking inside in public, a big NO NO...NOW, smoking anywhere outside go for it! In Japan, smoking inside is encouraged, and smoking outside Woah woah, only in designated areas! Twilight zone!

Ok, teaching. Where do I start well its still going smoothly. I suppose with any job you have good days and bad days. With this its not so much a bad day, just that you have less patience with students that usual! However 90% of the time I can put myself in their shoes and realise this English business, is harder than it looks! which helps me explain various things!
I've had parents observations and my boss observed me in an adult class. Parents are allowed to observe for 2weeks annually in June. I thought it was a bit out of order I was thrown into this Parents Obs ordeal since Id barely been teaching a month when it kicked off. Still...I get it my best and came out a winner, most parents seemed to like how I was doing things, which was a surprise, as they sit at the back making notes with confused looks on their faces!
My boss, has to observe me for one adult lesson and one kids lesson. The adult lesson has been observed...it turned out ok, but again my boss was sat at the back with a worried look on his face, which made me think im doing something wrong! However I was later told this was his ''Observing face'' similar to a ''Poker face'' meant as to not give anything away, however it didnt have the desired effect! haha!

Even though I dont watch TV very often as I have no clue whats going on! The times I do decide to browse through the channels, lead me to the conclusion that Japanese tv is made up solely of one of 3 things; 1) Sadistic gameshows 2)Cooking and lots of it! or 3) Selling, anything products of all sorts, they always seem to be selling! It does sometimes make for interesting viewing! Im always confused and this just adds to the confusion. You sit there thinking, whys he doing that or wearing that!? whys she shouting?! whys he throwing things, whys are they half naked and crawling on the floor!?

The weather you might think is better than home, sadly not the case. Scotland seems to be shining nicely since I've left, and Japans ''5th season'' as they call it, Monsoon season, shows no mercy!
Theres a scheme called ''cool-biz'' which is enforced in summer months so your not as hot and sweaty. All is means is you dont have to wear a tie! Fair enough you still have to have a shirt and trousers to look professional, but C'MON! Oooooh I dont have to wear a tie!! not exactly gonna cool me down when it'll be 35 degrees and 80% humid!

Ok, im gonna round up this blog, and just say I should have more interesting worthwhile things to write in the near future! and not just ridiculous ramblings about nothing in particular to waste your time....well you knew what you were in for to be honest!
I have a mate whos teaching with another company in Osaka, he's coming up here for a week before he leaves Japan, and we'll be taking 2 days to conquer Mount Fuji which im looking forward to! Im always out and about socialising when I can, and im trying to pick up various words and phrases to impress the locals!

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Learning my Lesson...

Blog 3. Thursday 28th May 2009.

semi-overcast 20 °C

I wasn't going to write another blog, until later, until i had more to say. However, its 00.28am, Im listening to the monsoon style rain batter off my window and im struggling to get 40 winks. So in light of that, im playing a mix of 'Boards of Canada' and 'Billion Dollar Gravy' by 'London Elektricity' to inspire me to get my mental-blog flowing from head-to-fingers-to-internet.

I thought it best, not to pass judgement on teaching or even begin to throw my opinion out there, until i had at least started to get into it. I still dont consider myself a teacher by a long shot, and anyone who knows me well, will probably think the word 'teacher' and my name would never be uttered in the same sentence!!

Whats interesting in this day and age, is that the English language can probably be found in just about any country...to varying degrees. English speaking countries aside, I believe in any country on Earth, you will be able to find some form of the English language, may it be - a lot of people speaking it, a few people struggling with it, English written around towns and cities, TV shows in English or just someone being able to say ''I dont speak any English''.
English seems to be cementing itself as the global language of choice, despite the fact it is probably a distant 3rd of Languages spoken in the world, behind Spanish and of course Chinese.

I work for a company called Shane English Schools Japan. Who are pretty much solely based in the Greater Tokyo area. I was told Shane, was a relatively small company in Japan, in terms of the competition. But in my opinion it is fairly big, has a lot more schools than i thought, and a lot more teachers than i thought, spread over a city which turns out takes a lot longer to traverse than you may think.
Most things in life you could be coached, given advice, given opinions, briefed and prepped on until your sick of it and people are blue in the face from this. However, the ressounding bottom line is, if your thinking of giving something a shot, you need to experience it yourself and call it how you see it once you've done it!

Shane as an English language company, openly wants to encourage as many people to learn English as possible. They cater to just about anyone, from 2 years old to...well as long as your not dead, we'll give it a shot at teaching you!
The Students could be anywhere from a 2year old whos forced into this strange environment and doesnt know where he/she is, on top of this doesnt know much Japanese let alone English, and has some crazy giant gaijin (foriegner) bark numbers and colours at them!! Now thats some Trippy shit, especially for having barely entered the world!
The other end of the spectrum might be a retired man/woman who is just looking for some company and a hobbie, something to look forward to or take up time! Everyone inbetween, well they're a strange mix of folk, some good some bad, but they're all here for one reason (im starting to sound like im introducing a reality show!).

I knew when i ''signed up'' to this so to speak, that i would be teaching (or attempting to) both adults and kids. Neither i had any expectation for, but i knew i wasnt a big fan of kids, and they would probably be more than a handful. Some people argue, Japanese children - ''Oh arent they so well behaved''. To be honest kids are kids, no matter where they're from!!
I probably, have about 60% Adults 40% kids, depends how you look at it, because kids usually hunt in packs....i mean come in groups and adults are generally private.

My first day ''on the job'' well what can i say?! I can say (Without in Anyway trying to list things iv done and almost sound boastful) i have held a very deadly spider, jumped out planes before, bungee jumped off a skyscapper and ran and got hit by bulls, i will jump at the chance to do anything thrill seeking. My point is that these things, are exciting to me, generally your meant to get horribly scared when doing them (ok the bulls i was a bit scared) but My first day teaching....I've never shat myself in my life. I was ready.Ready to Jump out the Fucking Window!
....Luckily, i didn't and i saved the good people of Kyodo that day a strange Splattered Gaijin on their very clean streets!
I have already rambled on too much.
Teaching kids, definetely takes patience with children of 11yrs and under, and i take my metaphorical hat off to anyone of any country to has to deal with kids for an extended period of time on a daily basis! its tough work, but some of them are quick learners...although some are quick to get on your piss you right off.

On the flip side, we have Adults. Adults on the whole are a joy to teach! I've met some extremely interesting people. People from various stages in their lives and with various jobs. Adults who obviously come to learn voluteraily are very appreciative for you being there to help them. They all have different reasons for coming, some might be businessmen needing to improve their English because it is the 'Neutral' language of business globally and might help them get promoted if they can get better at communicating. Or students, who are interesting in travelling abroad and want to be able to speak to people they meet. Or housewives or husbands who either need a hobby, or want to get away from their spouse for a while! They also all have different levels of English from very low Beginner (which iv not encountered) Foundation, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper-Intermediate and Advanced. Which obviously goes from the very basic greetings of starting out, to really dissecting the language, in ways that i dont think are that important.

I've so far given my best attempt at this thing, I wouldnt say I've ever really been particularly good at many things, more of a...Jack of all trades - Master of none! I am.
Although, il see how this continues to unfold...

Take it easy.

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Lost in Translation

Wednesday 20th May 2009.

overcast 20 °C

This is my 2nd blog ever!! Well well well, its nearly been a month since my 1st blog. I dont really pay attention to structuring the blogs, i usually just rant. So im going to pen down some of my thoughts and speculations of Tokyo over the last 3weeks.

Its quite daunting when you stop and realise how big Tokyo acutally is. To say its got a Shitload of people would be an understatement. Unlike most conventional cities that consist of a central area and a sprawl leading out to the suburbs, Tokyo is like a whole bunch of mini-cities all dotted about over a very large space! Its beginning to make London look like a hamlet.
At night Tokyo, is a clustrophobic (not always in a bad way) maze of bright lights, and you constantly have to duck and weave your way through the endless flurry of human traffic. I wonder, if theres been a blackout in Tokyo, and when this was. I think if there was everyone would suddenly be at a stand-still and would be essentially blind, although im sure the Japanese have some sort of technology up their sleeve to handle any situation...sneaky bastards...

Japanese people are extremely passive, and respectful, i dont know what the crime rate is but all i can say is; i can move from place to place and train to train and i feel completely safe. For example i once accidently left my wallet on a table somewhere i was getting food, 30minutes later i remembered, ran back in a fit of panic and worry, and it was still there! If this happened at home, it definetely wouldnt be lying there!
I get the impression Japs (think of it as rascist if you like im just shortening Japanese!) live up to their stereotype for having a work ethic like no other. Everyone seems to me like they just ''get on with it'' whatever ''it'' may be, whether your working in mcdonalds, sweeping the streets or the prez-o-dent of a company, no one complains about it and im told that people going on strike is unheard of here! They all look like they have a sense of purpose about them.
On the trains, doesnt matter what time of day it is, theres always a bunch of people sleeping, some standing up! Their like zombies, in this constant routine of spending half your day traveling to work,half your day working and if you can fit sleeping inbetween, then your lucky, people definetely look like they could do with more sleep! Although in contrast to Japs, just ''getting on with it'' iv been told that around 30,000 people committ suicide in Japan each year. wow!
People need to be more alert, you never know when the next attack is coming....from a giant Lizard, or a huge moth!

There is always something that amuses me about japan, whether its the masks they insist on wearing, the badly worded english on some products, the funky video game esq music they sometimes play when train doors open or strannnnnngeeee gameshows on tv. Its definetely a funny culture.
I had taken pictures gathering evidence of playmobile people, im not having a dig at their culture but this is just how i see it, the uniforms
they wear are pretty funny. Also, some of the cars look smaller than normal cars, and are boxed shaped, reminds me of '' micro machines'' a kids toy i used to love as a kid. Its almost like ''Honey, I shrunk Japan''.

I've named this blog as such because, its sums up my impressions of coming to a country where theres such a language barrier. Maybe this is a cool idea, or maybe im just lazy, but it would be good if either a) There were special glasses you could put on which, when looking at a person speak in another language subtitles would appear underneath them.
Or....
b) Your could put a wristband on, which enabled either you to suddenly be able to speak a selected language or, enabled someone who you were speaking to, to hear the selected language as apposed to english in which you'd be speaking.
Iv picked up a few odd, phrases here and there, but not much.

Since my last blog, i now live in a different area and apartment. I moved as my mate who i was staying with decided to go back to the homeland. Oh well these things happen! Just gotta, pick up the pieces and go with the flow.
Im now in a single apartment, in which theres a couple o teachers in. Hopefully i can meet some other teachers, but it has proven harder than i thought. One thing the company havent been great at is handing you the opportunity to meet lots of fellow teachers.

I realise that this blog probably should'ave been about teaching, but fuck it iv rambled enough for now...

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Minority Report

May 2009 Japan Entry.

rain 12 °C

This is my first blog EVER! I dont know how it will do who will read it or whether i will want to write another!
To...whoevers reading this i am actually in Japan right now believe it or not. The idea was to teach english, not attempted that as yet, but it seems to be another one of my strange decisions to venture off somewhere in a blind attempt to find myself (whatever that means). (Some life mumble jumble there)
I think im still jetlagged! body clock aint caught up with my future- traveling yet.

ACCOMODATION
My friend Ciaran and i live in a strange little flat in a suburb of tokyo. It looks like a retirement village were living in, and our neighbours all seem to be old folk riding bikes that look like their from the 70's. We were joking about as to whether there would 1 bed or 2 when we got to the flat. Turned out there was one single bed, there was 2 bed sets though. Your supposed to sleep on the floor on futons, so thats how it goes. We have a really small table with 2 chairs that are lacking legs, in this tiny kitchenette. The bath is just a weird square box like thing, never seen a bath like it. The toilet actually has what looks like a sink on top of it! which when flushed starts running out the tap!

CULTURE
The subway system is not only really badly set-up, but some stations dont have english and the map of the lines is confusing as theres different lines and different trains with different speeds! When i see japanese people reading books on the subway, they're reading the characters up and down, and it looks like they're decyphering the matrix! I was also under the impression, there was a lot of dentists living in tokyo, as there was people walking around wearing white masks over their faces! Turns out they were not dentists, but they wear these masks either because they dont want to bresthe too much city smog or they have a cold and are considerate enough to put a mask on so as not to pass their cold on!! How Polite! The toilets in public bathrooms, have various buttons on them one of which sprays your arse with a hot jet of water! Ahhhh Luxury! Japanese are extremely polite, maybe a bit too polite, strange folk but ever so respectful, anyone iv spoken to has been willing to help my Gaigin (forienger) self out! One waiter in a pub 2night got on his knees and bowed to us when he brought us the bill! I was honoured! this was after he brought us a complimentary scoop of ice-cream on a spoon! (As you do). I've got to say, its funny and strange being a) the minority and b) 2ft taller than most people.
8,000 miles from home and the people and mannerisms are sooo different, very curious and interesting; although were all just human but we can look on each other as total aliens. Aliens in good ways; greeting the alien (immigrations label of us) with all the help smiles that can be given and bad ways; staring at us like we have 2heads and are breathing fire.
I wonder how humans would take to actual aliens coming to earth. Im guessing even though people would say they'd welcome them with open arms, my guess is it would be far more hostile than this!

WEATHER
When we stepped out the airport doors, to our surprise it was freezing! ah well at least it wasnt raining!
Well, that changed later than night and continued throughout today; it hasnt stopped pissing it down!!
Weather was better back home!! I suppose if it was sweltering hot, id be complaining as well.

JOB
As i said, the mere idea of me teaching anyone ANYTHING!! Let alone English, a language i probably get riddiculed for abusing, is total crazy for me or anyone who knows me to grasp. Yet iv come this far and i should probably give it a stab. We had a bit of a orientation today, wasnt really paying attention, (which sums me up!) but il blame it on jetlag, an excuse i dont think will hold up for much longer!

CONCLUSION
I've learnt never to think too far ahead in life. So im taking this Japan thing day by day/step by step.
I have no expectations of much, so im not going to be dissapointed or surprised. The last 2 days have been pretty mental, in more ways than one; but the fact that i dont know what'll be going on next week let alone next month, is intriguing and scary, but oh well......I'll cross those bridges (whatever they may be) when i come to them!

I dont know if i'll be up for writing another ''blog'', i've never been good at writing, or i might just not want to but any feedback on this weak attempt would be appreciated!! whether i know you well or not!

Cheers
Ross S

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