Finally in Japan! (Warning, this post will have many pictures…) The night before leaving I stayed up all night getting ready. I forgot to mention in my last post that I had gone with my family to see I Love You, Man. It was pretty good. Overall it was a very light-hearted comedy (which I like). The characters were fun and interesting and it was an enjoyable experience. I recommend it.
We left home to bring me to the airport around 5:00am. We drove to Minneapolis while trying not to fall asleep. At the airport, we bid farewell and talked for a while at an airport restaurant while waiting to go through security. Turns out it would cost more to check my guitar separately than to ship it (which in retrospect is probably for the better, because it would have been a huge pain to carry both suitcases and my guitar through the subway last night.
The flights were pretty excruciating (I had three of them). By the time I actually arrived in Fukuoka, I was dizzy from exhaustion. I was able to watch a movie before my laptop died though:
Repo! The Genetic Opera.
It was very creative and interesting! The only gripe I had with it was that the lyrics were fairly uninspiring. For a musical, you’d think that it would have some better song writing. The characters were great, the story was great, and I suppose that some of the songs were pretty good, too (although not very memorable). I would recommend this one – it’s super unique. I did manage to meet up with a few people on the same program as me from around the country at the Tokyo airport. We flew out to Fukuoka together.
Almost to Tokyo…
This is the plane we took to Fukoka.
A little about Fukuoka. It is the 4th largest metropolitan city in Japan. It has a population of around 2,000,000 people. I didn’t get to see much of the city due to being so tired.
Welcome to Fukuoka!
This is our representative. He met us at the Fukuoka airport to take us to the hotel.
We landed, got to our hotel, and checked in. We each got single rooms. Not much to write home about and no view, but pretty cozy. Our key was used to power our rooms. We open the door with the key and then put it in a slot to get TV, lights, and so on… and then when we left our rooms, we took the key with (to ensure that things were turned off when we weren’t using them). It’s a pretty simple and cool idea.
This is a map of Fukuoka. It was in the lobby of our hotel.
Twenty-two hours of flying and ready to explore…
There’s something strange about watching Ninja Warrior in Japan!
This banner was also in the lobby of our hotel.
After a quick call home and a quick shower, I met up with some of the other students and we went exploring Fukuoka. We stopped at a ramen shop, had some ramen and then headed out.
Kaiti and I at the ramen shop. Behind us are Nate and Peter.
We weren’t able to see much since a lot of it was already closed, and we were tired. But we did stop at a convenient store to get some breakfast for tomorrow.
Found a KFC!
We met up at 8:30 in the morning in the lobby for the bus ride to Nagasaki. As I am writing this, I am on the bus traveling to Nagasaki, where my school is. It’s a very scenic ride, I’m enjoying all of the sights. Our representative is very knowledgeable and tells us a lot of interesting stuff about Japan that I don’t know. Unfortunately, not too much engrish yet. This is all I’ve found and it’s not even that good. More when I get to Nagasaki.