Weekly/Bi-weekly Report (Japan)

Weekly/Bi-weekly Report (Japan) #5

January 17th, 2018

Settling Down

My life in Japan is somewhat settling down now. I’m getting used to my new job and the area around me. We got about a foot of snow the other day and I had to shovel a pathway at the school. I haven’t shoveled snow since I left America in 2012. But since my life is settling down also means less crazy stuff is happening and also means I’m running out of things to write about. I will have to start writing about some of my hiking again soon and my first trip to Japan. Anyway, in this report, I’m going to be talking about some problems that I had with just trying to buy milk. Who knew trying to buy milk could be difficult. Hope you enjoy.
Milk Switch
Part of living overseas, that I have had some problems with, is trying to buy things at the store that I use every day. For example milk. It shouldn’t be that hard to buy milk. But when everything is written in another language and you don’t have internet, that makes shopping for food a little more difficult. Depending which country you are in, you can sometimes find things that you recognize. For example, eggs, milk, meat, can food and so on. But sometimes even that can be difficult. In Taiwan, I discovered that there are many different kinds of milk. There is soy milk, peanut milk, chocolate milk, drinkable yogurt that looks like milk, and so on. But it’s all written in Chinese and I didn’t know which one I should get. The same thing happened here. I like to drink 1% milk, but since I have no clue what the kanji writing is for 1% milk is, I just try to go with any milk that I can get CIMG9698that isn’t peanut milk, soy milk, or yogurt milk. Well, the first carton of milk that I found was blue and had a picture of a cow on it. I was about to buy that one but then I saw a green color carton that looked like milk on it. It was next to the carton that has a cow on it and I just figured that the green carton might be 1% milk. Because usually you would put 2%, 1%, skim milk next to each other. That was my thinking so I grabbed the suppose 1% milk and went to check out of the store. The next day I went and grabbed what I thought was milk and opened it up. There was a smell to the carton that was not normal for milk. It had a yogurt smell to it. Once I poured it into a glass I could really smell the yogurt then. I took and a sip and it turned out to be yogurt. Now I have to go back to the store and get the carton that had the cow on it and hope that is regular milk. (Which later on that day the carton with a picture of the cow is the 2% milk)
Hope you enjoyed the short read. It’s not very long like my other posts but I’m still writing about what happened last Sunday with my new friends from church, what we ate, and where we went. I try to get that done soon. Tell then, you can always read my other posts or take a look at my other pictures on Instagram or my Facebook blog. Have a wonderful week.

Weekly/Bi-weekly Report (Japan)

Weekly/Bi-weekly Report (Japan) #4

January 15th, 2018

Cell Phone (maybe)

If I keep hoping and wishing, my dream will come true on getting a contract with a phone company and having internet again.  I keep hoping anyway.  I went inside Kojima and went up the escalators.  I turned left and starting looking at the phones.  I was able to find a staff member to help me out.  She didn’t know any English but she used an app and we managed.  When she realized I wanted a contract she went a got another staff member to help me.  This guy was with SoftBank.  He was about my height and was wearing his dress pants with his white dress shirt with a black and white jacket on that said SoftBank across it.  He had a mask on and was wearing his glass.  He knew very little English but he used an app on his cell phone.  He understood that I wanted a phone and contract.  We went to the desk and we started working things out.  Took about an hour on translation issues and trying to figure out what the other person is trying to say but we got by.  But then, he was about to get the contract until he was told their company is not allowed to sign contracts to foreigners.  I was so sad.  We spent about an hour trying to figure this whole thing out just to be told I can’t do it.  I was disappointed again.  Another company that can’t take me.  But then he had an idea.  He asked if it was ok if he goes and asks a different phone company if they can have a foreigner on their contract?  I said ok, and he went and asked.  He comes back and tells me they are allowed to have a foreigner on the contracts and it can be for one year.  I was happy.  I can finally get a phone with internet.  They called the operator that knew English that could talk with me, step-by-step, and try to get what I want with this company in English.  But then she asked me if I had a Japan bank card?  I had to tell her no and that I was still waiting on that.  She said I need the bank card to get my contract.  I was sad but at the same time, I finally found a company that will sign me.  I just need my bank card and then I will have to go back and try again.

Power Goes Out

Moving on to Monday, I had to get up around 7 am. and get to Starbucks close to 9 am.  Because today is the day that I should get my tax money back from Taiwan but I need to help out my friend back in Taiwan to transfer it over.  I got up around 7 am, took a shower, and had some coffee.  I had my heater going and still needed to dry my hair.  I turned on the blow dryer and it wasn’t long after I was trying to dry my hair that the power went out.  I started to panic just a little.  I started wounding if I paid my bill, I haven’t gotten a bill yet, did the whole apartment loose power, is it just my room, what do I need to do when you lose power?  So many questions were going through my mind.  I decided to get some warm clothes on and do my makeup and head down to the fourth floor to see Stephanie.  It was about 8:30 am now and I hope Stephanie is already awake.  I would hate to wake her up.  Luckily, she was already awake.  She was in her PJ’s when she opened the door.  I asked her if she still had power and she said yes she did and then I asked her, “What do I need to do if I lose power?  I don’t know what I did wrong?”  She told me that I need to turn the breaker back on.  She said it’s very likely that the power turned off because I was using too much.  I didn’t know that the power will shut off if you used too much.  Now that is something that I have to be more aware of now.  I was grateful that Stephanie was awake and was able to help me with this.  She showed me where the breakers are and to make sure all the switches were up.  I thanked her and I went back to my apartment.  I looked at the breaker box and there was on leaver that was down.  I pushed the lever back up and my power came back on.  I made sure to unplug any appliances that I wasn’t using.  I started thinking back to my friend Andrea back in America and how she would always unplug any appliances that she wasn’t using just to save power.  Now I’m forced to always think about this too. I found out later from Maggie, that there is a limitation on how much electric you can be using all at once.  If you go over that limit, the power will go out.  I’m glad I found that out.

At less, my morning hasn’t been all that bad.  I got to see the whole mountain of Mt. Iwate without the clouds covering it up and at Starbucks today, I got extra coffee.  They were handing out samples of two different kinds of coffee.  She was speaking all in Japanese but I’m always up for free coffee.  The coffee was so good too!!  Yum!!

No Hot Water!!

The next morning, I got up early to get around for work like normal. I started the shower and had to let it run for five minutes because the water is ice cold for the first few minutes. When I came back to the bathroom to check on the water, the water was still ice cold. I thought maybe I didn’t wait long enough so I waited for another five minutes. Still, it was only ice cold water coming out of my shower. I decided to give up on the shower because I didn’t want to wast any more water than I already have, and I would just ask my boss about it. I had to get more training done and my boss would be at work today. I didn’t want to bother Stephanie again since it was 8 am. Stephanie does have to be at work until 10 or 11 am on most days.
While I was drinking some hot coffee to warm myself up this morning, I remember the gas guy saying something about what I should do if the power goes out. He said something about how I need to turn the gas back on. But I didn’t remember how to do that. He showed me two machines that he told me not to touch. One of them was inside my home.

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Another one was outside my front door on the wall. He told me to never touch them unless the power goes out. I can’t remember which one I need to open or what to do with them. I was afraid I might mess something up.

When I got to my training, I asked Maggie about the hot water and she said she would have her husband call the gas guy for me. A little bit later, Maggie comes back and tells me that the gas guy wants to know if there is hot water coming out of the faucet? I told her I haven’t checked it yet and I would have to do that when I get back home that night. The gas guy said he won’t be able to come out and he would just try to tell me what to do through my boss. At this rate, it might take a few days before I have hot water again.

Once I was at the train station, I started to check other Wi-Fi networks. Every time I would check, I could never find a free Wi-Fi network I could use. But then I checked a Wi-Fi network that had a lot of numbers in it and just clicked on that. Then, I was able to get connected to the internet. I was very happy, that I can now get Wi-Fi at the train station. I never thought to check the network that had only numbers in it. I was only clicking on networks that said free Wi-Fi or just Wi-Fi with some company name attached to it. I got a hold of Stephanie and told her about my water problem. She said I need to open the door that was inside my home, next to the bathroom door and just push the power button. I did try that door this morning but I couldn’t get it open. I told her about that and she recommend to pull harder on the door and it might just be jammed. I told her I would do that once I got back home. But I had another problem. The train was running 34 minutes late and I wouldn’t get home till midnight.

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Even though I was told that it was rare for trains to run late but it was snowing outside. The reason for the train being late was in Japanese and I just translated the part with google translate about how long the train was running late for. I wanted to make sure that number 34 that I saw on the screen means 34 minutes late. It that is exactly what it said. The train was supposed to come at 9:37 pm. but the train came at 10:14 pm. and I didn’t arrive back to Morioka till 11:30 pm. It took me 30 minutes to walk home because of the heavy snowfall and I had to be careful on not to slip.
Witness my first car accident in Morioka

On my way home, I got to witness a car accident. that was fun let me tell you. There weren’t many cars on the road and the roads were pretty slick. I was about to past the post office and I notice two cars just sitting there in the street. They were close to the curb but that curb area was not a parking area and I didn’t know why they were there. Then a taxi was slowly driving and he slammed on his brakes and sled to the side of the road and hit the guardrail right behind the other car. As I walked past the accident I notice that the taxi car had a dint on the side of it and so did the guardrail. I didn’t think he was going that fast. Anyway, everyone seemed ok. The other car that was already sitting there, the driver got out of his car to check on the taxi driver. I figured I’m probably not needed and just proceeded to walk home.

P_20180111_205851When I finally got home I tried what Stephani recommended and managed to open the metal box that was next to my bathroom. There are three buttons on the machines and it was all in Japanese.  I just did the process of elimination and just hopped for the best and I don’t screw it up. I tried the middle button first and that seemed to work but a red number 2 came up on the screen. The gas guy said that the screen should read 50 and that is how hot the water will be. (50C not 50F.) I tried the third button and that got the screen to say 50C. I tried to see if there was hot water from the faucet and I had hot water again. Hurry!!!! I can take a nice hot shower tomorrow morning. I’m so happy. Now its time to go to bed and prepare for another crazy day that I hope becomes normal and less stressful soon.

Weekly/Bi-weekly Report (Japan)

Weekly/Bi-weekly Report (Japan) #3

January 13th, 2018

Saturday with Stephanie

I meet Stephanie downstairs around 8:20 am because we planned to go to the school together.  I apologized to her and told her what happened on our way to the school and how I was also sorry that Maggie was so worried that she even contacted her and got everyone panicking.  I also told her again that her directions where fin, I didn’t get lost to Morioka station.  For some reason, she still believed that I got lost on my way to the Morioka station.   Maybe Maggie said something that made her think that but I do remember telling her yesterday that I got lost at Ichinoseki Station.  But anyway, we got to the school and I observed Stephanie for 8 hours.

Going Out For A Deleted Birthday Dinner

It was finally 5:30 and we planned to go out to eat for a deleted birthday dinner.  Since I had all this training moved to a new country and didn’t know anyone.  I couldn’t really celebrate my birthday so Stephanie recommended on Thursday that we go out for dinner on Saturday night after work.  Stephanie original planned to go to one of the restaurants next to our place.  There were two restaurants, one was a curry place owned by a family and another was a Japanese western style.  I have already been to the curry shop so we decided to go to the Japanese style restaurant.   We walked back to our apartment and dropped off some of our belongings and went to the restaurant.  The restaurant looked closed.   The lights were turned off on the outside.  Stephanie said there is usually a sign placed outside and the outside lights would be on.  She thought maybe we came too early because some shops open around 6 pm.  But it was after 6 pm and everything looked closed.  There were some lights on inside and we saw a woman come downstairs.  I tried knocking on the door a few times and an older woman came to the door.  Stephanie knew Japanese and she was able to talk to her and ask her if they were closed for the night.  The women told Stephanie the shop has closed down and won’t open back up.   We were both sad about this.  I haven’t even tried the restaurant yet and Stephanie loved eating there.  Stephanie had another place in mind and we went to a pub.  The pub was set up for foreigners.  They had an English menu and there were some English speaking people there and some Japanese people there.  We came early so the pub wasn’t too busy.  There were a lot of foreigner’s poster and objects all over the place.  The owner (master in Japanese I found out) had on a cap that had dreadlocks hanging from it.  The owner and the waitresses seem to know Stephanie.  I asked her if she comes her a lot and she said no, but it was just recently that she has because her family was in town and they went to this pub a lot and she had another friend that came to see her and she brought her friend here too.  We got to sit up on the second floor at a table that had booth size chairs.  We looked over the menu and the menu had a lot of foreign food like fish and chips, pizza, nachos, and so on.  Stephanie asked how did I feel about smokers and I told her I can’t be around second-hand smoke because I’m allergic to it.  She then said, “Good, because she doesn’t like the second-hand smoke and we will have to leave early because more people will come and the place can get a bit busy and covered in smoke.”  She said if you come early its fine like now but later on it gets pretty bad in the pub.  We both placed our order.  We both got fish and chips and both got a different alcohol beverage.  I got a strawberry ice-cream alcohol drink.  Even though it’s cold outside, I still love having ice cream and it’s even better with a little alcohol in it.

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Stephanie and I having some sweet drinks at a pub.

 

Our drinks came first.  My drink was so good!!  It was delicious.  The ice-cream seemed to

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be the frozen one where it comes out of the machine still a bit frozen but it’s not completely soft ice cream either.  It came in a thick glass and had some melted ice-cream on the bottom with alcohol.  I don’t usually drink much but I would defiantly come back

 

for this.  Then our dinner came.  It was breaded fried fish fingers with French fries.  It came with ranch dipping sauce (not exactly ranch, it was their form of tartar sauce but it was thicker and tasted more like ranch) and some ketchup.  I forgot to take a picture of it because after eating the ice cream beverage, I was cold again and the food was nice and hot.  I haven’t had fish and P_20180106_193523chips in awhile so it was nice to have good/bad food once in awhile.  After we were done eating, I wasn’t planning on getting another drink because I’m trying to save my money since I don’t have any income coming in yet.  But while I was looking at the menu, I found a nice warm alcohol drink that was cheaper than my other drink.  It was pretty much hot chocolate with alcohol.  I decided to order that one because it was a hot drink.

 

After we were done with our drinks we head out and back to our apartment.  I had to go to church in the morning and hopefully, I don’t get lost.  The directions seem easy enough to get to.  I’m also hoping someone here can help me out with my cell phone problem and also could tell me the bus number to get to Aeon Shopping Mall.  We will see soon.

Morioka Bible Baptist Church

I’m not a Baptist but the only two churches that are near where I live is a Catholic Church or a Baptist Church.  I believe in evangelical but with not many options to pick from in Morioka, I had to go with this Baptist church.  From there website, they seem to be open-minded and very welcoming to different types of Christian beliefs.  Hopefully, I can form some relationships with some of the locals or missionaries here.

CIMG9653I screenshot the direction like normal and the directions seem pretty straightforward.  Just take a left and a right and walk straight or about 10 minutes and I should be there.  That’s exactly what I did and I found the church without any problems.  I came 30 minutes early and had no clue where to go.  There were two floors.  The first floor had children inside and I remember on their website that they had children’s Sunday school around 9:30 am and the service starts at 10:30 am.  I saw older women walk in and just watched her for a bit.  She hung up her coat and I showed her my picture of the address of the church and asked if this was the place.  All in English of course but she seemed to understand what I was saying.  She didn’t know English and she was able to help me anyway.  She told me the service was upstairs on the second floor.  I just followed her and once we got upstairs, she managed to find some other people that could help me.  They didn’t know English either but we managed.  They gave me a form to fill out as a new member.  The form was in English and Japanese.  It also asked if I was Baptist and I pointed to the question and said I wasn’t a Baptist that I was a Christian.  They were ok with that the and I handed back the form to them.  They were trying to find me an English bible because my bible was still in a box somewhere, and they found a Japanese bible but I told them I didn’t know Japanese.  And for some reason, I asked in Chinese if they had an English Bible.  I said the word ‘English’ in Chinese without thinking about it and the Japanese women seem to understand that I was speaking Chinese because she handed me a bilingual English and Chinese bible.  I told them this bible would work and they let me walk into the chapel.  There weren’t many people there yet.  I wanted to hide out in the back but the older Japanese woman was pointing to go up further.  So I found a pew that was in the middle.  I sat in front of another older women and she knew some English and started talking to me.  We just talked about basic things.  What’s my name, where are you from, where do you work, where do you live, why did you come to Japan, and so on.  After a while, the church started filling up.  More and more people started walking in.  So far, I only saw one foreigner walk in and she sat somewhere else.   Then a foreign guy walked in and sat in front of me. He looked like he was about 25 years old.  He was tall with brown reddish hair that was a little curly.  His face looks like he hasn’t shaved in a few days.  He was wearing a blue flannel shirt, blue jeans, and sneakers.  What stood out me the most were his big rings that he was wearing on his fingers.  I don’t usually see guys wearing big rings.   He said hi to me and I said hi back.  Then a Japanese guy with his girlfriend(just assuming it’s his girlfriend, not sure.  They walked in together and were with each other all day at church) walked in and sat next to the foreign guy. The Japanese guy looked young, I would say about 23 years old, he was thin, a little taller than me with black fluffy hair.  His girlfriend was a little shorter than him, with long, black hair and white skin.  She was wearing a sweater with a long blue skirt on.   The foreign guy seemed to know the Japanese guy because he said something in Japanese to the Japanese guy.  Then the Japanese guy turns around and introduced himself.  The Japanese guy is name Whiskey.   Then the foreigner guy said he was sorry about not introducing himself earlier and said his name is Aleksey.  Before service began Alexksey switch seats and sat next to me.  He started telling me that there is a translation of the service on Line that I could use.  I told him that I didn’t have internet on my phone and let me borrow his.  He had two phones on him.  He connected to the Line group and got the translation going for me on Line.  He went and got some headphones for me to use.  Once I put the headphones in my ears I was able to understand the Pastor and what the sermon is about.

It was going on noon when the service started wrapping up.  It was a good service.  I was struggling to stay awake but it was a good one.  The pastor talked about how we shouldn’t be boasting about ourselves and referred to 2 Corinthians for reference.  After the service, I gave back Alexksey phone and told him thanks.  We talked for a little bit and I asked him where he was from.  He said he was from California and I asked him how he got internet on his phone.  He said he is with the JET program and they take care of all that for you.  He also mention a girl name Carmen that I should meet and how she might be able to help me.  She also part of the JET program.  Then not long after he said that Carmen walks up to us and introduce herself.  She started telling me how everyone would usually go out for lunch but because of winter camp, they have sandwiches delivered to the church and just eat downstairs.  So we headed downstairs to eat.  I got in line to buy my sandwich just like everyone else.  I was trying my best to listen to the Japanese women in front of me.  From what I could tell, she was asking the older women about the sandwiches.  Each sandwich had different meat inside and it was all written down in Japanese with the prices on it.  The sandwich on the right towards the middle had chicken inside.  Since that’s all I could gather from the conversation, I decided to go with the chicken sandwich.  I didn’t notice but Whisky was right behind me.  He asked me if I could read Japanese and I told him no and he decided to start telling me what each sandwich was.  I was about to tell him that it was ok to become I think I know which sandwich I want but I let him translate each sandwich for me.  I stopped him once he reached the chicken part.  I pointed to the chicken sandwich to the older women and she told me the price of the sandwich.  I paid for my sandwich and sat down.  After I sat down, this woman came up to me with her kid.  She looked familiar to me.  I remember on the website that they had some missionaries at this church.  She was a little shorter than I was; she had short black hair and was carrying her little boy in her arms.  Her little boy looks about 2 years old.  She introduced herself.  Her name is Tomo and she is Japanese.  Her husband is David and he did the translation on the Line group that I heard earlier during the sermon.  She seemed really nice and we talked a little bit.  Carmen sat next to me on my left-hand side.   I asked her where she was from and where she worked and she told me she is from Singapore and she works in a senior High School with the JET program.   I then started asking her about getting internet on my phone. I told her my problem with not being able to get a contract for a phone.  She started looking up directions for me on how to get to Kojima.  Kojima is one of the bigger electronic stores that aren’t that far from Morioka Train Station.  You need to walk past the train station and pass two lights and the store it right there on the right.  It’s a pretty big store with a red and white sign on the building.   Tomo also said I might be able to get a contract with a smaller company.  Since the top three networks require a two-year contract and your visa needs to say two years on it.  Than Carmen told me how the church has Wi-Fi that I could use.  I logged into the church Wi-Fi and was able to add Carmen to my Line contact information.  If I have any other questions she might be able to help me.

After I was done eating Tomo told me she and her husband can drop me off at Kojima on their way home but I have to walk my way back.  I told her that would be great and I should be fine walking back.  As long I can find Morioka Station and I can find my way back home.  We got around to go and David was getting the car and Tomo started getting the children around.  I talked to Carmen for a little bit more and then we said our goodbyes and I told her I will see her next week.   David came back to get his wife and the children and we all went outside together to the car.  The children got in first and Tomo sat in the back and I sat in the passenger side seat.  Her husband drove to the post office first to drop off a letter and then we were off.  On our way, they asked more questions about my life in Taiwan and what brought me to Japan and things.  Then we were about to drive past a building called Aiina.  This building has a library inside and offers free Japanese class.  They can also arrange for you a tutor that can go around your busy schedule.  I might have to take up there offer on getting a tutor because I really need to learn how to speak Japanese first and start incorporating writing later on.  I will have to visit this building when I have time.  We finally arrive at Kojima.  They dropped me off in the parking garage area and I said my goodbye to them.  Now, maybe I can finally get a phone.

Will I finally get a cell phone with internet? Also, what happens if you use too much electricity in your home in Japan? Find out next time on The Arita Report. Hehe  Have a nice day.

Weekly/Bi-weekly Report (Japan)

Weekly/Bi-weekly Report (Japan) #2

January 11, 2018

I know this is not a weekly report but a lot of stuff is going on almost every day. But, in another week or so, things will start to calm down and my reports will be more of a weekly/bi-weekly thing. But for the meantime, I’m trying to post what has been happening from last week.

Getting lost in Ichinoseki

CIMG9684Stephanie gave me directions with landmarks on how to get to Morioka Station.  There were pretty simple and I was able to find my way there.  I got to the train station around 11 am.  I didn’t know I would get there so early.  I booked my ticket to Ichinoseki and back so I didn’t have to wait in line to get my ticket back to Morioka.  Then I just walked around the station and looked at the different shops that they have.  Once it was time for me to go, on got to my platform and waited for the local train.  It was going to be an hour and a half before I get there.  Tadashi drew me a map and I told him I needed to know the exit name or number or I’m going to get lost.  He told me I could take exit East or South and that should take me to the main entrance.  He told me after I leave the main entrance I need to go straight and I should see a traffic light.  After the light go straight and the school should be on the left.  It seemed like simple directions.  I shouldn’t have any problems.  That’s what I thought anyway.

After I arrived at the Ichinoseki Station, I took the East Exit like Tadashi said to take.  The crowd started to thin out and I didn’t see many people there.  I went through the gate and I asked the conductor if this was the main entrance and he said yes.  I kept going till I hit the exit and I saw taxi cars, a car parking lot and a bicycle parking lot.  I didn’t see many people there but I kept going straight like Tadashi said to do.  After I got to the first light, I couldn’t go straight anymore.  I could only go left or right.  I figured I must have turned myself around somehow.   I decided to head back to the station and try the other road.  I went straight and there wasn’t a light but I looked to my left and I saw a traffic light.  I headed down there.  It was a four-way area and I kept going straight.  I passed a 7/11 and a gas station.  I went straight for a little bit because Tadashi said the school wasn’t far from the traffic light.  I didn’t see any school so I headed back to the traffic light.  This time I turned left and went straight again tell I hit another traffic light.  It was the traffic light that I saw before that leads to the train station.  I turned around and went back to the traffic light again next to 7/11.  This time I went straight and passed the gas station and a few supermarkets.  Still, I didn’t see the school.

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This 7/11 is in Morioka.

I went back to 7/11 since I can get Wi-Fi there and contacted Maggie.  By then it has been a little over an hour and I still couldn’t find the school.  I was getting frustrated and hunger.  While I was trying to type Maggie, I was trying to dig out my train ticket with the name, “Ichinoseki” because I didn’t know how to spell it and I wanted to spell it correctly.  During this process, I ended up dropping my phone on the cement.  My phone hit the edge of the cement and then it fell flat.  Luckily, it only cracked on the corner and a big line going across my screen.  I can still use it no problem.  But now I have to find a new phone because the edge of my phone is sharp and I’m going to cut myself sooner or later with it.  After I was done e-mailing Maggie, I went inside to grab a snake or I was going to kill something.  It didn’t take Maggie long to reply and she told me she has been calling Susan and Stephanie and asking where I was at and she was very worried about me.  Then I get a message from Stephanie asking where I was at.  She thought I was still in Morioka.  I told her I didn’t have a problem finding the train station in Morioka, I just got lost in Ichinoseki and couldn’t find the school yet.  In Maggie’s e-mail, she told me to stay at 7/11 and Susan would come and get me.  Well, come to find out, Susan didn’t know where 7/11 was and said there isn’t a 7/11 near the school.  Then how am I using the internet if I’m not at 7/11 then?  The train station doesn’t have internet some Wi-Fi places want you to have a credit card to use there Wi-Fi.  7/11 was my only option.  Then Maggie asked Stephanie to tell me to go back to the train station and Susan will meet me at the ticket booth.

Back to the Train Station

After I bought my snacks, I headed back to the train station.  I went through the same doors that I exited from.  I went to the ticket booth and I didn’t see anyone there.  Then I started wounding if I was in the back of the station the whole time.  I was trying to find another way to get to the front of the station but they didn’t have any hallways going to the front unless I go back outside and go around the station.  That will take too long and Susan is probably waiting for me.  Probably upset too because I know she has things to do and this is her break time.  I didn’t want to use my ticket again because that will mess up the ticket when I still need to use it tonight.  I tried to see if I could pass through the gate on the left side.  There isn’t a machine there and you can just walk right through but you need to talk to the staff first.  The staff wasn’t paying attention and I just walked right through.  I went to the plot form again where I got off from and found the exit that said, ‘west exit’.  I went in that direction and that took me to the main gate.  I went through the gate that had the staff there and they didn’t notice me either and I just walked on through.  Susan was standing there waiging for me.   I recognized her from my skype interview but she didn’t seem to recognize me too well.  I went to her and introduce myself and I asked if she was Susan and she said yes.   It was going to be a long day.

End of the day

It was a long afternoon and evening and I was happy for it to be over and couldn’t wait to get back to my place.  After my training was done I had to rush back to the train station.  Luckily, Susan got permission from Maggie to let me leave 10 minutes early to catch the train back to Morioka.  Susan’s last class didn’t end tell 9:05 pm. and the train leaves at 9:15 pm.  I got to the train station on time and got to my platform.  I managed to get some sleep on the train but it was pretty busy on the way back and I couldn’t sleep much.  I was so happy to be home and finally get to sleep in my bed.  The day was over and tomorrow is a new day.

It was a rough day but things will get better soon.  Anyway, I hope you enjoy the read.  More to come.  Stephanie takes me to a pub, what happed at church and what happens when you use too much power in your place in Japan?  Coming soon.