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
Stephanie 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.
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.