Tokyo: Conquering Mr. Fuji

For the final instalment of my adventurous Summer holidays, it was time to climb Fujisan! Famous from its appearance in  ukiyo-e block prints, its a iconic status can only be matched by anime and crazy Japanese electronics. Thursday: Arigatou Mr Robotou Always a joy to shorten the work week, I woke up at 0515 on a Thursday morning,… Continue reading Tokyo: Conquering Mr. Fuji

4// Mie Machi: My new home 三重町

The view from my house

This is how it starts… Today was going to be my arrival in my new home for the next year, in Mie, Oita Prefecture: I was so not ready! Tackling Tokyo Once again battling jetlag and lack of sleep after an incredible night in Tokyo, I headed down for breakfast. Entering the dining room, there… Continue reading 4// Mie Machi: My new home 三重町

3// Tokyo Orientation : Don’t punch inflatable snowmen

As if in punishment for the previous night’s overindulgence in sleep, or perhaps due to jetlag, I awoke having only garnered a few hours sleep, with a full day of lectures on the four aspects of language learning: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Taking Classes It was at this point I began developing my ‘Manga… Continue reading 3// Tokyo Orientation : Don’t punch inflatable snowmen

2// Tokyo Orientation: “Do you want to build a Snowman?”

Waking up to, “I don`t know what time you were planning on waking up, but it`s 0822”  was not the most promising start to my first full day in Japan. A day of talks In a flurry of minutes I was sorted and booted and had tackled at least some of the inevitable dehydration of sleeping… Continue reading 2// Tokyo Orientation: “Do you want to build a Snowman?”