I have been in Japan for just about a week now. To be honest, it feels as though I have been here for a month! However, I am quite grateful to feel that way because the feeling of just arriving can be excruciating at times. Not in a negative way, just in the way that everything is so new, different, exciting, weird– generally overwhelming.
Anyway, I have made it a personal goal to learn as much about Japan as possible in our time here. I think it is off to a good start considering I already have 15+ pages full in my notebook (only about half are pictures and doodles). So, I took photos of the most useful/interesting pages. The research is either from the interwebs or from our upon arrival briefing. I also have a bit of my own thoughts in there and throughout are some different Japanese phrases/words. Most are on the final page, so check that out too! I have the basics (hello, thankyou, I’m sorry) memorized, but I am still working on the rest… maybe by June I will be able to say all those and more! I will leave it on that last hopeful thought, and leave my notes open for you to read!