到着 (Arrival)

  • Departed Hawaii on Feb 15th at 2:00 PM
  • Arrived in Tokyo on Feb 16th at 7:00 PM

It's been a long time coming and the day has finally arrived! Touched down in Tokyo and was fortunate to have a friend pick me up from the airport. I was worried about taking my luggage on the train, but everything worked out perfectly!

Going through immigration was straight forward, but I had to wait a while for my student visa to be printed. Unfortunately, I ended up being the LAST person to be helped, but nothing was going to ruin my excitement! 

I arrived at my apartment around 10:00 PM and met my two roommates. One is an extremely intelligent Harvard graduate from Haiti and the other is a Japanese native who can speak perfect English. Needless to say, they are both excellent people and I am very grateful for this blessing. (HUGE mahalo to Nicole Oka for introducing me to these great people!)

Classes start in April so I have a lot of time to get situated and explore the country. I don't have a list of places to go, but instead prefer to write the story one day at a time. Right now I'm waiting for a friend to pick me up and take me snowboarding in Nagano. This is going to be the first of many adventures in Japan!


P.S. For those who aren't able to get picked up from the airport, I STRONGLY recommend using the takyubin (shipping) service. There are multiple counters located in both Narita and Haneda airports and will make your first night in Japan a lot easier. Just remember to pack 1 or 2 days worth of clothes because it will take some time for your bags to arrive.