Saturday, March 20, 2010

General Info

I apologize now for how long this entry is, but i just want to fill everybody in on what's going on.

To start with a kimono is a traditional Japanese garment worn by men, women and children, unless you ask a Greek person then Kimono come from the Greek work himona which means winter and what do you wear in the winter to stay warm? A robe. You see: robe, kimono. There you go.
For those of you that don't know I'm half Greek...

Anyways.... In 8 days I will be going to Japan for 4 1/2 months with my lovely roommate Michelle. We will be studying at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) in Beppu, Japan. After we get done studying we are taking about 9 days to travel from Beppu to Tokyo.

My adventure begins on March 27th at 10:20 am when I fly out to Chicago then to Seoul, South Korea then finally to Fukuoka, Japan. Where I will then have to get on a bus for about 2 hours to travel to APU.

So these past few months have been a little stressful trying to get everything together from clothes, money, airfare, visa, classes to everything else you can think of. Also trying to prepare myself for the different culture such as the food, behaviors, and toilets (google Japanese toilets and you'll understand). Then don't forget they speak a whole different language (which you may see sometimes in my blog) that uses Kanji (the characters) along with two other writing system called Hiragana and Katakana. AND when speaking to someone older or more important i.e a boss you use a different style of speech then you would with someone younger or more aquatinted with or you will offend them but when in doubt be more formal rather then less.

Well the next post you will see will be when I am actually in Japan. Future post will also, hopefully, have pictures or videos.  If there is anything specific you want to know about my trip or Japan in general feel free to ask and I will try to include it.

Well everyone thats in for today. See you again in Japan!
P.S.- The time (7:35 am) on here is the time in Japan, just FYI.

1 comment:

  1. OMG i just looked up japanese toilet and i'm scared for you! i could get used to eating different food or speaking a different language, but not using a different kind of toilet!