I love it here. The weather is brisk but not cold enough to have to wear a jacket, and the hint of autumn everywhere is so refreshing.
Last night me and my brother stayed with my aunt and uncle and their adorable kids. I love that I will be able to spend to much time with my Japanese family, as most years I do not see them at all.
AND THE FOOD. Some of it is just really weird (see below) but I stay away from all the suspicious stuff.
Probably my favorite thing about being here so far is our apartment. I was half-expecting to see an 8×10 cinderblock cell as our new abode but our crib is FRESHHHHHHHHHH. It’s modern without being caustic, and extremely spacious by japanese standards.
Also, I am completely in love with the neighborhood, Ichigaya Kagachou. I could not have asked for a better area in which to live. Kagachou is a historical area filled with craftsman and people of artisan skills. It is a dignified, beautiful, traditional place. Most traditional Japanese neighborhoods are village-like…well-preserved gems from the past. This one is renovated and modern but has a great historical feel to it.
In short, so far I am just eating up the atmosphere and loving it all.