One week in and what a transition! A month ago I was sitting at my desk as a government drone toiling away at increasingly less challenging tasks, today I am waking up to the sounds of rural island life in Japan.
I really bonded with my batch of fellow Jamaicans headed to Japan. The seperation after having our local orientation, sharing tips while getting ready together, basic Japanese classes, the journey to Japan and Tokyo orientation was rough for me but we continue to support each other and I really hope our group sticks together.
Post-Tokyo Orientation things have gotten real!
Setting up bank account
Getting my permanent Japan phone number
Meeting BOE Staff in my area
Checking out the local spots
Getting to know my neighbours
Being the new attraction in town
Learning how to get around with no sense of direction
I can honestly say I am well taken care of and very happy at the moment. I’m riding this positive wave at the moment while being grateful that I have the support for when the honeymoon is over.
Kirk is a proud Jamaican who started Jamaipanese.com in February 2006 and now lives in rural Japan. He enjoys sharing his experiences learning about Japan, personal milestones in life as well as interests such as photography, gaming and travelling.