Starting a new chapter of my life… in Japan!

I keep intending to write blog posts, because now I’m living in a foreign country, so I must have lots of interesting things to say, right?  Only it seems like a lot of work to organize my thoughts and post things that are interesting.  This post is premised on the assumption that it is better to post something than nothing, even if it is not organized or interesting.

I’ve been here for two weeks now, and even though this past week I went to work, it hasn’t really sunk in that I’ve moved here.  That this isn’t just temporary.  When I think about this fact too hard, it scares me, so I try not to do that.  Tokyo is a very big city. Like, really really big.  Nearly every subway stop you get off at looks as though it could be in downtown San Francisco.  I’ve got the hang of getting from my local station (Azabu-juban) to my temporary apartment, but anywhere else I go is a challenge adventure.  Thank goodness for smart phones and Google Maps.  I do love that you can get just about anywhere on public transit in the city, despite its size.  I’m excited to experience a car-free lifestyle for a while.

My new office is on the 30th floor of a building on a hill, so there’s quite a view of the city.  The immediate surrounding area is pretty upscale; I walk past Louis Vuitton and other high-end boutiques on my way to work every day.  In general, people here dress very well during the week, especially women, even at Google.  I don’t understand how everyone does so much walking in high heels; I’ll take looking less classy over foot discomfort any day (though I do sometimes regret how un-put-together I must appear, especially with my frizzy hair compared to all the sleek black tresses).

I could ramble on, but that’s enough for now, I think.

Comments 2

  1. Sandra wrote:

    OMG yes the “so much walking in heels” thing mystifies me too.

    Posted 08 Mar 2016 at 18:12
  2. Evangeline wrote:

    Having recently had foot surgery, I HEARTILY concur: wear comfortable shoes.

    Posted 10 Mar 2016 at 18:18

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