So many things have happened in this past week! It feels like two weeks, or maybe three.

Touched down in Tokyo (OH I LOVE TOKYO) on Sunday night, three days of orientation in Keio Shinjuku. One of the highlights was meeting Captain for lunch! Been six years since we last met and he’s as funny as ever.

Kyoto Orientation was from Wednesday to Friday. We stayed in a hotel in Kyoto City and had a pretty enjoyable party on the first night, presumably one of many more to come.

Friday, off to Sonobe. Saw my apartment, my school, people whom I’ll be working with. Everyone’s great, the school’s great and I’m really looking forward to starting the school term. Only thing is, the apartment’s not as clean as I thought. At first glance it looks clean and neat, but zoom in and the dirt and grime really really gets to me. I’m also really paranoid about bugs and the tatami (please don’t get moldy!!! oh how I wish I had tile flooring, never mind I don’t need the traditional Japanese feel). Have been spending a small fortune on every cleaning product imaginable to keep my futon closet dry and bug-free, to keep my tatami mats clean and bug-free, to keep my kitchen insect-free, to keep my drains unclogged, to keep my tiles clean, to keep my bathroom clean… I never knew so much cleaning is needed!!! Oh the comfort of living at home. 😦

Highlight of the week: Fireworks at Kameoka, about 20 min away by train from Sonobe. The fireworks were about an hour long, and it was simply lovely to see everyone on the streets with their friends and family, enchanted by the fireworks and enthusiastically clapping whenever there was a particular impressive burst of colour and light. Strangely, fireworks always make me feel emotional and this time was no difference.

Shall end this post while my Internet connection is still here! (I need to wait at least 1-2 weeks for my own Internet.)

Everyone take care and stay cool!