Japan, here I come ~

(originally written on Sunday (2015-02-15))

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my airplane (ANA) with the blury me

I arrrived about 1,5hours agou at the airport and that’s onnly half time. I like to arrive early. But it seems that many people are the late ones. Every minute is an other call for passangers who are still missing. I wonder if they had made it. O_O

Even I’m a bit scared I’m also so excited to flight back to Japan,  Tokyo (^o^)

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waiting...

Rina ★

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Hello Japan ~ (^ o ^)/))

Finally I found some time to blog.

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(My airplane. Waiting for its Guests to board.)

I left Germany in the afternoon of the 21st, I landed in Japan in the evening of the 22nd. Because of the 7 hour time difference it seemed like an even longer trip. But it was only about 19 hours.

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(The first glimpse on the mountains of Japan.)

I was so exhausted when I arrived in Ueno via the Keisei Skyliner from Narita Airport. When I took the first step outside of the station, I felt like being thrown in hell (>__<;) I did know that it is extremely humid here, but I didn’t think it would felt like that! So before dieing I took a taxi to get to my hotel. It was staying at the Hotel “Villa Fountaine Ueno”. A japanese friend of mine made the reservation because she worked there a few years ago. It’s really nice there and also pretty cheap. I had to pay 7000Yen a night. The breakfast was also included! The room there was clean and nice furnished. Also I could see the Skytree~ I want to go back and to stay there the whole year~ XD

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(The view out of my hotel room window. It was so cloudy that you couldn’t see the top.)

But well, today I had to move from my hotel in Ueno to my Guesthouse in Waseda. And it was even hotter and more humid. On the morning television they said it was 33°C and over 80% humidity!

I couldn’t do anything about it. So I packed my stuff and went outside. Lucky, my boardcase fit into one of my 2 bigger suitcases. But still I had 2 heavy suitcases and my backpack. It didn’t take 5 minutes until my clothes (hotpants and a fluffy babydoll top) were sticking on my skin. And all the Japanese seemed so fine and fresh. Only a few older men were using a towel for they tiny bit of sweat.

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(At Narita Airport, while waiting for the Skyliner.)

As I finally arrived at my final station, I promptly ran into the wrong direction =__= But there came an angel in a body of a nice japanese lady, who could speak English fluent. She went along with me to my guesthouse. She is living near it, but it was still so kind of her :3 I’m so thankfull~

I decided to stay in this guesthouse because it’s cheap. Only 27000Yen for the first month! But… I have to share my room with about 9 other person (maybe more… I didn’t count the beds. Whatever. I have to go through this now. Hopefully I will find a job soon, so I can move out after my 1month-period ends. Wish me luck! 😉

Now I’m sitting in the shared living room, while waiting for the air conditioner in the sleeping room is going to start (either at 9pm or 10pm…) I finally wanna go to sleep. So tired. I could only sleep for 2 hours while the flight (I was too excited and had to watch movies XD I watched Iron Man 3, Oblivion, Hänsel&Gretel-The Witchhunters, and the Japanese Love for Beginners). And only 1 and later a half hour at the hotel (<___<) I really miss the cold German summer right now~

 

Rina~

How things are going

The last weeks were stressful. And the coming ones will be the same… ε-(ーдー)ハァ

In the last week of June I had to quit my contracts: apartment, telephone, Internet, television, electricity, GEZ (a stupid and way too expensive Charge, mainly for radio and television!). Also I had to entrust my mother with authority for my bank account and I also ordered a new bank Card, because the old one is going to lost ist value this year.

First I tried to find someone who were willing to rent my apartment complete furnished while I am in Japan. But sadly I didn’t find anyone. Most of the interests wanted to rent it only for 1 up to 3 month. All the first year students are writing their Abitur right now, so they still not know where they are going to study yet. Now I cancel it. And the Thing what is stressing me the most right now is, that I have to sell (or even throw away!) everything what is not fitting in my suitcase (>___<) ‘Cause my mom is living about 600km far away, don’t like to drive big cars/with a trailer and the fuel is way too expensive.

Also I have to make appointments with the estate agent. I don’t know I should make time for it. I have to go to University, doing homework, learning for my exams in July, learning Japanese for my exam in August, working at least 2 evenings a week at my 1st workplace and working 1 or 2 days at the weekend. Also I have to order my stuff, looking for a Job in Japan, looking for an apartment in Tokyo, having some free time with my friends and giving as much love as possible to my cat ヽ(=^゚ω゚)^/ ハニャ~~ while just being by myself, relaxing.

But 1 good News I have: Today I finally booked my flight to Tokyo! (*´∇`*)

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(Picture source: Emirates)

To be precise, I made a Reservation for booking it XD” Initial, I wanted to book it yesterday via Internet, because I don’t like to talk to People I don’t know. But there was a Problem booking it with a youth Discount, but it didn’t work. They wanted to have my ISIC-Number (a number which you’ll receive when you are applying for an international Student Card) but I didn’t have one. I sent them an E-Mail –> no answer.

So today, after my courses, and still not received an answer mail, I went to an travel agency, where I could apply for the Student Card.

Because I didn’t get the answer mail until lunchtime, I applied for the Student card, paid 12 €, wouldn’t get the card ’til the end of next week, although on their Homepage they wrote it is “ready to go” (I was pretty annoyed that time but I couldn’t cancel it anymore!). On my home I was worried I wouldn’t get that flight for that price anymore, when I finally would receive my Card. When I came home I got an E-Mail. I wasn’t even 1 hour outside! The online travel agency understood my Problem and I should call them so they can book my flight individually. (The Problem: Most of the time, the youth discount is only valid for People until their 25th birthday. But this one Airline [Emirates] was offering it until your 26th birthday. However, the system hadn’t it in its program. )

I wanted to pay the ticket with my Visa-Card. Everything was fine. Not even half an hour later I got a phone call from the agency, that they would get the flight Reservation for sure, but that they couldn’t dept my account and if I would like to pay with a different account. I panicked a bit, ’cause even with the payment via credit Card I had to pay extra 5€, paying it with a normal bank account you have to pay 9€ extra. As you can see: I’m cheap XD But they were very nice. I told them I would Transfer Money to my Visa account right away, so they could get their Money today. That was at 1.30pm, my bank advertise that they would transfer your Money for sure, if you do it before 2.30pm. The Money was taken off right away. Now it’s 8pm and the Money still isn’t on my Visa Account (it’s the same bank). That’s why the agency still don’t have their Money and for that very reason I still don’t have my eTicket. (TT__TT)

Whatever. I am still pissed of, that I had to pay for this stupid student card, which I could only use til the end of 2013. I think I have to visit a lot of Museums where I would get a Student Discount owning the ISIC-Card, doing the best out of it. (^__~)

Summary: Things to do:

  • Selling/Throwing away my stuff
  • painting my apartment in White
  • Job Search
  • Looking for an apartment in Tokyo
  • Going to all kind of doctors
  • learning (especially JAPANESE)
  • throwing a Goodbye-Party
  • enjoying the last weeks with my cat ❤

I hope that’s everything, at least the important ones.

Not that much time anymore and you will finally get to read regular, hopefully more interesting ,and definitely including with more pictures, Posts from Japan. With the flight, I will hopefully still get, I would arrive in the evening of the 22nd of August! (@⌒ο⌒@)b ウフッ

Rina