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Hello everyone! Being in Japan is crazy, especially since I haven't really been out of the country since I was 13. Japan is very different from America. We don't have daylight savings over here, and the sun sets at about 6 pm, with the sun rising at about 4. Not very fun when Kim and I forgot to shut the curtains in our huge window yesterday morning!
I'm actually speaking a lot of Japanese here, more than I would think. Out of the students, me and denize-san are the only ones that speak Japanese. It's really cool though. We went to a ramen shop yesterday, and I successfully guided our taxi back to our hotel. I'm ordering and everything in restaurants. It's just like out of a textbook! Also, as Welch-Sensei puts it, Nikko is like the "ohio of Japan" so not a lot of people speak English, which is good for me! I was chatting with the owner of our hotel last night, and it was really cool!
The first day (or two) was interesting.
Yesterday we went touring the temples in Nikko and they were so beautiful. Also, behind our hotel was this memorial like forest, with shrines and a huge stream, where the locals fish for their food. It was really awesome.
The roads in Japan are really scary and narrow. A lot of times, in one way streets, you have to completely stop the car so another car can get by!