Brand new day, brand new life!

Sakurajima

素晴らしい日々よ感謝してまだまだいける

So here I am, in a new city in a (not so) new land, starting off my 1 year of exchange in Kagoshima University. This past week has been really busy. I can tell you guys, settling down in Japan is much harder then in Australia. Japan sure loves its bureaucracy, but I did manage to have fun with new made friends and I am sure that I will have even more fun from now on.

So basically this week I had to:

  • Check-in to my accommodation
  • Get a Japanese seal (inkan) for official documents
  • Get a residents card and register my current address in Japan.
  • Apply for health insurance and get the health insurance card.
  • Meet the professor who is in charge of the laboratory that I have been assigned to (I don’t have to do any research for the lab though)
  • Get my student ID card from Kagoshima University
  • Open a bank account in Kagoshima Bank (and get a credit card, which i had to specifically request)
  • Buy a bicycle (photos bellow)
  • Buy all the necessary things for home; like: microwave, cattle, toaster, rice cooker, monitor (for PS3 and Mac Mini) a few bits of furniture, groceries and other stuff. (no photos of room yet, will post up soon)
  • Attend a language assessment test (placement test) to determine which level of japanese classes will I be taking (advanced O.o)
  • Attend an orientation session for all international students
  • Enroll into non Japanese language classes (in my case programming classes)
  • Meet with the subject coordinators/lecturers to get their approval for my enrollment
  • Attend an orientation at the dorm for new residents in japan

Yes, that was a long list. I also attended 2 parties with the other exchange/international students and 1 party (flower viewing) with the people from my lab (who are mostly into anime, which is good). This whole week was full of experiences, which I am sure I will remember for the rest of my life, and thats awesome!

There are still 2 very important things I need to do this week. One of them deeply relies on how fast the bank can get me my credit card. If I get it this week, then I can finally put that credit card into Amazon.co.jp and order myself a pre-paid phone sim from b-mobile. If not this week then next. And the second very important thing, which I am really looking forward to is of course that I get to see my girlfriend in Saga this weekend. Even though we are on the same island, it will take me about 2 hours and 40 minutes to reach her, but it is totally worth it.

Also yesterday we went to the beach to celebrate a birthday of a certain German guy named Calvin. He is an awesome guy and a very helpful sempai! Thats why I want to wish you all the best with your studies and personal life in the future; keep smiling Calvin! Photos from the event are in this flickr album/set.

Overall I have been having a lot of fun and I am looking forward to starting classes tomorrow (honestly I am). As always, I have photos here:

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