Arrival Day 2012年4月2日

When I arrived in Japan, I kept thinking, “Wow. This is really it. I’m in Japan!!” And every time I thought that, I couldn’t help but break out into a smile. It took about an hour to get through immigration and customs, but after that, I was met by a student from Sophia University (my host university) who escorted me to my dorm. We got a couple tickets to go through Japan’s public transportation system. While riding on the train, we talked some (in Japanese of course :D), and I also looked out the window, watching buildings and some trees pass by. She apologized for the not-so-good view, but I thought the city was pretty; the buildings, the streets, everything is so new to me!

We had to walk some ways once we got off the last train. Since I didn’t get out of customs until 4:30 PM, it had grown dark by this time. And just like the trains, the streets were silent. Thankfully she had a smartphone, so finding my dorm wasn’t too hard. During my stay here, I’ll be at Wakeijuku, a dorm for mainly Japanese students, as well as some international students. We were greeted by an elder Japanese man who introduced me to some of the procedures as well as a couple Japanese students who would show me around.

I ate dinner with my new Japanese friends that night, and it was good. I mean, so good! There are few other days where I spoke so much Japanese, let alone be around so many of the Japanese. One of them said to me, “At Wakeijuku, we treat each other like family.”

After dinner and settling in, I went to my room exhausted and I decided to call it a night in my Japanese bed. I slept terribly due to jetlag, but I was in a Japanese bed!! I don’t even know if this makes sense, but I felt like I had so much joy and excitement, that I couldn’t feel it all at the same time, because if I did, I would explode or something. And I get to have 300 and some more days like this! 😀


About Stephen Gabriel Falke

Stephen Gabriel Falke is passionate about loving Jesus and loving Japanese! He grew up in Virginia, America, and first visited Japan in 2007. He then studied abroad at Sophia University in Tokyo for a year in 2012. He also participated in the JET Program as an ALT from 2015-2017. He currently works as an English teacher at Hirosaki Gakuin Seiai Secondary School in Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan.
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1 Response to Arrival Day 2012年4月2日

  1. Michael B says:

    a Japanese bed 🙂 that makes sense to me. my dad was in the military, so I’ve lived all around the world, and there’s no bed like a Japanese bed 🙂

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