Getting my Bearings 慣れている

It’s been quite a month! After a 14 hour flight, a shinkansen (bullet train), countless orientations, and 4 weeks later, I’m just beginning to settle into my new life here in Suzuka, Mie, Japan! Here are some of the things I’ve been up to.

すごい一か月間になりました!十四時間のフライトと、新幹線と、無数のオリエンテーションと四週間の後で、新しい日本の三重県鈴鹿市の生活に慣れ始めている!最近しているのは以下にある。

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Orientation has been about 1/3 of this month. Honestly, I didn’t know it was possible to be oriented in as many ways as I have been. The JET Programme is sure to make sure you hear everything you need to know both before you arrive at your city, and after you arrive at your city, twice. I might be exaggerating a little bit, but they are thorough about it, and if you can muster up the patience for it all, you’ll learn lots of useful stuff. I learned about Japanese culture, teaching English, how to be effective as a JET, what you’re actually supposed to do as a JET, how to have fun as JET, how to not die as a JET, etc. (That last one’s pretty important!) But I’m sure most of my family, friends and readers want to hear about Suzuka.

オリエンテーションは役この月に三の一部ぐらいだ。正直にこんなにオリエンテーションされる可能があるのが全然知らなかった!JETプログラムは聞かなければならないこと全部を配属のところに着く前にも後でも、二回ずつ、お知らせるようにする。たぶん私がちょっと尾ひれをつけているかもしれないけど、JETプログラムはどうも徹底的なので、我慢できればたくさんの役立つことを習える。私は日本文化や、英語を教える方法や、高価なJETになり方や、いったいJETの目的は何かということや、JETプログラムを楽しむ方法や、JETとして、また、日本に住んでいる人として、死なない方法など習いました。(その最後のことが大事だね!)でも、家族と友達と読者が聞きたいのは鈴鹿のことのはずだ。

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So, Suzuka! Suzuka is a small city–perhaps the best way I can describe it is a patchwork of city and rural. In some parts there are 15 story buildings. And in some parts, there are acres of rice fields and farmland. There are several railway lines. But nothing like Tokyo, for those of you who are familiar with Tokyo. There are lots of restaurants, Japanese restaurants, of course, but also Italian, Indian, and American restaurants like KFC, McDonald’s, and, of course Denny’s! Don’t expect pancakes there, though. This is the Japanese version of Denny’s, which is well, Japanese. Maybe sometime I’ll expand on that.

それでは、鈴鹿!鈴鹿が小さい市だ-もしかして、一番いい描き方は都会と田舎のキルトみたいだ。あるところで、15階のビルがある。そして、ほかのところでは、田んぼと畑地がある。役三線の電車がある。でも、東京がわかる人の見方から、全然東京じゃない。レストランがたくさんある。もちろん日本食があるけど、それ上で、イタリア食、インド食、そして、アメリカ食のレストラン、KFC,マクドナルド、Denny’sなどがあるよ!でも、Denny’sでは、パンケーキを期待しないでください。日本のDenny’sは、まあ、日本ポイ。(まだ行ったことはないけど、日本のDenny’sはパンケーキはないそうだ。)たぶんいつかそれについてもっと話そう。

In terms of where Suzuka is, it is in the coastal prefecture (state) of Mie in the center of Japan. It is roughly an hour from Nagoya, the 4th largest city in Japan, about 2 hours from Osaka, the 3rd largest city, and about 3 hours from Tokyo, the largest city, so it is fairly centrally located.

地学といえば、(日本人のほうが、こんなことよく知っているので、間違いがあれば、ぜひ直してください)鈴鹿市は臨海の三重県にあって、三重県は役日本の真中にある。名古屋から、やく一時間で、4番大きい市だ。それから、3番大きい市の大阪から、2時間ぐらいだ。最後に、一番大きい東京から、3時間、4時間ぐらいなので、結構中心的な場所だ。

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There are several others aspects to my experience living here in Suzuka that are fairly new for me. One is that, unless I am going somewhere far away, I bike most everywhere. And I love it! It’s free, there’s no gas to buy, no insurance, and apparently bike shops will do most basic maintenance for free. Also, this is my first time living in an apartment on my own. I’ve lived on my own before, in a dorm. But unlike my dorm experience, where two of my meals, and several other expenses, and other things were semi-handled for me, I am now mostly on my own, to provide my own meals. Which either means going out to eat most days, buying premade meals, or, the hopefully cheaper option, cooking. So far, what cooking I have done has has been an odd adventure, but I hope to get not terrible at it someday : P

鈴鹿市に住んでいる経験の中で、私に新しいほかのことがいくつかある。一つは遠い場所以外に、大体どこでも自転車で行く。そして、好きだよ!無料で、ガスがいらないし、保険もいらないし、自転車やは基本整備が無料だそうだ。それから、はじめてアパートに住むことだ。寮に住んだことがあるけど、その経験と比べたら、毎日二食事、いくつかほかの経費や用事は私のために扱われたみたいだった。今、大体全部を、特に食事を、自分でしなければならない。その解決はレストランに行くことと弁当を買うことと、一番安い(かな?)料理。今まで、それはおかしい冒険になったけど、結局に、いつか、ひどく苦手じゃなくなる希望を持っている :P

I don’t have many yet, but here are some pictures of my new home.

まだあまりないけど、新しいうちの市の写真。

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This is the view from my front door, to the right.

私のアパートからの眺め。

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Have a little country with your city. Or is it a little city with your country? Probably depends on what you’re comparing it to.

ちょっと田舎と一緒の市。それとも、ちょっと市と一緒の田舎?たぶん比較によるね。

 

 

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A local shrine.

近くの神社。

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Japanese English. Also known as Engrish! Heh heh, if you think this is funny, I’ve got more coming…

日本人の英語、「Engrish」!

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About Stephen

My name is Stephen Gabriel Falke, and I am passionate for all things Japanese. I have been accepted to teach for the JET Program starting 2015. In the past, during my time in college, I also had the chance to participate in a study abroad at Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan, for Japan's 2012 school year. On my blog I write about my love for Japan, my journey to get there and stay there, and my adventures studying and teaching there.
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4 Responses to Getting my Bearings 慣れている

  1. koreank says:

    That’s like the city I was first placed in when I arrived in Korea! Pyeongtaek is known for being a farming community, so there was a lot of protest in the 80s when American soldiers made base there. The place I live now is also a marriage of city and country. It is SO good to see trees. I think you’ll find that convenience store food is the cheapest way to go. In Korea, eating out is much cheaper than making food. I think it depends on if you can find the cheap eats in Japan. Anyway, I’m sure you’ll learn to love living on your own~

    • Stephen says:

      Oh I already do! I get my own laundry machine, I get to be all green and hang-dry my laundry, not one but 3 rooms to myself! It’s great! : ) And I’ll let you know how the food journey goes, what ends up being best. I found an okonomiyaki place nearby, which is always good! And that’s cool how similar your city was. It find it curiously interesting the ways that Japan and Korea are definitely different but still somehow similar.

  2. FJTom says:

    I dream of going back to Japan and enjoying okonomiyaki! What I’ve found in CA and DC was OK, but not nearly as good. And yes, the Engrish is hilarious, I look forward to your future examples. I will never forget the motorcycle shop in Ueno with the sign that declared that it was “The Sport of Naked.” Not when I ride, thanks! 🙂

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