I am not in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, but I have been here for exactly 26 days. And 26 days later? I feel like I am finally to settle in. I find myself acclimating to life here and the daily struggles and amazing things that have become normal. I am finally in an apartment, and I love it. My new home is lovely. It's a one bedroom/living/dining room apartment. It's small, but perfect size for one person and the occasional guest. I live literally 10 minutes away from work and super close to a grocery store, 100 yen shop, convenience stores, and of course, a decent bar.
I walk everywhere, my fridge is the size of a dorm fridge, and I take my garbage out every day. Everyone walks everywhere, cab drivers open and close your door for you, and you never eat anything without a wet towelette. The metro system is probably one of the most complicated systems in the entire world, if you get out at the wrong exit you could be miles away from where you need to be. All the pens here are fine point because if not a character could be written wrong, there is at least eight ways of counting different things in Japanese, and I have a remote control for nearly everything in my house. Toilet seats are automatic, laundry is always hung outside, and everywhere you go it's quiet. Everything you buy is able to be delivered, delivery trucks are converted motorcycle thingys, and convenience stores are better than fast food.
These are just some of the things that are different from the US. Things that I have gotten used to in a fairly short amount of time. The best advice I got before coming here? Laugh at yourself and take pictures of new things. New things quickly become normal.
I walk into my water closet and the toilet seat automatically goes up. Shoes come off as soon as you walk into the door. I go to the grocery store on my way home from work and my shoes are wearing out because I walk everywhere. This all seems normal, right? I have been here for 26 days, imagine what a year will do! Normalcy is what you make it I suppose. Welcome to Japan Kelly!