Well, the plane didn’t crash (despite the excessive screaming of the psychotic lady next to me who thought it was going to and we were all going to die and blah blah fricking BLAH), and I landed at Narita at 7pm yesterday Japan time.
The first thing I did was find a bathroom, because I really really needed to pee and the last thing I like to use is a plane toilet. Even when I flew to LA, which was a 13 hour flight, I didn’t go to the bathroom… plane toilets just freak me out, what can I say. Anyway, in the bathroom there were three toilet options:
1. Fancy high tech loo: more buttons than a space ship, I didn’t even know what any of them did. I was afraid to use something that looked like it had more gadgetry than the Sputnik, so I gave it a miss.
2. Glorified hole in the ground: Um… squat loo? No thanks, I’m lazy and don’t really like hovering above a hole!
3. Normal western toilet – huzzah!!!
After that I went to go do the whole immigration/customs thing. Not sure why, but for some reason you need to get a shuttle from one part of the airport to the other. Guess it’s marginally too far to walk, so they make you take a 1 minute train ride.
I got through everything ok (although one of the immigration officers started speaking Japanese to me, and then was a little confounded when I couldn’t understand a think he said). Turns out he thought I must be half Japanese because my middle name, Naomi, is apparently a Japanese name. Heh.
My sister and her boyfriend picked me up, and we drove around for a bit (it was about 2 and a half hours from the airport to their place), and we grabbed some dinner along the way. Wasn’t too bad… the meat was super fatty (which was apparently normal) and it made me a little sick, but it was fairly tasty. I still fail at chopsticks as well, but I should be a master by the time I leave!
This morning I got to try pizzaman and nikuman. Basically it’s filling in bread… kinda like a hot pocket I guess, but steamed. Oddly enough, the pizzaman is pizza filling, and nikuman is beef and vegetables. Now THOSE I could handle eating!
I think we are going to ride bikes around Ashikaga today, and pack to get ready for skiing. Now, the shower is calling my name, so I best be going!
P.S. – I find it hilarious that my sister now speaks English like a Japanese person, and randomly throws Japanese words in her sentences. However, I wonder if her and her boyfriend are using it as a secret code to talk around me ;-)
P.P.S – My sister’s boyfriend’s mate arrives tonight I think. Will be nice to have another ‘Japan first timer’ around!