Friday night I took my bike and rode down to the local grocery store (called “Big”) and to Daiso. First of all, I absolutely love Daiso. I loved it at home but here, oh it’s a godsend. I am unlike most JETs in that I have a brand new apartment. No one has lived here before me, former JET or otherwise. This is great because I have a clean slate from which to build a space all my own. This is not great because I have no stuff. So, Daiso, which is Japan’s dollar store, has been an invaluable resource for me. Unlike American dollar stores, the stuff here is great quality and somehow still only a dollar. I bought a large kitchen knife there and I would have never believed it would be anything worthwhile but it may be one of the best dollars (¥100) I’ve ever spent. They have super kawai household items. I even got my phone case there. But I digress. So I went to Daiso and Big for the first time Friday night all by myself. I figured out how to get there (it’s close, so not too much credit to be given here) and bought everything on my list! The grocery store trip was by far the biggest challenge. It took me about an hour to get like 6 things. Because how do you know what’s cooking oil or vinegar or something else entirely when you can’t read the label? Or which is sugar and which is salt? Or what milk to buy? Most of my purchases were just buy it and hope for the best. I did get to the point of asking a worker to help with sugar “doko shuga?” Hardly proper Japanese but I got my point across. I’m fine with playing the “poor silly foreigner” card for a bit. I felt incredibly accomplished biking back from the store regardless.
My Big Task #2 is to set up wifi. I have no wifi access, but have signed up with BBapply, a recommended English service that helps with set up in Japan. (Thank God!) Hopefully that will happen soon, before I tear through my measly 7gb of cell phone data for the month (ok, not measly but not much when it’s all you’ve got to connect with anyone and anything from back home). It’s amazing/sad how much we depend on wifi these days. I suppose this is the case even more so when I understand nothing that’s on TV (at least I like baseball!) The bright side of having no wifi is more time to myself, more time to settle in, adjust and more incentive to get out and explore. Oh, and study my Japanese… Yeah, lots of that