I am not really sure how to start of my first blog now that I am in Tokyo. I suppose the best thing to do would be to introduce myself for anyone reading this who does not already know me. My name is Alex Pinn. I am a Junior and a Marketing Major at SUNY New Paltz. I will be living and going to school here in Tokyo until the beginning of February, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. These first 2 weeks in Japan have been amazing.
After a quick 13 hour flight I was in the airport, ready to begin my journey. Figuring out my own way through customs, to the bus station, and eventually to my host family’s house was an exhilarating experience. It felt like a rite of passage. I think the word “surreal” is used too easily a lot of the time, but being in an entirely new country. One you have dreamed of going to for years, can be describe by no other word. As someone who has never done any sort of international traveling, I felt prepared to tackle Tokyo head on after that. Let’s just say I wasn’t quite as ready as I thought.
The very first day in Tokyo I wound up getting lost in Shinjuku station (One of the biggest stations in the world) for an hour and a half before I found the person I was meeting. I also quickly realized that my language proficiency was no where near good enough to feel confident speaking with native Japanese people.
Despite getting lost and not really knowing a whole lot of useful Japanese, I am still having the greatest time here in Japan. I spent the entire first week being a complete tourist. Conquering the train system, and traveling to all parts of the city taking in all of the sites. The food here is incredible! Some of the most delicious food I have ever had has been in the past week.
So that is all for now. It is getting late and I am tired. I will post again soon about school and my host family. Next time there will be more pictures, maybe even a moving one. But for now these two sum up my first week pretty well I think.