JAPAN DIARY: MOVING DAY + FIRST DAYS IN TOKYO

Hey guys!

I know, it’s been a while but I’m finally settled at my new place a little bit and ready to tell you about the process of moving and a bit about my first week in Tokyo. Before we begin, I have to say that I genuinely tried to film a vlog but this journey was full of little disasters and, as a result, I have only a few random clips. If you want to know what exactly happened, just keep on reading. A little disclaimer: this is gonna be a long post so be prepared.

The night before the Day X was not the best: I went to bed at midnight and fell asleep only at 2:30 am, which meant that I had only 3 hours to sleep. In reality, I slept for less than 3 hours just because I woke up every 40 minutes and stared at the ceiling. In the morning, anxiety hit me and I felt super dizzy and sick. And it became worse on my way to the airport because we got stuck in a huge rush hour traffic and I was really nervous that we won’t get to the airport on time. Luckily, we came even before check-in began and everything went smooth (I mean, luggage drop-off, passport control, customs, etc). The only thing… I thought, I was strong enough not to cry. The situation proved me wrong.

Since I had a transit flight, my first stop was at Vaanta airport in Helsinki, Finland. The flight was short (less than 2 hours) and I slept for the whole time so everything went smooth. I had to wait for about 3 hours for my next flight. But actually the plane took off 1 hour later than planned because we had to wait for some passengers that lost their luggage (or something like that). The weather was snowy so we had to wait additional 20 minutes while the airport stuff was cleaning (for the lack of better word) the plane.

My seat was in Economy Pro class (I believe this is what it’s called) and it basically means the there is more space between seats and I could actually stretch out my legs (yay!)

Spoiler: this flight wasn’t smooth at all. In the beginning, I felt calm and actually great so I intended to watch a couple of movies and get some sleep. Wow, was I wrong…

First obstacle on my way to the great flight was the man next to me. Don’t get me wrong, he’s really nice, we exchanged a couple of phrases and he kindly helped me to but my suitcase on the shelf but apparently he was ill and coughed from time to time. It could have been alright however… his cough was the scariest cough I’ve ever heard. And it was so loud that even my headphones didn’t help me at all.

Okay, I more or less got used to his sounds. And here comes the second problems – babies. I have to be honest, I’m not the most tolerant person when it comes to babies or just children in general. I can’t really stand them crying or screaming because I immediately feel uncomfortable and have a terrible, almost migraine like, headache. So, there were 2 or 3 of them around me and they cried for 7 hours straight. Sometimes only one of them, sometimes all at once. I honestly thought my head would pop.

As you can imagine, I had to say goodbye to a good sleep. All in all, the flight was not that bad (you can also check out my flight survival tips here). I watched (well, rewatched) ‘The Greatest Showman’, ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’. And to my surprise I managed to doze off for an hour or so.

After long 9 hours I finally landed in Narita airport. Not gonna tell much here. I went through all standard airport procedures (with the exception of passport control. Airport stuff took me to the special office where I got my 在留カード (resident card) and working permit) and met school representatives. Actually, I intended to get some additional sleep in the bus but I was too excited and stared in a window for the whole time regardless of my fatigue. The rest of the day was not really interesting: I got some instructions from school, went to my dormitory and explored surrounding area a bit. My neighborhood is really quiet and peaceful but I live really close to Ikebukuro which is great!

The first week was not really intense. On the next day after arrival I had a placement test at school and was free until April 10 (when I had 入学式 which is an Entrance Ceremony). During the week I did some house supplies shopping (I actually needed to buy EVERYTHING except for household appliances like washing machine, fridge and microwave). I posted some stuff to Twitter and, yes, I’m still in love with my sakura kettle!

On April 6 I met with my Japanese friend and went to a festival (I guess?) at his university. Basically, it was a music club live where members performed songs of various Japanese bands. Everyone did an amazing job!

Live schedule and bands whose songs were performed

After that we went to a restaurant with club members and had an amazing time there eating lots of delicious food and talking to each other.

No, it’s not beer, it’s green tea haha

As I mentioned before, April 10 was the Entrance Ceremony Day (actually nothing really interesting) and lessons started on April 11.

So, I think it’s a good place to finish my first post in yet another series on my blog! It was a lengthy one but I really hope you liked it. I will be updating you on my life in Japan from time to time so be sure to check my blog occasionally if you are interested! Looking forward to your comments!

Till next time!

Bye~

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35 thoughts on “JAPAN DIARY: MOVING DAY + FIRST DAYS IN TOKYO

  1. Aaahhh this post gave me goose bumps!! I love posts like this! I’m so sorry the start of you journey wasn’t too great! All that anxiety would have sucked but I’m glad you still went through with it!!!
    The plane ride sounds awful! I too hate babies and screaming kids! I know babies can’t help it. But the screaming kids….ugh!! Too bad your neighbor was sick! I always try and carry noise cancelling headphone and on trips! It helps because all I can hear is the movie. I also sleep with the movie on so it drowns all other noises. You were probably soooo jet lagged too so that wouldn’t help at all with the Journey hahaha!!
    I’m so glad you settled in quickly! I can’t wait to read more!!!! Hope you start vlogging too, I loved Alice’s vlogs from Japan!!!
    Enjoy and so really hope I make it to Tokyo before you leave!!! And if you’re ever in Seoul, let me know too :)!

    Kelly

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    1. Thank you, Kelly!
      My headphones actually supposed to be noise cancelling but for some reason I still heard some noises!
      I really want to start vlogging but I’m so shy haha! I’ll do my best to step outside of my comfort zone and make videos!

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  2. Wow – It sounds like you are adjusting to your new surroundings really well!
    I can totally relate to the travel day stress experience, it’s totally understandable. I am a mom, and crying babies on planes still drive me crazy:)
    Can’t wait to read more- and would love to learn a little about the program you are doing too.

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  3. I find when I’m nervous and I know I’m not going to get much sleep I struggle to get to sleep and wake up loads! Anxiety is normal for such a huge life change! You should be so proud of yourself for being so brave and it sounds like you are already enjoying yourself! Xx

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  4. Such a wonderful post you have shared here, I love how you have taken so many photos of your journey from departure, through flight and until you landed in Narita even though you did not have much sleep. Luckily you managed to watch some good films onboard to keep you entertained. Good luck in Japan and do share more about your journey there.

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  5. Glad you arrived safely!
    Long flights are always stressful – I’ve had anything from turbulences to lost luggage and 20-hour delays, so yeah, I’m now nervous whenever I need to board another one… At least the movie selection sounds good haha!
    And I’m always so amazed that people actually are able to film vlogs while traveling! No wonder you only got a couple clips in, I’m barely able to keep my phone’s battery charged without filming 😉 But I look forward to some future vlogs!
    Your neighborhood looks lovely!

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  6. Wow! That sounds stressful! And it can be so hard to sleep when you’re anxious and stressed about things, but it sounds like you’ve settled in well!
    When I was at university, I moved house every year. I always found it a little easier when I could take some possessions I loved and buy new things… just surround myself with lovely things to look at! Just adding a few pictures on your wall and a blanket it can make things so much more comfortable and settled!
    Have a lovely day!
    Katie | http://www.katielclark.co.uk

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  7. Wow! I couldn’t even imagine such a huge change like that – props to you for mustering up the courage to do something like that! I have to say that I was never really interested in going to Japan – but the more posts I see, the more I want to travel there. My husband is a HUGE fan and would love to go. Maybe we will have to take the trip someday. I’m sorry that your flight was rough, I can understand why screaming kids could be hard to handle. I’m a mom so I’m pretty sympathetic to young kids, but the noise and headaches are definitely rough! Noise-canceling headphones are a lifesaver – definitely look into some! It sounds like you’re adjusting well, I hope you enjoy this adventure in your life! I look forward to reading more about it.
    CiCi | Navigation To Happiness
    navigationtohappiness.com

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    1. Thank you!
      Japan is definitely worth visiting at least once! It’s a wonderful place (though I’m not unbiased haha). I have noise-cancelling headphones but for some reason they weren’t working when I plugged them into plane screen 😣
      Thank you again! Hope you’ll like future posts as well

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  8. Moving is such a daunting change in life and to see your documented experience of it was really something else. I’m glad you shared it in this much detail! I can’t imagine how people vlog something so stressful like this.
    Good luck on your classes! I look forward to more posts like these!
    kanra khan // the lunar descent

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  9. Oh gosh, three babies crying on a plane at once, no wonder you were tired when you arrived! Reading this post felt like being there with you on your first days. Moving to Japan sounds so exciting, but I don’t think I’d be up for it. I’d love to visit the place though. This post made Japan enter the top 5 of my travel wishlist. It just looks so cool because it’s so different from where I live!
    x Envy
    verdwaaldinvertaling.blogspot.com

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  10. I can’t believe you moved to Japan by yourself! You brave woman. I could never do something like that. It sucks that your flight didn’t go too smoothly but at least it’s over now and you’re there — and nothing terrible happened, like loosing your luggage!
    You should definitely start vlogging, I used to do it and it was soo much fun. I stopped because I just didn’t have the time for it anymore, but I would recommend it to anyone 🙂
    Kirsty x
    ethics-and-aesthetics.com

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