What a long strange trip it will be.

I am here safe and sound. Day 2 of training is over. The
facility were at is just like a dorm with even less privacy. None of us
expected it but so be it, I dont really mind it too much. Its funny
having a curfew again tho, gotta be back by 9pm and in bed lights out
at 11pm. Its really quite hilarious. Probably a good thing we have the
lights out policy tho because we have breakfast at 730 and then right
into training until 5.I am here safe and sound. Day 2 of training is over (thank God). The
facility were at is just like a dorm with even less privacy. None of us
expected it but so be it, I dont really mind it too much. Its funny
having a curfew again tho, gotta be back by 9pm and in bed lights out
at 11pm. Its really quite hilarious. Probably a good thing we have the
lights out policy tho because we have breakfast at 730 and then right
into training until 5.

I am incredibly excited because my teaching location is in a place
called Kuuki. Yes it is pronounced almost the same as cookie. They even
have a store here called Cookie, right next to Kuuki station. Its going
to be great because my station is roughly 45 minutes away from
Shinjuku, which means it will be very easy to see all of my friends in
the Tokyo area. Nami is also lives very close to me since we will be in
the same prefecture which is called Saitama, think of it like a
mini-state. I really couldnt have asked for better. There are 3 of us
from my company in this location which is going to make life really
convenient and comfortable. I really cant describe how excited I am
about being placed here. Out of all us recruits the 3 of us were placed
the closest to the heart of Tokyo which is exactly what I had hoped for.

Training has been interesting. Training really doesnt feel like the
right word because the majority of it has been about logistical things
such as health insurance, paying taxes, getting a bank account, alien
registration etc etc. All very very very important things to be sure.
Today we studied lesson planning and self introductions. I hadnt done a
self introduction in Japanese for a looooooooong time but I still got
it. Japanese ability here. Its kind of a satisfying feeling seeing as
how I havent done hardly anything with my Japanese for so many years.
Its all come back to me so fast and honestly I feel like I never even
left. Its really great to be back here again and I am really excited
for this new life I am about to start here.

Really a fascinating experience and so far everyone is getting along
very well. Its refreshing to be around such an immensely diverse range
of people from all walks of life.

As far as more job details go I dont have a boatload of info to give.
They have yet to place us in our specific schools yet. When I asked the head recruiter about schools he said that if they didnt have
a specific school for me yet that it is most likely I will be teaching
both Elementary and Junior High. Imagine me of all people, singing Head
Shoulders Knees and Toes to 6-12 graders while wearing a big fancy
suit. I personally cant picture it but it would be a hilarious thing to
watch to be sure. We had some practice today in training for this kind
of stuff and all 40 of us had a great time laughing at how ridiculous
we all looked doing it.

Im also really excited to participate in the clubs at the Junior High
schools. If Im able to participate in a Judo club I can think of
nothing more awesome. Chances are small due to my huge size and age but
maybe the coach will let me play anyway. They told us that even if you
didnt participate, watching and just being a fly on the wall for the
clubs would go a long way in creating a better bond and relationship
with our students so I will be spending a lot of time doing that. Im
really excited to be a part of it.

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