I arrived in Japan yesterday to study at Waseda University with professor Yoshimura. I’ve gotten situated, but I can’t figure out how to use my rice cooker and my hot water pot since I can’t read Kanji (see picture, feel free to comment).
some first observations:
- shampoo comes in pouches (not bottles)
- not much dairy (except ice-cream)
- vending machines are everywhere (Cigarettes, coffee, soda, etc). Many of them say “Boss” on the side.
- Most people speak some English, but it’s satisfying to see how far you can get with Japanese.
- Nobody wears sunglasses.
- Most people have assumed I’m from Japan which is a problem since they aren’t ready for me to not understand them. Perhaps if I wear my sunglasses they will think otherwise.
- You really need Kanji to get around. All verbal knowledge is useless for navigation.