It’s been a fortnight since I got to Japan, and not much has changed. I still haven’t been out in the city, except for three visit, which I will cover here. I have seen a little more of the University itself, but not much.
First time I left the Uni campus was for a nomihodai. The best translation I can manage is food-and-drink-buffet at a low rate. It was awesome, but let’s just say I’m not yet used to having left Germany.
I visited the onsen, the communal baths, last weekend. It was quite the experience. Everyone is in the nude, but no one cares. Which is a welcome change from anywhere else. I’m a lot more comfortable with my body compared to any time before in my life, so I had no problems. And I have no worries about hygiene, either, since one is supposed to wash before entering the communal baths. Baths of all temperatures from about 50°C to 10°C or so, indoors and outdoors, even a sauna. I definitely want to go again!
I can’t really say I did much else. I did visit the supermarket, and found some awesome things I definitely want to buy and try: both food and electronics (I’m really not a clothes guy. Unless it’s suits. Flashy suits). And there is such a variety of food! So many different things! I mean, most German supermarkets can easily match the quantity, but they fall short when it comes to variety. I saw tender coconuts and durians, obento (boxed lunches) and onigiri (rice balls) the list goes on…
Until next fortnight!