First thing first, I arrived in Osaka on early April just as planned. To think of it, I can't believe I've been living in Japan for more than half a year! Gosh it feels like in a dream, time passes surprisingly fast and oh how my skin has adapted to Japan's weather just fine *lol*.
There's just SO MUCH I wanna write about my experiences here, finger cross I'd still be writing posts after this one. ((Oh, I just saw my visitors chart and surprised how people still read my blog recently eventhough I haven't write anything))
Really, I wanted to write everything, but you know how it goes when real life is more exciting than you expected, you just dont wanna sit in front of your laptop and write. That's pretty much exactly what I've been doing in Japan besides sleeping and watching lame Japanese variety shows on TV.
Well, these are 5 things that every students who will study abroad in Japan need to know:
1. Prepare your ass for riding bicycle
*If you're coming from a country where everybody commute with bicycle, just skip this part*
In Indonesia, we dont commute with bicycle. Considering the distance and the pollution, there's just no way, let me repeat with echo, NNOO WWAAYY you can go to work or school everyday with bicycle. Thus, my ass is not prepared for long distance bicycle ride. So yes, on my first 2-3 weeks living here, my ass was crying everynight (as if they can cry). The pain continues every morning when I get on my bicycle again. But then it gets better, of course. Now my ass is so tough, even after miles and miles rides. Okay, enough about my ass. It starts to get awkward.
2. You can buy basically EVERYTHING in 100 yen shop
I knew about 100 yen shop in Japan since I was in junior high when my brother in law had tons of times of business trips to Japan, but I just realized how convenience it is until I had to fill an empty apartment with limited budget. You dont need to worry about spending a lot of money because you can find ANYTHING there. And I mean it when I say 'anything', because they really sell anything. From potato peeler to neck pillow, you can buy all at one place with a very reasonable price.
But I had to be really careful not to buy any unnecessary thing just because they look cute and only 100 yen.
3. Japanese houses have thin walls
I'm not even sure if you can call them walls. It's very light and doesn't keep the heat nor cold from outside. So, in summer, your room will be so hot and humid, and in cold, it will freeze your blood.
When I arrived, it was roughly 5 celcius degrees. As a girl who came from a tropical country, it felt like I was pushed in to a refrigerator and locked in it. I didn't took a shower the next day *lol*, I wore 3 layers of clothes and 2 socks to sleep. It was nightmare. I blame the thin walls.
4. It's not easy to buy a cell phone
Buying cell phones in Japan is something that I never thought would be so complicated. I couldn't buy a cell phone until 2 weeks after I arrived here. I was looking for a 0 yen smart phone, but there are sooo many terms that I had to fulfill. First the bank book and then the cash card and then there are tons of datas that they need to collect before they hand me the phone. It's really different from Indonesia where people can buy a cell phone in 10 minutes.
5. Vending machines are everywhere
They're literally everywhere. In a parking lot, inside a hotel, under the stairs of a crooked mansion, inside and outside the stations, in a shopping mall, every floor of a tall building you can find in big cities in Japan.
And not only soft drinks, they also sell beers, liquors, potato chips, banana, even condoms (i never actually find a condom vending machine but I heard they exist).
Yep, I guess that's it for now. It 10.30 PM here now and I'm getting sleepy. Promise I'll write again *still, finger crossed*