Don’t know what Nihon means? Time to learn. It’s how you say japan in Japanese.
In fact, that’s one of the things I cherish about living in japan… Is being able to learn something completely new everyday.
Below is the city and prefecture I live in… More on that below.
Yesterday I learned the word for cockroach… Gokiburi… Hope that’s the right spelling! Anyways, you’re probably wondering why I learned that word, or maybe you’re wondering but aren’t exactly sure if you want to know why. I’ll save that for later.
So so let’s start with some basics. A ton has happened in 20 days so I will go back to some things later… Here are some quick stats…
1. I live in Sōsa city which is in Chiba prefecture. A prefecture can be likened to a state in the USA. My city had around 40,000 people, including 5 ALTs or assistant language teachers at area junior and senior high schools. All 5 of us are native English speakers who give students real life practice with foreigners as well as cultural lessons.
2. Sosa is not considered a big city… It’s referred to as “inaka” or countryside-esque. You can hear the chirping crickets at night and it’s extremely quiet and peaceful on my walks home at night. Genre rally the only sounds in the street are cars or bikes. I am liking Sosa. It is not so small that there are no restaurant or bars. Also there is a huge grocery and home good store called “cainz” about 5 minutes from my apartment where I can basically get everything I need.
3. I don’t have a car — I ride my bike which I bought here, walk or take the train. A train ride to Chiba city takes about an hour and is about $20 round trip. You just have to make sure you don’t miss last train!
4. I am an hour’a train ride from Chiba city and about 2 hours from Tokyo.
5. I’ve already met people in the community. Most of them are very interested in speaking English and learning more about America.
6. I think my odd humor goes over better here than in the states and I’m liking it. A lot of the people I’ve talked to here are also extremely interested in what you have to say, no matter how big or small — they are impressed. Or at least,any have made me feel as so. Perhaps the people of Sosa are the anti hipsters!?
7. Please keep in mind this is just one persons experience in one part of japan. It doesn’t mean all of japan is like what I’m experiencing. Just like in the USA different parts have different flavors.
That’s all for now. I need to practice my Japanese to make a speech in front of the whole school tomorrow…. Enjoy some photos below!!!