I am so impressed with myself. No really. I am amazing. I took the subway by myself today, and I didn’t get lost or cry.
It is pretty complicated. Once you are on the subway, it’s simple to see the stop you need (they show it in romanized letters). The part that gets me is walking around underground trying to find the right line, the right color, the right number, and the right gate. When I was with my students, they even took us the wrong direction a few times! I think I could conquer the Tokyo subway system if I had a few more months here.
So, on to my students. I had my first class today. I have 3 students in my morning class: 2 guys- Shun (23) and Naoya (33), and a girl- Azuki (19). We are practicing conversational English by taking field trips to various spots around Tokyo while speaking English the whole time. I really enjoyed getting to know my students and look forward to spending more time with them.
Our first trip was to the Shibuya area. First we went to the Meiji Shrine, which is a Shinto shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji, who died in 1912. It is a beautiful, green area. I love seeing the very Japanese toris, or gates.
We even got to see a Japanese wedding that was taking place at the shrine. How interesting for me to get to witness!
There was also an area where you could write your prayers and hang them.
Next we visited the Harajuku district. It is a famous shopping street and is also known for the crazy fashions you’ll see the young people there wearing. And I really did see some outrageous outfits!
So, overall I had a great day! I am looking forward to spending the day with alumni from my university tomorrow.