Hi there!

Time is definitely passing to fast here 🙂 Since my last post already 2 1/2 weeks passed and today it’s exactly 4 weeks that I’m in Japan.

After my last post, we went to Hanami viewing in Sendai on April 18th. Hanami viewing is not just about viewing… it’s more like picnicking below a cherry tree although most of the stuff you are consuming is beer 🙂 Sendai is the biggest city near to Furukawa and accommodates about 1,2 million people.  The park we went to is called the Tsutsujigaoka Park and is famous for Hanami viewing in Sendai. The Park was pretty crowded but that’s what Hanami viewing is all about 🙂

On the next day… yeah you heard right… after 4 hours of sleep I had Hanami viewing together with the people of the division I’m completing my internship in. Gladly it turned out that it was just barbecueing this time 🙂  I love yaki-niku sauce  😛

So that’s it for now, but as soon as I fixed my Photoshop I’ll make sure to upload the other photos I made until now.  Osakura is over now, so no more Hanami viewing pictures, but there is lot’s of more to see here.


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so, what to say.
Yeah it’s exactly as I anticipated. Living here is very nice and interesting. I’m pretty sure that it won’t get boring any time soon, so the 6 months should pass faster than I want them to. Furukawa is a pretty small town compared to the big cities you probably know about. It’s spreading a bit wide, so traveling from one end to the other is not possible by foot, but you might make it on a bike in 1 hour (due to the stupid traffic lights here, they don’t have any induction loops in the streets here).

All the people I’ve met so far are very kind. Of course sometimes I feel like an alien on earth wandering around, since Furukawa is a bit small and hasn’t seen that many Gaijins yet. Especially blond ones ;). All the small kids look at you with big eyes and totally pass out for a while… until some of them start to cry and run away… hahaha :).  There may be some older people (haven’t meet one yet, but was told about them), that don’t like Gaijins, but those are really rare. The rest of them are very kind, and with a bit of Japanese you can get everything you want here. I don’t know how long it actually took me to get a prepaid card in a softbank shop, but it must have been 2 hours… and the girl was very kind and tried to help were she could and the most important part… it didn’t feel artificial at all (Well maybe also due to other reasons *g*)

My colleagues are also very kind and I had a nice welcome in the company. Working in Japan isn’t comparable to anything else on earth. It’s all about the rules… example given: Be at your desk at 8:10, morning exercise at 8.12, start working at 8.15… 10.00-10.05 short break, 12.20-13.05 long break another short one from 15.00 to 15.05… and you will probably see no one who doesn’t follow this timetable. The only rule they don’t obey is that work ends at 16.55 and it is officially written in the company rules that you should end your work by then… 16.55 and no one leaves. The thing is though that after this time no one really works anymore at all. It’s more like staying in the company to show your sympathy to your colleagues, and it is REALLY awkward to pack your things and leave. (First thing I was told from my Gaijins colleagues: “Just leave, they won’t care”, and they really don’t). But it’s really not that bad as they always tell you on the internet… working for 14h a day isn’t really what you will experience as a normal worker or engineer. There may be some days when it’s busy, but that’s comparable to Germany. The only thing is that you will usually get paid for the overtime, and won’t be able to just work less on the next day (The rules man, the rules 😉 ). (edit: No they don’t get paid for the time they stay longer than 16.55 every day, overtime hours are something different)
There also many rules outside of work in Japan, but some of them just exist and no one really cares. Especially about the road rules… average speed in the town is 70km/h.
So that’s enough talking for now. Here are some pictures I took in Ueno-kouen on Thursday. Pictures of Furukawa will follow soon.

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