Saturday, August 9, 2008   9:50 AM

Six months

Yup, been nigh on six months since I waddled off a plane at Narita with nowt but a suit and a smile. Incredible to think now, at the height of summer, but on that day it was actually snowing.

Anyway, the suit is languishing on its hanger while the smile is gradually broadening. Wonder what the next six months will bring?

Posted in Life in Japan
Babies, presumably.
Posted by: BiB | 2008-08-10 13:13
Are you privilege to some information I'm not, BiB?
Posted by: ThePenguin | 2008-08-10 13:51
Six months already? Gosh, doesn't time fly?
Posted by: Mr D | 2008-08-11 10:22
Must be six fabulous months eh?
Posted by: lina | 2008-08-12 05:28
i stumbled across your blog while typing into google 'japan family mart'. your blogs interesting and i love reading what you have to say! thnxx for the entertainment, it's beautiful to see and experience different cultures! the worlds a wonderful place xxo
Posted by: tranno | 2008-08-12 10:54
Oh, you know, just an idea. They/it might make your smile broaden exponentially.
Posted by: BiB | 2008-08-12 18:00
Six months, cool.

Then six more and more and more and more... Soon it feels like you live here! :-)
Posted by: Contamination | 2008-08-14 15:21
Congratulations on breaking the six-month barrier. This place grows on you.
Posted by: jturningpin | 2008-08-16 22:58
@Lina: it's been an eventful and generally positive six months, although not without their ups and downs of course. Living here is not a holiday ;).

@BiB: Wishful thinking...

@tranno: thanks for your kind words!

@Contamination: I'm finally moving in to a proper apartment today, a permanence of sorts is drawing close!

@jturningpin: It certainly has its attractions. Fortunately it's not my first six months ever here, so I had a vague idea of what I was letting myself in for.
Posted by: ThePenguin | 2008-08-17 01:35
Thanks for the shoutback.

This is my second go at living here as well. Hope you're enjoying yourself. Not sure how you've coped, but for me, like clockwork, at the end of the first week I stood in a corner and cried the tears of an abandoned child. Both times, it seems to have done the trick. Now, hell, I'm never going back.

Wow. That wasn't too much information.

Anyway, I really enjoy your blog. Take care.
Posted by: jturningpin | 2008-08-17 03:16
Thanks! I've linked to yours on the sidebar.

I had the advantage the first time round of having studied Japanese for three years and being on an "organised stay", which made the start a lot easier. Even then I found things pretty frustrating as I was able to have a game stab at reading the subtitles on TV but didn't have the foggiest as to what people were actually saying.

This time I got lucky as far as working goes, and the internet has proved incredibly useful for finding things out and learning from other people's experiences, which saves a lot of time and energy. Still takes a while to get used to things, finding the best places to shop / get a coffee / find a good dentist etc. though.
Posted by: ThePenguin | 2008-08-17 05:57
Thanks again the reply.

I'm enjoying myself here quite a bit, though you wouldn't know it from all the ranting I've been doing recently. I think I'm long overdue for an actual informative post. (Though in my defense, I was John T. in your tea thread, so at least I've been informative here if not in my own neck of the woods.)

Sorry to hijack your comments section again. Take care.
Posted by: jturningpin | 2008-08-19 13:16