~*~Day of Arrival~*~

I arrived in Narita, Tokyo Wednesday May 12 around 5:00 pm. Since I was arriving a day later than majority of my peers, I had printed off all the instructions on how to arrive to the Hotel.  Before claiming my luggage and going to customs, I stopped to use the lavatory and when I walked into the stall, the toilets were something quite amazing! It had so many buttons on them for various cleansing and also had a sensor on the wall to activate flushing noises.  I must say, the Japanese women are very modest and I really liked the idea. Not only were there flushing noises available, there were music buttons on the toilet as well.  These toilets were designed almost like the American style toilets, but I was going to be in for a surprise later on throughout my study abroad.  After claiming my luggage through customs, I went to activate my J Rail pass just as my instructor had asked us to do! Trying to find the office for the J Rail and Narita Express was a little difficult as some people spoke little English.

The Japanese toilet

Japanese style toilet

The Westernized toilet!

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~*~Day Of Departure~*~

On May 11, I woke up around 3:00 am East Lansing time to get ready to leave to Lansing Airport.  The cab arrived at 4:30 am and safely got me to the Lansing Airport terminal around 4:50 am.  I checked my bags and went through security.  The process of getting my carry on checked went smoothly and it was not hardly anyone at the terminal.  I waited at the gate anticipating my departure for this would be the first time I ever traveled and fly alone on an airplane.  I was very nervous and thought about the long journey ahead of me and what I was about to experience,but this mere thought would be surpassed by the many sites that we visit and culture that we learn about.  As I waited for the plane, i went to the coffee shop to watch some tv and then we boarded the plane at 7:10 am. The flight was running a little behind but soon I was off to Minneapolis, then to San Fransisco, then to Tokyo!

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Day 2 of Blogging!!!

Today is the second day of blogging for my study abroad to Japan. I am excited about the end of the semester and have papers and projects that are due within the next couple of weeks. I think when I am all done, I will celebrate by going to Dave and Busters!!! Until then, I feel exhausted!!!

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