My first two weeks in Japan

My first week in Japan was spent entirely in Hamamatsu completing my training, which was a mix of being taught how to teach English and going over paperwork and procedure. But when not in training, us trainees (mostly Americans, but there were also people from Canada, New Zealand, England, and Scotland) were left to our devices in Hamamatsu.

A house and apartment building in Hamamatsu

Hamamatsu is a nice, medium sized city.  Probably what's most interesting/surprising is its Brazilian population.

Brazilian sign

Now, Japan as a whole has a pretty decent Brazilian community, but Hamamatsu itself has a fairly large one (It's by far their largest ex-pat group.  The same also goes for Fuji City, apparently there are close to 2,000 Brazilian that live in the city, while there are barely even 50 Americans.).  I ate at a great Brazilian restaurant a couple of times called Servitu.  It's probably the last time I'll be able to get some decent rice and black beans.

At night we had a great time exploring and singing Karaoke.

After my week of training was up.  It was off to Fuji City.

The Shinkansen

I've been kept extremely busy my first week in Fuji. Getting registered with the local government office, obtaining an insurance card, getting a cell phone, figuring out how to do laundry in a tiny washing machine, figuring out how to line dry my clothes, setting up a bank account, meeting the board of education, writing a lesson plan for my first day of classes, and riding my new bike all over the place.

So now, I'm all settled and ready to start work.  I'm going to be working at 2 elementary schools and 1 junior high school, spending the vast majority of my time at the junior high.  A member of the board of education and the teacher that I'll be working under both stressed to me that the junior high has a lot of problem children.  So that will makes things more interesting come Tuesday.