Today I turned 22 and spent my day on the beach of my new town: Tokushima (徳島), Japan! My flight from Haneda to the Tokushima airport went very smoothly and I slept right through it due to sill being jet-lagged from my original flight from America. When the plane landed, I was in a very rural area and didn’t know what to expect from the town besides what I saw from researching it online. However, as the bus I took got closer to the center of the town, it gradually became more urban with schools, shopping centers, and restaurants on every street. Coming from Tokyo, it felt very small, but very comfortable at the same time.
After meeting the school branch manager again at the bus station, I was greeted by the Japanese English instructors and the secretary of the Tokushima school branch, who took me out to a kaiten sushi place called Sushi Roll for my birthday. We ate plate after plate of sushi and also desserts like flan, pudding, and green tea mochi. The place even had things like omelette rice sushi, wasabi ice cream, and french fries! There were 3 very large convener belts and the place felt like paradise. I was so happy to spend my birthday dinner here!
The next day we all went out again and had udon for lunch. Even though it was fast food it was still healthy and delicious. I had a chocolate cookie crepe for dessert. We went to a 100円ショップ (dollar store) called Daiso and picked up a bunch of utilities for my apartment and finally hooked up the wifi with a router! While at the mall, I bought a hedgehog glasses case, a pink cat toothbrush, and got my hanko stamp to endorse official company documents. A hanko (はんこ) is basically your signature stamp with your last name on it to signify that a piece of paperwork is signed or approved. I got my last name, Little (リトル), on mine since my name unfortunately doesn’t have kanji associated with it, but it’s still very official and cool!
I found out that my birthday (Oct. 11th) also coincides with Health and Sports Day in Japan where students in younger schools put on sports performances. So I hope everyone reading today does a crunch or s sit-up in honor of this! Tomorrow is my day off so I will take more time to explore the city and post photos. Excited to see more of this tiny little beach town!