This post will have no real focus and so I apologize in advance. Usually I try to narrow in on a topic but not this time.
Question: How many times must a suit go into a suitcase before becoming hopelessly wrinkled? I will save you the math. Just once, and any more than that, each garment pulled out of said suitcase will look like a kaleidoscope.
That is what I have been dealing with lately. Two weeks ago I arrived in Japan, but for about half a week, I could not move into my apartment. That Friday I finally got moved in, was forced to be bored all day waiting out typhoon Hagibis on Saturday, tried to prepare my apartment on Sunday, then immediately went to another town for an entire week on the following Monday. I have been living in an out of a suitcase for the past two weeks and it feels like I have been doing it for a year.
Do not misunderstand me, I love to travel, but I also enjoy sleeping in my own place too. I have to get used to this however, because I signed up for a job that has the potential to send me anywhere in Japan for weeks at a time. In fact, next week I expect to be up in Miyagi prefecture for about two to three weeks. If that happens, I will have spent a little over a week in my apartment over the span of around one and a half to two months by the time I get back. I am not complaining, I just didn’t really know what to expect when I said “yes” to this type of job.
If that sounds like a negative, the positive is that I get to see all of Japan on my company’s dime. That to me sounds amazing. I get to have a sort of vacation every month. The assignments they give me can be anywhere in the country and for any length of time necessary. I suspect that I will be getting assignments mostly near Yokohama and Tokyo, but the opportunity to go further is always there, and I like that.
The photos you are seeing in this post are a few I took in Yokohama station. I had a little time today and I decided to pop over for a couple of hours and check it out. I didn’t do much except walk up and down a few crowded streets because I had to get back home in time for some mail to be delivered, but that’s okay, I plan to go back in the near future.
While I was there I think I got sort of head-hunted by a religious cult or something. Three ladies came up to me talking about some religious following and asking me if I wanted to check it out. I was kind of amused by it and thought, “eh, they are nice enough anyway.” Plus, I have nothing better to do tomorrow so I agreed to meet them in the evening. I guess what I am saying is, if you don’t hear from me again I either dove into this cult head first and am hiding away in their convent or they have kidnapped me to sacrifice me to their god. Funny enough, there was a lot of talk about decapitation in their spiel. I am being dead serious. (See what I did there?)
I also thought this statue looked pretty creepy and, after looking at it longer, began to think it looked a bit like a younger Kim Jon-il. North Korea is nothing to joke about but it was a weird freakin’ day, alright? It was a day filled with old men in boxers (yes, those ARE just boxer briefs), religious cults, and Kim Jong-il looking statues (it’s just a statue for a restaurant and has nothing to do with North Korea by the way).
I have learned that shooting color film in this country is going to cost me an arm and a freaking leg. All of the images you are seeing here were shot on my Sony a6500. I sold my other digital cameras and the Sony is the only one I kept. I have since switched to primarily shooting film unlike before where I would mix the two.
Color (C41) chemicals are just nowhere to be found in Japan for some reason. Color film is plentiful, and places will process said film for you no problem. But, taking your film to a lab is much more expensive than doing it yourself and I highly enjoy developing my own film. In fact it is half of the appeal of shooting film at all. The good news, however, is that black and white chemicals are common enough for some reason. Why not both? I have no clue, but that is what I am facing at the moment. Hence why I shot digital today. I wanted some images to go in this post and so digital it had to be.
My last little update is about my apartment. I really like this place. There are downsides to it. It is small, and makes me wonder how Japanese people do dishes, but on the whole, it works for me. I am happy. I guess at some point I will talk more about my apartment if anyone is interested but for now I will just leave it at that.
On a final note, I am happy to finally have moved to Japan. This is something that I have been working toward for almost too long. Perhaps I will talk about that too sometime in the future, but suffice to say, it has been a long time coming. I am enjoying Yokohama, it is like Tokyo 2.0 only more space. Plus, if I really want to go to Tokyo, I just hop on a train for about an hour and a half and I am there.
Ok I am rambling on so I will cut it here. Thanks for reading about my day. I will be trying to keep this blog updated every week or two but of course, I always say that!