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No one warned me about waxing in Japan

1 Dec

Things are finally looking up for Japan. I have to admit I had a bad case of culture shock that probably went on for a few weeks. It is possible during that time that I may have warned everyone never to come to Japan but I promise it’s not an awful place. It does take some getting used to. I’ll recap a few things that have happened over the past few weeks.

Waxing in Japan

Over the past few weeks I had been searching for a wax salon here in Tokyo. My first choice was in Shibuya but had no available appointments and cost $63 and the other salon never returned my calls. I ended up settling for the Waxing Bee salon in Ginza. I decided to get a brazilian while I was there which I shouldn’t have done. The salon lady was meticulous. She waxed my eyebrows maybe 5 times each and did not have to use a tweezer or razor. It was less painful and I’m sure it will last longer. The brazilian. Oh the brazilian (hair waxed from front to back). When she asked  should she remove all the hair I of course answered yes (no landing strip for me lol). Wrong answer. She waxed with strips and then tweezed every single hair she missed EVERYWHERE (butt too!). Talk about a near death experience! In atlanta I got to Andreia’s and they pour warm wax and then rip the wax off. It is done in 5 batches compared to the 20 I experiences at the salon here. It also takes about half the time but let’s just say I learned my lesson. Long live the hair!!

I met a few new friends outside of campus from Jamaica and the Caribbean and I have to say my life is improving because of it. No more staying in the house watching reruns of SVU. I’ve been lucky enough to be invited to a birthday party, spoken word, Jamaican style party with a group known as Cornbread and various dinners and so on. It has been great and I was shocked to find out there are so many Blacks living in Japan doing big things!1460197_10153486099275526_1050541796_n1398523_10151816951247602_1415659373_ocheck out Dave’s blog about being Jamaican living in Japan at http://davecollyjap.blogspot.com/

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I’ve arrived in Japan

22 Aug

After an agonizing 24 hours of travel, some delicious meals on ANA and wondering around Tokyo airport and an hour bus ride from Nagoya airport, I finally made it to Okazaki. It is very quiet and the weather is hot and humid. I’m studying in Okazaki at the Yamasa Institute for 3 weeks before heading to Tsuda College right outside of Tokyo (Kodaira-shi).

Some things I’ve observed about Japan in my first 24 hours: People are very polite, I never know when to bow because it seems people bow all the time, the toilets are pretty high tech, my Japanese is awful and I have this sudden urge to communicate in Spanish and everything seems to start on time. 

This past year of studying Japanese seems to have done nothing for me. When people talk to me, I generally nod yes of say “hai”. Hopefully this will improve over the course of the next year and my being forced to actually speak Japanese. There are many people here from China, France and South Korea thus forcing me to communicated in the only language we all remotely know.