I arrived in Japan exactly two months ago today. Holy crap, where does the time go? I feel like I just got here. I guess that month in Saipan really screwed me up.
I got a job yesterday. It is at the English school that I mentioned in the last post. Since I am currently on a tourist visa, I can not work until I get a work visa, which should be a lot easier now that I have a sponsor. I am being told that it can take anywhere from two weeks to two months to get the visa. I hope it is closer to two weeks.
I have also been contacted by somebody in Florida about a job with the Department of Environmental Protection. When it rains, it pours, huh? I wish FDEP had contacted me 12 months ago.
In other news:
Emily and I have started going to a weekly yoga class on Wednesday nights. The yoga instructor is an another American JET, so even though there are a few Japanese girls taking the class, the class is in English. I've never done yoga before and I'm really enjoying it. The stretching reminds me of all the martial arts classes I took as a kid and the days, long gone now, when my body was actually in shape.
After yoga last night we went out to the movies with Laura, the instructor, and one of the Japanese girls from the class. We went to see Proof with Gwyneth Paltrow. The movie sucked. It was one of those movies that tries to make you think, but it was a miserable failure at doing so.
The experience of going to the movies was actually more interesting than watching the movie.
Did I mention that it was ladies night?
I find myself amazed and confounded by the pricing scheme of Japanese movie theaters. I'm not going to give specifics, because I'm sure that every theater is a little different, but I'd just like to remind you of what I said in a previous post, that going to the movies in Japan is ridiculously expensive.
There are, however, certain times when it is cheaper. Ladies night is one of them. On a given day of the week, every female that buys a movie ticket pays about half price. It sucks to be a guy on those nights. They also give discounts on the first and last movie showings every day. The late night movies aren't too inconvenient for the movie watcher, either. We saw the late show last night and it was only 8:20 PM.
So, just to recap:
Job - Good
Yoga - Good
Japanese Movie Theater - Good
Proof - Bad