I am two weeks old here in Tokyo, Japan. I am having a great time even though I am terribly missing my family and that most people here do not speak English. I live in Komaba International Student House which is close to the Komabatodaemae Train Station on the Keio Inokashira Line. My days here in Japan have been made easy because Hrvoje Markovic, a Croatian PhD student in Hirota Lab, is helping me to adapt to life here in Japan. Actually, he is the one who welcomed me at Narita Airport. He continues to help me on a day to day basis. I am very grateful to him.

I started attending Japanese lessons on Wednesday, 16 April 2008. I have started with Class A, the lowest level. My classmates are from Indonesia, Phillipines, Bangladesh, Turkey, Iran, Nigeria, Madagascar, Ethiopia, Nigeria and England. Hirakawa-sensei and his team have been super. I am now mastering the Hiragana and Katakana characters. I can now construct a few sentences in Japanese.

On Thursday evening, I attended Jingjing Wang’s birthday dinner in Machida. Jingjing is a Chinese PhD student in Hirota Lab. There was a lot of food. I saw my new friends eating crabs, octopus, sushi etc. I, however, ate only spaghetti with bacon and some pizzas. But it was a great experience for me.