Well, it is now Friday. I arrived here in Murakami on Wednesday. It`s a beautiful town. I have a modest apartment near the base of Oshiroyama (castle mountain) which is about a 400 foot tall forested lump with some neat castle ruins on it. I climbed it last night and watched the sun set over the sea to the west.
They have me on a pretty light schedule, which I appreciate. I`ve been gaman-ing (persevering, basically) with the suit and tie, but in this heat, it`s nearly unbearable. Yeah, it`s hot and crazy humid here. Thursday, I signed my contract and was sworn in as a public servant and met the mayor. The exact moment of the Nagasaki atom bomb anniversary occurred during the meeting, which was rather solemn. They tuned the TV to NHK (the national broadcasting company) to watch the ceremony at the Peace Park in Nagasaki. I then had lunch and went to the Jusco with Chris, the other ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) at the middle and elementary schools here in Murakami. Today I visited my schools, introducing myself five times to five principals and five rooms full of teachers. They all seemed impressed/relieved that I could speak Japanese.
I wont have the internet or a cellphone until my alien registration card arrives. I have a phone at my apartment now but I don`t remember the number. I should get that so I can be skyped.