Oh my so much to do, so much to learn. I talked with one of my Japanese classmates and with that 15 minutes of chatting I learned that I need to learn a lot more.
A little insight I gleaned from our conversation is that if I make an effort to learn more of the language it will go a long way with connecting with the locals. That slight (language) familiarity will help stave off the “outsider/insider” component while traveling the countryside. Also, be nice. I shouldn’t have a problem with that last part. And I’ll have about six months to learn some of the language basics.
Also, bath houses are likely going to be a common stopping place for me. This will be an interesting new experience. It’s like a formal locker room for everyone.
Just what have I got myself into?
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