At first I was like;
Oh god, there's a horrible catastrophe involving an earthquake and a giant tsunami that destroyed a lot of people and their homes.
Then I was like;
I SURVIVED AN EARTHQUAKE, MOTHAH FACKAHS! I AM INVINCIBLES!
I then went to McDonalds with my roommates to celebrate my invincibility, which seemed the most appropriate way we could think of.
There was also fancy wallpaper with English nouns strewn around on it in different fonts. My favourite was "TACO Wednesday Trifling Floor Scraper". So many possible meanings.
So because we had just eaten McDonalds, my roommates and I were feeling quite gross (a shit sandwich is still a shit sandwich, server or no). So we went for a walk to relieve the pressure.
And then we went home and things got serious and real again. The nuclear power plants were starting to blow up. People were being evacuated. Thousands are dead. Thousands more are missing. Rolling blackouts are scheduled for Tokyo. People are clearing out all the food from the grocery stores. The news is scary and has flashing coloured lights.
So at the insistence of my parents and Neil The Tenant Who Is Also A Nuclear Engineer, I grabbed a roommate and took the first train in the morning to a small town south of Tokyo, far away from BAD THINGS. This is me, on a bullet train, at 7 a.m.;
We went to Shinzuoka, which is a quaint town with lost of old and pretty things to take pictures of. So we did that today;
Ladies and Gentlemen, On your upper-right, a bus with homosexual tendencies.
For those of you that know me a little better, these following pictures will make a lot more sense;
Anyways... Here are some more normal pictures;
The animals were just posters on construction billboards with no apparent explanation. Japan's just spontaneously educational like that. The ad on the subway is for a popular band called 'Big.' They're popular because they're fat. Seriously. The other two pictures are examples of traditional Japanese clothing that people are just wearing around town. It's quite normal to see people wearing these outfits instead of modern clothing. They wear their heritage with such pride here. And they all gave me the 'WTF are you staring at, I'm dressed in AWESOME' look.
Oh yeah. And I saw Mt. Fuji.
But it was from a train, and it was really far away. I might add climbing that thing to my bucket list.
Tomorrow's my first day of work! And it also might be the last day I'm in this country at all, since it seems as if everything's going to hell. I really hope everything works out okay, because I truly love this country and I don't ever want to leave!