I’m starting out week #3 in Japan and I am finally feeling settled into life here. After a long flight over from the UK, the next few days were spent unpacking, meeting people, and sorting out administrative things. Not to mention some rest to get over the inevitable jet-lag. Navigating the grocery store was an adventure of its own. I mistook body wash for shampoo (realizing a few days later) and cannot count the number of times that I have been surprised by beans, which I have found in about half the sweets I have attempted. Hint: if its sweet and filled with anything, it will probably be beans, no matter how much you wanted raspberry filled doughnuts.
One of the most notable things from the week was the driving lesson. It was arguably harder to pass than my actual driving test in the US.
The following week, we did a placement at a bonsai nursery. This was a fantastic learning experience that deserves its own post, which we will be sure to write about soon. Following that, we accompanied a professor from ALPHA, the landscape school where we live, on an ecology trip to study rare marine species. This was in Chiba, which is an area of Japan east of Tokyo. We were able to see and hold (regardless of their slimy textures) lots of alien-like creatures, stay at a traditional Japanese Inn, and enjoy the coastline of Japan.
This week we are finally working with Tomoko-san at Kiseki no Hoshi, the conservatory where we will spend most of our time in Japan. I can already tell working here will be entertaining and very rewarding, both because of the horticulture and the people. Here, the main display changes a daunting seven times a year. I say daunting because the entire display is removed and replaced, as you can see in the photos below.
It’s a work in progress and I will update with the finished product! Very excited to continue to fumble my way through Japan on what is sure to be an unforgettable experience.