Doped up on pain medication from the dentist, the flight and first evening were spent in a surreal fog, wondering "Am I really in Japan?" At one point I was honestly worried whether I had a job waiting for me, and had to keep checking my visa because they wouldn't have given me one if I didn't have a company sponsoring me.
I slept off and on on the plane (next to a woman from the Philipines who prayed on take-off and landing), I watched Juno (sweet but somehow dissatisfying), I ate shrimp for the first time (hideous but inoffensive). Neither immigration nor customs gave me more than a glance. The person who was supposed to meet me as I walked out of the gate didn't, and I wandered at least an hour getting progressively more worried. Four wheels on a suitcase is a brilliant idea, providing one has not fallen off in transit and left a three-wheeled, lopsided mass for you to drag around.
Once I found my escort (busy escorting others to the bus) we drove to the hotel. The weather and the buildings in Narita look a lot like Seattle/ We're in an elegant building with a tacky light show going on in front, hundreds of neon blue flashing xmas lights. The other ALTs are reassuringly young and awkward like me, but very nice. My roommate actually was at the same NOVA interview as I, before that ship sank.
The company pays for breakfast and lunch, so for the latter I ordered tonkatsu which I've been having a craving for lately. As you would guess, Japanese food in Japan far exceeds its American equivalent. Even the miso, which I can usually take or leave, is incredible. I am a big fan of there being as much green tea as I can drink.
There's a TV in the room but so far it has yielded nothing exceptional, although there appears to be a 24-hour enka channel, and every celebrity I recognize is like an old friend. The toilets have heated seats, make automatic flushing sounds, and have optional spray features which I've so far been too nervous to try. The hotel provides complimentary yukata, which I am about to don after a quick shower.