I'm here in Tokyo, awake at 6AM my time due to jet lag but feeling great anyway. Can't type long because my 2 hotel roommates are sleeping, but with 3 sharing 1 internet connection, now is a good time to post. Posting will be spotty for awhile and my visits to most of your blogs not happening until I'm set up with internet at home, but I'll post when I can.
Japan is hot and humid but very much as I remember. There will be pictures and stories, I promise. I've already met a few others from our Chicago group, one who was a JET the same time I was last time, 1995-1998 from Chicago, so we surely were at all the same meetings this time 14 years ago but just met yesterday and became fast friends. Today, there will be approximately another 1000 of us at Tokyo Orientation. I remember it being overwhelming last time. This time will likely be the same. Still, it's fun.
People have asked me if I'm nervous. A fair question. So many are, even those who have studied abroad in Japan or elsewhere because this is different. My honest answer is that no, really, I'm not nervous, just happy and excited other than being away from Tom and about the other stuff I've vaguely mentioned. Last time it was all new, and there was more nervous mixed in with the excitement. I'd never been out of the States at that point.
Well, roommates are up, time for showers and breakfast. The view from the room is nice. I'll post pictures later.
The adventure begins!!