I lost my Beyonce status…… my first week in Japan

 

You heard me right, my stock has dropped and my status has declined! I can no longer tell people I am Beyoncé and pose for a photo opt! The paparazzi has disappeared and let me tell you I couldn’t be HAPPIER!!!! I have only seen two other people of color and nobody seems to care.  No stares, no pictures, no pointing, no laughing, NOTHING! I was actually surprised. I was told that it would be better here, but I should still expect it.  Well, so far so good!

My first week has gone very well. Japan really cannot be compared to China at all.  It is the polar opposite! However, I will share with you a few of the difference I have noticed in just one week!

  • It’s so quiet!!!!- I am almost afraid to speak in public. If you do speak, especially on public transportation, make sure you bring it down to about a whisper to avoid any unwanted looks. In China, people spoke loudly and aggressively.
  • No hawking and spitting!!- Now this made me wanna break down and do a dance bare foot in the streets!
  • It’s so clean and organized!-Streets are clean and bathrooms are spotless. If you are  going into someone’s home or a place where you will spend time, you must remove your shoes. Have indoor shoes ready.
  • No more squat toilets!- As a matter of fact the toilets are top of the line! They have remote controls for use of the bidet, they sing, talk, and warm when you sit on them!!
  • People actually line up and wait their turn!

Weekend exploration

I decided to explore a little bit of the city Saturday.  Very peaceful journey and it was very easy to get around the city. I must say that I have been very impressed with my sense of direction since I arrived here.  Usually, it is very bad. I ventured out of my comfort zone of riding the subway and I managed to take the bus to my destination.  I know I looked like a deer in headlights the whole ride there! LOL, I was so scared I was going to be lost and never arrive to my destination. I went to see the sixth tallest statue in the world! The Japanese Buddhist Bodhisattva Kannon.

The Trip

I did my research via google on how to get to my destination.  Thank goodness for no internet restrictions like I had in China. For those who don’t know, China monitors everything coming into the country and that includes the internet. Favorites such as You Tube, Google, and Facebook are blocked and cannot be accessed without a VPN. (Ty travel tip: it is good to purchase a VPN- Virtual Private Network, while traveling abroad no matter what country you are traveling to.) The directions were very clear, one bus from Sendai Station to the statue. The ride was expected to take about 40min. Great! What I didn’t anticipate was the different bus riding procedure. So, apparently the entire front half of the bus is reserved for handicapped and disable individuals. Where do I sit, in the front of the bus! I was so worried about not missing my stop that I didn’t even pay attention. Since everything was in Japanese except a quick flash of English that listed each stop, my focus was on that screen! No one said a word to me about it either. Once I realized it, I sat there proudly and said to myself “There is no way I’m moving now!” As I carefully watched all of my surroundings, we turned a corner and there was this huge statue directly in my face! Scared the day lights out of me. I nearly jumped out my handicapped seat! I have recently discovered that I have a slight fear, (ok well maybe a little more than slight) of things that are considerably larger than me! This was no exception. As I walked up to it I was in awe and a little taken back. The views of the city from inside were amazing!  Breathtaking! An elevator takes you up to the 12th floor for the views of the city. You can stop at three other floors to view the Buddha’s and pray.

During the ride back I realized another procedure that was different from China.  You have to get a ticket when you enter the bus.  You enter the back of the bus. I didn’t get a ticket so I just had to pay whatever the driver told me. In China, there is a lady that comes to your seat, asks where you are going and collects your fare.  Well at least I know next time!  Great trip, can’t wait for the next one!

Ty

8 replies
  1. Elaine O . Dillard-Spencer
    Elaine O . Dillard-Spencer says:

    Wow, that was like reading an adventure novel. I love adventure. I have that same fear of thing larger than they should be, been working in ut for years. Thanks for sharing sweetie, made my morning. The pictures are great too..

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  2. Elaine O . Dillard-Spencer
    Elaine O . Dillard-Spencer says:

    Wow, that was like reading an adventure novel. I love adventure. I have that same fear of things larger than they should be, been working in ut for years. Thanks for sharing sweetie, made my morning. The pictures are great too..

    Reply

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