Wednesday, October 24, 2007

a new phase...

We have been here for 34 days. I remember when I was counting down the days before we left. Now we're here. We have been for 34 days. I like that. 34 days of all of the "firsts" and transitions and moving and culture shock. 34 days, I think, must be the mark of the end of the beginning, the end of transition. maybe? maybe not. I'm sure there is still much to adjust to and many more things that will demand our flexibility- but, I really do believe that we are entering into a new phase of being here... I would like to call it the "phase of familiarity".

We are now familiar with looking right first before we cross the street so we don't get run over by the cars driving on the left side of the road.
We are very familiar with walking and working an hour into our schedule to get anywhere.
We are familiar with the Japanese charachters that mean "lowfat milk"
We are familiar with taking our shoes off before we enter any home.
Bowing is familiar. I find myself bowing almost instinctively at any and all occasions to most everyone.
Skype is familar.
All 50 square feet of our apartment is familiar. Just jokin, it's more like 100 square feet. :)

We like living in big cities... although this city really does put LA to shame. There is an area of Tokyo- one train stop away from Mitaka (where we live) called Kichijoji. Mmm, I love Kichijoji. Not only is it one of the coolest words to say, it's also the place that has a romantic park and lake, my favorite cofffee shops, sushi, and clothing store (it's like banana republic clothes meet Old Navy prices). beautiful. The best part is that I can walk there from our apartment without taking the train. You should come visit, I'll take you there.

Ministry is slow, but going well. Jonathan and I went to campus just the two of us today to Nihon Universtity. We usually aren't on the same campus together, so it was a treat. We sat in the cafeteria and just talked to the students who came to sit next to us- it was one of my most encouraging days on campus. One of the guys actually lived in San Diego this summer, we bonded with him over conversation about mexican food. All of the students we talked to are planning on coming to our Halloween party outreach- Jonathan will be speaking at it about " the masks we wear". you can pray for him. :)

ok, enough writing for now, who even reads this much on a blog? I'll show you pictures instead.
This is me and two of my favorite Japanese CCC Staff members, Ayumi and Kaori

We found Indian food by our house that we love... all you can eat Nan! It's like Pita bread and it's huge and yummy!

train in the rain...

Jonathan and Paul went surfing in Chiba!

Jonathan and Kermit (one of our teammates) strolling through Mitaka. Take note of the Hello Kitty rugs and the cute boy in the corner- both of which are very easy to find here. :)


kelly said...

I love it! Keep them coming! You are in our prayers continually. And p.s., is that excellent clothing store by any chance called uniqlo?

Anonymous said...

aaaaawwwwwwwww this is fun to read. i sure miss you both a lot!

Ryan said...

I love this blog!

And I love you guys!

And I love God and people better because of what I've learned from talking with and being around you.

And I can't wait to hear about the many Japanese students who will soon be able to say the same thing...

Ryan W

The Seager Family said...

I read the blog! I love it! And thanks for the updates. We are praying for you and love you.

kit said...

i was just thinking of you today... and missing you. I took a dance class at Academy (yikes!) and missed you even more. I am praying for you. I heard Davey is coming to visit. hooray! so fun!

Lets chat soon... gmail?

love you.

Mikéla Jean said...

okay friend we got the word we are coming to Thailand and that means we get to see YOU!!!! Yeah
we love you

Kathryn said...

Hey fun friends! I was so excited to discover your blog and hear that things in Japan are going well...still so weird that you're there. OK, my guess of your fav clothing store is Muji. That was my fav - it's like if Banana and IKEA had a Japanese love child, so great. Love you guys!

Kathryn Aufhammer

Cam and Kristen said...

This is great for me to feel connected with you until we can get together! You've got to take me to the all-you-can-eat nan place! Keep writing! -from the other Tokyo Kristen :)