It's been about 3 and a bit weeks since I moved into my apartment; still have no internet but my senpai is super awesome and let's me borrow his.
However my netbook is designed by Beelzebub...I mean Dell and therefore has no bloody fan. This thing is HOT. On top of that it's pitch black outside and still 28 degrees C (82 degrees F for our yankee friends) so working on my comp is getting to be a problem.
Aaaaaanyhoo, I'm just uploading a few photos for now. I'll do a major big one by mid-late Sept as things are CRAZY busy with the start of the new term.
I moved to Kumamoto City after spending 3 days in Tokyo. If you thought you were sweaty there you have no idea what humidity is. Try this: run a hot bath. Like...as hot as it goes. Don't bother adding any cold water. Now, instead of getting in (as that's a silly idea) just put your face reeeeeaaaaallly close to it. Feel that heat and moisture running off your face? That's Kyushu.
The JET program has three groups; group A arrive in April at the start of the school year; groups B and C come in August when Japan is it's hottest. If you want to move to become a JET but can't stand heat - request Hokkaido.
Kumamoto has loads of beautiful countryside surrounding it. This was actually an abandoned train station someone converted into a cake cafe. The guy who runs it is super awesome and speaks fluent English after living in America for a few years.
You seriously have to watch what you eat when you arrive. The food here is incredibly tasty but if you don't do it in moderation or exercise you will pile on the pounds. This particular serving of takoyaki (fried octopus balls) burnt my mouth horribly. ^_^;
My unofficial bedroom. I chose it simply because it has the AC. My predecessor left me horrible moldy futons that gave me a nasty rash if I lead on it. After a short message to a friend her boyfriend took me to his parents who gave me a free bloody futon. Japanese people are so nice.
My living room. I haven't done much personalising of my apartment, so everything is sort of how I got it. Telly here is mad; I have 12 channels - 4 are shopping, 1 is static, 1 is to advertise cable and the rest are normal. They love talk shows, but not as much as they love peel-away stickers on cardboard cut outs. If you watch Japanese telly you'd know what I mean.
This is the view from my apartment. I like it. :) I'm still sorting internet out, but I hope to get up and running sooner rather than later.
Take care, y'all.