Nar3: Japan

Posted on Sunday, October 5th, 2003 at 5:32am by Greg.
(Sunday, October 5th, 2003 at 6:32pm Japanese Standard Time)

Hello Kitties! I`ve been so busy with being in Japan that I forgot to post anything on this site! Things have been great here: Sapporo is a big, exciting, and very beautiful city. It`s very easy to navigate too, since everything is set up on a North/South, East/West grid. I live at N8 W11. Or is it N11 W8. Something like that. I don`t know if it`s the same in the rest of Japan, but Sapporo has SO much shopping. Puts Columbus to shame. Malls everywhere. Huge malls. I`ve met all the other HUSTEP students here at Hokudai, and already made some good friends. Nomihodai and karaoke a little too often...where`s all my money gone? To save on telling lots of stories abd filling up this post, just check my webpage of photos at: http://photos.yahoo.com/hokudai24
The earthquake. It was my second day here, and not being adjusted to the time change yet, I woke up at 3 AM. I was sitting at my kitchen table (my only table) when the earthquake hit at about 4:50 AM. Things started rattling and making noise, the floor was moving around like an airplane going through turbulence, and the whole building was SWAYING. That was the only part that bothered me. My whole buidling swaying back and forth, even after the quake stopped. It seemed to go on forever, but was probably only a couple of minutes. The aftershock was much shorter but seemed almost bigger, with a big thud in the middle. I, having just arrived, thought it was normal. `Hey, they earthquakes in Japan, I`ll just have to get used to it.` It was only many hours later, after talking to one of the Professors in charge of the HUSTEP program, that I found out it was not normal?@at all. Well, I`ve already typed plenty so Jaa, mata!