Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Moving to Niigata

This is very exciting. I've just moved house from Osaka, where the plum blossoms have almost finished and the sakura (cherry blossoms) are starting, to Niigata, where it was snowing when I arrived...in April!!?? This is taking some getting used to and I have had to get a down jacket to keep me warm. At night I sleep on my futon with a sheet and top futon (duvet) plus my down sleeping bag. Even then my little fuzzy face gets cold so I have to duck under the covers!

Niigata is a long prefecture that is on the opposite coast from Tokyo, and then up a bit. There are beautiful mountains all the way down the prefecture and these are famous for skiing and hiking. It's really cold but apparently the summers are nice so I'm keeping under the duvet until then.

Because this is a rural area with a long coastline, there are a lot of nice veggies and fish for sale in the shops. I can't wait to do some cooking.

I'm also lucky because my friends that I live with have scored us a sweet apartment that came with their job. It's got one tatami room and two other rooms, plus a kitchen/ dining room and the bathroom. It feels very spacious compared to the one-room place we had in Osaka. I've got a lot of room to swing around in!

Oh yeah and I can see the mountains out of my window! But they're not as nice as the mountains in Borneo, of course. But they'll do.

Gotta go but I'll tell you some more later.

Sockmonkey

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