The following day I went to the bank to open an account with them. All of the staff there were really friendly, helpful and spoke great English. This process was finished very quickly. I had chosen this bank as all of their services are in both Japanese and English, including their online banking site! Very convenient.
People often ask me what do i like about Japan. One of my common answers is that Japan is a country of contrasts. The example I often give is that you can be in the middle of Tokyo, one of the busiest and most populous cities in the world, then jump on a train, travel for an hour and be in a remote village where some people may not have seen, let alone met a foreigner. I stumbled across another incredible example today of these contrasts that I love. I did a trial run to get to my company's offices today as I have to be there to sign my contract tomorrow and I wanted to know how long it would take to get there and where exactly to go. I found the place fine, and was just about to head back to the train station when I spotted an innocent looking group of trees that required a little more investigation. Bearing in mind, the area that I was in looked like this:
Typical of downtown Tokyo. I walked across the road to where the trees were and saw this:
It appeared to be the gateway to a temple! In my previous post, I showed some photos of a temple near my house that was "guarded" by a couple of statues of dogs. Well, this one was guarded by cats, both living and not!
I walked in and was amazed at the beauty of the place, and the peaceful, serene atmosphere of a temple, surrounded by greenery.
Absolutely incredible! I was walking around stunned. To find a place like this in the middle of Tokyo is just amazing, and really sums up the contrasts that I talk about.
However, I then stumbled upon something that reminded me of where I really was.....
Oh well, I guess the temple needs an income stream too right? So I sat down with a bottle of coke zero, and just soaked up the atmosphere and became one with my surroundings.
Off to the office tomorrow, and then training starts and will continue for 3 days after which, work starts!
Speak to you soon.