難波の南蛮、戎橋の夷。

A New Life

I have actually done it!  This is truly happening!  I have found work in Osaka!  The interview was on Thursday, and the founder/owner of the company ended up asking me to meet him in town!  I’ll be able to get help with the apartment search, and, possibly, a full-scale work visa.  This is the time I have been waiting for in my life.

The interview was in Neyagawa, a small city of 200,000 just northeast of Osaka.  Like Hirakata, another city northeast of Osaka where I had my last job interview, Neyagawa was a tiny little town that exploded into its current proportions in the urbanization of the 1960s, as people moved out of some of the biggest cities to populate the surrounding countryside.  It’s a good deal smaller than Hirakata, though, and has a completely different character.  Hirakata is far enough from Osaka proper to have its own urban scene, whereas Neyagawa, almost bordering Osaka, is definitely a commuter city.

There's not too much in the way of a "downtown" commercial district...

...but Neyagawa has a LOT of apartments.

What a strange feeling, indeed.  I was walking through Osaka today, and thought to myself, I am no longer an alien here- now this city is my home. Of course no, I’m not a citizen, and I don’t have my own place yet, but I look around me and can say to myself, I am part of this place now. There is a lot of joy, and a fair deal of anxiety and unrest I feel too.  The latter mainly because I am so anxious to start working, and get the hell out of this hotel.

Not that the hotel isn’t nice, cheap, and well located.  But when I get an apartment, I’ll have way more living space, even in the tiniest apartment.  I’ll also be paying a lot less per month, and I’ll have a kitchen so I can prepare my own food.  The food in Japan is great, but I am so anxious to not have to pay for every single meal out.  I am in a strange interstice, after my initial period of being a job-searching wanderer with no clear future day to day- but before I can actually settle into my new life.  It’s making me feel really uneasy, and I’ll be so happy when I can hit the ground.

Some of my anxiety is also because I’ve never actually had to completely support myself on my own before…and here I am taking all that on for the first time, in a foreign land.  That’s pretty nutty.  Honestly, at this point though I probably know more about the necessities of living a daily life in Japan, than I do for America.  That’s probably because I’ve had to do so much homework to get to this point in Japan and know what comes next.

Wow, from now on I’ll actually have to work and fulfill obligations, rather than just taffing about.

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