The arrival in Japan was very smooth. Chie Murakado from Kyoto University arranged transport from the Osaka airport to Kyoto where she and a fellow worker/friend met me at the Seifu Kaikan. This dormitory "hotel"was a trip for the first evening of my stay in Japan. Measuring no more than 12 feet by 6 feet, the room was smaller though generally everything one would need. I will be spending quite a bit longer at the Seifu Kaikan beginning September 8th or 9th once we arrive back in Kyoto after our time in Yakushima.
After being met by Chie Murakado, I was escorted to a traditional Japanese restaurant where I was met by many of the students from Kyo
to University, two faculty, and Mohammed Balal Uddin where I was subsequently presented with an epic quantity of sushi, fried veget
ables, and my first Japanese beer (In Japan). The students are quite a bit of fun and "Love" their beer. I fully expected a greater presence of Saki, but not beer. This love of beer is not restricted however to the students, but appears to be a trait of many of the people here.
The following day we began our excursion to Yakushima fo
llowing a few hours waiting and exploring Kyoto University. To get to Yakushima required us to take a bus, a van, a ferry (Really a HUGE shipping vessel that also deals in people), a bus, a rocket ferry (speeds up to 80 km/hour), and a fleet of vans.