We got in about 8pm and Lucy’s dorm master picked us up at the airport with two boys – Jordan, from Canada, whose dad is working on a Russian island somewhere, and Joe is from Newport Beach, California! It would have been impossible to negotiate a subway train with four suitcases and two back packs! So, thanks, Mr Gibbs!
They dropped us off at the Sapporo Guest House, located on top of Tenjin Yama (yama is Japanese for mountain) and about 15 mins walk from Lucy’s international school. The room was lovely, with a kitchen and a spiral staircase that led to a bedroom and bathroom. There was a pull out bed too and a nice desk in the ante room. What struck me was the cleanliness – and towels that are really thin! Apparently, most hotel towels here are not thick and fluffy like towels at home.
Breakfast was a cold affair – except for the ocha (green tea). We had shredded cabbage, carrots, thinly sliced cucumbers, cold boiled egg and a croissant and another lovely bun.
We took Lucy’s suitcases to the school in a taxi. When we got there, at the front entrance we were greeted with hundreds of pairs of shoes neatly arranged on shoe racks. I thought for a minute that we had come to a skating rink or something! But these were the kids’ outside shoes. Every kid has to change to indoor shoes before going to class! The whole school was so squeaky clean!
We met the dorm mom, a lovely lady from Canada who has been in Japan for 8 years. She took Lucy to her room – she is sharing with another AMerican girl whose parents are in Ghana, Africa.
While Lucy attended her first day of school, Marla, the dorm mom took me shopping. SHe gave me an idea of what’s what. Everything is in Japanese, of course. I hope I will not buy the wrong stuff, like bleach for shamppo or something!! The maple syrup was in a teeny bottle, not like the giant one I usually buy from Costco!! and all the meats are packaged in tiny packs. Marla did tell me that Costco is coming to Sapporo next year. I am anxious to see if the pacakaging is going to be large or will they keep to teeny ones.