Thursday, September 6, 2007
Welcome to the land of automatic
4th September, first day in Japan. Arrived in Narita Airport at 7am together with 2 other Malaysians who would be heading to IUJ as well. The Monbusho staff waited for us & gave us a bit of allowance.
Here I met another Monbusho scholar, from Vietnam and together we traveled.
We took a 1 hour train from Narita to Tokyo, where we spent 2 hours waiting for Shinkansen to take us to Urasa. We sent our 30kg of luggage using the courier service, which cost each of us 1600 yen (RM 48). It's quite cheap comparing the efficiency of the service provided. They said the luggage will arrive the next day.
We took the famous bullet train, Shinkansen from Tokyo to Urasa. From the outside, it looks like a normal train. From the inside, it still looks like a normal train, but you cannot stand. However, when it runs, it's so fast that the picture taken is blur.
At 2pm, reached Urasa, where the IUJ van is waiting for us. There were 2 other people in the bus. Being courteous, we ask whether we should close the the van door.
They said "no, it will close by itself". "Welcome to the land of automatic", said the other guy and truly, the door closes automatically.