It’s now been exactly a week since I arrived to Tokyo and started my internship, and what a week it has been!
On Monday the 17th of September, after spending most of my summer holidays with my boyfriend and his family and friends, I said goodbye to Sendai and headed to Tokyo. I felt like I was leaving home again so I ended up shedding some tears (also because I didn’t sleep well and had caught the flu). I felt quite sad sitting on the Shinkansen by myself, but at the same time I was getting excited for the new life waiting for me in Tokyo.
The only downturn on my new life was that I still didn’t have an apartment in Tokyo and my work was supposed to start the next day… So I was a little stressed to say the least. But thank god for having amazing friends! My friend was kind enough to let me stay with her for the first week (read as two weeks) and even helped me pick my clothes for my first day at work｡ﾟ(ﾟ´Д`ﾟ)ﾟ｡ I wouldn’t have survived without her! ❤️ It was also really nice to stay with someone I knew since I don’t know Tokyo that well.
So the first day of my internship came along and I had no idea what to expect. I was nervous since the night before and for the first time felt like this whole internship was a crazy idea (which it is when you think about it). I had my newly bought suit on me and I was trying to figure out which language to introduce myself with while waiting at the company lobby. It’s my first actual job in Japan, if you don’t count part-time jobs) so everything was new to me.
I was introduced to all the other employees (in Japanese). There were around 30 people and I couldn’t remember anyones’ name by the end of it, but thank god they gave me a seating arrangement with all the names! My first assignment was to send an introductory email to the whole office both in English and Japanese. Since I was the only foreign intern I thought I could make it a little playful; introducing myself as ‘coming from the land of Moomin’. The Japanese version took me a while and definitely wasn’t perfect, but a lot of people came up to me later thanks to the email, so I was pretty pleased with it.
Being the Tokyo branch of a foreign company the official working language is a mix of English and Japanese; most of the emails are in Japanese, but everyone switches to English once in a while depending on the client. It’s an interesting mix of culture and language. I can speak both quite fluently but I definitely have to practice on my Japanese reading. I also noticed that it’s a lot faster to get to know people through English than Japanese, most likely because of the lack of formal structures of the language. Nevertheless, all the other employees seemed super fun and quite international as well, so feel like I can get used to the company’s atmosphere pretty quickly!
I still haven’t really done any actual work, just took part in some meetings and helped translate a couple interviews, but the work seems really interesting (not to mention challenging because of the language)! I can’t wait to actually start working on projects and get to know everyone better 🙂 I have already talked to some of the people around me and hope go drinking with them in the near future (as a Finn its the last rite to really get to know me).
As of now I’m still staying at my friends place and my flu got so bad that I’m taking the day off from work, which sucks but I guess last week was really hard for me both physically and mentally so some rest is definitely needed.
At least now I had some time to finally got my blog up and running so that’s something positive on this rainy day 🙂 I have a couple posts in store from the last month so look forward to those! They will explain more on why and how I ended up where I am.
See you soon!またね！