I'd heard stories about how packed the trains in Tokyo were. But I assumed that would be other trains. Not mine.
Boy was I disappointed.
The morning ride was cramped I got on and got just enough inside the door to be able to grab one of the ceilinggrips. And then we were off. The plus side of that trip is that I was ale to practice my kanji skills. (The map was in both kanji and romanji [Roman characters] so I could match a pronunciation to a character.)
I found the school only by relying on Google maps. Even after it had navigated me there, I still couldn't find it, and ended up asking a woman nearby if she knew where it was. She more or less told me to look up.
At school, I took a placement test. There was no kanji on the test, so that should have helped me. Even so, I managed to screw up some questions fairly completely. And I did badly on the oral part of the examination. It was in a room with 19 other people doing the same thing, and about another 30 waiting. [Several different programs were combined for the testing.] I couldn't hear the questions, and sometimes they were so abstract I didn't know how to answer them. (Indistinct muttering. My confused face. 'Money... what... do you think?' 'Umm...' 'That's fine.' Big x through number of the question.) I'll know what level I got into tomorrow, so we'll see how that goes.
After that was orientations. School orientation, homestay orientation, and my specific program orientation. There were also a lot of forms to fill out, including an honor-code-like-one. Chinese students, Korean students, and students who can read Japanese need to show up at least 80% of the time. Students who can only read English need to show up at least 85%. (One of statements had the 80% written out in Arabic numerals, except for the English translation which said 85.)
After that, the teacher giving the orientation brought us to the place we leave from for Saturday trips. And then we were free to go eat lunch. I ate with three other students- a Mira and two Maxes. American Max spoke Japanese very well, and had been in Japan previously, so he was useful when eating.
In the interest of not getting lost the next day, we went from lunch back to the school, then from school back to the train station. Whatever route I took this morning was far more complicated then it needs to be. There's only one turn required after leaving the station, and it's right after a big building with a clock on the side. So hopefully tomorrow morning will be less stressful than today.
The train ride back was much more spacious than the train ride out. I even got a seat! (Turns out they're not just illusions that exhausted commuters hallucinate.) I also learned through conversation that I have a far easier commute then most other people. I literally turn three from leaving my house to reaching the station, and then it's a straight commute without any transfers.
Because of those things, the commute shouldn't be too bad. Tiring, perhaps, but manageable. And as for school, I'll know more later. For all of the orientations, I have very little idea what the actual classes or excursions will be like. The classes appear to be immersion (there was a clause about not speaking English) but I'm not sure if it will apply to the activities as we'll. I guess I'll find out soon.