|Japanese squat toilet|
|Western toilet w/bidet & seat warmer|
|Shower in Navy Lodge|
|How to use the shower|
|Japanese soaking tub|
The shower in the Navy Lodge was also hard to figure out at first. While it is a western style shower with a curtain, the knobs to start it were not. There were 2 knobs, and 1 happened to be in Japanese. One knob was for temperature, the other was to turn on the shower. I'm still grateful for the picture on the knob that simulates a shower. At least I know if I turn the knob to that picture, the shower will turn on. The house we will be moving into will have a Japanese shower. Its actually its own room...and kind of looks like a locker room shower. The purpose of the shower is to clean off with soap then use the tub for soaking.
2) Cash Society -This has probably been the most difficult for us to get used to: Japan is a cash society. You will find few places off-base that take credit cards. We are elated when we find businesses that do....such as department stores, and an occasional restaurant. The reality we've found is that we have to keep some yen with us at all times. We opened another bank account on base the first week we were here. Now we are able to get yen out of an ATM machine. Bank cards issued outside of Japan cannot be used in Japanese ATM machines.
3) The Opposite Side of The Road- The Japanese drive on the opposite side of the road. This is odd to see if you haven't been in a country that does this. So far it hasn't been that bad. We've been practicing riding our bikes around the base. I think this is prepping us for driving in Japan. At the end of next week Justin and I will be taking our driving test (and a written test too). Let's hope we both pass.