29 sleeps to go!
Well our flights are booked for our first sojourn to Japan! Superman's company is flying us out to have a week's orientation in Nagoya after which we will return for about a month before we head off for the long term. We will be met in Nagoya by our relocation consultant who will show us around the city in general but more specifically she will show us rental properties for our stay. She is having trouble finding places which will allow our cat - in Japan many rental properties are "pets negotiable" but the convention is that this means dogs! Apparently they are considered preferable - exactly the opposite to Australia, who'd have thunk it? I'm a little worried about living in a "pets negotiable" apartment complex if it is filled with yappy pups, I hope the walls are sound proofed!
Brigid doesn't know it yet but her journey to japan begins on Monday with the first of her round of vaccinations, her international chip implant and pet passport certificate! She did well coming here to Sydney (for a very nervous cat) and she has definitely mellowed a little up here but I have to admit I'm concerned about a 14 hr plane flight for her. Luckily Australia is a rabies-free certified nation so she will only have to stay in quarantine for 12 days instead of 2 months.
We will be flying via Hong Kong and landing in Nagoya airport which, once again courtesy of Mike McKinley at his blog, I am now aware is actually on an island off Nagoya which is man-made for the purpose - this is it on google maps. Very anime futuristic, don't you think?
It is a 9 hour flight to Hong Kong and then another 5 or so hours to Nagoya so with the one hour stop to stretch on Hong Kong as well as flying business class I'm sure we will arrive at least in as good shape as I did after the 14hr non-stop to LA in '05 which really wasn't so bad at all. What's more we will be arriving on Sunday evening and so will be able to get a good night's sleep at the hotel before the week begins. Anonymous-car-manufacturing-concern certainly looks after their people!
I'm looking forward to posting my own pictures from Nagoya but for now here's another from Mike MacKinlay's blog taken from above Nagoya Central station. This will be Superman's station for getting to work and I'm not sure but from the research I've done, the shadow cast across the city in this shot may actually be Superman's building - if not it's definitely close.