Our first few weeks here in Japan were exciting but also hard to adjust to the time difference. After we arrived on base, we checked into the temporary lodging apartments and met up with our good friends, Jeff and Caitlin Copeland. They were kind enough to spend their time carting us around the base and getting us acquainted with our new home. Since you drive on the opposite side of the road here, we had to wait to take the drivers class on base before we could drive or purchase a car. So, we were very thankful that the Copeland's were generous enough to act as our taxi service for over a week!
Our first off base dining experience was with Jeff and Caitlin at a place we call, "Truck Stop Ramen," but I have no idea what the name of it really is. Here is a picture -- it reminded me of what a Waffle House looks like (inside and out).
We had a very yummy first meal - gyoza, fried rice, noodle bowl - all with chopsticks! The Japanese working there were very excited to have us come in to eat. They even sat us at the section where the tables are on a platform, so you have to take off your shoes and sit on the "floor." Here are a few photos. Even Matthew had a blast!
After about a week, we were able to move into our own tower apartment on base. It's a 3 bedroom/2 bathroom apartment and we live on the 8th floor. We have a great view of Fussa city right off base. The weather was so nice that Matthew and I had a few picnic lunches out on the porch.