NOTE: This blog entry is cross-posted from a travel blog written by the 2010 California Teachers of the Year in their Journals From Japan. The five-teacher contingent includes InterACT blogger Kelly Kovacic and ACT member Valerie Ziegler. Please go to their blog to see pictures and read additional entries, and leave them some comments. (DC)
After a ten hour flight, we’ve arrived safely in Tokyo, Japan. The flight went smoothly with great service by JAL. Despite leaving late out of LAX, we arrived early. Our tour guide, Mitzi Katayama, met us at the airport and helped us navigate the cacophony of signs, sites and sounds along with the necessary bus to get to our hotel. On the two hour bus ride into Tokyo, we eagerly anticipated our arrival into the city. Neon signs and bustling streets, similar to Times Square in New York, let us know we had arrived. After a quick bite to eat at a local cafe, we are off to get some much needed rest before tomorrow’s early morning departure to visit our first schools.