There is something I noticed in Japan. Some classes at the university were really big and the professor had to speak into a microphone, which was not that weird actually. But during the lectures the students were sleeping. Yes. I am talking about put-your-head-on-the-table sleeping in front of the professor. And the professor didn´t mind, at least he didn’t react to it.
I was living in Japan during some month for studies. I learned and saw a lot of new things. One of those things was the bus system, it fascinated me. It differs from Sweden and the rest of Europe, I think.
The university I studied at was located in the mountainous area so I needed to take a bus to get downtown.
And the bus system works like this; when you enter the bus you take a ticket from an orange box. I don’t know if it´s orange in all other buses. You drag a small ticket; depending on where you step on the bus you get a number. At front, above the bus driver, there is a plate or a sign where numbers from one to around sixteen is placed and under each number you have a digital box. So if I for example get on the bus when it´s on its second stop the box on the sign is going to say 140, which means 140 yen. So the minimum price to take the bus is 140 yen.
The key issue in this post is not the health examination itself, but it’s actually the process. Before school started all the new students at APU had to do a health checkup.
Before I tell you about the health examination you need to know something about the Japanese people. Everything has to come in the right order. And everything has to be right at the first time. Of course this is not all, the Japanese people and the Japanese culture are more than just doing everything in the right order.
APU is lying on a hilltop and away from civilization. It takes about 40 minutes to get to Beppu, so we, the students, are kind of stuck there, but what a place to be stranded on!
Let´s talk about the campus! There is a bridge to the campus from the AP Houses. From where I live it takes about ten minutes to the classrooms. Everything is connected. But there are rules, oh all these wonderful rules that you have to follow. But I will tell you about that later.