We were getting really hungry, so we looked around the mall at the food options. There was a KFC (ha), a donut place, ice-cream, and a few others, but... it was intimidating to try and order when we don't speak Japanese and couldn't read the menus well. If it had been just me and The Hubs, we would have attempted it. But, with our kids already in a bad mood, if we went somewhere and ordered something they didn't like, it would have been a full-on meltdown in the middle of a Japanese place with all these Japanese people looking at us and thinking awful things about Americans. (I assume, of course.) So we resorted to walking back to base and eating at the Commissioned Officers' Club. I know, I'm disappointed in myself too. The girls were not excited to walk back. And by the time we reached the gate, The Hubs and I wanted to pull our hair out.
|Thing 2 cried the entire way. Thing 1 complained about how bad her legs and back were hurting. And, she cried too.|
Part of me wants to deny housing in Ikego and try to get housing here at the main base. Everything I could need is here. I wouldn't have to leave base at all. But I don't want to be that person. I WANT to get out and enjoy Japan. I want to learn more about Japanese culture. So I think Ikego will be good for me. Not having a large commissary and exchange right beside my house will force me to get out and explore a bit. Apparently, it's just going to be a while before we start to feel more comfortable. And it's going to take longer than I thought it would.
We have made some friends though! And that is definitely helping us feel more at ease. Here are my girls with some of their new friends.