I arrived here without a work visa in hand, which means I can stay for 3 months on what's called a tourist visa. My friend Derek, who has been living and working in Japan coming up on a decade, is helping me obtain the work visa. Once I have that, I can legally earn a living while living here for a year. Beyond that, I have no plans. I'm playing life by ear at the moment.
My first order of business is to find a permanent place to live. In the meantime, Derek is letting me crash at his office, better known (by me at least) as The Shed. It's located on a winding uphill road that is often trafficked by tourists photographing nature. Keep in mind that spring hasn't hit yet, so it's not as green as usual.
The Shed on the right. Just past the blue tarp, there's a river down below.
Another view of The Shed.
A new highway in the sky is under construction just up the road. It goes straight through the mountain.
Another highway further up the road.
I found this stairway to a shrine off a side road.
I plan to live in this area, which is a called Takao, a part of Hachioji, which is a suburb of Tokyo.