社会人一年目を振り返って Looking back on my first year as a working adult PART 1

PART 1: April – June 2014

April 1st 2014 – 入社式 Company’s Welcome Ceremony

Out of the 101, 7 non-developers including me (those not directly involved in making video games) 

Out of the 101, 24 got posted to Tokyo. The rest stayed in the Osaka HQ. 

Out of the 101, there were 20 girls. 
Here are the 7 of us non-developers, minus one. 

Of the 7 of us, 4 were sent to Tokyo (and then 1 was sent back), 2 were sent off to work at amusement centers in the far, far suburbs. 

2/7 girls. She was a later addition too so I got a new friend and I think she may be my first close japanese friend after 5 years of living in this country lol. 

April 20 – May 9
Training at arcade plazas first in Narita for a week, then Okazaki, Nagoya in the suburbs for almost a month. 

What they intended for us to learn: 

– Deeper understanding of the company products
– To experience direct, firsthand interaction with our customers
– Spirit of customer service
– Teamwork 
– ほうれんそう (literally sounds like ‘spinach’ in japanese but is an acronym for 報告、連絡、相談、 aka to report, contact and discuss with your colleagues and seniors whenever it’s necessary) 
– Discipline 

What I learnt: 
– In fact, all of the above, wow good job, designer of this training course
– Plus alpha, Japanese honorifics and life in the suburbs 
– Played my guitar almost every night at the hotel hehe 

One of my tasks was to check all the photo booths in the arcade to check if the features were in order. By features I mean the eye enlarging, makeup slapping, skin brightening, leg lengthening effects and in my opinion, absurd things that these things do. No idea why anyone would pay to get these done, except if the reason were to meta-ly make fun of the ridiculousness of it all. Plus they are frigging tiny and the colors fade with time I think. 

My favourite place in Switzerland

Technically, my favourite place in Switzerland that I’ve visited.
Because Switzerland’s a country I would love to visit again in my lifetime, if I had the monies. Also check the note about my teenage children further down in the article.

This is a view of Lake Leman at the harbour just a few minutes’ walk from Ouchy station in Lausanne.
It looked and felt like heaven. Everything was perfect from the warm crepe that I adventurously tried to order speaking full French (tres excitement!) and hot cappuccino and cool breeze…

…and one uncle, probably a local walking his dog. I didn’t know the dog’s breed but he looked a bit like a white sheepdog. He couldn’t wait to get his fluffy fur wet by strolling into the lake.

I’m so glad Danchan’s school is here. Because I don’t think Lausanne is a popular destination for tourists relative to Geneva or Zurich or Lucerne, there were only a few locals and a small group of Asian girls (probably students studying in Switzerland or France) in the area. Lausanne also houses the International Olympic Committee and the official Olympic Museum which I got to visit for free with my Swiss Pass! I can’t recommend that place enough. It was so motivating and I came out completely convinced that Olympics is truly a very interesting and effective symbol to advocate world peace. Did you know that in the times of the ancient Olympic games held in Olympia, all wars were to cease during the time of the Games so that sportsmen (usually noble representatives from each ‘state’ in Greece) can travel safely to the competition venue? And did you know that at every Olympics, the torch actually gets (probably symbolically or electrically) lighted in Olympia and transported by famous sportsmen by various ways and modes of transportation ALL THE WAY to the host cities?? I didn’t! 
If i had the opportunity I am definitely bringing my future teenage children to Switzerland to visit this museum and the Palais de Nations (United Nations Geneva office) to inspire the sh*t out of them. 

Feet selfie!