Chapter 1 Start of living in Los Angeles
1. Now it's time to move overseas!
Los Angeles, which is a city I've been to once on a business trip. It was the city I had wanted to live in. In reality, I always thought it was impossible to live in Los Angeles. However, I was assigned to work in LA in December 1991.
【 今日のﾋﾟｯｸｱｯﾌﾟﾜｰﾄﾞ 】
● three times in a row, ３回続けて
例文☛☛☛ I ordered the menu three times in a row.
●temporary, ﾃﾝﾎﾟﾗﾘｰ 一時的な、仮の
例文☛☛☛ I am working as a temporary staff.
●predecessor, ﾌﾟﾚﾃﾞｾｻｰ 前任者
例文☛☛☛ My predecessor will have to return.
When I started preparing for my moving to LA, I had a number of challenges. My predecessor has been stayed in Los Angeles for about three years, and I was also scheduled to stay there for at least three years.
What do you do when you move to LA? At that time, I was just married and was supposed to go to Los Angeles with my wife, but the biggest problem was what to do with our household items that I had bought at the time of my marriage. I had just bought a dining table and two big wardrobes three months before the "transfer order" was issued. They were reasonably priced, so I couldn't sell it easily. In the end, we have asked my wife's parents to keep them in the room where she lived until she got married.
I also had to apply for a work visa to work locally in the United States to the US Embassy and have it issued by the time I would have departed. It is also necessary for me to keep in mind the outline of all the jobs that I would have to suceed from my predecessor, who would return from LA to Tokyo. Since there was only one person who has been sent from Japanese headquarter, I would have to remember everything during the two-weeks transfer period.
As I decided to bring a "OMAMORI(talisman)" from Japan to LA, I went to Sensoji Temple in Asakusa two weeks before my departure and I prayed that we would be able to spend our time safely during our stay, and visited there for the purpose of purchasing "OMAMORI (talisman)".
It's a good idea, so I decided to draw an "OMIKUJI".
"OMIKUJI" is a sacred lots drawn at temples or shrines to tell one's fortune. Then, I pulled "bad luch" two times in a row. I don't like it, I can't stop it in this situation. I took out another 100 yen from my pocket and drew it once again as "Third time lucky (honesty)". This time, I drew a lottery thinking that I would draw "KICHI (Lucky)". And the word is "BAD"!!! No way!!! Omikuji: Three consecutive "bad"! !! !!!
In other words, I strongly remembered that it was a warning from Kannon-sama, "You should be careful, anyway!", And I forcibly convinced myself and I go home silently.
When I think about it now, when I came back to Japan after 3 years and 4 months, I've become the overseas worker who experienced the most various things in the history of LA brance of that company.
The busy preparing days have swiftly passed and the departing date has come. Both my wife and I left for Los Angeles by the flight, ANA 005 departing at 17:50 on March 16, 1992.
2. I'm in Los Angeles!
Los Angeles Local Time On March 16, 1992, after 11:00 am, the plane, we boarded, arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on time. It was sunny and warm when I went out of the airport.
My predecessor picked us up at the airport by his big American-sized car and sent us to the West Wood area, where we have a temporary residence, the Weekly Apartment. On the way, we saw and enjoyed green trees and colorful flowers from the car.
This Westwood is a city with a famous university UCLA, the graveyard where Marilyn Monroe sleeps, and many movie theaters, supermarkets and restaurants, and it was a lively city visited by many people. It was considered to be a relatively safe place in Los Angeles, and many students walking around the town can be seen on weekends. My predecessor rented a weekly apartment here for us. I received the key to my weekly apartment from him and we gave him a Japanese OMIAGE (gift), and we entered into the room alone.
Finally, my wife and I have started our lives in LA. However, before I left for LA, various people had threatened me that Los Angeles was a very scary place ... .
TO BE CONTINUED！
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