I would like to offer my apologies in advance to the ladies who will be my future Tokyo roommates. My brother and I just returned from some shopping, and I am now armed with 2 battery operated alarm clocks. One is especially annoying. In anticipation of jet lag, I decided that it would be best to go armed with an arsenal of alarm clocks. Apparently, if one is not present at certain orientation meetings, one's entire chain of command - perhaps all the way to the prime minister or the emperor - is notified of one's absence. Talk about utter humiliation, especially if one was peacefully sleeping in one's room because one was jetlagged from one's not-one-but-two early morning airport departures.
Right now, one's alarm clocks are being put to good use as cooking timers. One is in charge of making sure dinner does not burn (this is especially important, because it is one of one's favorite dinners). Life is also good, because one of one's favorite TV shows is about to come on!