My first two days in Japan have been a blur of good food, overwhelming sights, and so much technology! From hi-tech heated toilets to vending machines that provide hot coffee in a bottle (how??), Japan truly lives up to their reputation of being one of the most developed countries with a very advanced tech industry. As I’m fiddling with all their cool gadgets and devices, I am facing many challenges because everything is in Japanese but also because I have no prior knowledge of how to use their fancy machines. One of the popular methods of ordering food at a restaurant in Tokyo is by inputting your choice into a vending machine before you take your seat. Thankfully, the pictures and prices help with making our decision but the process of getting our ticket was difficult to figure out. My friends and I didn’t know whether to make our selections or put our money in first so our initial attempt was a disaster and we failed miserably, causing a commotion as we tried to communicate with the owner who did not speak any English. This experience has helped me to understand how important it is for individuals to be equipped with the basic skills and prior knowledge when it comes to using technology. Even more motivation for me to provide my students with the knowledge they need to succeed!