Today, I was planning to dig around a bit in my old blog entries and continue a series of posts about my life when I first got to Japan. This was a series of posts that I started back in 2011 when I first created this blog. I had my livejournal up until then, but after one too many grumbles with staff there about unfair policies, I came to the conclusion that I’d be best off making a blog on my own domain.
Like the Tenipuri story, I feel like there is a lot to share here in this story about my past. Everything is true, or at least the truth as I saw it from my eyes. There’s a lot that I can tell to make you guys laugh, cry, and maybe even inspire!
I was going to just write part 4, but as I looked at the first post, I realized that it was a skeleton. It was barely even a story. I think that my writing has improved a LOT in the last three years. I write more clearly and more descriptively, I think. So, instead of writing a new part, I ended up spending a few hours completely rewriting the first post. It talks about how I got into anime, and what kind of path that I took to get my hands on the golden egg: a life in Japan.
So, like with the Tenipuri story, I’m going to link to this post from the front page of the blog and continue this story!
Tomorrow, I will edit parts two and three, and upload part 4. For now, please enjoy the rewrite of part 1, and the others as well before they get all chopped up!
☆ Part 1 - How I got on that flight to Japan!
☆ Part 2 – Beginning work at Nova
☆ Part 3 – Starting to get disgruntled.. but Tenimyu comes to the rescue!
☆ Part 4 – Coming soon!
(I’m not going to write for this story every day, but probably just now and again.)
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This isn’t a cop-out because I’m too busy to write or anything. I love writing and writing when I wake up and before I go to bed has become a ritual for me!
I just want to recommend older posts that I think are awesome but you might not have seen before. Did you know that there are over 250 posts on this blog right now? There are, and there are sooooo many of my favorite type (awesome ones full of tons of pictures) that need some love! They are older, but still relevant, and I don’t think that they get enough attention. So, I want to share with you some of my all-time favorite picture posts!!
Come on, visit and relive with me, or experience for the first time the prettiness!
My favorites in order of “oldness.” That is, the older ones are at the beginning.
☼ Make and enjoy onigiri in three easy steps!
☼ My itty bitty Japanese bathtub!
☼ Haunted Tokyo Tours ~ the ghostly side of my favorite city
☼ Anime shopping in Japan – Shibuya Mandarake
☼ Behind the scenes on a Japanese TV show *^-^*
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I get a lot of people asking me why I’m planning to move to Hawaii, and it seems (to me) like the real question being asked falls into one of two camps:
1) Why don’t you want to live in Japan anymore?
2) Why Hawaii and not somewhere else?
I’ll address both riiiiiiight now! ^-^ Continue Reading »
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To see a list of all of the posts in this series, click here. (*^-^*)
I was going to write about Hawaii, but I have a list of things that I’d forgotten to write into the Assistant story sitting on my desk (so that I can put them in as I edit it into book format) and this just jumped out at me! It’s begging to be told! I still can’t believe that I forgot to put this in while I was writing! But it wasn’t in my diary from the time, so it didn’t jump into my memory until much later.
Well, please, read on and (I hope) laugh!
Working as an assistant on The Prince of Tennis, omake #2:
Do you remember back when the first chapter of Tenipuri came out in JUMP SQ, and I was so, so excited?? All of us in the studio were, especially Tamusho and I because it was our first time being published! Continue Reading »
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I’m glad to see my last entry stirring up a lot of feelings. Good! I love to hear what you love/hate about Japan. I love it for some reasons and hate it for others. I also have plenty of reasons to love/hate the country that I was born in (The U.S.), but I don’t think that anybody cares what they are, haha. I think the bottom line for me is that I had a ton of fun living in Japan, but I’d rather visit to see all of the anime events/movies and get all of the merchandise that I want than actually continue living there.
I just don’t think that you should force yourself to do something just because it seems cool. Isn’t happiness what life is about? Living in Japan sounds cool. I wasn’t happy there anymore, though, so I should go somewhere where I am happier. Why not Hawaii? Also, I can return to Japan to live sometime if I ever want to. There’s nothing stopping me.
If you’re interested with why I left, well.. The bottom line is that it’s TOO DARN COLD (and too smoky). Those two things were the biggest factors and in the end, not something that I was willing to live with. Continue Reading »
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This post is not going to be anywhere as nice as yesterday’s. Obviously, there are a lot of reasons to love Japan, but everyone has something they don’t like about whatever country they call (or called) home, and for me, Japan is no exception at all. I loved it, but I also hated it.
☹ WHAT I DON’T MISS ABOUT LIVING IN JAPAN ☹
☹ SMOKING. This is the biggest one for me. Japan is the prince of smoking (China is the King, ugh). I’m not saying that it’s not in anyone’s right to smoke. Just that it’s my right to go anywhere and not have to breathe in smoke. But most restaurants, all bars, and even office buildings allow smoking. Not to mention the annoyance of trying to enjoy hanami (picnics beneath the sakura trees) without smoke being blown in my face. Sadface. I just want clean lungs.
I was THIS excited to see a non-smoking sign in Japan. They’re rare. And by the way, a guy was smoking right behind this. Argh.
☹ Packed trains. Continue Reading »
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All caught up on emails.. I think! And comment replies. If I missed you, poke me again!
What’s the thing you [will] miss most about Japan when you leave (either on vacation, or move away)?
What do I miss about Japan? This has been on my mind a lot, to be honest. As most of you know (but not everyone. It’s buried back there in blog entries from a month or more ago), I finally left Japan. I thought that I’d never leave Japan. Ever.
Well, I mean, when I first came to Japan, I thought that I’d only stay the one year that I’d agreed to, and then I’d magically know what I wanted to do with my life. Like an adult should. Japan was fun, though, and I had unprecedented access to anime and manga THINGS. Continue Reading »
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