hymnia: (Mai sigh)
I've started a new blog about my attempt to learn the Japanese language. It will also include information about going through the process of applying to the JET Program (to work as an Assistant Language Teacher in Japan)--and eventually, I hope, it will be about living in Japan. I applied for the program in December and recently learned that I have made it to the interview round. We'll see what comes of it. Even if I don't make it in this time, I will most likely make other attempts to go to Japan. The purpose of the blog is not only to write about those experiences, but also to hone my writing skills. I'm trying to become more concise and focused in my writing, and I believe starting a blog on a specific topic will help me to develop those skills.

Here it is if you want to follow it: http://hymnia.wordpress.com/

Joie

Japan

Apr. 11th, 2011 09:34 pm
hymnia: (kyo tohru hope)
I want to go to Japan. I don't mean just to visit--I really want to live there. I've secretly been wanting this for years, but lately the longing has become worse. Ironically, the media horror stories just make me want to go there more. I'm not insensible to the danger, it's just that...I feel like my heart is there. It hurts. I want to be there.

Joie

(Manually X-posted from Facebook.)
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THANK YOU so much for all the wonderful birthday wishes. I tell ya, you guys have become more and more creative over the years with those--sparkly graphics, AL WITH KITTEN!!!, extra humongous scrollies of DOOM. Heh. Anyway, whether they were simple or spiffy-fied, I appreciate all the birthday messages.

I had an excellent birthday. My family and several friends took a road trip down to south FL for the Hatsume Fair--a Japanese festival at the Morikami Museum. It was really, really fun. I will post more about it, with pictures, as well as pics from last weekend's convention (I went to MegaCon, a big fantasy/comics/anime con here in Orlando) as soon as I've recovered enough from two weekends of revelry in a row to do so. ;) I can't wait to get some good pics of MegaCon up. As those of you who read Vanessa's LJ or the Random Fandom boards already know, our group won the Best Group award at AnimeSushi's annual costume contest, so that was exciting, and I definitely want to show off pics of the costumes for you guys. Coming soon, I promise!

The only down side to going out and doing fun things is that you miss out on stuff in LJ land. My reading/commenting has been even scarcer than usual, so I'm sorry for that. If there's anything in particular you want to make sure I don't miss, please comment and let me know! *hugs flist*

Joie

P.S. My birthday presents included a Veinna Teng CD--Warm Strangers, her second of three--from Christie. I'm planning on getting the other two eventually. I'm so glad I discovered her music--and via fandom, too, which amuses me so much. Now she's my new favorite artist as of the past 6 months or so, and I think she's likely to hold my interest for a long time to come. Anyone out there who likes good female vocalists, prominent piano with lots of motion, and powerful, poetic lyrics should check her music out.

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