I began studying Japanese when I was a freshman in high school. The biggest reason why I chose that language was because of anime and manga (like most American high school students who choose Japanese). I quickly learned to love more than just that though. I grew to love the complexity of the Japanese society, the subtle beauty and tranquility in its art and the Japanese people I came to know.
I am now a recent graduate with a BA degree in Japanese and Comparative Folklore. After college, I quickly became stagnant in my Japanese studies. Even though I could use Japanese at my first professional job, after a year the company began to fall into serious disarray and I quit. I then embarked on a new career path (which I'll share in future posts).
Unfortunately, since then I haven't had many opportunities to use my Japanese skills I've been improving on since high school. I started this blog primarily to help me maintain my Japanese writing skills. My goal is to share with you what I'm doing post-college with a humanity degree, as well as share how I am doing now. However, I felt it was unfair for me to only share my thoughts and my life in Japanese, so I am also starting an English version of this blog.
More to come later! I'm not sure if I'll be able to post every week but I will try!