松山大学〔九〕

Nine months in Japan; another review:

Looking back at what happened since the last review I wondered ... did I forget to post once?
Apparently I didn't. During the last 31 days:

  • A friend from Germany got hospitalized during his visit to Matsuyama, which led to me being Japanese/German interpreter for about a week. I spent a night in the intensive care unit, got to see all kinds of fancy medical machinery at work — interesting stuff.
  • I got to know new people working with guest houses in Matsuyama and participated in a pilgrimage event (#52+53) organized by the aforementioned.
  • Spent some quality time with friends and went out more that usual.
  • Formed a nice group with people from the game development seminar I take part in. Since I'm "the guy with the programming experience" I introduced the rest of the group to Git, Lua and LÖVE (the framework we agreed on using). Experiencing how Japanese approach group work and especially decision making is quite fascinating.
  • Established new connections to a few exchange students. (I used to focus on spending time with Japanese.)
  • Established new connections to a few Japanese (potential tandem language learning parnter, people interested in intercultural exchange, etc.).
  • Did some indoor bouldering which I hadn't done in ... maybe a year or so.
  • Gave a presentation about Germany at a local elementary school.
  • Went to see fireflies on a whim one night.
  • Started preparations for my last month in Japan (during which I won't stay in the university's dorm) which meant getting a working permission, establishing some connections for potential daywork etc.

All alongside the usual university stuff. Well ... no signs of overload yet. And therefore:

On to the next month!

2016-06-08

松山大学〔八〕

Eight months in Japan; another review:

The new semester started. This time I take 4 Japanese classes (reading, discussion, practical appilcation, business) as well as one grad school class on intercultural communication and an undergrad seminar on game development. While the latter is targeted at total beginners and therefore not that interesting for me content wise, it is Japanese targeted at Japanese and therefore super useful listening practice.

Apart from lectures there's a steady flow of events, activities, occurrences that keeps me busy and happy. I participated in Ludum Dare 35, did some English language instruciton/training at a local NGO, started speed cubing again — at least for a day ^^ —, helped flying a kite at a kite flying festival, etc. etc.

Side note: the two JK energetically playing a huge taiko was the best thing ever (see title image, also taken at the kite festival).

Good stuff.

On to the next month!

2016-05-08

松山大学〔七〕

Seven months in Japan; another review:

As I predicted in my previous post I enjoyed an extensive downtime to recharge. :) No traveling, no big events, just lazy day-to-day life. Coming monday lectures will start again; leaving me with less free time, but more externally enforced structure.

In any case, the trip I was in the midst of last post ended without any trouble and was definitely worth it. Good experiences, nice memories and I was able to tick off some new prefectures in the projects section (never underestimate the motivational power of lists ^_^').

In the time after the trip occupied myself with geocaching, parkour training, meeting friends and making new acquaintances. I also felt the desire to do something techy again. After about 4 months of “abstinence“ I tinkered a bit with my anilist client, peaked into the realm of polyglots, — and also aside from tech I invested some time in areas of interest where it seemed long overdue. I guess I kind of dialed down the feeling guilty whenever I sink time into stuff that isn't in any way helping with my Japanese. Good thing.

On to the next month!

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