Nine months in Japan — last review:
Given I already felt like on my way back towards the end of last month, my last weeks felt pretty relaxed. Rather than squeezing a lot of activities into the short time left I was able to pretty much go with an everyday pace. Nevertheless I ended up doing some stuff I'm really happy I was able to do before I left.
- I decided to write a German Wikipedia article on flick input. Given the corresponding Japanese article, which I used as a base, was lacking references, I went on a hunt through Japanese papers on the topic. Several works on specific related matters cited a paper with the title タッチパネル搭載ケータイにおける入力方式の評価 for their general explanation of what flick input is. Unfortunately, the paper was nowhere to be found online. Given that CiNii, the bibliographic database where I at least found the paper mentioned online outside of the reference sections of other papers, is a service by the very institute I was working at, I decided to check out our library. Even one of the library personnel checked for any trace, but to no avail. No printed matter available and no online access in any of the subscriptions of the NII. What do you do at that point? Easy: hop on your bike and pay a short visit to one of the largest libraries in the world. (Tokyo's awesome in some aspects.) So after finding out the シンポジウムモバイル研究論文集 2010 (the journal containing the paper) wasn't available through NII, I looked again online and found out the 国立国会図書館 had a copy. So, go there, get a library card made, file a viewing request for the journal, finally get my hands on the thing, read the paper to make sure it's actually something I can use as a reference, file a copying request, get the copy, take a sneaky blurry picture to commemorate my success and return the journal.
- met a friend from Matsuyama who was awesome enough to come all the way to Tokyo
- played some Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun
- finally found a case/bag for my Vortex CORE — it's for lenses and thus has a circle profile but apart from that fits the size perfectly
- found a ギザ十
- visited a Escher exhibition where the audio guide was spoken by バカリズム
- was surprised to reach the gate and find out I was going to fly home in the BB-8 ANA JET
- at the institute
- had some meetings that, for a change, were in Japanese
- was able to help with the technical setup for a art history class at 東大
- got my certificate for completing the internship
All in all a really enjoyable finish to a, looking back, invaluable 9 months. From a professional perspective: great. Japanese progress: surprisingly satisfactory. Sports: outright neglect on my part. Note for next time: establish a sports routine early on.
On to the ... well, I'm sure I'll be back in the foreseeable future. :3
Month eight — second to last. D:
The runway lights back home are already switching on — one by one.
Some better balanced I/O compared to last time:
- was able to take a week off to show my family around here in Tokyo
- had a peek into an interesting enthusiasts' sphere at the HHKB user meetup vol.2
- spent the good part of a day in 横浜 and 川越
- rode crazy rollercoasters at Fuji-Q Highland
- got a Vortex CORE — wasn't able to find a nice case/sleeve/transport option yet, thorugh
- at the institute
- things are going at a reasonable pace again after last month's "spurt before the deadline"
- slowly getting more used to bending my work to external requests/compatibility requirements
All in all this month felt like a prolonged transition from just being in Japan, over doing some stuff before it's too late to already on my way back.
On to the last month!
Month seven — two more to go. Quick review:
This month felt a bit packed. A lot of nice output and interesting input though. So all in all good progress — I only wish there was more time to get hyped about upcoming and let sink in recently experienced stuff.
- saw 琵琶湖 and 近江神宮
- got out a new chapter of my うぶんちゅ！ translation
- was at ニコニコ超会議2018 — for work, actually; kind of
- attended ゲームマーケット and COMITIA
- had a great time at the Tokyo Mechanical Keyboard Meetup Vol. 4
- at the institute
- writing businessy e-mails in Japanese gets easier and easier
- was working on and with two web applications that more or less are the backend for a larger project which had to reach a presentable state until today. The whole thing having several interdependent people, parts and working steps involved and being interdisciplinary is interesting, really. But it's also waaay more draining that just building something on your own.
Hoping for some less I/O heavy times in the coming days.
On to the next month!