Eleven months in Japan; another review:
After a packed month 9 and a calm month 10 it's back to busy again — in a good way though. :)
The semester ended with Japanese exams I took, German exams I helped out with and a lot of farewell events. This was accompanied by preparations for and the start of my trip to Tokyo and ... lo and behold ... the release of Pokémon Go in Japan.
Up until one and a half weeks ago my smartphone setup consisted of a Samsung I9000 without SIM card running CyanogenMod 11. With some Linux trickery I managed to get the app to start but it was super unstable and unplayably slow. As a consequence I bought a new phone (Asus T00P), caught Pokémon within Matsuyama's extensive areas of public Wifi for some time and now got a data SIM card for the last month.
As of the 8th I'm actually in the midst of my side trip to Mt. Fuji, but I'll put the Tokyo trip as a whole into the next review.
On to the last month!
Ten months in Japan; another review:
I don't have the feeling a whole lot happened. Neither does it feel like it's been a month.
Maybe my brain just melted.
In any case; the end of the semester is coming closer, and with it deadlines for reports, projects and the like. That kept me busy. I also took my first JLPT — N2, went okay, results in early September. Preparations for my last month are also going smoothly. I'll be travelling for about a week (Mt. Fuji, Tokyo, Comiket) and have a work for accommodation arrangement for the remaining time after that.
All in all, everything progressing nicely. Nothing really to complain.
On to the next month!
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!