Talkin’ Loc at GDC 2022

While the majority of sessions at GDC this year focused on things like art, narrative, design, and production (all very important things to have sessions on) I was also able to catch a couple of sessions relating to localization. I'm hoping that there will be more localization focused sessions in the coming years, which goes... Continue Reading →

At GDC 2022: Big in Japan, Not in the West

I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Games Development Conference in San Francisco this year. My favorite session from Day 1 was Anne Ferrero's talk entitled "Big in Japan, Not in the West: The Difficulties of Cross-Cultural Appeal" discussing the difficulties Japanese indie developers face in creating and publicizing their games. Her... Continue Reading →

Grad School: Semester Two

I keep trying to find time to write on this blog, but somehow seem to only be managing one post a semester or something like that. I promise I still want to! I just can't find the time. I'm a few weeks into my second semester studying translation and localization management at MIIS. This semester... Continue Reading →

Updates, the future, and more

It's been almost 4 months since I left Japan, and my life has dramatically changed. It's interesting when periods of your life are not only defined by physical locations, but also by beginning something so different from anything you've done before that you know you're entering a new stage of who you are. Anyway. Long... Continue Reading →

Farewell Speech

Leaving my schools was difficult for me. Each of my schools hold so many memories, and so many stories of growth. Over 3 years, I watched a lot of kids do a lot of growing up. I was often awed by their kindness, their enthusiasm, and their senses of exploration and curiosity. I was also... Continue Reading →

More Kit-Kat flavors!

I have so many Kit-Kats to talk about! It's been a long time since my last Kit-Kat post, so now I have 9 flavors to discuss. I started out with 7, but as I was working on this a mango flavor came out. And then an ice cream one. Of course I couldn't resist buying... Continue Reading →

Inaka Life: New, Unmanned Bakery

It's fairly common to find local, honor system stores here in the inaka. These usually take the form of a little table or stall set up on the side of the road by a farmer's field selling extra veggies, flowers, nuts, etc. There's usually a sign that tells you how much each item costs, and... Continue Reading →

Straddling the skyline in Shibu Toge Pass

Ever since I moved to Gunma, I've wanted to visit the caldera of Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane. Unfortunately, I'm doomed to disappointment as the volcanic activity levels have been too high to safely allow visitors for the past 3 years. Despite this, it's still well worth the effort to make the drive up the mountain. The twisty-turny... Continue Reading →

Farewell English Board

I have truly loved stretching my creative muscles to design and create my English boards over the past 3 years. It's crazy to look at my first attempts, and then look at how much more refined and pretty the boards became with more and more practice. I never thought that this would be something I... Continue Reading →

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