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 story short, I left Japan and I’m almost done with my first semester of grad school. Things have been frantically busy between school work and readjusting to life in the USA, but I’m really enjoying what I’ve been doing.

Distance from Japan

One of the hardest things for me has been putting more and more distance between me and my life in Japan. Once I moved back, I had to relearn how to drive on the right side of the road – but doing that meant I was losing my hard-earned abilities and habits from driving in Japan. The more natural driving in the USA felt, the more I felt like I was losing. Changing what I buy from the grocery store, what my room looks like, how and where I spend money, all separate me from what my life was like just a few months ago. Daily life is different, and sometimes it can feel like a loss.

It’s not a bad thing to readjust and find a comfortable rhythm somewhere new, and I’m very thankful that I can drive here too. But I don’t want to forget what my daily life was like in Japan, what I did, and how it felt. Homesickness is a rolling tide, no matter how that perception of home changes.

Getting a master’s degree

I’m currently an M.A. candidate in Translation and Localization Management at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. It’s a 2 year program, so I’ll graduate in 2023. I chose to go to grad school before I left Japan, and began classes a few weeks after I arrived in the USA. At the time, I had very little translation experience and basically no idea of what localization is. That’s changing everyday, and I’m becoming a part of a greater community in the localization industry. I’ve discovered things I’m passionate about and excited to learn more about, and some things I think are incredibly dull. Which is valuable knowledge to have! Despite the associated stress and homework, I’m excited about being a student again and the direction I’m heading in.

Direction of the blog

So the question that’s kind of been circulating through my mind the past couple months is what should I do with this blog now that I’m no longer living in Japan. The original focus of the blog was Japanese cultural research and documenting my life in Japan. I want to pivot to still doing Japanese cultural research, but also writing about what I’m studying at school, documenting my life in grad school, and continuing to pursue Japanese study. We’ll see how it goes.

If you’ve read this far down, thanks. I’m looking forward to starting to write here again and I hope someone will be interested in reading it.

2 thoughts on “Updates, the future, and more

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  1. Yes, plz keep writing! It is intresting to hear from you. Ive always enjoyed your stories and would kinda of miss If you would stop 🙂
    So keep us informed! And succes with your study.
    Greethings from a Japan lover in Holland 🙏

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