First, I’d like to say thanks to everyone who has read any posts of mine ever, since its been nice to have an audience to write to, even if its only a few people. Second, I’d like to apologize for not having written in about a year and a half. Between finishing university, going through various relationships, moving halfway around the world and starting my first career, and also starting another blog (which I’ll talk about later), I’ve been busy. Thirdly, I’d like to apologize for this definitely long and rambly post, since I think it’s more of an avenue for me to post my feelings than it is truly an update of my life.
Aside from being busy, I also think that depression hit me, and therefore I stopped enjoying some of the things I used to enjoy. So it made watching anime and writing reviews about it pretty tough. To be honest, I don’t think I’ve watched an anime from start to finish in nearly a year. So that’s no fun. But with the start of the new school year and Spring here in Japan, I figured it was the start of a new outlook on things, so I wanted to pick this blog back up.
The first update is my other blog I’ve been writing on, called CrunchFacts. It is basically the product of me and my friends having too much time last summer and no way to properly spend it. If you enjoy comedy and cereal, specifically Cap’n Crunch, then you’ll love CrunchFacts. We tell you all the 100% true facts about the man, the myth, the legend Captain Horatio Magellan Crunch and his 200 IQ. I am responsible for most about 40% of the English posts, and all of the Japanese posts. Please give it a look, it may make you laugh. If it doesn’t make you laugh, at least I can take pleasure knowing I sometimes make myself laugh with the posts.
The next thing I’d like to talk about is my current situation. I graduated from university last year in May, so I’ve been a college grad for almost a year now, which just hit me as I’m typing this. After graduating, I pretty quickly learned where I’d be living while doing the JET Program (teaching English in Japan). So during the space between graduation and leaving for Japan, I spent all my time hanging out and saying goodbye to friends and family, writing my stupid cereal blog, working a part-time job, playing some games, and researching the place I’d be living.
I was placed in Chiba prefecture, which wasn’t one of my initial choices, but has turned out to be really great fun. The only issue originally was that I didn’t know anyone in the area. So being in the generation of smartphones, I quickly downloaded a bunch of Japanese dating apps so I could make plans, dates, and friends in Chiba for when I arrived! Pretty smart right?
The month before work started and the first semester of my work flew by, with various dating endeavors (some great, some horrible, and many in-between), having my 22nd birthday connecting with old friends who lived in nearby prefectures, making new work friends, going to baseball games and video game/anime conventions, and spending my first paychecks.
I settled down a bit the second semester of work, by getting a girlfriend and getting a hold on how to balance my work life and social life. And now I’m writing this, about 8 hours before I need to be at work for the start of my 3rd semester and a new school year.
Teaching elementary school has been super fun and rewarding, but I feel like a geezer compared to some of these 10 year olds. While not exactly relevant to anything, having them guess my age, and hearing answers ranging from 12-50 years old is always fun.
I’ve been here over 8 months. That number excites and scares me all at the same time. On one hand, it feels like its all been a blur, and there is so much more to come. On the other, I’ve been here a long enough time to get used to the hustle and bustle of daily life, and the honeymoon phase of things is over.
I have future plans to try my hand at stand-up comedy by doing an open mic night in Tokyo, and I’d also like to do grad school online. But I’ve got to get motivated, so I think that’s why I’m back to this blog, where I feel I can truly be myself and write my opinions, as silly and rambly as they may be.
Anyways, I think I’d like to end it here for now. I promise that I will be writing more posts about all sorts of things, from anime and movie reviews to my life as a teaching, and do so in a bit more of a detailed format. In the meantime, if you have any questions for me about Japan life, teaching, or whatever, please feel free to ask.
Thanks for reading, and I hope to post something again soon!