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yeeeeeeeeeeeah >_>

Tomorrow morning, I fly to NYC for the Pre-Departure orientation and then Saturday pile into a taxi with faded_lace and yomimashou to JFK and fly out for JET.

I'd like to point out that packing, car insurance and laptop frustrations aside, I am still really excited to be heading out to live in Japan for a year or longer. Granted a portion of that might just be that I'm pretty desperate to actually get there and KNOW what its going to be like, but I am excited to meet my students, and the teachers I'll be working with, and my poor, long-suffering supervisor who has been the focus of my continuous barrage of questions for like the past...month. I'm still pretty nervous about the whole teaching thing, but I've got a month before I'll be running any classes, and I've been doing some research so that's mostly abated, so now I just want to get there.

Luckily, all the New York JETs are flying out together, so I'll be with faded_lace and yomimashou, and we should be able to finagle seats together which means a 14 hour flight of company and JE variety shows as opposed to mostly misery. Well, some misery is inevitable given the length of the flight and general cramped state but it will be misery with company and entertainment. Yay!

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and now, to close with some good news, after like a month or more of drought, it rained all yesterday evening and is raining even harder now *does a rain dance* no more slowly dying plants, hooray!
 
 
feeling: nervousnervous
 
 
britkit27
24 May 2012 @ 10:27 am
Brief update since I'm visiting my grandparents - but I got my JET placement, finally!

I'll be in Fuefuki, Yamanashi - Yamanashi was my third choice of prefecture, and its still within a few hours train ride (depending on how much time/money I want to spend) of Tokyo, so I'm pretty happy...but I know nothing about the place XD;; Except that they're apparently famous for their fruit? I haven't heard from my predecessor, and admin approval for the Yamanashi forum is taking a bit so I don't know anyone else who's there yet, but I am cautiously optimistic :D I'm not hell and gone from Tokyo and the area I know/friends who are there, and most of my other friends are not hell and gone from the same general vicinity (except El who had to go settle herself in Hokkaido >>) so one way or another I'm sure it'll turn out awesome!
 
 
feeling: hopefulhopeful
 
 
britkit27
Time for a terribly overdue update - I know, I know, but there was senior week and packing and then graduation and MORE packing and then as soon as I got home I went and stuck my eyes under a laser and had to deal with that plus UNpacking so honestly there just hasn't been time.

May DayCollapse )

Then there were finals, which really sucked and hardly bear mentioning, and the Japanese language class potluck party, which was adorable and filled with good food and a lot of fun :D

And then there was senior week!Collapse )

Those were actually the only two "official" events I signed up for.

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Graduation itself was Saturday afternoon. We had beautiful weather, and our speaker was I swear the real life, former Irish president version of superwoman, the Honorable Mary Robinson. So that was pretty awesome. After graduation was garden party, I wandered around and took pictures with people, Jen and Maddy amused my parents, we all went out to dinner afterwards.

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Last one people I swear aka life since graduatingCollapse )

tl;dr - I graduated and it was horrifically depressing. I got lasik which went fabulously and I can now see perfectly well without help which is something that has not happened since I was in the third grade. Kagiheya continues to be awesome, Mikeneko continues to be...not, and I have far more stuff than can fit in my room but that's nothing new.

Oh and I still don't have my JET placement
 
 
feeling: nostalgicnostalgic
 
 
britkit27
So...I said I wasn't going to watch this for a while since the first episode was really kind of frustrating and we're heading into finals.


...I lied?

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So, tl;dr - some improvement? Not great but I wasn't skipping over as much stuff and Yoshitarou seems to be growing somewhat of a backbone re: siblings (though I still want to throw the supervisor out the nearest available window) and there was more Holmes and Yoshitarou interactions.

For the moment I'm still watching, though with reservations >>
 
 
feeling: discontentdiscontent
 
 
britkit27
09 April 2012 @ 06:48 pm
I'M IN!!!!!!!! I GOT INTO JET!!!!!! Now I just have to fill out like one billion forms BUT I'M IN SO WHO CAAAAAAAAAAAAARES!!!!
 
 
feeling: ecstaticecstatic
 
 
 
britkit27
10 March 2012 @ 11:43 pm
So I spent most of spring break going "hey I should really update dw/lj/etc and like, let people know I'm alive/what's been going on in my life" and then getting distracted by something shiny or going back to attempting to get homework done or what have you so now its the end of spring break and I probably should be in bed but I'm trying to get better at this whole updating thing damn it :l So here we go :D

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tl;dr - Life is busy but okay, summer is looking busier all the time, I can't wait to be done with classes and I STILL NEED MY COPY OF WILD AT HEART DAMMIT

Oh and I saw The Artist. It was really good! :D A bit darker than I'd expected, but good :D
 
 
feeling: giddygiddy
 
 
britkit27
13 February 2012 @ 11:05 pm
I AM OFFICIALLY DONE WITH MY THESIS. FUCK YES.

For those interested in reading it, I am actually quite proud of the damn thing and would love to hear your thoughts :D It is about 50 pages long, I should warn you, but not terribly dense? Or at least not to me, but then, I wrote it. Here's the abstract, if you're wondering what its about:

In recent years, manga, anime and other elements of Japanese pop culture have gained increasing popularity in the United States. This has led to a wider awareness of Japanese culture through the appropriation these pop culture materials as a source of cultural information. Manga, in particular, provides visual as well as linguistic examples of Japanese culture, and thus has the potential to be an excellent source of cultural knowledge, perhaps even suitable for classroom use. However, as with any cross-cultural text, manga's ability to serve as an example of Japanese culture depends heavily on how it is translated.
Currently, most manga is translated for the purpose of entertainment, not scholarly discussion. Consequently, there is considerable push from publishing companies to gloss translations with Western ideas and cultural norms, on the assumption that the stories will then be more accessible to readers and have higher sales. Unfortunately, with growing awareness of the Japanese origins of manga, rewriting can instead lead to widespread misunderstanding of Japanese culture as being very similar to Western culture, especially when the series' pointedly retain their Japanese setting. This loss of cultural context and the misconceptions it encourages on the international stage are here exemplified through a case study of the English translation of the sports manga, The Prince of Tennis.

Yes, I used The Prince of Tennis in my thesis. Yes, I passed around books at my presentation. Yes, it was beautiful.

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The file is a pdf, if anyone can't read that let me know. Also, there will be a proper life update entry at some point, but right now I have too much to do, so all you get is yes I'm alive, yes I have my JET interview information, yes I have too much homework and no I am not getting enough sleep.
 
 
feeling: ecstaticecstatic
 
 
britkit27
02 February 2012 @ 09:07 pm
8D  
GOT AN INTERVIEW FOR JET!!!!!!!!!!
 
 
feeling: ecstaticecstatic
 
 
 
britkit27
30 January 2012 @ 11:23 am
Things I have done recently! In no particular order

~Presented my thesis to professors and small group of friends :D it went really well despite my nearly losing my flashdrive with the presentation on it in my sleepy-braindead-ness the evening before. Now I just have to find the time to add like three sentences to the actual paper, make it a pdf, and TURN IT IN. I will probably upload the beast on mediafire or something if anyone wants to download and read it. It is 50 pages of academic argument for how they should leave more Japanese cultural info in translated manga using Prince of Tennis as a case study :D Yay for my college letting me turn my inner fangirl into my thesis topic.

~Watched the first episode of Lucky Seven! It was excellent :D and I have relatively high hopes for the rest of the drama but we shall see. Nitta and Shuntaro have the beginnings of a beautiful relationship and what we see of the ladies is awesome, though we admittedly do not see enough of them.

~Started watching Chinen and Yamapi's new drama which I can't remember the name of and am too lazy to look up with faded_lace. We generally spend it yelling at the screen when things don't make sense (often) and complaining that Chinen doesn't get enough screen time/freaking out when he does get screen time which is great fun. He doesn't appear very often, unfortunately, even though his character is doing things that make it seem like he should be getting screen time. Nothing makes sense. Who is the old guy seriously

~Had a very impassioned discussion at about 10 minutes before midnight about characterization and other plot-related choices in Harry Potter with several friends and by impassioned I mean nearly shouting and talking over each other but in a very friendly discussion-like way

~Met with my dean and ascertained that yes, I really can take only 3 classes and count as a full time student (for some reason I thought I needed 3.5 credits per semester, turns out I was wrong) so there's that solved and hopefully once internship starts up I will still be able to stay on top of HW. We'll see.

~Preordered Wild at Heart and am inescapably sad that I'm not going to get it till, like, MARCH because the bits that are in the Lucky Seven opening sound really catchy.

Everything else is class or homework related, which is not very interesting to read about (I'm infecting carrots in Microbio? Our control plates grew stuff because we weren't using sterilized technique? I have a kanji quiz I'm not prepared for on Wednesday? See, not interesting) and no news about JET yet augh augh augh so I suppose that's it.

:D How is everyone?
 
 
feeling: busybusy