In less than a week, I'll be on a flight to Narita Airport to start my study abroad. This will be my first time to Japan. It's pretty nerve-wracking.
In a way, I'm really not sure what I'm expecting from this trip. It's only for three and a half months, and although I'm going to better my Japanese language skills, I know i'll be hindered in some ways by the fact I'll be studying and learning and exploring with other gaijin. For this I'm kind of thankful, knowing that I won't be totally alone in a country that has a fierce sense of national identity, and yet I know I need to push myself out of my cultural and linguistic comfort zone, if I want to get the most out of my time abroad.
At any rate, I have probably one more post in me before I leave, as I still have a lot to do to prepare. It might be quiet for a bit while I get settled, but after that expect a lot of posts as i'm gonna be posting everything cool that I'm up to. Of course, even though those of you already in Japan have probably long discovered what I'm about to experience, I'ma gonna be talkin' bout it anyway! (For posterity, as it were.) I promise a smattering of translation stuff too (if the Kumozaru project were still around it would be easier for me...*grumble grumble*), so don't think I've forgotten the purpose of this site. But I do concede it will be lookin' very much like a travel blog around here for a while...
Anyway, stay tuned loyal readers. I hope my radiant charm and personality will keep you around a little while longer!