I received an email at like 3am the other day from the OSS office at Camp Lester Naval Hospital, saying our medical packages were approved, and our medical clearances granted. I was so excited that I couldn’t sleep (not a big deal, since I really wasn’t anyhow). Continue reading
I’m sorry, to the 7 or so people who actually read my nonsense, for my long absence! There’s a lot that’s been going on since the first week of December; I’ve been drowning (in a positive way) in a MASSIVE amount of work from my small business, and haven’t had much time for anything else. Just ask my dogs… Poor things. They just want to play…
Functional updates soon, I promise. I have a list.
Woo! The dogs are basically ready to go! Continue reading
The husband and I decided a while ago to take a short trip to NYC, which we did last week, in order to cross some items off our Pre-PCS Bucket List…
I woke up this dreary Friday morning in the US to [even more dreary] news reports of allegations of an assault/rape of a Okinawan woman by two USN sailors.
These are our two terrors, which we spoil rotten and love to death:
Leaving them behind is just *not* a feasible option, or really an option at all… That would be like leaving a child behind for all of you who choose to go that route in your lives.
Nothing new to report on the PCS… still haven’t been given ANY information on what to do/who to speak to/where to go/how to arrange anything… as expected. It’s also a little difficult with my husband’s “satellite job location” away from the rest of the command, he has no access to any MC resources and email, etc. Blah. Seriously, Blah.
Since I have nothing for you in that regard, let me give something else…
I know you’ve been dying for an update on my Japanese class. I’m quite positive your nails have been chewed down to the nubs. So how am I enjoying class, you ask? Well, it’s the favorite part of my week, if you don’t count the 30 minute to hour and 15 minute commute in hellacious Maryland traffic.
Class is actually going really well. We just finished learning all of the Hiragana “alphabet”, and on all my quizzes thus far, I’ve scored 100%… I’ll get my final quiz back on the subject at tonight’s class. We’ve been working on greetings, simple sentences, numbers and time… and I can read (some) sentences in Hiragana. YAY! Tonight we start Katakana, and then have a test on everything we’ve gone over so far on Tuesday…. I have to say I’m slightly apprehensive about the test. Japanese isn’t easy.
On my own I’m slowly learning to recognize some single Kanji…. probably about 20 right now.
I feel bad when I occasionally whine that my brain is being overwhelmed, because I have a lot of friends who are taking like 3,4 or 5 classes… yet here I am being exhausted by just one. But then I realize I’m taking JAPANESE, and not Spanish or Economics, or Art History. Haha.
My brain hurts even moreso than it should, because I’m also studying for the JLPT, which is the Japanese Language Proficiency Test… There are 5 levels of tested proficiency, so obviously I’m studying for the beginner level (N5) which I’ll be taking in December in Washington, DC, as long as I remember to register by the end of the month. I will just say this: It’s terrifying. There is NO ENGLISH anywhere on this test.
Someone get me a lambic… now.
I’ll leave you with this random mini-japanese learning bit of grammar knowledge… a Japanese particle cheat sheet to help you learn the particles and what they do/are for… brought to you by Tofugu.com…
I was quite surprised last night to find my blog being read by a few Japanese readers, and shared with an internet group. I don’t know if anyone decided to also read my previous posts (I hope so). Based on comments received, I think I should clarify some information for you, so you can understand my blog a little better.
- I appreciate you taking the time to read my blog. Please know that the intended audience that I am writing this for is other American Military members and their families, like me, who may be moving internationally. They will best benefit from the information that is being presented. Information includes the moving process, advice, language learning, culture shock, etc. I write using a lot of humor, wit, and some sarcasm. Please do not take everything that I say with absolute seriousness.
- I am not currently in Okinawa, Japan. I won’t be in the country until late spring. Until then, I am here in the US. Please don’t mistake my location. Because of this, I have very little access to anything truly Japanese.
- The images used on this site right now are mostly borrowed from the internet. They are not mine, unless the caption marks them as so, with [© sake.sushi.soba.] I am not accountable for the accuracy of those borrowed images. The only reason I may be borrowing them, is because I don’t have my own images to use right now, or for the sake of humor/illustration. They are intended to be supplemental to my writing; to enhance it, not be the main focus.
- I do understand that I will be moving to an area of Japan that is not strictly Japanese. I am aware of the cultural history and international influence of Okinawa, and know that I will not get a full experience of traditional Japanese culture until I travel to mainland Japan. I’m hoping to visit Tokyo this winter prior to moving, and my husband and I have plans to do a significant amount of travel once we do arrive in late spring. Don’t worry, we want to see and experience as much as we can.
With that being said, I hope you continue to read. Any advice and information for this gaijin would be welcomed, and appreciated. Especially when it comes to language!
We have 8 months left to go, and it’s literally killing me. Well, not really. But I’m seriously anxious beyond my control. I have the soul of a traveler, and hate being rooted anywhere for too long… Two years somewhere is about when I start getting the moving bug/itch, and I just need to go somewhere else. There are sooo many reasons why I can’t wait to get to Okinawa, and Japan in general, and here are the biggest ones. Continue reading