Plan for The Man in Japan

Written by sonicsuns

Topics: Blog, Everything

Hey everybody! I’m Sonicsuns, also known as Jimmy, and this is my very first post on my new blog, TheManInJapan.net.
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/I should point out a couple of things:
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  1. I’m not actually in Japan yet (the plane leaves March 31st)
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  3. Once I get there, I won’t exactly be the only man in japan. But “One of Several Million Men in Japan” didn’t sound like a good blog title. Furthermore, I have nothing against women. It’s just that I personally happen to be male, and it makes for a great rhyme. (Well, in English, anyway. In Japanese it’s something like nihon ni sundeiru otoko no hito, which really doesn’t have the same ring to it)
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/Anyway, here’s my story:
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/My name is Jimmy. My internet name is Sonicsuns. Use whichever name you like.
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/I was born and raised in America, speaking only English. From 7th grade to 9th grade I tried to learn Spanish, but it never caught on, because I never really cared. Around this time I discovered anime. I mean, yeah, I had seen Pokemon and DBZ and whatnot, but in high school I discovered real anime (sorry to all the Pokemon and DBZ fans, though I have heard that DBZ Kai might be good…). Anime like Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Spirited Away and Haibane Renmei. I’m not really an expert (not like some people I know, anyway), but I love the stuff.
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/In fall of 2006, I enrolled at Carthage College with a major in Computer Science (with the hope of making video games). I started studying Japanese, and loved it. (I almost qualify for a double-major, but not quite). It is now March of 2010, and I’m a senior. For my final semester, I’ll be studying abroad at Tokyo Gakugei University.
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/After 3.5 years of Japanese study, I speak fairly well, but I’m definitely not fluent. I suck at reading, because (a) Japanese has over 2000 characters, and (b) I haven’t spent a whole lot of time studying the aforementioned characters.
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/I plan to be fluent (both reading and writing) within six months. Hey, the Irish Polyglot can hit fluent in 3 months starting from scratch. So I think I can manage.
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/Once my term is up, I plan to stay in Japan for at least a year, maybe tutoring English while working on other projects. This is in part because Japan is just cool that way, but more important is my desire to live on my own terms. As you might surmise from my other blog, SuperSonicFreedom.net, I really love freedom. I want to break from all the normal templates, 9-to-5 jobs, etc., and live on my own terms. In this regard, Japan isn’t any freer than America (they have workaholics there too, ya know), but has regard for me personally. Japan is different; it’s a fresh start. It’s also a place where Mom can’t find me a normal job, due to her non-knowledge of the Japanese language. (I love you, Mom. No hard feelings.) I want to live in Japan until I learn to live on my own terms. I’ll spend as little money as possible (in a country known for its high prices), so I can work fewer hours, so I can be more free, and do what I love.
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/But if you want to keep hearing about freedom, you should really visit SuperSonicFreedom.net instead. This blog is about Japan.
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/This is for all the people who, like me, really want to visit and/or live in Japan at some point in their lives. I’ll be blogging all my observations about the culture, language, and day-to-day experiences. I’ll teach you what it’s like, so you know how to make the most of it.
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/Several bloggers precede me. There’s Kevin of ISpeakJapanese.net, JapanBlog, Quirky Japan Blog, and ReikaLein, among others. (I should really get around to reading some of those…I only knew the of Kevin’s blog in advance and I got the others just now on Google). I’ll try to offer something unique.
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/My big dream for this blog is that it’ll someday become the premiere place for future expats-in-Japan to get their info. I intend to cover all the little things that you don’t normally get in a travel book,
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/Ganbatte. (I’ll do my best)

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