A few weeks late and a dollar short

I absolutely meant to write this a few weeks ago, but let’s overlook all that and not worry about it. Besides, no one really knows the significance of the exact dates except for me (and the Japanese immigration bureau), right?

So! With the coming of June (yes, June.. sorry about the lateness), this marks my five year anniversary in Japan. That’s a full half of a decade that I’ve been here. With the 5 year visa renewal I’ve been granted, that also means that I’ll be here an entire decade the next time I have to take myself down to Immigration. It’s kinda weird to think about. It’s now reached a point where I’ve been working and living in Japan longer than I was in university. Obviously at the time, university feels like such a long, important, and vital experience to the rest of your life. That’s not to say that it isn’t important and wasn’t useful for me, but I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve definitely learned a lot and grown even more from the actual real-life experiences you have over what you read in a book. Looking back, I feel kind of ashamed of some of the deeply analytical papers  I wrote about Japan without having actually lived here.

So yeah, five years in Japan and counting! I don’t have any intention to leave any time soon (or ever, really, but that’s another story), so it marks a milestone in my life abroad. To commemorate (actually, it’s totally unrelated, but let’s pretend), I made myself my very own cup! I’ll be the first to admit that it’s pretty ugly, but there’s something really amazing about knowing that every imperfection in it, every uneven surface was made with your own hands, and that those imperfections are your own fingers. I signed up for a one-day class (about 2 hours) and I’d recommend giving it a chance, if you ever have a chance!

My cup!

My cup!

Signed, Stamped, and Authenticated

Signed, Stamped, and Authenticated

Outside of that little anniversary, I’ve actually been up to a lot lately. I underwent LASIK surgery a little over a week ago, and my eyes are just about perfect now. They still fluctuate day by day and my night vision is lacking, but it’s getting more stable now and my vision is better than perfect. Considering I’ve had glasses since I was 7 years old (roughly 20 years, nearly 3/4 of my life), it’s really amazing to suddenly be able to see perfectly from the moment you wake up to when I go to bed. Oh, and being able to see in the shower. It seems so minor, but.. you know, it’s the small things in life that are most amazing.

An observant reader may notice that I don’t have glasses anymore, and that the cup is carved with a very glasses-wearing Jason. This was a mild oversight since I made the cup a month ago for baking and had absolutely no idea that I’d have surgery in a month. Guess I need to make a new one!

Also, in the AMAZING NEWS!!!! category, I’ll be officially transferring to the translation department in my company as of July 1st. This transfer’s actually been in the works for a long time, but I couldn’t really talk about it since there was a lot going on internally at my company and it couldn’t be made official until recently. But hey, now it’s all set (date and all) and after nine long years of studying Japanese, I’ll be a translator.

I have some other stuff going on that’s all good news, but I need to wait a little while longer for everything to fall into place.

Anyway, just wanted to write this down while I had a chance. I’ve got a kanji test coming up next week, so I’ve been busy in my free time, but once that’s over with and I change positions, my schedule should lighten up a bit.

Well.. it’s been a good 2013 so far! Got another half-year to see how much more awesome we can make it.

3 comments to A few weeks late and a dollar short

  • kat

    congrats on the transfer!! the cup is so cute : )

    doy ou all have a rainy season in japan? the rainy season just started here in korea–weeks of endless rain day after day eek

  • kat

    i’m planning to come for a trip to Japan in September. If i could only go to one or two cities outside Tokyo, what city would you recommend?

  • kat

    i:m in osaka right now! coming to tokyo on wednesday! sorry ic ouldn:t get a hold of you : (

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