06 March 2013 @ 08:34 pm
Wow, guys, it's been forever, I bet half of you don't use LJ anymore and the half who do don't remember me. This is going to be a long, rambly text-only post, not much actually happening, sorry - I just had a lot of things floating around in my head until they finally came together and felt like I had to write it down somewhere. Bear with me!

Life in Japan, but only very vaguelyCollapse )
 
 
08 August 2011 @ 12:44 am
Now updating for the foreseeable future from Japan! This post is brought to you by my base school, as I have no internet at home yet and nothing better to do at school right now than eat popsicles and use their internet. (Seriously; I asked my supervisor the other day what she would normally be doing during summer break if she were not showing me around, and she glanced around and whispered very surreptitiously, "Nothing. We basically do nothing.") I'll be starting team-teaching in September. In the mean time, everyone from the principal down to my new office confidante and fellow newbie, henceforth Kentucky-sensei, has warned me about the students.

My principal was pretty diplomatic: he said that the students here tend to struggle with English. Kentucky-sensei, who did a year of university abroad, said, "They don't give a shit. And I don't have any time to study myself because I'm always on the phone with their parents. Or the police." He thought about it. "I think it'll help if you have the right kind of image going in, so you know what to expect."

EMILY: Right now? I'm picturing like, Gokusen.
K-SENSEI: Perfect!
K-SENSEI:
K-SENSEI: Maybe you should study Gokusen. It might help.
 
 
So I don't think I actually told you guys, but I applied to JET last semester. I've been wanting to go back to Japan more or less since I got back, and by and large I really like the tutoring I've been doing this year, so it seemed ideal. I got through the first round of applications--they actually sent out the list of people who'd made it through to the interview stage on my birthday, which (combined with the snowday) was pretty much the best birthday present ever; I interviewed over February break, and it seemed to go pretty well, but I didn't want to tell everyone in case it didn't happen. But I got out of my last class yesterday just about in time to get the email announcing I'd passed the interview stage, which means I now essentially have a job, so I feel okay telling you. :D I'm still waiting to be assigned to a contracting school, so I won't know where exactly I'm going until May, but we're supposed to get the official acceptance paperwork etc. next week, and I need to start looking into background checks and such ASAP.

TL;DR, barring any last-minute disasters I'll be an ALT next fall! Y'all are really just lucky there is no way for me to convey the totally undignified dance of celebration I did yesterday through LJ. (I seem to have compensated with a truly horrifying number of typos in the first draft of this post. Think that's now resolved, but no promises.)

Also, because I am per usual the latest person on the planet, I am finally starting Bartender! I have to say guys, I'm only like three minutes in, but my first few impressions were 1) gorgeous lead; 2) spunky female accomplice; 3) RIDICULOUS ALCOHOL-BASED PROPHECY, and that is so far three for three with Kami no Shizuku. ^^;; I love Aiba and I love Kanjiya Shihori and I have heard nothing but good things about this drama, so I'm sure it'll be fine, I'm just saying.

P.S. Likely in direct correlation with amount of time spent hiding from my semantics p-sets, have acquired SEVERAL new fandoms in the last month or so. Any Passpo/RTA/D-NA fans on my f-list? No? ... no?
 
 
18 March 2011 @ 04:21 pm
Guys, look what I caught while I was supposed to be taking semantics notes!

Obviously I named him Matsujun. This means I will never be able to evolve him because shiny Liepard is significantly less fabulous. :(
 
 
Omg you guys, I have class in half an hour, but one of my Facebook friends just linked to this Asian pop conference happening at Princeton (which: waaaant. New Jersey's not that far, right? I could totally hitchhike!) And then a little subsequent Googling turned up someone (unrelated)'s thesis.

You guys, it is called "It's My Passion, That's My Mission To Decide: I'm Going Worldwide." I have never flailed so hard over an essay in my life. (Fun game: Try playing "spot the song references" in the chapter titles!) So I should be going to class... but in fact, all I actually want to do is read a stranger's thesis and then go and look up all other papers even tangentially related.

Y-yeah. That Japanese essay... may not be happening tonight. orz

ETA: Actually did read all of it and still have HOURS left to work this essay out! \o/ [/misguided sense of accomplishment] It was not even very well written but whatever, fan cultural investigations are my favorite and there are JE SONGS in the chapter titles. I only wish I could do that.
 
 
03 January 2011 @ 08:22 pm
Happy new year, LJ! I really can't believe we're facing 2011 already, not least because I will be graduated in five months and have to brave the worrisome world of inescapable adulthood. When I was little, I used to think adults must acquire all potentially useful knowledge through some magical maturity process, like maybe they handed you your "How To Do Everything" handbook with your diploma. I guess I've still got five months, but these days I suspect that isn't quite how it works...

(On a less momentous but similarly strange vein, this is apparently going to be the seventh year I have been on LJ. I... I really don't even know, guys, I don't know.)

So! Since I have all this responsibility to be practicing... I have been watching Asian TV. (The influx of New Year's shows was well-timed, actually--I don't know why I say "well-timed," like yes, thank you, revolution of the Earth--because I'd been just on the verge of catching up with Secret Garden (anyone watching Secret Garden? Can we flail about it together?) and I hate catching up with things. So instead, I have been falling hardcore in love with JE all over again! :Db

Yeah, I'm not sure what that portends about 2011 either, but if it means that I am going to spend the rest of the year being deliriously delighted, I think I am on the whole okay with that.

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The other thing I did was get wildly into SMAP.Collapse )

Also, KAT-TUN!Collapse )

That is probably enough concentrated flail to cover the next three months of me not posting. :Db Love for you dears and thank you for putting up with my sporadic and strange posting!
 
 
12 September 2010 @ 01:33 pm
omg guys, I am sorry to spam you, especially with this incoherency, but the Can't Nobody MV is the fiercest thing I have seen ever

ever

EVER



My girls are so gorgeous, I don't even. ;_;

Also, I started feeling bad perving on Minzy when she came out in the leather, and then by the time they got to the bit with the suit I no longer had any presence of mind to feel guilty left. IDEK GUYS, CL IN THE CAR and I THINK SHE IS CHANNELING GD, WITH THE HAT, and BOM LOOKS SO GORGEOUS and DARA IS KIND OF UNBELIEVABLY BEAUTIFUL, SERIOUSLY, I REALIZED THIS IN CLAP YOUR HANDS, BUT HER HAIR HERE REMINDS ME OF CL'S FAUXHAWK THING IN FIRE AND I ADORE IT AND NOW I WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND WHY THEY SPENT A YEAR GIVING HER THE MOST JUVENILIZING HAIRSTYLES ON THE PLANET. PLEASE KEEP YOUR NEW STYLISTS FOREEEEEVER.

And then MINZY, MINZY IS THE FIERCEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN AND I AM SO WEAK TO GIRLS IN SUITS, I CAN'T EVEN TELL YOU. ;_;

I really think I should have watched this after my homework because I wasn't even really feeling the song but now I will just put it on repeat forever, sob.
 
 
12 September 2010 @ 10:57 am
Hey, y'all, it's been a while, huh. I'm not dead, just at college.Collapse )
 
 
21 August 2010 @ 12:17 am
This is going to be rather a disordered post. I am moving back to college on Tuesday and meant to be packing (eiri_berry and my other lovely suitemates are holding down the fort already.) These two facts--the disorder and the not-packing--probably correlate directly. If you've been around for any other transitions in my life, you probably know I hate packing; if not, learn now! I hate packing and I hate unpacking; I put off one until the last possible moment and the other until my dissatisfaction with the disorder around my exceeds my unwillingness to do it. The "last possible moment" on this one tends to come a lot later: I've really always worked best under deadlines.

But the thing is, it also makes me terribly guilty, so while I find a multitude of procrastinatory things to do, I don't have the attention span for any of them. This is why the Seishun Novel of Dysfunction is yet unfinished, even though I love it in wrong-shippy, questionably legal ways. This is also most of the impetus for this post.

The rest is stream-of-consciousness.Collapse )
 
 
24 July 2010 @ 07:03 pm
Someday I will post something that is neither music nor Japanese, but as that is about the extent of what I've been doing lately, that day will not be today. So here's some music I've been falling in love with lately, poorly translated for your amusement.

SoulJa (no relation to supermanning that ho) is an R&B, light hip-hop singer pretty well-known for a collaboration with Aoyama Thelma in 2008; perversely, I liked his original much better than her answer song, and the rest of the album is also quite good. I downloaded his more recent albums the other day: his third album is wonderful, his second, terrible. Go figure. The first two songs are from this most recent album. I think they're really sweet musically and lyrically, though I'm afraid my translation just sounds clumsy, especially for tsubasa: the orignal has a kind of lyrical rhythm I really can't capture.

tsubasa


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2111 ~Kako to mirai de warau kodomo-tachi e~


2111 ~To the children smiling in the past and the future~Collapse )

stellsonic and I actually discovered Kissaquo quite accidentally; they happened to be playing on an open-air stage at a strip mall in Kyoto, and we hung around and listened to a couple of songs. I didn't buy a CD, but now I really wish I had, though I think they were even better live than in studio.

I like the song in this video anyway, but it's especially bittersweet to me because the PV was so obviously shot in Kyoto, and I've really been missing it lately.



I haven't translated Haikei Kimi e, maybe later.

This is the song I really fell totally in love with. So sad! The video is really simple but lovely, and I was happy for the lyrics, because I couldn't find them anywhere else on the net.



I'm going to post the Japanese lyrics as well as the translation for Kokorogawari, because again, nowhere else online, and the typography is also kind of cool: the katakana stanza near the end really shows how lonely and disconnected the speaker feels. The song, incidentally, is from a woman's point of view. There are also some nonstandard readings used here, and even places where the written and sung lyrics differ, which I've marked.

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Change of heartCollapse )