すみれの花咲く頃

~♦~ Sumire no Hana Saku Koro ~♦~

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Wow.....
Red and white curtains
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Did you realize that it's been a year and a half since I posted on LJ? I sure didn't I'm sorry about that and doubt anyone is even reading this anymore. Real life somehow gets in the way and since most of the people whom I interact with on a regular basis are on Facebook or, to a lesser extent, twitter, what little time and attention I have goes in those directions. Having stepped back a bit from the Takarazuka fandom (mostly for financial reasons), i found myself drifting away from LJ without even noticing. But I AM still a fan and still love it (heck, I'm going to see Tsukigumi on Monday!)

To give you an update on my life, after 5 years in Japan, I'm returning to the US. If you weren't aware, I've been an ALT through the JET program, but unfortunately there's a 5 year limit on the program. When I came to Japan, I never intended to stay this long. The plan was to maybe do 2 years and head back to my former profession. Hell, at that time, the limit on the JET program was 3 years. When the economy went to hell only a few months after my arrival, I found myself staying rather than deal with the miserable job market back in the States.

My last day of work in July 19th.
I have to leave my apartment by July 25th.
I'm leaving Japan on August 6th.

*gulps*

It's a crazy time. Job searching from abroad is a pain. I kinda gave up on trying to find web jobs in Japan because most require a higher level of Japanese than I am able to speak. My reading and listening comprehension are really high, but my speaking is miserable. (I passed JLPT N3 last year without studying at all, and was slated to take N2 this past weekend but was miserably sick. I want to try to take it again from the States, whenever the next test is held)

And somehow I can see myself actually picking this journal and Takarazuka and wiki stuff back up once I'm back in the US. Its strange that I'll have more time and motivation to work on things once I'm out of the country. I think a lot of it is that when you're doing EVERYTHING in Japanese all day and everyday, it's exhausting. But being separated from that, I can see myself wanting to keep up with things and fill things in just to keep up with my japanese

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Welcome back to LJ! I think a lot of us sort of drifted away from Takarazuka and LJ at the same time, and then wondered where everyone went. XD

I am actually on my second JET stint now as a CIR, but I did go home for a few years in between (right when the economy crashed, actually) and I sympathize!

I still have fond memories of the time we saw Zorro together. It would be nice to have more of a community again!

Good luck in your transition! As they say, なんとかすれば、なんとかなる!

I sympathize with your terror! Good luck, I hear the job market is picking up again, so you'll find something.

I'm still reading! <3 Though I knew you were moving cause I do see you on FB. ;)

Sounds super-busy for you right now! I can't imagine trying to move so fast after 5 years! :(


Wow, hi! Glad you're doing well - I had no idea you were still in Japan ^^; As onion_mob said, everything started dying down and it seems like everyone's slowly coming out of the woodwork.

I'm actually leaving for JET in a couple of weeks - we'll be passing by each other apparently! I wish you well with moving and the job search!

Congratulations and welcome to JET! Where are you stationed?

I'll be in Okinawa, just a bit northeast of Naha 8D Two weeks from today will be orientation in Tokyo! (And I haven't finished packing omg)

Okinawa, wow! That will be an adventure! I am way up North so I will be jealous of your climate. ;)

I'm sure when I arrive, I'll wish I was up north >_< I want to go up north though! I'm gonna love exploring Okinawa, but I definitely intend to get to mainland Japan whenever I can 8D

Maybe we can meet in Tokyo sometime?

Totally 8DDDD! I'll hopefully be posting more often while I'm there and we can plan something!

I'm glad you've had such a positive experience in the JET program! :)

What kinds of jobs are you looking for in the US?

Hello, I'm back again as well and I think it took more than only 1 and a half year - does anyone still remember me????

It must be hard for your to leave Japan after such a long time and to restart a new/old live in the US. I wish you lot of luck to find a good job.
Oh and of course a lot of fun watching Tsukigumi on Monday.

I am still a big fan of Takarazuka and a big fan of Osa-san. But my dream of another visit in Japan this year will not come true - I am still hoping for next year.

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