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Archive for January, 2012

First day back


Today has been LONG! Observe:

It started with a Japanese grammar lesson, which was actually quite fun. I’m in a new class now full of people that I’ve never met but they’ve all known each other since September, queue me, the OUTSIDER! But they were all quite nice to me (I say ‘all’, I actually only spoke to 2 people… 1 of them didn’t speak back!) But luckily it wasn’t so hard, we just went over the ない form, which is pretty simple.

THEN came The Making of Modern Japan… SNOREFEST I was so bored I actually fell asleep, but it was just an introduction so hopefully it will get a bit more interesting next week!

New semester, film reviews and a bit of rambling!

New term starts tomorrow! CANNOT WAIT! Starts of with a 2 hour Japanese grammar lesson (which I am in dire need of at the moment!) and then a new module, The Making of Modern Japan:

This module studies the trajectory of Japan’s extraordinary rise from a feudal, resource-poor nation in the 1850s to the world’s second largest economy in the early twenty-first century. We will examine the social, economic and political changes of this period through primary source materials, secondary scholarship by both Western and Japanese scholars (in translation), literature and films. In so doing, students will acquire a firm grasp of the research tools and methods needed to pursue further interest in the study of Japanese history.

How very exciting! This module is 100% coursework which I am たくさん良いabout.

I didn’t even tell you about my results for last semester! I only got a B for Contemporary Japanese Cinema which I ain’t very happy about since I kicked the CRAP outta the essay about A Snake of June (a more fun version of which you can find here) AND I nailed the essay on Throne of Blood! But hey, at least a B is still pretty good!

So anyway, I’m also doing a module called Personhood, Gender and the Body in Contemporary Japan, deets:

This module will introduce anthropological perspectives on personhood, gender, and the body, and will examine these with reference to ethnographic material from Japan. This will also include a discussion of some issues relating to medical anthropology, including medical systems in Japan, and beliefs and practices surrounding reproductive technologies, the end of life, and organ donation.

Sounds intense!  What do you think? Other than that I’ve got my standard Kanji lessons (to which I have an exam on Friday, eek!)

ON TOP OF ALL THIS I have a review on Japan Cinema which I haven’t even told you about, jeez, where is my head? UZUMAKI! Crazy film, if you haven’t seen it, read my review, hey even if you have seen it, click on the picture below!

In the middle of all this revision/stressing about new lectures/exams, I still need to write a new review! I have a good one in mind…

Snakes and Hair Dye

The time has come beautiful readers… I have had my review POSTED!

GO! Check it out now!

Naturally it is about A Snake of June. Please read it and let me know what you think! I am so excited about this I could explode!

In other news, I’m currently dying my hair… though I have that mid-hair-dye-scare that it’s just not gonna turn out how I’m planning it to. I will be back later to update on this situation!

ALSO I’m doing some more revision today, so expect quite a bit of ranting!



Japan Cinema Site

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Yes. THAT’S ME! 

That is all.

Japan Cinema Website

So, the last 24 hours have been pretty awesome! Not only will I have my little report on Hikikomori done in a wonderfully correct way (many thanks again to @itsmeElly on Twitter) but ALSO, my love for watching Japanese films and writing about crap has possibly been combined into one massive awesome ball of awesomeness. That is to say I am very nearly a writer for SHWING!

I very ruthlessly replied to one of their tweets (@JapanCinema) and seemingly got the job. I’ve already written my first review, so now I’m just waiting for Mr CEO to tell me it wasn’t a load of rubbish and that he will publish it.

I am so happy I could explode… but instead I will revise some more kanji… boo!