UPDATE: I just realized that there are a number of bunches of photos that I haven’t even uploaded to Picasa yet. ^^” Once I get them uploaded, I’ll make another post with those links. >_<
I would first like to apologize to everyone that had been anticipating my posts while I was in Japan. I suddenly stopped posting and I think I may have worried some of you. I’m really sorry about that. ^^”
There are a number of reasons (not excuses) for why I stopped posting, but mainly it was because I became busier and busier with homework, making lots of new friends, going out with those friends and trying to see and do as much as I could while I was in Japan. And 9 months was not long enough. I wasn’t ready to come home at the beginning of June and I still very much want to go back. Though as I look back at the posts I did make on this blog, I really do wish I had continued posting at least the small picture updates with the simple cell phone that I had. I think I would have found it really enjoyable to be able to look back on those later on. But I did still take a ton of pictures and I was posting some things on Facebook (where I was able to connect with many of the new friends that I made. Both Japanese and other foreigners).
For those of you that haven’t seen my pictures that I posted on Facebook, I’ll post the links here (from Picasa – see below ^_^) and you can check them out when you have a chance. I’ll warn you, there are A LOT of pictures. When I was on a day trip, or on a field trip, I usually took more than 100 pictures per day. I was even able to go to Taiwan for 5 days in February!
I’ve been home since June 4th and I went back to my job at The Pitt Shop 1 week after that. I’ve been working basically full-time since then. With a short break in there when my friend, Cerian (I met her while in Japan & she’s from Wales!), came to visit Pittsburgh and attend Otakon with me. And just this week I started classes for the Fall semester. If all goes as planned, I will be graduating this December. Which I’m really excited about. ^_^ Half of the reason for that excitement is because usually the Winter Commencement for Pitt is held inside The Cathedral of Learning. My current plan is to find employment in Japan. I’ll probably look for a job teaching English, possibly with the JET Programme.
I may continue updating this blog periodically. Especially since I definitely plan on going back to Japan. Hopefully for longer than “only” 9 months. ^_^
20130330 Hagi/Iwakuni (LOTS of Sakura! aka Cherry Blossoms)
20130529 Tea Ceremony w/Mom (Mom visited me in Japan! :D)
20130602 Osaka Castle (with Atsushi! :D)