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The Tokyo Anime Fair 2012 was really that bad

March 25, 2012 4 comments

Some of you might have read about the attendance of the Tokyo Anime Fair on Sankaku, and I’m honestly not surprised. I thought it was going to be some kind of big anime like event that would attract both international fans and Japanese fans. I mean international is in the title of the event. But yeah the event was totally too mainstream and public friendly. It didn’t hold my attention at all. I was very, very disappointed by just how kid oriented it was. It was really watered down. I don’t know what the past years were like but it wasn’t as subculture related as I thought the event would be. It didn’t even need to be a whole bunch subculture. It didn’t seem to really have much anime stuff going on. It was a boring events. I live out in the boonies too and to spend $40 some dollars to and from and not to mention travel time is annoying. I’m wondering if I want to go to the Anime Contents Expo. It seems like that might be the more subculture related event, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to afford it. Well, we’ll see. Ugh just so disappointed from this event…

Results of our teaching

March 21, 2012 4 comments

Today I got the dreaded, “These bad grades are the results of OUR teaching.” from my JTE. At this point with just about 3 days left in the school year her voice was really stressed out, and was probably just annoyed about me sitting back and just trying to clean out my desk because I honestly thought I didn’t have anything to do. I’m not really sure what her deal is. I mean, last time I checked I was just some guy that acted as a tape recorder and “taught” classes from time to time. She says that students need practice because they don’t use English ever outside school. I mean, I can’t help low test scores. I know a lot of pressure is on the teachers but maybe they don’t understand because of they way that it’s taught? Maybe it was too fast? Maybe the students just aren’t reviewing after school? I know every teacher wants their students to be great but I was a student not too long ago myself and there are just somethings students are going to tone out to no matter what. I know it’s our job to make it fun but it’s kinda hard to make things fun when students are slow learners and I’m new to this.

She says to me that students need fun activities that they can do to understand it, but I tried finding activities a lot of the time, and many times she also rejected. So I dunno what she wants. I tried my best with it. At this point I’m really burned out. I’m trying to get over a cold and the lack of sleep from the cold. If you guys say, “Well maybe you should not teach.” Well, yeah I agree. I don’t really want to teach because it’s not something I’m really trained to do, but if it’ll get me a step in Japan then sure I’ll take it. Junior high is also a lot harder I think and my age is both a blessing and curse. I just don’t like the constantly on aspect of teaching. Having to appeal to both adults and students all the time everyday. I was really active about it at first but as the year grew on I became really withdrawn from everything. I wonder why?

Ahhh I don’t know! Just looking forward to spring break. Need to rest and relaxation. Just need to recharge. It’s been a long first year in Japan. I want to get a lot of gaming and watching anime done for once. It doesn’t help that I have to work on getting my driver’s license too. Ugggh that’s like $20 a try and I’ve tried to get to twice already but they’re so strict here in Japan about it. UGH!

A year comes to an end

March 20, 2012 3 comments

I’ve lived! I’ve lived to tell the tale. It’s been a long, long month… Well actually more like a long year because the year is actually coming a close school wise here in Japan. Although, my official one year in Japan isn’t till May. It’s been quite a year, and rather stressful but an interesting learning experience. There were times were I was really belligerent and other times really depressed. I just didn’t understand my JTE, and what she wanted at times. Things seemed to work out great at first but somewhere along the line I’m not sure what happened. I think she thought of me as some magical gaijin like person that could just instantly make the students pro at English. But the thing is there just wasn’t a big desire for English at the school. I tried my best to be friendly and enthusiastic but nothing could really be done to improve the attitude.

Also, it’s kinda hard to make English fun for certain grammar aspects. I think if I had a better defined role or was better told than vague things like we need to help the student’s writing or we need to help the student’s pronunciation. Sure, I’m the native English speaker, but you’re the one with the teaching degree in English, not me. And I think that burden on me was a little much at time because I felt like that wasn’t what my job entailed. I never did any Japanese study on the job even though I really wanted to but I find it funny that they complained that I was actually reading articles about how to be a better ALT in my free time. Uhhh…

I think teaching in Japan is hard like that because there is no defined role and they can pretty much do whatever they want with you. Demanding more or less of you. My school was a good school and I enjoyed my time, but the desire just wasn’t there. It just didn’t have that kind of culture, and the students were all pretty tight since the school had less than 150 students. The students were alright but a lot of them were pretty mean to me as well. I think people should work as an ALT in Japan before they say anything like OMG JAPANESE STUDENTS ARE SOOOO WELL BEHAVED. Lies. I still find it funny the response my JTE gave me when I said I was being harassed and touched below the belt. Her response, “Maybe that’s just their way of getting close to you.” Ummm in America, you would get expelled for that crap.

But yeah, I’m putting that behind me. It was a good year over all. I learned a lot. Next school year I will be at a different school which is much bigger. So maybe the culture there will be a little different? We’ll see. I blame the weather, but I’m really looking forward to the spring break to kick back and just start trying to get my life together again. It took an entire year to do it but I think I’m ready to start being more reserved in my spending. It’s just like being in Japan again and having a desire to buy everything anime related… But the novelty is wearing off a bit. I guess it takes last month’s spending habits to really just make me take a step back and go, “Hey, maybe this isn’t okay.”

As a lot of you know I spent over $500 USD for the deluxe Rinko set. As much as that was some really impulsive and cool to buy at the time, coming home to having only a little money to live on really sucked after about halfway through the month. So yeah, I really want to avoid eating rice mixed with miso soup next month. I don’t think I’ll make any more big purchases. I’ve been trying to enjoy the things that I have for now. At the start it was totally about this massive acquisition of things, but I really feeling like slowing down. But honestly coming to Japan from Korea was like having nothing. I had to buy all this stuff for the apartment like a TV, tables, fridge… But I think I’ve finally come to a point where I’m satisfied with the things around here, and I can just start saving my “wealth” or something.

Man, I wish I could get over this cold. I’ve been sick all weekend…

Japanese kids need to lighten up

March 10, 2012 12 comments

I don’t know if it’s where I work or whatever but Japanese kids need to f*cking lighten up and enjoy life a little bit. It’s like I say funny things that skew their language up and all I get is a KIMOI (disgusting) by them. Or whenever I mention things like I REALLY LIKE ANIME. It’s cool to like anime. But even the kids that like anime hate that they like anime. WTF. Or even quoting Miyazaki films is totally weird. Kids are so uptight about EVERYTHING in Japan. Too much so I think. True maybe it’s where I work, but it’s really annoying. I thought liking and speaking the same way as them would get me closer to them but they only find it weird.

Well whatever the year is pretty much over and I’m getting transferred to a new school so perhaps things will be better and different. I want to write more about my experiences working and living in Japan next school year too because I feel like I have a lot to tell. Like all the experiences I was sexual harassed by boys. I mean WTF…  The English Japanese teacher said that, “Maybe it’s just their way of getting to know you.” Ummm… NO.

Is dat some Project A-ko in my City Hunter?

I feel like this was intentional. Haha wow. I’ve seen a lot of different cameos sprinkled in this show so far as it is.

I have a girlfriend and she came in a giant box

March 5, 2012 1 comment

A few weeks ago I was in Tokyo for the 15th Japan Media Arts Festival. I stopped by the Mandarake in Akiba for a bit. Somewhat expecting it and somewhat not expecting it. I found the special deluxe edition version of New Love Plus. You know, that SPECIAL one that you could only get by winning through a lottery? Yeah, I bought it. Sure it cost me $500 USD (44,000 yen) and sure it put in in a spot where I have only 20,000 yen to last me until my next paycheck, but hey life is short so live it up. I’m not even really all that sure WHY I bought it since I’m not even a big fan of Love Plus, but it’s really nice looking and I wouldn’t have it any other way. So here are some photos.

The giant boxes everything came in. I honestly wasn’t expecting this because when I was there they only had the 3DS in the case. So that’s all I really thought it was. A really overpriced 3DS. Now that I look back on it, that would have been really crazy to pay that amount. But yeah they took maybe 10 minutes getting it together. I guess they couldn’t find the box? But when they did, I was thinking, “Whoa, I get all this?” So it was a pleasant surprise. If you haven’t noticed it’s Rinko’s set.

Everything that came in it. That’s a lot of cool stuff I must say. The folder also has a neat 3D effect that you can’t really tell. The books are just various pictures of each girl. The white one is a mix of them all together. It also as the OST and some pins and of course the 3DS with Rinko on it and the New Love Plus game itself.

What do I think of the game so far? I give it a meh so far. I’m still only in the friendship part of the game. I haven’t played it very much since I bought two other games along with this one. Love Application and Galgun if you were wondering. But yeah, New Love Plus just seems like a facelift to the original game with some shitty 3D effects thrown in. God, I hate the 3D effects on the 3DS. It’s like, you need to keep your head still to see it and if you move your head around it doesn’t come out very good. So you really can’t put on the option of moving the camera around with the 3D or it will just looks blurry.

I like how they’ve added an achievement kinda thing for the game now. I felt like in the original game there wasn’t much to actually work towards after a while. I guess some would argue that the gallery and ranking system or whatever was something to work towards, but I never felt like it mattered. But this time it has certain things you can complete like date 50 times, or kiss 5000 times. Things like that are more fun to work towards, I think.

Other than that I don’t know what to really say about it since I haven’t moved onto the main game yet. I’m gradually working on it though. Haha… I just don’t have the time like I used it. Growing up blows.

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