September 25, 2007

Movin' on

Well, school's finished. For good, I mean. Yep, 1,446 (count 'em!) hours of Japanese study later and my Japanese still sucks. Hehe :(

The graduation ceremony was last Friday. All very emotional. Or it would've been had I not been quite so hungover (it was my birthday the day before).

So what's next...well, for those of you I haven't already told, I was lucky enough to get a job lined up at a publishing/communications company near Nagoya (i.e. a 50 -odd minute train journey from my current location). So I'll still be in the area, and it's nice that I can remain in an area where I have friends and a support network (god knows I'll need one), and it's nice to think that I will be able to come back to Okazaki from time to time, hang out at the local (to the school) bar, meet people etc.

So, I need to change my student visa to a work visa. This process takes a varying amount of time (usually about a month), and while this process is going on I am given a kind of in-limbo visa which doesn't allow me to either leave the country or rent a proper apartment. So, when I leave my apartment (I have to be out tomorrow) I am going to move temporarily to an old, nearby house belonging to a friend of a friend, that they were kind enough to agree to let me stay in. No Internet so...I may be out of communication for a while (I'll still be checking e-mail as often as possible).

Anyway, must get back to packing, will write more later (probably).


September 17, 2007

Final week

Alright gang

Just a quick note to let anyone who is actually still interested that I am in fact still alive...just slightly busy with various things.

This is my last week at school, which is something that fills me with a peculiar feeling of both not wanting to leave (since I like the school, the student lifestyle and many of the teachers) but also of feeling glad that it will end (since I am kinda sick of this style of study and I feel like it's not having much of an effect any more, and I really really need a break and my brain is melting argh argh my brain is melting).

Another reason why I am anxious about leaving is that I currently have no definite place to live after I leave (I am currently living in student-owned accommodation and will have to get my ass out the door by Tuesday 25th). I currently have several possibilities, but nothing is confirmed yet, and I think not knowing where I will be in a little over a week is something that my personality type just can't handle.

Also I still have no job. I interviewed at a company the week before last, but I still haven't heard a peep from them, so I'm not feeling particularly hopeful about it. So my current (vague) plan is to find somewhere to live, convert to a tourist visa (which lasts for 3 months) and kind of bum about looking for a full-time job and doing occasional private lessons at my school. Maybe travel a bit as well. Then if nothing comes up I guess it's back to blighty. I really have no idea right now. Guh.


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