It’s been a long time since I spent any time on this blog, and while I have good reasons for that, seven months isn’t exactly what I’d call a short absence.
In my first week in Japan, I’d decided to make a note of a few things I realised while I was staying in a foreign country with a different culture. Over the next three weeks, that note evolved into a full list, so I wanted to share it on my blog as an insight into how Japan works. I’m not pretending like these observations are true across the entire country, and I’m definitely not pretending to be an expert after only a month, but these are just some things that I noticed during my time in Fukuoka…
While I was staying in Fukuoka, the largest city on the southern island of Kyushu, I tried to fit as much ‘Japan’ into my trip as possible. Even if travel to places outside of the city wasn’t exactly possible with how busy I was, the area still has a lot to offer. Here’s a list of the stereotypical things I did during my month in Japan…
The start of this week was spent researching how to put futon sheets on properly and scouring the internet for Fukuoka’s waste disposal rules. Thrilling, I know, but if I’m going to be staying here for the next few weeks, I need to start with the basics.
Before this month, the furthest I’d travelled alone was a five-hour train journey from my university down to London. So for my next solo trip to be flying to the other side of the world, on a journey that would take me approximately 20 hours, it’s fair to say that I was taking a gigantic leap.
PHOTO CREDIT: Fumio Hashimoto
In hindsight, maybe starting an anime blog in my last year of university wasn’t the best idea I’ve ever had. But, despite having to go on a second hiatus, ShannaroShoujo isn’t going anywhere. I’ve now finished my postgraduate degree, and right now, as I’m anxiously waiting for my dissertation grade, I’ve been thinking about where I want to take this blog over the next few months…
- Regular posts
I have more time to devote to both watching and reviewing anime so I want to reinstate weekly blog posts. I’ll be fully adjusted to my new schedule soon so hopefully they will restart next week.
- Different types of posts
I’ve recently signed up to Crunchyroll, which makes it so much easier to discover new series. Because of this, I don’t really want to wait until they’ve ended before writing about them, so I want to introduce First Impressions posts. I started a couple of simulcasts that I really want to cover while they’re still brand new so keep an eye out for those.
- Different topics
ShannaroShoujo will always be first and foremost an anime blog. However, with a potential trip to Japan this year and more conventions opening in the UK, I want to branch out a bit more and cover things like cosplay, J-Drama, language and culture. I’ve already reviewed Hana Yori Dango, but as I become more involved in things outside of anime, it makes sense if it shows up on this blog.
A lot of things are changing in my life right now, after leaving full time education and working towards finally learning Japanese and visiting a language school abroad. Despite that, I’m determined to maintain this blog the best I can.