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17 September 2010 @ 11:20 pm
Happy 6th Jappaniversary!! *^-^* (+meme cont.)  
On September 15th, 2004, I left Seattle-Tacoma airport, and the next day I landed in Narita, Japan. My first time abroad (unless you count the one time my family walked across the Mexico border into Tijuana to see what it was like), and definitely my first real experience with a foreign culture!

I don't know what to say.. So many things have happened in the 6 years since then. I've went through homesickness, sickness, losing friends, heartbreak, loneliness, confusion, frustration, anger, fear, sadness... but I've also turned my world upside down. I had no idea, for example, that Taco Bell didn't exist everywhere, or that supermarkets in other countries weren't open 24 hours! It seems silly to think that I thought like that before, but that was just the way things are, lol.

I really recommend travelling abroad to everyone. Whether it's backpacking or first class, whether you have to work your way along or can afford the best straight out, it doesn't matter. Just go somewhere and keep your mind open. It just might change your life, like Japan has changed mine. I'd like to think that I've changed for the better, and I know there is a long way still to go. But I'm a work in progress, and ready for all that Japan has to offer me for the next six years! Here's hoping to my 7th year in Japan being the best one yet!

Cakes that sweet sweet Mako picked up for me ^-^

My hometown (!) friend Kristina came to celebrate!! So did Eda and Mako, who declined the photos, lol. =D;;
We (well, us girls) made ghetto burritos.. mmm, mexican food!

Pardon the hideous expression on my face, lol!!! But it's the only picture that I had. ^-^ It was such a great little party!

Eda stayed the night, and we watched Vampires Suck, laughed our heads off (that girl seriously had Bella's actor's acting down SO WELL it was creepy! And too hilarious. XD I used to love the Twilight books, but when I reread them recently, they didn't seem all that great. The first one was the best, though, as always. Breaking Dawn was a laugh fest. XD Oh well, I will still treasure them.

On another note, I recently reread Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (for the movie!) and it was a LOT better than I remember it. Tastes sure change. I'm salivating for the movie, and I think it comes out in Japan roughly the same time as in America. I can't wait!!

Day 04 - A habit that you wish you didn’t have.

Oh my.. well, this one is actually pretty easy! This is something that I work on every day, in fervent hope that I don't end up a hunchbacked old broad one day, not even needing to bend over to pet one of my 35 cats. That's slouching. I've done it since forever. It made my abs weak (which makes my back hurt when I stand up straight for a long time, oi), and it made my shoulders round.

I wonder why I did this. I usually tell people that it's because everyone is so short that I have to stoop to hear! But once a friend told me (you know who you are!) that it sounded like I was blaming everyone when I said it like that.

..! I had never thought of it that way before, but I can see that. LOL, I didn't mean it that way. I'm not sure what to say now. Height difference was the main reason, and an intense shyness, so I wanted to disappear. There was also the whole "growing boobs but don't want to grow up!" thing, too. :D If I hunched my shoulders and wore big t-shirts, then maybe nobody could see my boobs! LOL.

I really, really didn't want to grow up. Something I've been thinking about a lot lately. I'm 30, in Japan, with somebody that I really love, surrounded by a lot of amazing friends, and slowly and steadily working to try and make my dreams come true. There are times that I think about "grow up" things like marriage, kids, building a house, saving money, etc, and I even feel like I'm ready. Other times it's so scary that I can barely think about it.

But really, does doing any of those things mean that I'm grown up? Or even better, does being grown up mean that I'm no more fun? I don't think that it has to.

*~_~* Right? I'm curious about what you guys think! Even if I do those things, I want to travel with my friends and make the most out of life! Growing up now is a lot better than growing up used to be, maybe ^-^

Day 01 - A recent picture of you and five interesting facts about you.
Day 02 - The meaning behind your LiveJournal name.
Day 03 - A picture of you and your friends.
Day 04 - A habit that you wish you didn’t have.
Day 05 - A picture of somewhere you've been to.
Day 06 - Favorite super hero and why.
Day 07 - A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you.
Day 08 - Short term goals for this month and why.
Day 09 - Something you’re proud of in the past few days.
Day 10 - Songs you listen to when you are Happy, Sad, Bored, Hyped, Mad.
Day 11 - Another picture of you and your friends.
Day 12 - How you found out about LJ and why you made one.
Day 13 - A letter to someone who has hurt you recently.
Day 14 - A picture of you and your family.
Day 15 - Put your iPod on shuffle: First 10 songs that play.
Day 16 - Another picture of yourself.
Day 17 - Someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why.
Day 18 - Plans/dreams/goals you have.
Day 19 - Nicknames you have; why do you have them.
Day 20 - Someone you see yourself marrying/ being with in the future.
Day 21 - A picture of something that makes you happy.
Day 22 - What makes you different from everyone else.
Day 23 - Something you crave for a lot.
Day 24 - A letter to your parents.
Day 25 - What I would find in your bag.
Day 26 - What you think about your friends.
Day 27 - Why are you doing this 30 day challenge.
Day 28 - A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then?
Day 29 - In this past month, what have you learned.
Day 30 - Who are you?
Kira_Shadowkira_shadow on September 17th, 2010 02:36 pm (UTC)
I'm sad I couldn't make it yesterday T^T
But at least all the studying for my final exams paid off

Happy belated anniversary!
2004... it seems so far away and yet not. I can't believe I actually met you reasonably early then... December 2004/January 2005! Man, time passes...


I definitely agree on going abroad. :3 best thing that ever happened to me.

Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 17th, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you stayed at my very first apartment in Japan. ^-^ That was such a nice apartment!! I can't afford anything like that now, lol.

I still remember the adventure finding you in Tokyo station quite vividly XD
Kira_Shadowkira_shadow on September 17th, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
oh god I do too!
my first time in japan, first time in tokyo and I knew NOTHING and I had to buy a grape fanta to get change to call you because nothing was open anymore and there were tons of homeless people sleeping everywhere and... man that's something I'm not going to forget any time soon!

ore-samathesundaywriter on September 17th, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
I think planning some of those things can be fun as well, it depends how you see it, and who you make those plans with =3

Strangely until lately I never felt 'old' as some of my close friends did. Lately because I spent two extra years studying postgrad and half my friends have been working for a year or two and I'm still trying to find a job. I know while I wasn't wasting my time, it sometimes makes me feel pressured. Before I thought by 24 I'd be working and having more savings too, then again those feelings are also pressured by society expectations =X
キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인dilettantka on September 17th, 2010 02:52 pm (UTC)
*snuggles* I'm too tired to write anything coherent, but I love you and that movie was so funny god XD I thought about the guy suddenly going CAT!! and running off after it for some reason today and cracked up. XD
Kira_Shadowkira_shadow on September 17th, 2010 03:02 pm (UTC)
I wanna watch it too T_T

"You know who we are, don't you?"
"You're...the Black Eyed Peas!"
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 17th, 2010 03:10 pm (UTC)
Kira, if you come over we can watch it anytime! ^-^
Kira_Shadowkira_shadow on September 17th, 2010 03:11 pm (UTC)

btw there is a vietnam festival in yoyogi tomorrow and on sunday... I know I asked this everywhere already but do you have time?
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 17th, 2010 03:13 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately I already made dinner plans for Sunday, so I don't have the money to go out this weekend except for that. Hopefully I will get better at my finances soon!! ^^;
Kira_Shadowkira_shadow on September 17th, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC)
oh yeah money...
I'm on a tight budget this time as well T_T
night_owl_9: everything will be all rightnight_owl_9 on September 17th, 2010 03:05 pm (UTC)
Happy belated anniversary! :) I truly admire you for being able to go to Japan and start a life of your own - I hope that I may be able to go out in the world and experience as much as I can as well. All in due time, I guess. And yes, we are all works in progress - I agree with you fully on that :)
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Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 17th, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC)
In that case, I went to China a few years ago for two weeks. That's all! ^^
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Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 18th, 2010 01:32 am (UTC)
I want to travel all over the world, actually! ^-^ I just have to stop being so poor =D
Neffiline: AAA Sweetneffiline on September 17th, 2010 07:38 pm (UTC)
Happy Anniversary!!

I think traveling is SO important! Even if it's just to another city 2 hours from your home town. Go out! See something new!!

I was traveling a lot with my parents when I was young because we had family all over. And I went to the USA once, and Japan last year. (I'm from Canada, hiii~ n___n)

From my own experience, I noticed that people who have never traveled outside of their city are very closed-minded and self-absorbed (I mean, people that haven't traveled and don't want to). There's a HUGE difference when you make friends with a group of people that have never traveled and a group of friend that have traveled. Even just a LITTLE, it's HUGE! Well, around here it is anyway.
Kathy★キャシー: Ninomiya Kazunari ♥ Sleepoverkatokathy on September 17th, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
Congrats on your anniversary! =)
I've been reading your blog for the last... 4-5 years now! XD
I'm really inspired and impressed by all your efforts/hard work living in Japan.
The Euni: Bleach - IshiHime - Heavens! You're Beaukarakurimi on September 17th, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
:D Happy Belated Anniversary!!!!! I'm glad I discovered your blog and that you continue to write in it, despite your schedule! I'm also very glad to support your art! I can't wait for your manga to debut :) I wish you all the luck for your 7th year and for all other years to come in Japan!
tl;dr: dancemasteree970 on September 17th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on six years! You're a seasoned pro at Japan now! You've come a long way and I know there's still a long road ahead filled with fun and surprises! (...is that a lyric from the Ducktales opening??) Celebrate some for me!
sleep_deprivedyurasama_love on September 18th, 2010 12:20 am (UTC)
Yaaaay, Happy Anniversary! May all your forthcoming years be filled with awesome!
I am still terrified of growing up and I think I will only stop when I am old and done with it.
mei_sanmei_san on September 18th, 2010 03:36 am (UTC)
Your pic of cakes makes me craving for cakes! Hmmmm cakes.

6 years...that does seems like a long time! Happy anniversary! I have to say reading your adventures in Japan has been a joy. I'm excited for you what next year may bring!
超ちゃ人: girlZ: soap bubble~。o○chochajin on September 18th, 2010 10:45 am (UTC)
I already said it on Twitter, but thise deserves to be mentioned mor than just once: CONGRATULATIONS on your 6th year! Awesome! I doubt I'll ever have my 6th year here, but who knows, right? ;P

Haha. I'm the opposite. I was surprised to see that there are convenient stores (at all!) and opened 24/7, supermarkets that are open until 10pm and supermarkets and department stores that are open on Sundays!! ;)
vlast29: bunny bunvlast29 on September 18th, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)
ahoy! Congratulations Jamie!
Following your blog from some time a go, I 'd like to say thank you for every slice of memory shared here. And I understand the feeling of first time coming to a 180 degree different country with different culture to your hometown. Me too,and with Japan. But I myself think it is an interesting experience, a really omoshiroi one, because it trains you tough and opens many ways for you. I think you feel happy with what you do and where you are now, I think you become familiar with Japan like your second hometown, and I do have a strong belief of you becoming success there.

So, Gambatte! I hope to see more and more entries from you. Say cheerssss for the 6 years living here and becoming a part of this culture!:>
Chiakichiaki777 on September 18th, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
Wow, a very big congratulations to you dear.