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I had known that I wanted to visit Japan for a number of years–I was not the first awkward teenager to become fascinated by it, and will by no means be the last. gas pump emoji I suppose my own interest in the country was sparked by my first viewing on VHS of Katsuhiro Otomo’s AKIRA in the mid-90s. I recall at the time being shocked that there were full-length animation features which tackled issues I personally had never seen touched upon in western animation up until that point–they weren’t just for children! I also realised upon subsequent viewings that I didn’t really understand what the movie was about, but it had clearly captivated my imagination. I became fascinated with the idea that there were other countries which had ways of thinking that were significantly distinct from my own. I didn’t have a particularly worldly upbringing, first stepping foot onto an aeroplane at the age of eighteen, and on a flight bound for Mallorca at that. And so my worldview was fairly narrow. I never was the biggest fan of anime or manga, but I did play my fair share of Japanese video games during my adolescent years. I was also introduced to Japanese cinema more broadly through the works of legendary auteur Akira Kurosawa, and through the spate of Tartan Asia Extreme horror movies which were released in the UK during the early 00s. The rewards of scouring the local video rental store for movies my brother and I hadn’t already seen. Altogether this encouraged an interest in Japanese culture and history. I became particularly interested at first in the famous Sengoku Period thanks to the series of historical simulation games offered by the then Koei Company (now operating as Koei Tecmo) entitled Nobunaga’s Ambition, and I was occasionally prodding my history teachers at college to talk about the eastern theatre of the first and second world wars which seemed conspicuously absent from our curriculum.

As an avid fan of Bill Murray in his many 1980s comedy movies, I was excited to see his more sober performance in Sofia Coppola’s Lost In Translation. This was, if I remember correctly, part of a class excursion during the Narrative in Film and Fiction course I was then taking at (what was then called) the Glasgow College of Nautical Studies in 2003. gas x dosage for dogs I don’t believe I had seen many movies at that point which featured modern Japan as its setting (Canadian comic Tom Green’s Subway Monkey Hour notwithstanding). But the movie really resonated with me at that point in my life. I was doing something called a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Creative Writing because I had limited my further education options by deciding to stop making an effort in high school, and was therefore struggling to “find myself”, so to speak. I tried to make sense of the feelings the movie evoked in me. It was almost like fondly recalling an old partner–or a nostalgia for a place I’d never been. In German they call it s ehnsucht, which Wikipedia calls “a yearning for ideal alternative experiences”. This experience really cemented my interest in Japan, and really awoke the desire to find my way there. Unfortunately, I couldn’t come to any concrete ideas about satisfying this desire. I applied to study Japanese at university, but without being able to articulate a motivation beyond saying that I really just wanted to go there, my applications fell flat.

Around this time, in the search for whatever it was I wanted to do with the rest of my life, I had moved on to another course of study at a different college, a Higher National Diploma (HND) in the Social Sciences. There, I was introduced to philosophy for the first time, to the famous works of Plato, Hobbes, Locke, and so on. As I had been feeling remarkably introspective, and had particularly enjoyed encountering new and interesting ways of thinking, I was immediately drawn to the subject. electricity 1800s Descartes’ First Meditation on Philosophy encouraged me to think about the ways in which our senses might deceive us, and awoke an interest in there being a way the world might “really” be independant of any particular perspective on it. I realised that I had first encountered this idea thanks to my love for science fiction: Star Trek and The Matrix in particular. And so this kind of thinking was the main thrust of my research throughout my academic career at university in Stirling and St. Andrews. In light of that, my interest in Japan became a hobby while I focused on philosophy. I never really picked up the language, as the dream of getting there seemed little more than that, but I was able to read a good number of history and travel books which maintained my interest.

It wasn’t until after having graduated from my postgraduate degree that I started to think about Japan again, where my partner and I had moved away from academia to more regular work. I had begun watching videos on YouTube created by so-called J-vloggers, westerners who had made a living in Japan by translating or teaching English, and were documenting their lives online. Inspired by this, and as we were both seeking a change of pace, some new experiences, my partner and I started to talk about the possibility of teaching overseas ourselves. As we investigated our options, we talked about where we might go, and started taking courses aimed at teaching English as a foreign language. We floated a few possibilities for where we could teach in the world, but all throughout I only really ever wanted to go to Japan. electricity outage compensation And so the reputable Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme became particularly appealing—an initiative operated by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) to try and improve the English fluency of students across Japan. With this in mind, we began the rather lengthy application process for being accepted into the JET Programme. What had once seemed rather improbable started to seem much more feasible. I’ll detail the application process, and the time leading up to coming here, in the following entry.

I originally created this blog back in 2011 for two main reasons. One was simply to encourage myself to write regularly for the sole purpose of getting better at it, and the other was to aid me in sifting through my thoughts, to figure out where I stood on various issues. I was writing fairly regularly during the summer of that year, as I went between my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in philosophy. I tend to find that I return to this kind of writing format when I am considering or confronting life changes. Maybe it’s with the lazy aim of someone hopefully just telling me what to do, of someone giving me the answer to my quandaries, but I find that the actual process of jotting down my thoughts and ideas is quite helpful in and of itself. electricity sources in us Approaching another crossroads in my life brings me back here, to think things through and to take stock of what’s going on in my brain. Maybe it’ll be interesting or useful to someone else.