Hey everyone, I wanted to give everyone a brief update on my life and to ensure everyone I'm okay. For this month I will be preparing for a month long trip to San Diego, CA to visit my aunt (my mom's sister whom I haven't seen her since 2005.) Now as you all may or may not know my aunt and my mom aren't on speaking terms and I'm uncomfortably in the middle of all the drama but for the most part my mom is okay about it. In fact my mom's personality has improved since I moved out and we can talk to each other without getting into an argument. On April 18 and 19 is the Houston Japan Festival and hopefully if things work out I'm going to to go with my cousins and take lots of pictures. Then from May 2-30 I'll be in sunny southern California. My aunt is going to take me places and I've already made a list of places I want to see (most of them are museums I've noticed) but I mostly wanted to see the Japanese stuff in California since there is a greater number of Japanese Americans in the West Coast. I'm excited to see Little Tokyo in Los Angeles
It's funny because of the fact that for some odd reason I've been looking up any and all information about Japan the last few weeks. I read blog posts by foreigners married to Japanese nationals that live in Japan, I watched YouTube videos, hell I spent a few hours listening to news and watching documentaries on NHK World*
. My favorite documentary was about bento lunches and wajima-nuri*
(Laquered products) I'm not sure if I'd live in Japan though since I'm more at home in America and I don't even know that much Japanese to be honest
but I would love to take a trip there at least once before I die.
When I'm in San Diego I'm going to talk to my aunt about what direction I should go with my life. I feel I'm both stuck in a rut and at a cross roads and I'm second guessing myself. Since beginning this binge of learning about Japan I've completely forgotten about Louisiana or attending UL Lafayette and at this point I'm not sure I have the same feelings as I did for before about graduating from UL Lafayette much less living in Lafayette. I find that I want to be around culture but not just one culture but lots of different cultures but I've always been drawn to Japanese so I've been obsessed with wanting to live within or near a Japanese American community so I can soak up the culture from them without having to live in Japan myself plus I can take Japanese lessons and volunteer and help to put together events that showcase the Japanese culture.
I've also come to a stunning revelation about myself and I came to this after watching countless videos from vloggers on YouTube mostly from Grace Mineta from Texan in Tokyo. I really don't think I'm cut out for any job to be quite honest. I don't have the personality and I can't dedicate myself to a job unless I know it's something I want to do for the rest of my life. For me I want to do freelance work which doesn't always work out I know but at least with freelance work I can set my own hours and I'm technically my own boss. I've found that I want to be involved with my community with regards to getting people interested in Japanese culture, get more people to want to vacation or relocate to whatever city/state I plan to live in, make YouTube videos of my daily life as well as local attractions and events, make videos for Japanese people to get a feel of America and perhaps ease their burdens of being able to communicate with Americans despite knowing little to no English and also what faux pas are considered rude in America that aren't necessarily rude in Japan, perhaps how-to videos, make a comic book like Grace Mineta about my life, create short movies about a wide variety of things, make a children's book, make videos based on my future pets (I want a hedgehog, a male German Shepherd and a male or female Shiba Inu) and I want to do photography of local attractions or other places I visit and include an article about my thoughts on said attractions and perhaps submit them to a community newspaper or magazine.
As you can see I want to do a WIDE range of stuff with freelancing and that's the beauty of being a freelancer...you can do a whole variety of things and in a strange sort of way you become a jack of all trades. I'm also trying to let go of the fact that I'm too comfortable in Texas. I hate being stuck in Texas and I want to travel and see the world but then I don't because I'm scared of the unknown and it's hard. I've realized I've become to complacent with my life so far because as it stands the only thing I pay for is my phone and I don't have bills to pay, I have no job, I'm working on getting my license (but I need the necessary documents before doing the road test which is a major pain in the ass to get together and I'm having an issue with one of my W2 forms) and I don't have to worry about food or shelter because I live with my dad's older sister and my Abuelita (my dad and aunt's mother) But I'm sick of living here. I'm 25 I should be living my own living life and enjoying it but I'm not.
This is why I'm going to California to take some time to de-stress and figure out the direction for my life and where I want to go because I think at this point I'm sick of Texas and want new surroundings. I'll have to get over the voices in my head that are making me second-guess my decision to live outside of Texas but I'm trying to keep an open mind. The voices in my head are the subtle hints I got from family growing up that has made me scared to try new things or at the very least take too long considering things before making a decision or me having a biased stereotype about something or someone. I'm trying to break that mold my family has put me in and be my own person and be open-minded but still be who I'm comfortable being. I'm not sure how this will affect my art but I'll definitely try and draw stuff while I'm in California. I miss drawing my characters and Shadow. So I hope you guys are doing great and yeah...just wanted to give you all an update so you don't think I died or ended up in the hospital or something lol
The Japanese art of making products with a smooth lacquer. Lacquer is made from the tree sap of the Urushi tree and reinforced with jinoko powder that makes the lacquer stronger and more durable. The various bowls, pots, and cups you see that have lacquer are actually wood that's been shaped to specific measurements and it feels thin but the wood cutters are masters of their craft and they know how to shave the wood down thin but not to where it'll break. They then apply jinoko powder and then paint on the lacquer and whatever design they want. One such town is responsible for this lacquer and it's the town of Wajima in Ishikawa Prefecture.
here is more info on the wajima nuri craft: www.stutler.cc/pens/wajima/www.stutler.cc/pens/wajima/uru…www.city.wajima.ishikawa.jp/ar…NHK WORLD*www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/
You can watch Asian news from a Japanese perspective for free and the site also has a section for you to learn Japanese for free as well. I'd highly recommend using this site if you're interested in Japan like me Karoshi*
"Death by overwork" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar%C5%8…
Also for your viewing pleasure I give you....Japanese people (mostly hard working salarymen asleep on the train lol) Japanese salarymen work 12-15 hours a day for several days with almost no vacations and have almost no time for their families. Most companies in Japan are trying to change this but for the others some still work their employees like drones and it's very sad to hear about Karoshi*
(literally "death by overworking") but to me it's understandable why you'll probably see salarymen passed out in the streets or on the train...but some of the hilarious positions you may find them in....ehh I'll let you guys decide lolen.rocketnews24.com/2012/10/29…