01 March 2013 @ 06:29 pm
[Japan]: 5th anniversary!!  

Yes, that's right. Exactly 5 years ago I started my life here in Japan!
My apologies that I can't be enthusiastic about this at all anymore. You can read about my previous Japanniversaries here: 1st / 2nd / 3rd / 4th

It's not only my Japanniversary, but it's also been exactly a year since I moved to another prefecture in Japan and started a new job.
Before we go on, let's have a look at my "goals list" from last year:

  • making it my last year in Japan FAILED!

  • experience something new / a new side of Japan ACCOMPLISHED!

  • don't spend too much time in my apartment / in front of the computer as I can do that once I'm back in Europe again (partly) ACCOMPLISHED!

  • join a Taiko group FAILED!

  • preparing going back to Europe FAILED!

I almost forgot that I originally planned to make this my last year in Japan!
I failed big time here, but I used my time to the fullest and travelled as much as never before this year! Thus I explored a lot of things I haven't seen before!
I even managed to visit all 47 Japanese prefectures in my 5th year!!!

However, I also spent a LOT of time in front of the computer working on my blog night and day .....

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And finally:

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THANK YOU for always sticking around and supporting me!!!

Even if I'm not around that much anymore because my blog keeps me so busy, I really appreciate that you're still here and give me advice or listen to my whining!
[music]: SunSet Swish - マイペース
[mood]: calm
01 March 2012 @ 07:21 am
[Japan]: 4th anniversary!  
Yes, it's been 4 long years and finally it does feel like I've been in Japan for a long time. Maybe long enough.
As you know I've been thinking a lot about leaving Japan this past year.
Instead of leaving I decided to move to another city and job. I'm still not sure if it was a good decision, but my 5th and probably last year will surely show.

It's funny / interesting / destiny?! That my new job and all starts exactly on my anniversary! I move on the very day I arrived in Japan 4 years ago!!

Photo information: Fallen Tsubaki (blooming in winter in Japan!) taken a few days ago.

Alright, so let's have a look at YEAR 4 AMJ (= after moving to Japan ):
I'm not really satisfied with this 4th year.
2011 was probably not a good year for anybody living in Japan considering that soon after I wrote my last anniversary entry we had the earthquake / tsunami disaster!
It was just a very .... strange year! But yet I'm still here in Japan!

Compared to previous years (1st / 2nd / 3rd) I didn't do much, I didn't accomplish anything.
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Last, but not least just because I do it every year:

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Congrats to [ profile] asahifirsa who finally made it into the Top 3 this year! Thanks for your great and helpful comments!

Thanks for reading, especially to those who've been with me since Day 1 (March 1st 2008) of my Japan adventure (or even before that)!
Current Location: about to move in a few hours
[mood]: restless
01 March 2011 @ 09:32 am
[Japan]: 3rd anniversary!  

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THANKS GUYS luv you all!!!
I hope you will accompany me through my 4th year as well!
[music]: Falko - Vienna calling
[mood]: pissed off
01 March 2010 @ 12:54 am
[Japan]: 記念日その2❤  

Wow, I can't believe it's been 2 years since I came to Japan.
I left Germany on February 29th(!) 2008 and arrived in Japan on March 1st which was a Saturday 2 years ago. It's interesting to read about my feelings right before I left and also how I felt last year on my first anniversary. Some of you have been my LJ-friends since then or even longer and I want to thank especially YOU guys for sticking around for such a long time!
I hope we'll get along in the future as well.

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That's all.
Let's hope that my 3rd year will be better than my first 2 years and that I will be able to accomplish more than last year (^-^')>
I hope you'll stay with me for the next year(s) as well <3

これからもよろしくお願いします!( `・ω・´)ノ~❤
[mood]: jubilant
[music]: 嵐 - 時計じかけのアンブレラ
04 September 2009 @ 08:41 am
[Livejournal]: Happy 5th anniversary <3  

Today is a special day
So let's celebrate!

In Japan you usually give people small gifts and eat お赤飯 (sekihan / red rice) when there's something big to celebrate.
The photo is very fitting although it's not ment for today. The photo is a few days old when our school had an anniversary as well :)
When I asked one of my coworkers about the meaning of 赤飯 they told me that it has to do with 紅白 (red and white) because those are the colors of celebration in Japan.

Today we celebrate my LJ's birthday for the first time. I never bothered to do it so far, but now it's five years old, wow!
Although I just checked and saw I didn't really use it until 2006 (^^')>

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Whereas the first few hundred entries were mostly about icons, anime/manga and jdramas my lj has turned into a "Japan only" thing in the last 1,5 years (or even before that). I apologize for that, but I just don't have time for anything else anymore.
Of course I miss creating icons/graphics and rant about the latest dramas, but it can't be helped. I had to set up some priorities (studying Japanese) and compared to 1,5 years ago I also have a full-time job now.
Having a look at the comment numbers I figured I should comment to your entries more often, but I can't always do that for the very same reason ;o;
I hope you understand.

Thank you all for following my journal up until now. I hope you will stay tuned in the future as well (^-^)>

Okay something else:

Want to know why I am so stupid that I wanna slap myself several times right now? )

EDIT: It seems that I should slap myself more often.
I managed to get rid of it and the method was too easy!
At first I tried it with a hair dryer and a knife, but that killed part of the wallpaper. Then ... and I don't even know why ... I used a normal eraser and tadaaa~ (^-^)v
Okay, okay ... where I used the knife the wallpaper is a little bit ..... scratched, but I think it's okay :)
[music]: GYM - フィーバーとフューチャー
[mood]: bitchy
01 March 2009 @ 06:41 am
[Japan]: 記念日  

Let's have a party ^-^ )
[mood]: confused
[music]: KEN THE 390 - 届けたくて… feat.青山テルマ