Saturday, July 11, 2015

What's New?

"What's new?" is the name of a reading comprehension activity one of my sannensei English teachers asked me to do every time I was at the school.  I had to write up a short paragraph about my life and read it to the students and then have them answer comprehension questions.  I'm not going to end this post with any comprehension questions, but I felt the title was appropriate.

As much as I hate to admit it, I am back in boring America.  Living here is a struggle compared to my effortlessly kawaii life in Japan.  Although I honestly can't say much else besides the kawaii part of Japan life falls into the category of "effortless."  Since returning, I've had a lot of time to reflect on my experiences in Japan but I will save that for another post because it deserves its own space.

Lately I've been trying to pursue a couple different hobbies that I hadn't spent any time on while in Japan.  I'm planning on attending both Otakon and Waku Waku +NYC this summer so I've been sewing a cosplay.  I'll be sure to post something about both of those conventions respectively.  It will be my first time at Otakon and a first for everyone at Waku.

On a similar note, I've watched through all of the spring new anime Ore Monogatari.  I highly recommend it!  The animation is beautiful and the characters are lovable.  It will make you feel so happy inside, I promise.

I also picked up Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, a book by Caitlin Doughty, alternative mortician and creator of the YouTube series "Ask A Mortician."  I haven't read a book from start to finish in a really long time but I'm super into this one and highly recommend it if you're into the death thing.  Caitlin is an advocate for alternative funeral practices and death acceptance.  I'm nearly halfway through the book and it's already inspired several interesting discussions on death with friends.  Maybe my morbid side catches some of you by surprise since I mostly only talk about kawaii but my original career goal was to be a medical examiner.  Anyway now that you're all aware of my dark side...

That's about it from me this time.  I have a couple other events I'm looking forward to attending besides Otakon and Waku so I hope to write about those.  If you have any questions for me or topics you're interested in reading about, let me know as always.  I hope you're all enjoying your summers!

♡ Carly ♡

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