The Nanbanjin Nikki


Slowing down, & my own Peregrinaçam

After another long hiatus, I figure it’s time to admit I can’t update this blog regularly anymore. Turns out being a grad student is a lot of work! I know, who woulda thought, right? There are a half-dozen half-finished posts around, but from now on I’ll publish them irregularly. Sorry about that. There’s also RSS/Atom feeds and email notifications, should the Reader wish to make use of them.

Joining the adult academic world does have its perks, though—like being eligible for the Japan Foundation scholarship program for researchers. Long story short, after all these years, I can finally utter the following statement in a world where it has a positive truth value:

~★☆I am going to friggin’ JAPAN!!!☆★~

Yes, I’m cutting my hair in 2013! I’ll be in Ōsaka-fu for 60 summer days & learn kansaiben & go kuidaore & probably blog every single day even if to say “today I had takoyaki, again”. See you on the other side of the world~


can’t imagine you with your hair cut; congrats for going to japan. hope you have the time of your life there, because you deserve it. makes me happy to hear you’re finally going.

By carla on .


What are the dates? I might be in Japan between Aug. 5 and 23 if I can swing the time and money thing. If we’re there at the same time, we should go out for a drink: tea, saké, or both!

I think this is the year of Ise’s rebuilding. Could be a good weekend trip.

By Carl on .


Your going to Osaka fills me with nostalgia. My last summer there was 1981…

I know you’ll have a great time.

Thanks, friends! I’m as happy as a fanboy :)

Carl: I’d love to! I’ll be staying for 2 months from June the 12th, so I think the return trip will be around Aug 11; we might just have a bit of overlap; I hope we both can manage to find some free time slot in our schedules. Keep in touch here or via twitter, &c.

By leoboiko on .

I’m a pretty fan of your blog, but never comment before.
I got so excited with your achievement there I’m just have to pass here to say congratulations!!!

Congratulations! I didn’t know that the Japan Foundation was providing scholarships for eating these days. (But I approve!) I definitely won’t be able to get out west because of reasons, but if you come out Tokyo way, let me know. (That goes for you too, Carl.)

By Matt on .

Daily meal allowance, in-house cafeteria, and an Osaka location? Yep, I’m in for the gastronomic delights =)

It’s just a shame I’ll miss the most hardcore metal band by a month!

More seriously, it isn’t a tourism trip (「[…]他の目的・活動に利用しない」) ; classes take basically the entire day all week, and we must stay in the dorms. I think weekends are free, but perhaps the “extra” activities might take time there, too. If there’s any chance of escaping Kantōwards (gotta have some nattō after all) I’ll ping you beforehand.

By leoboiko on .

gotta have some nattō after all

Plus, you might also want to hear some standard Japanese… you know, instead of just some local dialect. YEAH, KANSAI, I WENT THERE.