Seven months since this blog entry, I have been studying every day in order to pass a gargantuan Japanese exam, all so I can find steady employment in Japan after my contract with JET ends in summer.
Today, I got the results:
After what felt like the hardest test I have ever taken, I somehow managed to scrape a pass at a measly 97/180, with listening being my strongest aspect and reading being my second strongest, thanks to making the shift from manga to light novels and anime to Japanese dramas. In the end, the passing grade is all that matters for employment, and N2 is undoubtedly preferred over N3 and N4 in Japan. However, I still feel my Japanese is extremely lacking, especially with grammar, keigo, and hand written kanji. In short, a pass is a pass, but I still want to get better.
Luckily, now that the formal test out of the way, I can start studying things I am actually interested in and will benefit me while working in Japan, such as graphic design terminology, game mechanic terms, and technical IT mumbo-jumbo instead of textbook journal entries about the environment and standard news reports about politics. I’m thrilled at finally being able to study stuff I take great interest in with no time limit looming over my head.
Thanks to everyone who cheered me on and has kept checking Crazy Sunshine throughout its hiatus so far. There’s still a fairly long path ahead of me as I try to find a job and a place to stay, but once all of that is done and dusted, I can finally get back to making some good old comics! The hardest part is most definitely over, bring it on!