近海る (Kin Kairu)

JET, Japan, Journalism and other J words

Archive for the month “July, 2013”

Sleepless

Well, it’s just about that time.

It’s currently 4:00 a.m. where I’m at and my flight leaves at 11:00 a.m. The day has been filled with goodbyes, informational packets and lots of IPAs that I’ll never be able to have again. Though, I’m staying up because I’ve gained the particular skill over the years of being able to sleep on airplanes and it sure does make that 12 hour flight go by a lot faster.

However, this post is much more of a “wow, I’m really going to be busy this next week” sort of deal than anything else. On top of that, I don’t really know when I’m going to have full internet access. When I do, I’ll have plenty of things to write about. Hell, I got plenty of stuff out of today I could write about. I just need to cultivate it.

So, if there is no post by next Thursday/Friday, have no fear. I will most definitely be alive. I just may not have an internet soap box for me to remind all of you of that fact.

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Being “The Guy”

During this past weekend, I had the chance of seeing some old friends to catch up and say some final goodbyes. Some of these people were past JET applicants, but unfortunately did not get into the program. However, all of them seemed to say one same thing: “Well, you’re the kind of person that they’re looking for.” While there was always a joke added that my physical features helped (no, guys, really, I’m pretty damn blonde), it really got me thinking as to what “that kind of person” actually is.

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Being (Semi) Anonymous

Alright, let’s start out with some cliches.  1) Our society is becoming more connected than ever before and 2) Our definition of the word “privacy” is changing at an accelerated rate.  Especially with our phones, computers and gaming devices trying to integrate just about every social application they can, what’s “private” to my parent’s and grandparent’s generations is totally different than what I might consider private.

What does this have to do with blogging in Japan?  Well, while people in my generation may be more willing to share things online, I think an important distinction is to also add that these sorts of people are Americans my age. The opposite could be said about Japan.

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