Hello! I’m Seira (not real name, but that should be easy enough to figure out). I’m in my late 20s and I currently live in Tokyo working in the English localization department of a smartphone game company. I’ve been studying Japanese since 2004 and finally managed to pass JLPT N1 in July 2015.
In this blog, most names are pseudonyms (mostly to keep nosy family members and other people from finding me. I like to be able to post my honest thoughts and anonymity is the only way to relatively guarantee safety).
I love many things, including cats, foreign languages, reading, sleeping, yoga, and cream-based cocktails. I also dislike quite a few things too, like seafood… I can be pretty fussy.
I originally started this blog to discuss the joys and frustrations of trying to attain fluency in Japanese because for a long time my goal was to become a translator. That’s why I moved to Japan from Texas, though I started out teaching in a small city. Seven months later, I moved to Tokyo to work as a science proofreader, and 11 months after that I was able to transition to an in-house translating job (it really sort of found me). After a year and 9 months of that, I moved to that company’s rival (my old company’s environment was just too toxic). Somehow, without really trying, I managed to become a translator without taking the route I originally thought I’d have to. Eventually, I’d like to go fully freelance and escape the rat race. I’m not very fond of commuting in Tokyo and the Japanese workplace in general.
I brought my cat from the US to Japan in May 2014, and now we live happily together in an apartment that’s fairly spacious only because it’s not technically located in Tokyo.
I’ve had so-so luck attempting to date in Tokyo, and after two boyfriends here and a lot of dates, I’m currently enjoying the single life. I’m on the lookout for a new boyfriend, but not holding my breath to find anything great here.
A lot of things about life here frustrate me, but I also enjoy so many aspects of life here too (like trying out new things at convenience stores, the ability to buy hot drinks from vending machines, and going to onsen/public baths), and life in a big, walkable/transit accessible city, that I couldn’t get back in the US. My family and friends are also spread out, and my childhood home no longer exists, so I don’t know where I’d move back to anyway. Most days, I have no idea how long I’ll be here/how long I want to stay.