Just last week, I got an email from one of my Singaporean kouhai's (also a MEXT scholar), and she told me that she just started a blog! Her language school was Osaka University, so apart from Devangi, you have one more person you can bother with questions about the school. Her blog is still very new, but if you have any questions, she says to feel free to drop her a comment or message. Anyway, I'll shut up now and let her introduce herself.
Hi there! This is Cheryl from Singapore. I'm an undergraduate student under MEXT 2015-2020, majoring in Linguistics. I was inspired by Eustacia's blog to start my own as a personal record of memories in Japan, as well as a log of experiences+tips for future scholars. "Why start now?" you may ask. After a memorable year in Osaka, nearing graduation made me feel nostalgic and *poof* "Let's start writing now!" said my irrational self in the middle of the night. "Now!" and yup, this happened.So, future kouhai's, hop on over to Japan, Through Seasons and Time and check out her blog!
The blog has only one post as of now, but I plan to write about the past year in Osaka and random experiences of food, travel and culture, and stuff. Yup, random stuff. (Don't mind me please.)
The URL comes from a quote by Uesugi Youzan 上杉鷹山: "naseba naru naseba naranu nanigoto mo"「為せば成る 為さねば成らぬ 何事も」 which translates to "If you try, something will happen. If you don't, nothing will. All things are as such." This quote (introduced by the History teacher as parting words) resonated with me because I'm a terrible procrastinator and I want to change that. I actually wanted to start writing since last year but yup, you know what happened. And since the first phrase is taken, I decided on the second phrase 「為さねば成らぬ」(nasaneba naranu). (It's a personal reminder as well .___.)
It's not much, but I hope my blog will be an interesting read for you! If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or contact me via the form in my blog! Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu!