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so・lil・o・quy/- n. [C,U] a speech in a play in which a character talks to himself or herself, so that the audience know the character's thoughts.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

a fresh new start

2006 has begun and as I've written on my Japanese blog, one of my goals this year is to obtain or pass UNATE Level SA. Since I advanced into university, the amount of opportunities I get to exercise my English skills decreased in a great amount. In SFC High, I had about 6 hours of English classes per week, but now, I only have an hour and a half.

I believe that the best way for a person to improve his/her language skill is to use it as much as he/she can. This English blog did help me a lot when I was in high school, so I would like to alter the use of this blog from now on.

Instead of writing profound, apparently meaningful entries here, sort of hiding my thoughts away from my friends, I would like to write about my everyday life and what I've felt through my life I am currently spending here in Japan. In other words, this blog will be targeted toward foreigners. However, I would like to note that I'll make some entries that relate to "relationships".

Yesterday was the "Coming-of-Age Day" here in Japan. This national holiday was established right after World War II to increase the motivation of young people, who were hurt both mentally and physically from the war and it's said to have begun in Warabi City in Saitama Prefecture. On this day, all people who became or are to become 20 in that academic year are invited to a ceremony that are commenced throughout the nation, sponsored by that person's local municipality.

Since I was busy yesterday coming home from Kyoto and with all that drinking I did in Shibuya afterwards, I didn't have the opportunity to think seriously about the next "Coming-of-Age" day in 2007. I will be the one becoming 20. It's quite unbelievable that 19 years had passed since I was born....19 years. Technically, it's not until the 27th this month but still, a lot has happened, here and there throughout these years.

I was born in Isogo Ward of Yokohama City in Kanagawa Prefecture and lived there for 3 years. Then, I moved to Yokosuka City in Kanagawa Prefecture and lived there for 2 years. When I was 6, due to my father's transfer, my family moved over to New Jersey in the United States and lived there for 6 years. In 1999, my family moved back to Zushi City in Kanagawa Prefecture where I live now ever since...for 6 years and counting.

This is a lot different from the contents I've wrote in my Japanese blog but it's always interesting to recollect the paths you took. Anyway...this entry is a lot normal, compared to the entries I've posted here since April. Good job, me. lol


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