However, staring me in the face this fall are three very clear-cut goals:
- Pass the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) Level 1, the highest and final level
- Successfully work my way through each of the six books of the JET translation and interpreting course and pass the corresponding monthly tests.
- Apply to the Kent State University grad school masters program for Japanese translation...and get in hopefully.
At any given time for the next 3 months or so, my mind (if it's working properly) is probably going to be focused on one of these three tasks.
Also, seeing as this is probably our last fall in Mie, we intend to do a lot of things we have always wanted to since arriving. In our travels, we've paid western Japan (west of Osaka) a lot of love but have really neglected central Japan a lot, this includes the Osaka metro area as well as the mountainous region north of Nagoya, home to Japan's tallest mountain ranges. Since we have hardly any vacation days left, we intend to make especially good use of the fall's many 3-day weekends and the week of "free" winter vacation. I've spent much of these past few days lining up short weekend ventures to affordable places here and there, only to rearrange the entire order of trips the next day. I think I've finally got a good schedule down that will stick, and I'm really excited about it because we're going to get to do a lot of things we've meant to do for years.
I've created a photo album that will be updated after these various trips take place:
Excursions - Fall 2009
That is all. Back to studying and translating (and trip planning).