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Dear Incoming Newbies w/no Japanese Skills...

You are just as welcome as the people who spent years studying the language. You are just as apt to make this a good experience as someone who got to study abroad in university. You were hired onto the JET program for a reason, which is just as valid as someone who feels they’re going to adjust more easily because of their skillsets in the language.

Will things be tougher in some cases? Yes. Very much so.

Will things be more beautiful in some cases?  Yes. Very much so.

Will you have a harder time adjusting? Maybe, maybe not.

Will your experience be any less than someone who studies 10 hours a week to improve their language skills? It depends on you not comparing yourself to that person, or any other person for that matter.

To the newbies who DO have Japanese skills… I know it can be tough. You see someone struggling through and think, “If you just~” or “when I had to do this~” or “why don’t you~”

Stop. I know that you worked hard. Languages take dedication, and I know you got to where you are with a motivation that I admire and that I and many others do not have! But still… you gotta stop, y’all.

You don’t know what mitigating factors there were in this person’s life. You don’t know what they’re trying to do now. You don’t know anything except your own motivations and skillsets. Focusing on those is good! Comparing yourself to someone without them is not.

Just… wanted to make sure you guys come here and know what’s what. Every single year, I see a lot of people posting about “learn the language before you come” and “how frustrating that you can’t do this simple thing” and “why even come to Japan if you don’t wanna speak Japanese”….

That’s just shitty vibes, friends. And to be honest, this post should just be titled “comparisons are the devil” and just have a large bold NO SHITTY VIBES beneath it. Maybe I’ll do that next year. But for now, just have this as a reminder that you’re all coming out to a new country to experience it as you are going to, and trying to manage other peoples’ enjoyment/motivations while doing so just ain’t sustainable.

anonymous asked:

So what do you think of the results? It feels like a good result to me, but where do you think the UK goes from here?

There’s good and bad here.

The good parts are that 78% of young people voted and it really shows how much of a difference that made. And for the first time in years, the conservative party actually has great opposition from the labour party for the first time in years and they have the chance to make real change and try to block those potentially disastrous bills and I’m thrilled that labour jumped in popularity. 

But the bad is so. Very. Bad. We still have an incompetent conservative prime minister. And now she’s looking to make a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to stay in power. In case people are confused about what the DUP stand for, here are there stances on a few things:

LGBT+

  • Arlene Foster, leader of the DUP since 2015 has made several homophobic comments about how marriage should only be between a man and a woman and has blocked a bill to pass it several times. 
  • Members of the DUP have also said things like: “the facts show that you certainly don’t bring up a child in a homosexual relationship. That child is far more likely to be abused or neglected.“ 
  • Ian Paisley Jr. (son of the DUP founder Ian Paisley) has called homosexuality "immoral, offensive and obnoxious” and argues that he’s repulsed by gays and lesbians. 
  • They once endorced a campaign called “Save Ulster from Sodomy”.

Sexism + abortion

  • Strongly against abortion. 
  • Foster vowed to prevent abortions being made avaliable in Northern Ireland last year.
  • She said “I would not want abortion to be as freely available here as it is in England.”
  • Foster has made several comments about other politicians appearance and used it to criticize them.

Climate change

  • Appointed Sammy Wilson, a radical climate change denier, as it’s environmental minister. 
  • Wilson said it was a “con” to suggest humans had any involvement in changing weather patterns.
  • Argued against renewable energy in 2014, saying it’s the reason we pay so much for electricity. 

Creationism

  • Argued creationism should be forced to be taught in every school.
  • DUP politician Edwin Poots argues against the teaching of the scientific explanations like the big bang. He said “you’re telling me that cosmic balls of dust gathered and there was an explosion. We’ve had lots of explosions in Northern Ireland and I’ve never seen anything come out of that that was good.”

Human rights

  • Wants to reintroduce the death penalty
  • Supports Trident (U.K.s nuclear weapons programme)
  • Past members have been kicked out of the Conservative party for being, what they deemed as, “too racist”. 

And now these people have the potential to hold significant amounts of power over our country and I’m legitimately more terrified for this countries future than I have ever been before. (Please feel free to add anything if I’ve missed it).

sources: x x x x x

accidentally recreated some a bakumatsu incident in class today
  • Me: Do you want Shinsengumi stickers or Sakamoto Ryouma stickers?
  • Class: [is evenly split]
  • Me: Oh... well... then tell me why you want Shinsengumi or Sakamoto stickers!
  • Shinsengumi fanboy: The Shinsengumi are famous. They have swords and samurai spirit. They're cool.
  • Sakamoto fanboy: Sakamoto Ryouma is famous. He is a samurai. He has spirit too. He is cool. He has a sword AND a gun. He is a WINNER. The Shinsengumi are LOSERS.
  • Shinsengumi fanboy: Sakamoto died.
  • Sakamoto fanboy: More Shinsengumi died.
  • Shinsengumi fanboy: Some lived!
  • Sakamoto fanboy: [turns to me] SENSEI, YOU LOVE SAKAMOTO RYOUMA. HE IS YOUR BOYFRIEND! I LOVE HIM TOO! PLEASE SHARE!
Dear Newbies 2017

If your pred is mean/difficult/unresponsive:
If you can’t talk to your Regional Representatives/Block Leaders:
If you have no connections in your prefecture yet:
If you’re feeling crappy/culture-shocky:

My ask box is always open and always has Anonymous options turned on, and I’m not gonna judge you. If you chat me through the message feature on Tumblr, I’m gonna respond to you.

If you’re in a situation where you don’t feel right, or good, it is okay. That happens sometimes. And if for some reason you’ve found my blog and you’re lookin’ for a little sympathy, it’s more than okay to reach out.

I mean it’s ALSO really okay to message me to gush about how happy you are, how excited you are, about the good things happening. But I know sometimes the tough things are the ones we have trouble discussing. So y’know. Whatever you wanna do!

youtube

Undercover - Synopsis

Drama series in which a defence lawyer tries to finally uncover the truth of an old miscarriage of justice, while her husband goes to any lengths to conceal the truth about his own past.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/profiles/1lWfjPP4D9wvsBzwqffmWMm/maya-cobbina

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/profiles/2fNVBp5Y0KF0tmbYqWTq645/nick-johnson

Not sure how big Angel Coulby’s role is but good on her.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/profiles/2gL3jllrKxwM0rkh9b2HQdm/julia-redhead

@belindapendragon

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This past week the undergraduates have been taking part in the ‘Whole School Project’ where they made architecture from food in groups!  Today, we the masters students voted for our favourites. Here are some of the winners and those that came close! 

- The Met Cathedral

- The Eden Project

- The Guggen'Ham’

- The Gherkin

- Crystal Palace (winner)