Archive for April, 2013
The best is yet to come
Posted by Barniferous in Uncategorized on April 28, 2013
My Japanese adventures occurred from September 2003 to November 2006. Since I am reblogging 10 years after the original dates there won’t be too much happening on this blog for a while. I do have a few “before Japan” posts coming, and I will try to fill the space with some pictures.
In the meantime, why not check out some music videos on my Tumblr here. Or, stick around here and send a comment or question. Or just disappear and show up in September, your choice.
About me in 2003
Posted by Barniferous in Before Japan, The Ex on April 27, 2013
To give a little context for the upcoming stories of my Japanese adventure, it would probably help to explain a little bit about myself in 2003.
In April 2003 I was finishing my final year of a business degree at the University of Manitoba. This was my second attempt at University after a failed experiment in computer science and a few years off to find some direction. The goal after graduation was to find get a professional accounting designation and find a job in the field of corporate number crunching.
The year before I had made two changes that ended up having a big impact on my life. The first was joining Delta Upsilon Fraternity. I had never considered joining a fraternity before, and honestly didn’t even know there was such a thing in Winnipeg. After turning down several invitations to come and hang out with the brothers, I finally decided to give in and check things out. The experience was great and I ended up being invited to join. Most people join a fraternity in their first or second year of university and end up with a 4 year experience. I had just under 2 before graduation, so I decided to get as much out of my fraternity experience as possible. I ended up gaining some close friends, some great life experience and more importantly got a lot of practice chugging beer.
My other big change in 2002 was to take a Japanese language class as an elective. This led to another Japanese language class, a Japanese history class and getting some Japanese pen pals. If I hadn’t decided on the Japanese language class as an elective I would have likely gotten an accounting job right out of school and never traveled anywhere.
Another important fact about 2003 me was that I was in a 5 year relationship with a woman who will henceforth be known as “the Ex”. Our relationship had started strong and been going well for a while, but at this stage we were both starting to realize that we wanted different things in our life. The Ex had graduated, found a job and was looking to put down some roots. I was about to graduate and looking for a big adventure before I settled down. In April 2003 things were pretty rocky between us.
That’s about it – the Japan adventure really starts about April 2003. Stay tuned!
Posted by Barniferous in Life in Japan on April 27, 2013
The 10th anniversary of my 3 year Japan adventure is coming up soon. I used to have my own personal website where I would blog about life in Japan to keep friends and family up to date. That website is long dead and gone, so I have decided to reblog all of my original blog posts 10 years after they first happened. In addition I will be adding some commentary for the times in between. Please see the about page for a better description.
New posts will be starting soon.