Well, the summer is starting to wind to a close, and with that my time in Europe. Good thing I got a Masters degree out of all of that. I will be returning to some kind of blogging here, I hope, and let's commemorate that with some fresh re-design here.
One of my personal milestones was to start some serious studying of Japanese kanji, the 'picture-writing' alphabet that's one of three alphabets used in Japan (four, if you count Roman letters like ABC.) I was able to pick up some workbooks before I left-- the same kind of ダリル ("drill") books used for elementary school students. Just last week, before I left to return to Tokyo, I finished off the second grade book. I feel so proud. I still can't hold an extended conversation, but I can recognize second grade kanji a little better now.
Let's see if I can make it to third grade before September!