After living in Japan for almost 2 years, I think I need to change the name of my blog.
I'm still a "gaijin" here, but I just don't really have any stories to tell. It's probably much more interesting to read about the foreigner getting kancho-ed by his students, or the one who's married to a Japanese man and lives in some city no one's heard of (or one that everyone's heard of).
I just live my daily life as a regular person. Yeah, I get treated a little differently because I'm not Japanese, but it's no big deal.
The word "gaijin" implies that one is some sort of outsider. In certain ways, I am, but there are also things I do in everyday life that are normal. I know how to shop for groceries. I can talk to my co-workers. I can use an ATM. I set up Internet Banking for both of my Japanese bank accounts. I can buy stuff online from Japanese websites. I can order dinner from a menu at a Japanese restaurant. Heck, I can even pay for things with my cellphone. (Even a lot of Japanese people don't do that!)
I still want to blog, but I don't think I can do it from the perspective of a "gaijin" anymore. I would rather blog from the perspective of...me.
Who am I? Recently, I've been two things: A teacher, and a cosplayer. I've also been a flutist, a model, an artist, and a blogger. I think it's one of the reasons why I picked the name "Schizo-alias" for my Twitter and web portal that no one visits.
No, I'm not actually a schizo; I used it because it sounds better than "split personality," and is still associated with a disorderly mind. Not to say I have a disorderly mind, either, but I do divide myself among a lot of things. My mind is always jumping from one thing to another; right now, it's been fully devoted to cosplay, but when my latest project is done, who knows? I still want to buy a new flute.
So, I think I'll change my blog to "Schizo-alias."