Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Hello, everyone! My name is Shawn, although generally I go by Counterpower here on the Internet. I’ve just finished my sophomore year at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, and I’m majoring in history and East Asian Studies.


I like to watch anime and play video games first and foremost. In fact, I started a blog to talk about the things I’ve learned from my chosen forms of entertainment, back around when I was graduating from high school. That said, just because I like anime and video games doesn’t mean I’m lazy or anything. I also like running (I used to do cross-country in high school...), I took a fencing class last semester, and I’d kind of like to learn more about kendo while I’m over in Japan.


Oh right. Why I started this blog in the first place. Yeah, I won’t be on Brandeis campus for my junior year. Rather, I’ll be studying abroad in Kyoto, Japan. And yes, I am very excited. Usually people want the school year to be over… I want summer to be over so I can go to Japan already.


And so I started a new blog. I thought it would be a good idea to chronicle my year abroad. I plan to post about the things I do, the places I visit, the people I meet… pretty much anything.


Of course, with three months to go before I leave, why am I starting this now? Well, one… I’m bored. I need to find a summer job, so that I can have money while I’m in Japan, but I haven’t even started to look yet.


Two, I can still talk about my summer, and practice my Japanese while I’m at it. After all, I do plan on trying to post to this blog in English and Japanese, as you might have noticed by now. If I make any mistakes, I would really appreciate it if someone could let me know... as much as I hate being told that I made a mistake, I hate making the same mistake twice even more. And if anything seems weird… it’s probably because I haven’t learned the word or phrase in question.


I’m looking forward to the upcoming year!


1 comment:

  1. あなたはお金を持って,ね。仕事に必要がある。
    (I know it's hard, especially when it's only for summer.) I hope you keep this up, it's nifty that you wrote as much as you did. I fear my knowledge has slipped past the point of no return.