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I’m on Mixi! こんにちはミクシィの利用者の皆さん。。。

2008 March 29


Friendster. Everyone talks about it, everyone’s in it. However, I thought it was rather useless so I never bothered to make an account. Well, until one day my friend (Firdaus IIRC) pestered me or lets say, forced me to death. ‘It won’t do no harm’, or something like that. Obviously not with a grammatically-unsound (or so they say) construct such as the double negative.

So, to spice things up a bit, I decided to make it a pet social experiment. ‘Let’s see how many friends I can get if I just accept friend invitations…’, I thought. That means all my friends on my friendster list asked me to be friends first. Well, except for one, the almighty guitar kamisama, my high school mate, Andre (who can resist not adding him as a friend?). Right now I have 62 friends. Quite popular, I reckon.

But I jumped from my chair, unliterally, hearing a japanesepod101 podcast talking about Mixi, a friendster-like site but in Japanese. Naturally I was interested to join, as I’m currently a Nihongo student.

Mixi’s registration system is invitation-based, much like the beta gmail (right now gmail should be around version 3). They say that it would allow them ‘to create a comfortable place’, or to paraphrase it, ‘to make you suffer finding someone who owns a Mixi account’.

Getting someone to invite wasn’t that hard for me. Well, if you count several days as ‘not that hard’, that is. On the podcast, Peter and the gang told that one only need to ask them. So I visited the forum and appropriately posted on an already-existing ‘I want a Mixi account’ thread. But it’s a sticky thread so it’s always on the top which unfortunately made it less glaring if a new person posted there. n days passed without a reply.

I was sure I would get a reply by just directly mailing the staff or PMing people that gave mixi invites on that thread, but at that point I couldn’t wait longer and wanted a more real-time response. So I visited the place where one can easily encounter a random Nihonjin and chat with them, (and they actually speak English there if you’re still on your kanas)! a_a was kind enough to invite me, and long story short I’m now a Mixi citizen!

For me, the registration process was relatively easy to follow. The menus are also fully readable. However, the personal content, now that’s where the fun begins! I already found someone using a never-before-encountered non-ministry-approved kanji for eel 鰻 (unagi) on his ‘favorite food’ list.

If you need a Mixi invite, and can assure me that you’re not using it solely for the purpose of finding random Japanese girl pics, I’ll gladly confer it. back up!!! Let’s read Japanese stories!

2008 January 26

If you’re learning Japanese, or if you’re already pera-pera in it, and looking for reading materials, then

is the perfect site for you!

Well, the URL used to be that, but one day the server hard disk crashed. It was down for so long that I had given up my hopes. But now it’s back up again with a brand new URL!!! Ladies and gentlemen, please visit:

(accessing the old URL will bring you to the new one)

So now let’s talk what the site is about…

First of all, I don’t think the site has a name… The big banner on top says “shousetsu & manga toukou-ya” which means “the place to submit stories and comics” but I think that’s more of a description than a name. But who says you need to have a name to be useful?

Well the description sums it all. You can read such diverse genre of novels from SF (sci-fi), douwa (fairy tales) to BL (figure that out on your own). And of course the stories are free! Because the site is just back up, things are filling up from the beginning again. However there are already more than a hundred of stories there.

I’m far from pera-pera, but I’m peko-peko with Japanese. For me, this site is just perfect!

Some sites I found

2006 April 18

Found these links which seems to be a great Nihongo-learning resource: "This site explains Japanese grammar in a systematic step-by-step process and is released under the Creative Commons License. It was created as a resource for those who want to learn Japanese grammar in a rational, intuitive way that makes sense in Japanese. The explanations are focused on how to make sense of the grammar not from English but from a Japanese point of view."

At last I found a Japanese course that teaches the grammar bottom-up! I believe this slow but sure method will create a firm understanding when learning a language.  Contains lots of lessons (traditional, not grammatically structured like the one above).