If you’re like most people, you have a job that requires you to work 40+ hours a week. Luckily my job allows me to be a cube dweller. I love it because of how much it allows me to immerse myself in Japanese. If you’re going to become serious about learning Japanese, you’ve got to dedicate as much time and energy as you can, into being immersed in it whenever possible and I’m working on just that!
Japanese Textbooks & Manga
Recently I started acquiring a decent size chunk of true pure (written in Japanese, not English) manga. I’ve started to read a few like Doraemon or よつば, but there are plenty I’ve bought that I’m no where near the level for. Why would I buy them at this point? Because I use them as a constant reminder of where I want to be, which gives me great motivation. Check out some of the books I have at work!
Those are just a small piece of my collection now. I’ve acquired about 3-4 times that amount. But those are the one’s I constantly leave at work (except for like よつば, which I bring with me everywhere to read 🙂 ). For me, I could just read manga online but it’s not the same. I don’t feel Japanese when reading manga online. When reading it out of a real book, I feel like I’m reading real Japanese. It’s kind of like seeing a friend’s picture of the Grand Canyon versus actually being there to take the picture yourself.
Posters, Pictures, Scrolls, etc
Anything that you can hang up to look at is a bonus. Obviously there are plenty of places to buy posters, pictures, scrolls, etc online that feature Japanese. For instance, there are those big Kanji posters that list all of the Kanji you are probably learning. For me, I happened to find the perfect *poster* at a Half Price Book store, which I ended up getting laminated.
The Little Things
You may not think it’s much, but the little things add up. If you work at a cube like I do, or any area that you have a bit of space to yourself, try spicing things up by adding some Japanese items around yourself. Hell, even changing your screensaver, wallpaper, etc all help. One thing I’ve also done, is to change my Firefox to be Japanese, but I’ll talk about that in another post!
* Note: I would love to hear what you’ve done to spice up your living quarters or workspace!