I studied my backside off when I first came to Japan. I passed level 4 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test in my first year, level 3 the next, and then level 2 the year after that. Unfortunately, the jump from level 2 to level 1 is so great that I didn’t even try going for it. Instead, I let seven more years pass without once picking up a kanji book.
I have promised myself that one day I will go for level 1, and I’ll keep trying until I pass it. However, I feel I’m going to need some Rocky-style motivation to get me back into the books.
This is where Tokyo Josh comes in. I know nothing about the guy only that a) he’s got a very cool video blog about his life in Japan, and b) he studies hard. Check out this video, but turn your volume down a bit first because the music’s pretty loud.
The song is Taste Your Stuff by M-Flo with Bennie K. If you can’t see the video, watch it here on YouTube.If you like, you can find me on Twitter at @nick_ramsay. I'd love to hear from you!