Today I purchased the first batch of materials for screen printing. I hope they show up this weekend. Japan shipping companies are fast but sometimes that leaves me expecting too soon. The only materials left to acquire are the clamps and hinges I illustrated in the previous post and a halogen light for exposing photo emulsion. Trying to explain screen printing in Japanese is one of the hardest things I've ever tried. I still don't know how. It's easier just to tell people I like printing than explain how to properly design, expose, and print an image.
Aside from that I have been on a long Japanese study hiatus. I really let that get away from me. After a week of not studying the reviews slowly added up and I could never get it back under control. A few months later and some 4,000 reviews waiting in the queue has prompted me to take action. I tried to do some reviews but I forgot too many words to pick it back up where I left off. I have found this a great opportunity to start over through my Kanji in Context books. Additionally, my new goal is learn to write these hundreds of kanji characters I can read. I have tried this in the past and failed. This year I want to really do it. No more messing around. This will be an excruciating task. The following is a very rough estimate of how many kanji I can recognize, about 1,500. There are probably several hundred in there I forgot but can understand their general meaning when put together in compounds.
So my goal is to learn to write the very kanji I have avoided for so long. I always flip flop between wanting to give up and then reminding myself I had a goal to complete. I feel that I really need to do this for myself. So from the beginning I start. I actually know how to write a good amount already. It just takes my hand and brain a little bit to recall.
Put this on top of of my other hobbies and like I said , I really am on the hobbyist train to ruin. I hope this prevents memory loss later in life.