So the other day, I was looking at classes that I would take if I do get to go to Japan. I had figured it out before, but since I had taken Japanese History classes, here, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to change it up a little or not. I was trying to figure out what classes would be most beneficial for what I want to do, as well as what would both fit my requirements at Mason, and possibly let me get a certificate from the Japanese University as well.
So I start looking at the classes that I had chosen from last time, as well as the alternatives. And I go to the website. And I start to read course descriptions about Japanese History classes, to see if there was anything that my history classes weren’t gonna cover. And then I start looking at Japanese literature classes. And Japanese religion classes. And I start to get into the debates in my head, should I do ancient Japanese literature, or modern Japanese fiction? Should I take another Japanese History class? Or substitute it for another lit class? Or should I take two religion classes instead of three? And my mind starts racing, like those toy cars that have gears inside that make it go after you stop pushing it. It’s hard to stop the gears from turning, once they get going. Perhaps it’s my version of counting sheep, though it doesn’t always put me to sleep very well.