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Spring blossom vert nihongoすみません」 is a multipurpose Japanese expression which means something like “I’m sorry” or “excuse me”.  I’m apologizing because I haven’t posted anything in a while.  I’m apologizing in Japanese because it’s all Japan’s fault!  Not really.  But kind of.  I’ve been studying Japanese since January 2012 and I love it.  Most days I do about an hour to keep things ticking over.  At the moment though, all of my craft projects are at the gestational stage (i.e. I’m thinking rather than doing) so I’ve been putting a bit more effort into my Japanese studies.  It’s not all books and flashcards though; I get to play games.  In order to memorize the 2000+ kanji* I play a game called Slime Forest.  It’s not a sophisticated game by current standards but I’m of the generation that got excited when Pong came out!

So, will you forgive me if my posts are few and far between?  I will post as soon as I have something to show you.

*Kanji are the complicated Chinese-style characters like the ones on the left here.  These are pronounced “nee-hon-go” and just mean “the Japanese language”.