I often get asked “Khatz, what was your typical day like? Give me a day in the life of Khatzumoto”.
In the long, sad history of dumb questions and requests, this is perhaps the dumbest request/question of all. I hate this freaking question. What good does it do you to know that I like toast and honey? I don’t know what kind of days you think my life consists of, but it just wouldn’t help you to know.
We all live different lives, have different professions and run on different schedules. Knowing what schedule I had when I was an undergraduate student 4+ years ago, will help you about as much as an extra orifice on your elbow. So, not a lot.
I’m sorry to be so flippant 1, but I really, really effing hate that question and the earnestness with which it’s asked. Yeah, it’s not the question, it’s the earnestness. I ran away from authority and having to follow other people’s plan; I want the same for you. I want you to have your fun, live your life, do things your way. Because you can. And because it works; it just works better that way.
Anyway, enough whining from me.
Here’s how you do immersion.
- Take a day in your life. Not my life. Your life.
- During the parts that your eyes are open, make it so that Japanese letters 2 enter your eyes. You don’t have to understand them, they just have to go into your eyes. See Japanese. Eyes open? See Japanese.
- Do you look at computer screens? Are Japanese letters showing on them? Make it happen.
- Do you look at walls? Is Japanese stuff on them? Make it happen.
- Do you look at pieces of paper with ink on them? Do the ink patterns spell out Japanese letters? Make it happen.
- During the parts that you are able to hear sounds, make sure that Japanese sounds dominate your hearing. You don’t have to be listening. Just let Japanese sounds enter your ears. Hear Japanese. Ears working? Hear Japanese.
- Do you use headphones? Do Japanese sounds come out of them? Make it happen.
- Do you use speakers? Do Japanese sounds come out of them, too? Make it happen.
- Do you interact with humans? Find the kind that make Japanese sounds. If in doubt, pinch to confirm. Sounds should be forthcoming.
So if you can see or hear, make sure your see and/or hear Japanese. Whatever parts of your day involve using the senses of sight or hearing, make sure that Japanese stains those parts like Italian food on a white shirt.
Make sure that Japanese is visible and audible in your life. Perpetually, prominently, repeatedly, more-often-than-not, visible and audible. Ask yourself: “What am I seeing? What am I hearing?“. That is the basis of everything. And when you take care of the basics, everything else tends to fall into place on its own.
Day in the life of Khatzumoto…give me strength. Screw that guy.