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And as for me…

…everyone in the world calls me Jenn.

I am awkward... and that's pretty fun.

Basic Information:
June 10
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Current Location: Hokkaido, Japan
Reading, Writing
Linguistics, Music
Astronomy, Cooking
Film, Animal Rights
Politics, Traveling
Dancing, Architecture
History, Photography
Fashion, Weather
Pacifism, Philosophy

As for The Girl, Herself:

I’m going to be a student forever. I love to learn. I have a BA in English and I’m preparing to do an MA in Applied Linguistics. I am highly interested in linguistic anthropology. The plan is to take my Japanese proficiency to mastery level and then do intensive study of Korean. I aim to do my PhD in Comparative Literature, focusing on East Asian and Western Literature, specifically through the lens of women’s studies. I want to study the effects of gender roles on the formation of language, using the role of mother to analyze developmental linguistics as well as the creation of female archetypes in literature (i.e the Gothic convention of a suffering heroine).
I’m pretty curious about everything which leads me to asking a ton of questions. This rather inquisitive, talkative nature of mine often fools people into thinking I’m extroverted. I assure you nothing could be further from the truth. I’m as shy, awkward, and nerdy as they come. I’ve learned to go with it. I have no pretenses of being remotely cool, though I’m pretty sure no one is really normal.

I like to play and will never grow up.

Favorite Books:
The Chronicles of Narnia, Fruits Basket, Harry Potter, No Man is an Island, A Wrinkle in Time, Pride And Prejudice, The Brothers Karamazov, Horton Hears a Who, The Kite Runner, Brave Story, Ender’s Game, 1984, Slaughterhouse Five, The Moviegoer, Where The Wild Things Are, Catcher In The Rye, Coraline, Hamlet, Jane Eyre, Les Miserables, The Giving Tree, Mother Night, Emma, Great Expectations, Wuthering Heights, The Giver, The Joy Luck Club, Walden, The Lord of the Rings, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Wit, The Sound and the Fury, Angels and Demons, Fight Club, The Great Gatsby, V for Vendetta, A Tale of Two Cities, Sense and Sensibility, Seeds of Contemplation, The Bell Jar, A Book of Common Prayer, The Year of Magical Thinking, Anna Karenina, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Ethan Frome, Little Women, The Graveyard Book

Favorite Quotes:
“I want to learn more things.” -Wit
“And the Tree was happy.” -The Giving Tree
“Just be yourself; you’ll be fine.” -Fruits Basket
“Choose flowers over water.” -Nobuta wo Produce

I like to pretend that I'm as awesome as a superstar! ☆

Favorite Music:
The Killers, Coldplay, Damien Rice, Kings of Leon, Jason Mraz, Sigur Ros, Sufjan Stevens, The Beatles, Blindside, U2, Straylight Run, Muse, Jimmy Eat World, Keane, Underøath, Third Eye Blind, Matchbox 20, Queen, Arashi, Fleet Foxes, The Goo Goo Dolls, Anberlin, As Cities Burn, Celine Dion, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Paramore, Brand New, Yui, Utada Hikaru, Rentrer En Soi, Otsuka Ai

9 Comments leave one →
  1. June 8, 2010 11:12 am

    Based on the description of you here here, I have decided to announce my intentions for marriage 😉 I

    await your reply! Marry the crap outta me!

    • June 8, 2010 11:24 am

      Hahaha! Didn’t you read the part about me being awkward and not cool? Marriage may be a bit hasty. But if you ever make it up to Hokkaido… you can take me out for dinner and negotiate this.

  2. September 17, 2010 9:20 pm


    I’ve just been over to Claytonian’s blog. I think you are playing this waaay too cool. I think you should grab him before someone else does!

    Good luck!

  3. September 18, 2010 8:33 pm

    Such a beautiful article about being aware of the writing process…

    “How is a lover of such a weighty, wordy language as English supposed to maintain the accustomed level of intellectual dialogue in a country where the language is minimalist and brief?”

    Firstly, I doubt that’s going to happen to you — you love language. You obviously love its intricacies, its myriad choices in red word carpets.

    Moreover, your ideas. Great writing is the ability to feel ideas. Your writing is feeling. Well, that’s my take on it. Then the language seems to bubble up from the unconscious. It recalls your reading, the sentences and words that melted into your cerebral hard drive and get accessed by the RAM of excitement experienced when a thought surfaces. Your ability to feel it is what accesses exceptional language. It was a fun post to read. Because it really asks: Writing is hard work, so does anyone appreciate the craft? I can’t speak for everyone else but when I read your post, I knew I was reading somebody who feels the language and in my opinion, grammar always takes its cue from emotion. One is the magic, the other is mechanical. Am I right? No?

  4. September 19, 2010 7:07 am

    Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed this. Also, quite jealous: I grew up in love with Japan, particularly Japanese history (so much so that, when I was in high school, I dressed in hakama and did a 30-minute presentation to my mother’s 3rd graders about Japanese history, just for the excuse to do so), so I envy your time in Japan. Hokkaido in particular has always fascinated me, and since I discovered they make the only Scotch outside Scotland that still is allowed to bear the name, I’ve paid even closer attention. Hope you enjoy yourself over there!

  5. March 14, 2011 11:08 am

    wow your really pretty, and your an american in japan too! <3.<3

  6. LUIS ARDON permalink
    August 11, 2011 12:11 pm

    I LOVE nihonjenn’s Channel!

  7. February 3, 2012 7:30 pm

    Hey, Jenn: Just wanted to let you know I’m nominating you for a Versatile Blogger Award. Not really an award, per se, but it is a nice way of saying how much I love your work. If you want to participate, I explain a bit of what’s going on in the blog post where I nominated you:

    All the best!

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