I’ve been studying Japanese since about 2014 or so, and I spend considerable amounts of time in it. In December, 2018, I plan to take the N4 again. While my reading comprehension is quite good, my listening and speaking need work. This is a big reason why I’m taking the proficiency tests a bit slower.
Reading and General Study
I’m an avid reader. I have a room dedicated as a library/study with over 1400 physical books. Many, many more electronic books (PDFs/epub/etc.). I have some books fiction in nature (manga, light novels in both English and Japanese), but a very large portion of my library is non-fiction. Many books on Philosophy, Religion, and Computers.
You can find a current view of what I’m reading, planning to read, and what I have read HERE
Calligraphy (Japanese and Western)
書道 (shodo) is the term used for Japanese Calligraphy. I’ve been studying this since around 2015 or so. Western Calligraphy I also do, but not nearly as long. I started that around 2017 or so. My main driving factor for that was getting into fountain pens.
I used to be far more into video games than I am now. I do enjoy playing them. One of my favorite genres is JRPGs. The Tales of series, Final Fantasy, and so on. Another genre I really enjoy is Rhythm-based games, such as Project Diva (pictured above - which is for the PS4)
I’ve been playing a fair amount of Elden Ring (Steam), and Trails of Cold Steel 1 (Steam), although time availability is limited.
I’m a huge fan of higher quality music. I have multiple Amps, DACs, and headphones. I spend a considerable amount of time listening to music while working. All sorts of genres, you can view what I listen to on Last.fm