November 29, 2011
Not quite conversational, which is where I want to get. I can make out the gist of a Japanese conversation I listen to. Can buy train tickets, order a meal, and mostly get directions. Still need to work on vocabulary and more kanji.
Probably a dozen times. Mostly Tokyo. Have also been to Osaka, Kyoto, Koyasan, Nara, Kamakura, Mishima, Kiyosumi and of course Minobusan. Longest stay was six weeks, mostly at Minobusan for the last part of my priest training.
I always feel welcome wherever I go.
Am an ordained Nichiren Shu priest. Have been studying Japanese for about 15 years. Many people I work with in Nichiren Shu are Japanese and it would be wonderful to speak with them in their language, since they make such an effort to learn English.