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Thank you everyone for visiting my blog! :D

I especially appreciate interesting comments of these regular visitors :)

Ayame, Ryan A, Ayumikat, Canne, Hazy, Gaguri, Aquabluesweater, Sakura, Cheri,Β Animekritik, Diego, Steelbound, Muhootsaver, Foomafoo, Ray-Ray, Miz, Panther, Lostty, Mei.

These are some of the most popular posts, but I find that the posts that I like the most tend to get very little attention, possibly, because they are about some obscure aspects of Japanese culture that very few people care about…

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The lack of posts here and comments on your blogs in the recent months was due to a very busy time at work, trying to finish everything, and re-location. However, while this phase is complete, another one is beginning.

The timing of this milestone is peculiar because it marks another stage in my life: tomorrow I start my journey to a doctorate. Professors mentioned several times that they will make us work very hard and suggested for us to allocate a few hours per week to some extracurricular activity to keep our sanity because the rest of the time we are expected to study! However, I hope it will be a fun time as well because I worked very hard to get here, and I am very excited to start the program πŸ™‚

Certainly, I’ll be unable to produce regular daily posts like I did before (my average was about 20 posts per week at some point), but I hope to publish once or twice a month, and, of course, I’ll spam on my Twitter πŸ˜›

Episodic coverage is unlikely, but I might post my thoughts on the anime I watch ( if I’ll have time to do that πŸ˜› ). Very few new anime caught my attention ( drink a cup of tea every time you see mid/high-school student in synopses of summer lineup πŸ˜› ), so I’ll probably focus on some older films. If I had to choose one, it would be Moribito because it is by Nahoko Uehashi. Also, I’ll continue writing brief posts on Japanese culture and art in general.

Thank you again for visiting Kitsune’s Thoughts! :)

37 thoughts on “Thank You for 2 000 000!

  1. Awww, and wow. I wish you some good times on this doctorate journey; keep us informed :D?

    drink a cup of tea every time you see mid/high-school student in synopses of summer lineup

    lol that is a lot of tea. Well I think focusing on more static targets is actually a great thing[, and if you can, your unique topics, please do those because your perspective/vision really spans awesome areas]. There is a lot of coverage for current stuff, but I think sometimes there is usually an interesting viewpoint to talk about, even if it is minor, and even if it only happens one episode.

    I’m all for brief posts (500 words or less) too. Some really beautiful ideas can be expressed and shared in that space, but whatever you can manage πŸ™‚

    Anyhow congratulations! (big number)

    1. Thank you, RyanA! I’ll work hard to reach the summit! πŸ™‚

      I see. Thank you for your suggestions πŸ™‚

      As Anton Chekhov said, “Brevity is the sister of talent” πŸ™‚

  2. Congratulations Kitsune!

    Don’t push yourself too much. Good luck to your doctorate πŸ™‚ !

    Apologies for lack of visit here as well. XD You might have heard already my reason back in twitter.

  3. Wow a doctorate, maybe few years in time we have to call you Dr. Kitsune!

    And I guess this post explains why I get twice more referals from that post of yours than google reader…

    1. haha That wouldn’t be necessary, but I have to get there first. The first class seemed to be fine, so I am cautiously optimistic, but work in parallel with studies takes away some time as well.

  4. wow, a doctorate….congratulations!!! but remember to always stay “sane”…we need you around πŸ™‚
    we’ll be calling you “ζ•™ζŽˆ” soon too πŸ˜›

  5. Grats on your milestones! I was aiming for once-a-month updates too, but it fell apart these last couple of months. xDD And yes, I agree with Moribito. I’d (again) highly recommend you to watch it whenever you get the chance. πŸ™‚

    Work hard, but not too hard. Best of luck with your doctorate and everything in between!

  6. Ahh, a doctorate!

    I went through PHD studies at the University of Chicago in the 1980’s and fondly remember my time there.

    Wishing you a great time during your studies at University and of course, all the luck in the world!

    1. I have a friend who is studying at the University of Chicago for a PhD πŸ™‚ It is an excellent university! Sounds like you enjoyed your time there πŸ™‚

      Thank you for your wishes, Ellie! πŸ™‚

  7. First thought: congratulations on the milestone! and good luck in your work. Working hard is good but don’t forget to relax sometimes. πŸ™‚

    second thought: Looking back at my own stats gives me a huge episode of depression *turn and hide in the dark corner, sobbing*

    1. Thank you, Canne! πŸ™‚

      Yes, I have dedicated some time for sports and relaxation πŸ™‚

      Aww… *hug* Those numbers are just numbers! Just look how well you did at the Anime Tournament! You passed so many rounds and many people liked your blog: your anime reviews and other interesting essays, about medicine for instance, are helpful and educational! πŸ˜€ People are not statistics – it is the thoughtful comments and the community you have on your blog that matter more than numbers! πŸ™‚

  8. Congratulations!!!!!

    Both on such a milestone here and in your academic life πŸ™‚

    I profusely apologize for not finishing our Hakushaku to Yosei project and for not commenting much this year.

    My health issues have really taken up a lot of my time, both physically and mentally, but I’m fighting fit now and ready to comment πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you, Sakura! πŸ™‚

      No problem, I have not finished screencaps anyway >_< Maybe sometime later.

      I hope your health will be better now πŸ™‚

  9. Firstly, Yippee! Congrats on another rocking Milestone! Secondly, all the best to you on your journey to a PHD…Oh, I’m sure you’ll pull thru cos yay, Doc Kitsune sounds rather spiffy XDDD. Kurama will be pleased.:D Thirdly, I do miss your regular posts but completely understand your situation. So yes, please tweet spam us with your updates…hehehe.

  10. Long time no see…You’re welcome, it’s always such a joy to read interesting things on your blog. I’m on vacations these two months that passed – 1,5 week left 😦 in Munich was great! Moreover got some time alone and with my friend away from parents. I must continue writing though…I want it so much. Although it’ll be a tough year for me, too. Last year of pedagogy…Not as difficult as a doctorate, I guess, but still…Congrats! for your phD. On what subject is it?

    1. Thank you, Ayame! πŸ™‚

      Sounds like you are having a fun vacation! πŸ™‚

      Good luck for your last year of studies! πŸ™‚

      The subject is the grammar of science πŸ˜›

      1. grammar of science? I thought you studied psychology…it seems a wide field though…it’ll be tough I guess. Again the best wishes!

        1. I had perfect scores in psychology in many classes, so I moved on to other things πŸ˜› One thing that every person should consider when choosing a career is daily activity on the job of interest. Many people confuse classes with work or have a rosy impression of their future job – I certainly did not and have considered my choices very carefully. In some specialties, what you do in class is similar to what you do at work, but in others it is very different. That is why I always recommend for people to volunteer or shadow in a field of their choice. This way they really know what they are getting themselves into. One of my favorite quotes is, “You certainly can do the job, but the question is what the job will do to you?”

          I decided that I can make a larger impact on the world and contribute significantly to the body of knowledge by pursuing the route I am taking now. It is challenging to me because it is somewhat different, but I enjoy it very much. I still love psychology though and continue to read articles and books sometimes πŸ™‚

  11. Congrats and I can’t wait to see you rename this site Dr. Kitsune’s Thoughts πŸ™‚

    I, for one, enjoy your posts about Japanese culture though, I have noticed the same thing. Often, my favorite posts that I write are not the most popular posts.

  12. Congratulations on reaching yet another milestone, and my very best wishes to you on your studies.

    Sorry for being so far down on the list of well-wishers – haven’t had a lot of energy lately for strolls through the blogosphere. But better late than never, eh? πŸ˜‰


  13. CONGRATULATIONS!! (sorry for this late reply, I guess we’ve both been busy) With every year I feel like I just get more responsibility loaded on to me and so uploading my blog because more and more difficult. I as well, can’t seem to find an anime that really interests me as of late on top of that, so I completely understand how you feel. I’ll keep on reading even if the posts might be infrequent, good luck on getting your doctorate! πŸ™‚

    1. THANK YOU! πŸ™‚

      Yes, life becomes quite busy at times. One thing is clear though: never let your hobby feel like a job.

      Thank you for visiting and commenting πŸ™‚

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