About Deas

January 31st, 2010

Hi. I’m Deas. I am 26 years old, and working as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) on the Japan Exchange & Teaching Programme (JET) on Hakata Island, in the middle of the Seto Inland Sea. I work at 7 schools in total, distributed throughout the Shimanami Kaido area. I started to study about Japan while I was in school at Furman University, where I took Japanese language and progressed on to become an Asian Studies Major. I was lucky to be one of the first two students to attend Waseda University – specifically the School of International Liberal Studies (SILS) program – through an agreement between my home institution and Waseda. When my job here with JET ends, I hope to find a graduate school and continue my studies. After that, I’m interested in going after a real position as a cultural anthropologist, or perhaps in academia somewhere. However, as I say frequently, these are plans as of now which are prone to change without warning. Anyway, so far so good. Glad to have you along for the ride. :-)
- Deas

やあ、みなさん!デイズと申します。26歳で、JETプログラムによる新しいALTとして瀬戸内海伯方島に住んでいます。しまなみ海道のエリアの7つの高校を担当します。ファマン大学に入ってから日本について勉強を始めました。大学で日本語を勉強していたアジア研究の専攻にしました。ファマン大学から早稲田大学に行くことになった最初の二人の留学生のうちの一人でした。早稲田大学の国際教養学部で一年間の勉強をしました。このJETの仕事が終わる時には大学院生になって研究を続けたいと思っています。その後は、どかかで文化人類学者の仕事か学究的な世界で何かを探してみようと思っています。でも、やはりこの計画は今の考えだけですね。とにかく、これまではこれで良いです。皆さん、どうぞ、私の冒険とか読み続けて下さいね。ところで、このブログに間違っている日本語が書いてあるところを見つけたら、すぐに私に連絡して下さい!まだまだ勉強しなければならないです。 :-)
- デイズ

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  • Marsha Guerard

    Hey Buddy!
    It seems like the strangest thing that there is a deasrichardson.com Web site. Very 1984. That was the year I got married, and it was a very 1984 experience. Orson Welles wasn’t at the wedding, though.

  • http://www.rockinginhakata.com Deas

    Ha ha – I registered the address when I got this one (RockingInHakata.com) and am simply using the first as a portal / mirror / redirect to the second. I’m glad you found my site, though! (And what, did you not invite him to your wedding?)

  • Marsha Guerard

    Hey Deas,
    I don’t have the presence of mind to regularly check blogs, despite my fondness for watching you eat cereal. Your Web site totally beats ours into oblivion, but I share it with you anyway because today was my first blog post! here’s the address: http://web.mac.com/marshaguerard/iWeb/Site/Welcome.html

    I love you kiddo.
    Marsha

  • http://www.rockinginhakata.com Deas

    Thanks for the link! ;-)

  • Emily

    yeah, so we’re 24 now. Just thought you might want to update your biographical info…

  • David Ochi

    Hello Deas:

    I have been reading some of your posts related to English education. I am doing a project on the English education market in Japan for a client.

    Would it be possible to speak with you regarding your experiences as an instructor?

    I will be coming to Japan during the month of April. Hopefully we can speak over the phone or via chat at that point.

    Thank you. I enjoyed reading your blog!

  • http://gaijinhousejapan.com Jason

    Hi, I want to work with you. I run a website called Gaijin House Japan http://gaijinhousejapan.com I would like to send you our press release. Our website will be helpful to your readers that are planning on staying in Japan. Waiting to here from you.

    Cheers

    Jasons last blog post was: K’s House Kyoto

  • Deas M. Richardson Jr.

    Hi, My name is Deas Richardson as well. In fact, there were 7 Deas M. Richardson’s that were related. There are only 4 now. My father, myself, my son and another relative. We all are from South Carolina. We are related to the Colonel Richard Richardson family tree.

  • http://www.rockinginhakata.com Deas

    Hi there, Deas – my full name is Deas Manning Richardson IV, from South Carolina. We are almost certainly related in some way. We may have even bumped into one another at family reunions over the years. (Though I think I’ve missed the last two…) Thanks for the comment!

  • http://ad3x.net adie

    HI there I found your site in google…I’ve been to Hakata last 2002 and stay there for a month….such a lovely place…nice blog

  • http://www.rockinginhakata.com Deas

    Thanks for the comment, Adie. :-)

  • http://www.michaeljohngrist.com Michael Grist

    Hey [Deas], I saw your site on Englishman in Osaka’s blog – I was wondering if we could exchange bloglinks? I have you on my site already- [removed URL due to redundancy]- the blog title is Big Red Dot. It’s Japan stuff, haikyo and some humor.

    Cheers,
    Mike.

    Michael Grists last blog post was: The ‘other’ Colonel Sanders

    EDIT: Mike, I removed the URL because it’s already linked to in your comment. If you click on your name, it will take you to the URL you provided… It’s kind of tacky to double drop URLs… ;-)

  • http://www.rockinginhakata.com Deas

    Mike – thanks for the comment and welcome to the blog! I’d like to become familiar with your content and whatnot before reciprocating the link, so I’ll add you to my RSS reader first. Thanks for the link, though. (You can remove it until it becomes reciprocal if you like, by the way.) Sounds like a cool blog – thanks!

  • http://takeme2japan.wordpress.com/ João Paulo

    I thought it would be probably wrong I used the automatic google translater… can you give me some help.
    How would be the proper way to write Take me to Japan?

  • http://bartman905.wordpress.com bartman905

    Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting. I’ll add you to my RSS reader and follow your blog as well. I hope you don’t mind that I have added you to my Japan blogroll. Cheers.

  • http://www.rockinginhakata.com Deas

    Bartman – thanks for the comment, the subscription, and the blogroll link!

  • http://takeme2japan.wordpress.com/ João Paulo

    Hey hey Thank you very much for the help. The logo is now OK isn’t it?

  • http://naodragonpeach.wordpress.com naoko

    こんにちは。はじめまして
    しまなみ海道のあたりにいつか行ってみたいと思っています。ダイビングをするんですか?四国でも?私もずいぶん昔、もう10年くらい前ですけどダイビングをやっていました。今は二人の子供のおかあちゃんです。

    ほんとに、日本語の間違ってるところチェックしてもいい?あなたの書いた文章はとっても読みやすくて分かりやすい日本語です。ほんの少しだけなおしましょうか?
    >早稲田大学に行くファマン大学から来た最初の二人の留学生の一人でした。

    ファマン大学から早稲田大学に行くことになった最初の二人の留学生の(うちの)一人でした。

    あんまり違わないですけど、少し自然になったんじゃないかなと思います

    >このJETの仕事が終る時に大学院生になって研究を続きたいと思っています

    このJETの仕事が終わる時には大学院生になって研究を続けたいと思っています

    すごく小さな訂正です

    >私の冒険とか読んで続けて下さいね
    私の冒険とか読み続けて下さいね

    これまた小さな小さな訂正ですね
    厳しすぎる先生ですね
    私も下手くそな英語を使って、書く練習をしてるんです
    どこが間違ってるのか分からないから英語を母国語にしている人に教えて欲しいんです
    もしよかったら私のサイトを見にきて下さい。そして間違ってたら遠慮なく教えてください
    長いコメントになってごめんね

  • http://www.rockinginhakata.com Deas

    I corrected the things you noted, Naoko. Thanks!

  • http://dshack.net David

    Dude, I had no idea you went to Waseda. Awesome. SILS has a rocking new building; I'll put up pictures sometime.

  • Stephanie

    Hey! I just got accepted to the JET program this year, and I'm assigned to the Fukuoka Prefecture. No word yet on a city, but I'd love to hear how you like it so far! Mind if we keep in touch? Do you know if any other Fukuoka-JETs keep blogs?

  • http://www.rockinginhakata.com Deas

    Hey Stephanie – sorry to bum you out, but I'm on Hakatajima in Ehime
    Prefecture. So my Hakata is 伯方. The Fukuoka Hakata, which is far more
    popular and well known, is 博多. Sorry! :-)

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  • http://asiafortherecord.wordpress.com/ Tokyogodfather

    Hi Deas! I just realized that you are a guy! I posted a link to your imax post in my blog, but I wrote that you were female! Will fix that now.

  • http://asiafortherecord.wordpress.com/ Tokyogodfather

    Crap! I thought you were in the Fukuoka Hakata too…>< I wrote that in my blog post too…

  • marybethnorthcuttwalker

    are you Bradley Richardson's nephew???

  • http://osakainsider.wordpress.com/ Name

    I am really impressed with your blog, and I think you have some really interesting videos. I have always wanted to go to Kyushu but haven't had a chance yet (I have lived in Kansai for about 3 years now).

    I have recently started a blog on Osaka with a travel and living theme. I have posted a link to your blog already, and I was wondering if you wouldn't mind doing a link exchange. I would really appreciate the support, as I a have just started up. My blog is called Osaka Insider, and it's located at:

    osakainsider.wordpress.com

    Sorry to contact you through comments, but I couldn't find your e-mail address.

    BTW, I also attended Waseda in 2004 :) It was a great experience.

    Keep up the good work!

    -Patrick

  • http://www.rockinginhakata.com Deas

    I most definitely am. And proud of it, too!

  • http://www.japanesepod101.com/ Learn Japanese

    Hi Deas, great blog! This is Kim from http://www.JapanesePod101.com. Is there anyway to get in touch with you via email? You can reach us at affiliates@JapanesePod101.com.
    Thx.

  • Emily

    I'm at work and not supposed to be doing this, but I noticed that your profile still says that you're 25. We're 26 now… ;o)

  • http://www.rockinginhakata.com Deas

    Wow. You are far more on the ball than I, Emily. What can I say? Ha ha. I'll
    fix it when I fix it!

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  • Jennie

    Saw your article in the Japan Times on abbreviated Japanese. I'm a proud user of ain't and y'all and I'm learning Tosa-ben despite my fear that it will ruin my ability to speak standard Japanese. You made me feel somewhat better about slanging up my Japanese. (I'm also tired of being told how “correct” my Japanese is – ie, how textbook formal and flat it is – could be reading more into that . . . ) However, dude, really? Koichi? You live *right next to us*! lol Ryoma is from Kochi (Kouchi, longwise)!

    ~Jennie, proud Kochi-ite and resident of Nankoku (which isn't the South Pole, though some of my Japanese friends back home are convinced it is *grin*)

  • Marcus Lucas

    I wanted to contact you about website partnership/sponsorship. If you are interested, visit GraduateInJapan dot com. Thanks.

  • Cheiter

    Seeking Quotes and Insights for a Book About Working in Japan
    I found your blog on the Japan Blog List and am contacting you regarding research for a new book I’m writing for ThingsAsian Press. I am looking for insights and quotable comments from individuals who have worked in Japan. I’m gathering information on a variety of fields, such as teaching, technology, office-based business, consultant services, visual arts, music, culinary arts, martial arts, entertainment, fashion, volunteer work, etc.

    If you are interested in participating in this project, please respond and I will send you a questionnaire. The reward for your efforts will include writer’s credits and bio, plus six copies of the published book.
    Looking forward to your reply….Celeste
    cheiter@thingsasian.com