Happy birthday, Shinpai Deshou!

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Happy birthday, Shinpai Deshou! It’s hard to believe another year has gone by! Like our train cake? (It’s the only picture of a cake I could find with a number 2 on it…)

What can I do with a B.A. in Japanese Studies? sputtered to a start two years ago today, which means for some reason I was sitting around during finals week at the IUC (probably weeping into a textbook) and suddenly had the urge to try making a Japanese Studies blog again. But two years later, we have 355 followers via email, 180 on Facebook, 206 on Twitter, and an untold number subscribing via RSS feed. We’ve had about 113,000 hits since we launched, and though in 2010 we only had 5,172 in the six months we opened, in 2011 we had over 57,060 hits. With only 5 months left in this year, we’ve already reached 50,567, and our incoming views are from all over the world! That’s amazing growth, especially considering how terrible I am at social networking via the web. ;)

We owe our continued expansion to you, the readers! You guys not only encourage us, but also bring valuable suggestions and insight into how our content can best serve the Japanese Studies community, be it for academics, professionals, or casual learners. So thank you all and please continue to spread the word about Shinpai Deshou!

Want to see anything new in the next year? Want more on a particular topic? Email us at shinpai.deshou@gmail.com, tweet us, catch up with us on Facebook, or leave a comment below! Thanks everyone!

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About Paura

Paula lives in the vortex of graduate life. She studies medieval Japanese history and hopes to one day be competent enough to teach it to others.
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2 Responses to Happy birthday, Shinpai Deshou!

  1. Anne says:

    Happy birthday, Shinpai Deshou! I have to say I stumbled on this blog a year or so ago when I was feeling really lost in terms of where I would be going with my BA in Japanese. You’ve provided some great guidance and all the links to job openings, conferences, and more has seriously kept me in the loop! I look forward to reading this blog for years to come :)

    • Paura says:

      Hi there Anne! Sorry for the belated reply. So happy that you’ve been with us for a year and we’ve been helpful in that time. Nobody can provide all the answers, but I’m glad we’ve helped make your future path a little less murky. That’s what we’re here for! :) Thanks for being a part of Shinpai Deshou!

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