いらっしゃいませ〜!

March 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

Irasshaimase~!

The customary cheery greeting for shop patrons in Japan.  It’s just a simple ‘welcome~!’

I know that weeks, months, years (yes, I hope I’m still actively writing years from now — I plan to), I will look back on this entry, my “first” entry of so many failed tries to start an active writing habit, and be like, ‘Oh, so that’s what I titled my first entry.’

Actually, no wait, that’s probably a lie.  I’ll remember this title because I’ve deliberated over it way too much.

I wish I could pretend that the title was entirely spontaneous and witty so I can affirm that I’m a spontaneously witty person but sadly, I cannot.  I will not lie, I’ve been thinking for ages what I would want to title my first blog entry; so much so that it’s actually one of the biggest reasons why I haven’t started a blog yet despite wanting to for just as long. Not a main reason, mind you, but bigger than it should have been.

It was spontaneous to an extent though.  Classic and cliched, I thought of it as I was showering last night (and just what is it exactly about the shower that seems to inspire so much creativity?).

I picked it because well, on one hand, not only do I feel like I’m welcoming people to my blog but that I’m also welcoming myself.  Even though I typed the letters, once they appear and formulate that word on the screen, it becomes a separate entity.  Once I publish this post, even if I come back and edit it, the fact remains that whatever I wrote before, I’ll be experiencing as reader, like the rest of you.

So, welcome, readers!  And welcome, writer~!

A secondary reason I picked it was because it was a short and sweet way to show my Japanese heritage.  It’s a big part of my life and to how I am today so I’ll be talking about it a lot.  By no means do I profess myself an expert in that culture and there will be times, no doubt, that I might sound like a cultural snob, but bear me out as I intend to use this blog for various purposes, not the least of which is to work out the various tangles of myself and my life.

だから、いらっしゃいませ皆さん!いらっしゃいませ梨紗〜!
(So, welcome, everyone!  Welcome, Lisa~!)

It’s probably not the perfect title as it stinks of commercialism (seriously, it’s only used in stores and restaurants), but I kind of wanted to give off that cheery ‘welcome to this new place/world that I’ll hope you’ll enjoy!’ impression.

Now I just need to come up with an appropriate title for my blog (which I’ve already been thinking about way too long for my own good . . . )

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