Working in Japan

People often ask me about what working in Japan is like. I always hesitate when answering questions like that, because I can only talk about my own experiences, and the experiences of people I know, which is an awfully tiny slice of the Japanese job market. In the first place, I don’t have any friends who work skyscraper white collar jobs in downtown Tokyo, and for some reason that’s what everyone seems to be interested in.



Már az első hónapokban sem tetszett ez az anime üzlet. Nem mondom, hogy rühellném, de nem akarnám ezt csinálni még évekig. Nagyon nem jó, hogy éjszakába nyúlóan kell ott ülnöm a stúdióban, csak mert az animátorok akkor végeznek a határidős melókkal. Ráadásul ez a jövőben sem változna. A producerek és még az aktatologatók is félelmetes időket húznak le, gondolom az ő esetükben már félig megszokásból. Aztán furán néznek rám, amikor fel merem vetni, hogy ha végeztem már a feladataimmal, akkor feltétlen ott kell-e malmoznom még plusz három órát.

Egy barátom, akinek valamiért nagy meggyőződése, hogy én zseniális programozó vagyok (pedig) meghívott a céghez, ahol dolgozik. Az utolsó interjúkon is túljutottam a múlt héten, és a minap kaptam az értesítést, hogy akkor április elsejével kezdhetek. Én kértem, hogy akkor, mert nem akarnám az év végi prémiumomat kidobni az ablakon, ha nem muszáj, ráadásul a vízumom is márciussal jár le.

Van annyi kötelességtudatom, hogy a projekteket, amiken most dolgozok már végigcsinálom (ez is pont március környéke), aztán lelépek programozónak a belvárosba. Az egy dolog, hogy az új helyen nyolc óra egy műszak, nem tizenhat, de ráadásul szenior programozónak vettek fel, és rádupláztak a mostani fizetésemre. Kíváncsi vagyok, milyen lesz.

Knotfest Japan 2016

Knotfest this year in Japan had a really inviting lineup. The first day was rather short for me (making me wonder if it was worth at all). I started the weekend with Disturbed, and they didn’t fail my expectations (so yeah, it was worth). SiM was up next, and it was much better than I thought it’d be. Deftones, on the other hand, wasn’t very impressive for me. I don’t have Deftones in my library and that’s not gonna change. I guess it was good by its own standards, but I wasn’t converted to be a fanboy.

Day 2 was a much longer ride with more bands I actually know. While Anthrax isn’t one of those, they still put up a fantastic show. Good old heavy metal, and they played all the songs I knew from them. The Gazette was pretty nice too, though I wasn’t paying much attention to them until the second half of their set. In Flames were In Flames. I’ve seen them live a few times before, and it was no letdown. The same goes for Crossfaith and Man With a Mission too, who did a great job representing Japan among the headliners. Lamb of God, on the other hand, was much less fun live than I hoped. I don’t know if it was some problem with the sound or I simply wasn’t in the mood, but their show wasn’t exactly overwhelming. Oh and Manson. He did all his great hits, but I guess I’m too old to enjoy seeing a huge middle-aged guy throw tantrums on stage like a little emo girl. Let’s hope little emo girls enjoyed it more.

Slipknot was amazing. The crowd was of course huge, but I’d say it was much better than the last time. The sound was great and they played good old and fresh new songs as well. Their set had a huge screen where they played shots from their music videos, and if you know Slipknot music videos, you know how gorey they are. It was really funny when on the train home I heard some boys complain about how it made them feel sick. Or rather: sic. The show was fantastic.

Loud Park 2016

This year’s Loud Park came with a lineup that I just couldn’t ignore.

Loud Park 2016



Apparently Jinx was added to League three years ago on my birthday! I got her on my crew right away – something that (at the point) hadn’t happened since Vi and until Ekko.

Her amazing video played a big role in this too. It got me interested in the music too, which is how I found the band Djerv (whose vocalist sings Get Jinxed) and similar female-fronted bands, mostly psychobilly.

And if that wasn’t enough to be grateful for, Jinx proceeded to become my main AD (swiftly replacing Tristana) and carried me all the way to silver 2 – and I haven’t been (or cared to try to be) any higher since.

Her Japanese voice is crazy good too, with all the grinning insanity one could fit in one character. Damn now I want to play League again.