What does 旅立ち "tabidachi" mean? To "embark on a journey". Specifically, to embark on a cultural journey in which you learn and grow. Personally, it means that as I experience and research the ins and outs of Japan, I'll be able to share my thoughts and advice with you, while you, yourself, embark on your own cultural journey of growth and understanding.

The Author

So, who is this "danieeru"? Runa currently lives back and forth between her ranch in Illinois, USA and her Japanese fiancé's apartment in Osaka, Japan. She loves gaming, writing, bl, and tea.

Here on this blog, you can catch her writing about Japan; whether it's language, how-to tutorials, food and travel, shopping and tried-and-true products, and even Japanese cultural factoids found in one of her favorite games of all time (a game that, which, she has earned a world record on Speed Demos Archive), Fatal Frame III.

A huge nerd for Japanese culture and language, she's mega-excited to share her findings with you. <3

Contact Info

Runa is pretty active on her Instagram, but you can always send her an email, too, at runa@dittmer.com

Active Quest Log

☑ CLEARED Quests

☑ 全クリしたクエスト

☑ American BA in Arts
              ☑ アメリカの学位 BA in Arts
☑ 2014-15 year-long intern at LEX Shibuya
              ☑ 2014-2015年インターン生 1yr intern
☑ 2017 Japan summer exchange 4H chaperone
              ☑ 2017年日本へ夏交流の4Hシャペロン
☑ sub2:30 Fatal Frame 3 speedrun record
              ☑ 「零刺青の聲」スピードラン世界記録保持者
☑ ESL tutor kickoff
              ☑ 英会話の家庭教師を起業

☐ PENDING Quests

☑ ロード中クエスト

☐ Pass Japanese Proficiency N1
               ☐ 日本語能力試験N1を倒す
☐ Masters in International Relations
               ☐ 修士を手に入れるクエスト MA/PhD
☐ Localization in Video Game industry
               ☐ ゲームのためのローカライゼーション

JLPT Proficiency

☑ 2016: Passed N3 (the very official certificate!)
☑ 2019: Passed N2 (the super official certificate!)
☐ 2019: Attempt N1 (in progress!)