I’ve always had a soft spot for Japanese culture, particularly its drama and comics, like 名探偵コナン (Detective Conan). So when I decided to take the JLPT N1 test, it was more of a personal milestone than anything else.
Life gets busy, no doubt about it. Even so, I found pockets of time after work to focus on Japanese. Sometimes you’ve got to make room for the things that matter to you.
If you’re on the N1 journey, I can’t recommend the 新日檢完勝對策N1 books enough. This 5-book set was my go-to. It gave structure to my self-study routine and covered everything I needed.
My trusty stack of study material.
I went into the test with a different mindset; I was just there to enjoy the process. Every question felt like a puzzle piece falling into place, not like a hurdle to cross.
After getting the news that I passed, it wasn’t just about the certificate. It was about balancing a hectic life with something that genuinely brought me joy. Learning something new, especially a language as engaging as Japanese, can be a fulfilling journey in itself.
So, that’s my experience. If you’re planning to take the N1 or any other life challenge, all I can say is: sometimes the journey itself is the reward.