January 2, 2009

Happy (belated) NEW YEARS!!!!!!

I'm late I know, suck it up! As 2008 is officially over it has come to my attention that it's (finally) 2009! There are major changes coming to IKK so brace yourselves for these upcoming announcements.

01. The blog is now closed. I know, I know, I know, so if the blog closes then what's happening to IKK? Well it's going to go bye-bye for a little bit while I learn how to use Dreamweaver and div layers. That, and balance school and work. I'm sorry to say it may very well be months until it is back but it WILL be back with a vengeance and in ways that you will barely believe. 

02. The forums will remain open. There is but one factor keeping me from trashing the forums entirely, and that's Ryuus translations so thank him profusely for it. No offense but the forums have become this form of annoyance that I really don't need right now, and there are not enough active people. Honestly the Keiko fan base has become exhausting and I'd rather focus on Keiko herself. True she's become famous enough that she doesn't need a promoter, but she's still my favorite so if anything I will continue to spread the love. Her English speaking branch isn't nearly as powerful as her Japanese branch and I would love to be the one to help change that. If that's the case than the forums might as well be useless in the sense that it can never be as focus on her as the site would be. Granted, it would alienate anyone who isn't all that fond of Keiko and just likes the community and I would be sorry to lose that. But it IS less drama so....the future of the forums is unclear but it's there so enjoy it. 

03. I'm leaving the country. While the original intent was for me to be in Tokyo, money is of course an issue, so that's not going to happen. So the next best thing? Going to another design capital in the world! As of January 12, 2009 to April 28, 2009 I will be studying abroad in Rome, Italy! I will also be studying a bit in England, Switzerland, France, and Greece so if any Keiko fans live there---let me know! I will be taking Italian (since it's mandatory--wonder why..lol...) an Italian Design class with a three day excursion to Milan, a Roman Literature class, Advanced Drawing (which is Junior level so I will have to work hard) and Digital Photography!

03. I will be opening an artist blog. Yes, you'll be able to follow me all over Rome through entries and video streams. From flea markets, to vineyards, museums, opera's, and fashion shows! I'll put up photos and my artwork and you'll get to know me and my friends better! The page is under construction now but I'll alert (via the forums) with a link when it's ready. Bookmark the page! And comments are more than welcome. 

04. I'm not Keiko. Stunning revelation, I know, but I still get e-mails addressing me as if I were! That being said, I hope you guys will still keep me posted on Keiko activities even though I'll be removed from them. More often than not I won't know what's going on since I'll be busy trying to adapt to the Italian culture. Whatever Keiko stuff I stumble upon (scans, media, ect) I will keep until I update again, so be prepared to be overwhelmed by a stellar return.

Thanks so much to everyone who's supported IKK this year through all the ups and downs. You don't know how much I truly appreciate it and although it may not always appear that way I am very, very thankful! So let's make 2009 an awesome year even bigger and better than 2008! God bless you all! See you in...goodness...MAY!

Love, Sade 


Rika-Chicchi said...

Happy New Year, Sade!! ^^

01. While I'm sorry to hear that the blog/mainsite is closed, I can understand your reasons & am looking forward to its comeback in a brand new form!

02. Lemme also thk Ryuu for keeping the forums alive. lol

03. I'm glad to hear that you'll be traveling/studying in various countries. I'm sure it'll muchly broaden your mind & knowledge. And it's great (especially for an art student like you) that Italy is among your destinations! I've never learnt Italian, but I've heard from people having learnt it that it's not easily for its relatively complicated grammar - I think English is among the most (if not the most) simplified forms from its Roman ancestor language. So gambatte! Learning another language is always a good thing - it can open a window to other cultures/peoples, hence broadening your mind.

03. (It should be 04. lol) Again, glad to hear about your opening of an artist blog - I'm eagerly looking forward to it!! I think it could also contribute to the promotion of art in general. ^^

04. (05) WTF? Is that really so? lol Maybe because Keiko has also blogged about art, hence people get confused btn you two? lol And I think the forums can also keep you posted on Keiko stuff.

And you're very welcome ^^ - actually it's we who have to thk you for your info & stuff at the blog/mainsite all these times. Again, looking forward to see you then, & best wishes for your studies! Have a safe & fruitful trip! Take care! ^^

Rika-Chicchi said...

On another note, the forums are down ATM - if you haven't been aware of that yet.

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