A little about me
Well hello there, I’m James. I started this site in Early 2008 mostly to write about Gunpla and my days out. I’ve had sites for years, including the long forgotten webcomic “Naffworld” but this was my first jump into wordpress.
I first visited Japan back in 2007, and I now live in the Kansai region where I teach and do freelance design. During my third trip in Christmas 2009 I got married in Kyoto on Christmas Eve.
I’ve applied to teach in Japan through the JET Programme three times. First time I wasn’t selected for interview, and the second I made it all the way to the Alternate list but didn’t receive an upgrade, and my final attempt was back to no selection. I’ll always be a little disappointed I didn’t get a chance to prove myself as I’m sure it would’ve been a great experience.
I have a broad range of interests, and to that end there’s quite a mix of posts here, from Japan-related photography and developments, to urbexing, video games and Gundam.
My wife also blogs, check her out at teatwosugarsplease.wordpress.com/.
Thanks for visiting, hope you enjoy the site and please feel free to leave comments!
Just a dumb name I made up a while ago… Tubby in relation to my doughy physique, and gaijin – a Japanese word which translates as “Non Japanese”. There are alot of negative connotations associated with the word gaijin, as it can be considered a racist or derogatory term, I obviously don’t take an offence from it 🙂
Since launching in 2008, the site has undergone a number of design revisions:
V1 – 2008 – Nov 2009
As I had no prior experience with WordPress, I opted to use a pre-made theme – namely Daleri Dark by Andreas Viklund. I happily continued adding to this for some time, and elements including colour scheme and font continue to influence later designs.
V2 – Nov 2009 – 2011
The moment I finally stopped being lazy and made my own theme, first time the top-bar element was introduced. During this time the site went through a name change from “James’ Blog” to “Tubbygaijin.co.uk”
V3 – 2011 – 2012
A further improvement to V2, adding a slider to the homepage and excerpts to make sectional browsing easier.
V4 – 2012 — ????
An evolution of V3. Much of the underlying code of the site hadn’t changed since 2008 meaning the site was heavily reliant on hacks and plugins. No more! A nice new slider system and native thumbnails and threaded comments should speed things up a bit. The colour scheme has gone alot brighter compared to the muted, slightly mucky V3 and pages for the first time are presented on a white background for ease of reading.