This will be my final blog i believe and its addressed specifically to next year's workshop.
So you have 6 weeks to do a project while enjoying Japan. Japan is hard not to enjoy so i'm not going to comment on that (except Okonomiyaki is amazing). basically i see two options for the project. 1, you can stick to what you know and make a project and get your credits. this is nice b/c you are not dependent on the teachers for information on how to do your project and you can do this, since you've done it before, and will most likely leave you time to go see Japan. The downside to this is that you will not learn anything, so if you came here to learn a new skill....this is option 2, doing something you don't know. this is what i did, i learned Flash action script and garage band; i'm glad i did, but at the same time i was stressed out more, spent more time working on my project to get it to where i could, and i feel i had less time to go see Japan (not that i didn't, but i know if i kept it simple and to what i know i would of had more time to). But like i said the plus is that i learned a new talent from some top-end, high calibar teachers.
so there you have it, either stick to your guns or expand your horizon, its really what you want to take away from this trip, good luck.