I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, lately. Big news, right? I mean, I never do that! Usually I just careen… ah well. Sarcasm is lost in this medium. Anyway, I’ve been thinking. I sure do care far too much about how I’m perceived in some ways, don’t I? And
Am I Otaku or even weeaboo? This is a question I’m asking myself more and more lately. I mean, I guess I fit some of the definitions. I like JPop – enough so that I’m maintaining an entire website about it, and other pop culture things. I’m familiar enough with
After my post yesterday, I decided to do something different that wasn’t related to blogging or angst. I got the “not related to blogging” part done. I ate some food, played on my phone and the computer, and just basically had about as restful a day as I’m capable of.
Over the past few years, My thoughts on Japanese culture have taken a very definite arc. I started out with a general sense of admiration, but then decided that I wanted to learn more about their language and culture. I immersed myself into learning as much as I could about
In the cult I grew up in, throughout my childhood, there were some very strict expectations about how one was to behave. One was always to behave in an “upright” manner – to be honest, the ideas of tatemae and honne are not really all that foreign to me, as
Over the past ouple of years, I’ve learned a few things about Japanese that are not obvious to people just starting out in Japanese. Let me try to summarize them here. Maybe I’ve said some of these before, but I’ll just repeat here if so, I guess it bears repeating.
I like to say that I’m never really wrong – as my decisions and opinions are nearly always right based upon the information I have. But sometimes I don’t have enough information, so as I get more information, my opinions can change. That kind of makes my previous ones wrong.
My first real introduction to Japan and Japanese was through idol culture. Morning Musume, to be precise. So it’s no surprise that I’m unusually knowledgeable about the subject. I can name quite a few idols from Morning Musume, AKB48, Sakura Gakuin, and a few others besides. And those that I
I’ll be honest. I dont identify as otaku and I dont want to be otaku. But last night I sent a bunch of funny links to my friend from AKBingo, explained to him who Takahashi Minami and Shinoda Mariko are, and then gave him the backstory on how Shinoda-san became
One of the most fascinating things about Japanese culture, I think, is the otaku. I’m not one by any means, and I don’t at all understand them, but I find them fascinating. I’m not sure in what way – I think it’s at least in a “what the heck makes them