Back in America I engaged in a lot of hobbies, perhaps too many. My three main fixes were sports, music, and anime. When it came to sports I was always in front of a TV watching something, and I do mean always. During the Fall I would spend my Saturdays and Sundays watching college and professional football. I was obsessed with football. In my “free … Continue reading Being Out of the Loop
Something I’ve learned in regards to pop culture is that there can be a separation of what Japanese people know as popular and what foreigners think is popular in Japan. I’ve been met with a lot of confused faces when mentioning certain anime that I know are well regarded overseas, but never had much of a following here. Classic examples include shows like Cowboy Bebop and Gurren Lagann. … Continue reading Who Are The Pillows?
Manga is quite possibly Japan’s most recognizable pop culture export. It embodies the spirit of Japanese traditional culture while also exploring eccentric comic characteristics. Manga is about storytelling more than anything, whether it’s fantasy or mundane. Shoujo Manga is one of the most prominent subgenres of the Manga universe. Shoujo means “young girl” in English and is primarily marketed towards, no surprise here, young girl. … Continue reading Munekyun Gestures
Since I came to Japan, I haven’t had much of an opportunity to engage with sports as much as I did when I was back home. But honestly, I’m OK with this. My purpose here is to teach English, learn about the Japanese language l and culture, and travel. Sports aren’t the center of my universe anymore. Still, I enjoy the occasional outing where I … Continue reading Koshien
Last week for my Obon Vacation I visited several locations, some I had been to previously and some that were brand new. for me. But perhaps the most important part of my trip was when I stopped in Hiroshima. Before I had stepped foot in Japan, I made a personal mission of mine to visit this city for two reasons. Hiroshima is a part of … Continue reading A Visit Worth Remembering
Four years ago, I worked on a music blog with some of my best friends. It allowed me to work on my writing skills while I honed other techniques at college, but I couldn’t keep it updated much beyond my sophomore year. While I don’t devote nearly the same amount of time looking, harvesting and researching about new music as I used to, I still … Continue reading Quick Album Reviews (4/13/2017)
Like many people in the world, I have an undying affinity for Japan’s very own Studio Ghibli. The film production company has been one of the most outstanding pioneers in animation for over 30 years. The studio’s catalog possesses some of the greatest films ever made in the medium’s history. The whole filmography showcases incredible visuals, intimately relatable characters and damn near unforgettable stories. Studio … Continue reading Month of Ghibli