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
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