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?
I’m not going to lie; studying Japanese is hard. It’s one of the least familiar languages to English in the world. Not only are there three different writing systems (of which one of them, Kanji, has over 2,000 characters that are commonly used), but the sentence structure and the ideas are vastly different. I could list many examples as to how they’re different, but I’ll … Continue reading Immersion is Key
Three months ago I took a short trip to Hokkaido, which has become one of my favorite places in Japan. Aside from the difference in climate compared to an area like Aichi, it’s full of majestic landscapes and culturally feels separate from the mainland. Hokkaido in some ways is its own country. One of its assets is a town called Noboribetsu, a small hot spring … Continue reading Noboribetsu
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