There are few events that erect a feeling of pure euphoria amongst an entire nation, but I do believe that the annual Hanami coronation that takes place every spring across Japan is a rare example of this feeling being shared with all its people. Hanami comes at a much needed moment of reflection for most of Japan’s working class. April marks the end of the … Continue reading Hanami
I want to be great. That sounds rather whimsical, doesn’t it? A Disney-esque manifestation, if you will. I think it’s quite silly myself, but I also find a lot of charm in that kind of defying of the gradual cynicism that ultimately festers within every human being as they age. Childlike wonder can’t be something we all keep forever, but I also believe that all … Continue reading 25
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