I’m pretty new to both Japanese culture and language, aside from watching the world cinema channels back in the US as I grew up. Like a lot of people, my interest was piqued in earnest over a bit of popular culture – in my case, the Battle Royale novel by Koushun Takami, lent to me by a friend in college. A few busy years later, I found myself watching clips of Shakespeare performed in Japanese theatre. Fairly quickly after that, I stumbled across Nagisa Oshima’s Gohatto which – in accordance with the film’s subject – put me fully under the spell of anything Japanese. My life has gradually filled up entirely with Japanese cinema, literature, history, art, music, doramas, architecture…
The point of this blog is as an outlet for me, and also a very succinct identity so that I’m not just another faceless online username. As much as the internet is an invaluable tool for learning about a language and culture that is so far away, I try to bring it round to my own reality as much as possible. So, if you notice my ideas about Japan going awry or drifting into misconceptions then please take me to task about it!
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