はじめまして。

Who needs another blog about Japan? 

We only need one Danny Choo, one Japan Hour (for our Singaporean folk) and Lonely Planet to tell us everything about the country. 

What do we not know about the country already? We eat their food, watch their TV, listen to their music, wear their fashion, buy their makeup, use their technology, and even have anime conferences (with a reported attendance of 80,000 as of the last AFA per venue). 

Let me tell you why someone like me would even think of creating this blog (in no particular order). 

1. I didn’t know I had an existing Blogger account. Apparently I set it up for some personal musings. But then I gave up after the first draft (i.e. never made it to publication) and it’s been in sleep mode ever since (obviously, this reason is pointless and irrelevant, but it’s still true). 

2. I need a fresh start with a fresh view on life. See, I’ve been a PR practitioner since graduating in 2006, and I’ve been specialising in the same field (Financial Communications) this whole time (consumer is never going to be my cup of tea. I can stand fluff for only so long). But as I draw close to my 7th year as a regular salaried employee, I cannot help but feel that I have been robbed of what I am really passionate about.

3. It’s true that there is something about the Japanese culture that sucks you in to that bright blood red spot of theirs. Just as there are many not-so-nice things about the country (nationalism, rising prices, perversion, inflexibility, stiff-necked bureaucracy, exclusivity…), you cannot deny that they really can – and do – make things better. (yummy food, amazing animation, cute pet videos, gorgeous people, polite people, crazy people, otaku-loving people, … God-given scenery for all seasons, gadgets that actually work…).

4. You can’t really enjoy the good things about Japan without sharing it with people. 

5. I was dragged to my first Japanese class with a friend (who quit before she took JLPT 4, even though she paid for it). I finished JLPT 4 and 3 before I put classes on hold for a good two years – and my maiden trip to Tokyo only fueled my desire to pick it up again. As I await the results of N3, I can safely say that this desire to want to learn something that I would have quit a long time ago is definitely not normal. So I am going to put it to some good use. 

6. I like the language. I like their music (especially J-Rock). I like their anime. I like their MTVs. I like their food. I like their land. So I will write about it. 

7. Seven is a nicer number than six… kidding. But learning Japanese in a SinglishEnglish-speaking country is like wearing a business formal outfit to a kampong (village) wedding (nothing wrong with it; but tell me how to not feel out of place). So this blog will also be used to learn ONE word a day. More details to come. 

日本語上手じゃありませんが、頑張ります。よろしくお願いします!

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