Explorations in Japanese Culture

Anime Figures (アニメのフィギュア)

Figure collecting and the otaku come hand in hand. In fact, figure collecting has been called the otaku’s “drug of choice.” The hobby as a whole can be quite overwhelming … Continue reading

February 12, 2012 · 3 Comments

Otaku (オタク)

As someone who studies Japan from both an academic and hobby perspective, I am always a little sensitive in keeping my love of Japanese otaku culture and my love of … Continue reading

November 23, 2011 · 5 Comments

Dekotora (デコトラ)

Sometimes I hear about things from Japan from the most unexpected and strange places. While meeting with my marketing professor this week about my thesis, he brought up this crazy … Continue reading

November 16, 2011 · 1 Comment

Japanese School Uniforms (こうふく)

Growing up in the American public school system, the idea of wearing a uniform was always nothing more than a threatening rumor among my classmates and I. It seemed that … Continue reading

November 6, 2011 · 2 Comments

Anime Weekend Atlanta (アニメの週末)

As I have mentioned before in my posts, living in northwest Georgia tends to leave me feeling isolated from others with a similar love of Japanese culture and anime. So … Continue reading

October 11, 2011 · Leave a comment

JapanFest (日本のさいてん)

One of the things that I love about the Fall is that it means that I get to go to two of my favorite annual conventions! In September I get … Continue reading

October 9, 2011 · Leave a comment

Setsubun (節分)

When I asked my friend まき about Setsubun, she had a bit of trouble explaining why they celebrated the holiday. She just smiled and laughed and told me about how … Continue reading

September 10, 2011 · 1 Comment

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