My interest in Japan began when I stumbled upon my sister watching an interesting anime entitled ‘Lovely Complex’. One day, having just graduated high school with nothing to do, I searched for another anime to watch, hoping to find one just as good. My discovery of Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge led me to the music of Kiyoharu, as both the opening (OP) and ending (ED) songs are by the rock musician.
Whenever asked what triggered my interest in Japan, I would always have to credit Kiyoharu because I began learning the language just so i could understand the meaning of his lyrics. Perhaps it would sound exaggerated but the truth still stands that his voice was the beginning my self-discovery. I began to shed my teenage dilemma of wanting to fit in and adopted instead, the feeling of being comfortable being who I am and even feeling excited about who I could possibly be. And my interest in Japan deepens.
Back in 2008, I had the opportunity visit Japan for a week, thanks to my father who decided to let me experience what I love from afar before I got into college. With the tour guide leading the way, we enjoyed our trip tremendously. However, the Japan I knew then was the Japan I experienced as a tourist.
Now, in 2017, I am back in Japan, but as a student of Japanese language. This experience would not have been possible had it not been for my supportive family. I am eternally grateful, and I am absorbing all I can from my current environment. And this blog is founded for the purpose of documenting whatever I feel would be relevant for the future me.