Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Japanese obsession

Fact 7. I'm highly influenced by Japanese culture.
Speaking of inspiration and where it comes from I cannot omit my obsession with Japanese culture. And I do not mean by this the traditional Japanese culture, which though I respect a lot and love. But no, I love modern Japan and Japanese people, the way they adopt foreign tendencies and realia of the world. There is so much to say, that I'm afraid to get lost in words.  

My nick name - akatombo - means "red dragonfly" in Japanese. Now I can hardly remember why it caught my eye, but I really loved the image of this strong and eye-catching creature. And the way it called in Japanese.

So yes, I'm a fan of old-school anime, modern Japanese artists, movies, music, literature and lifestyles. And also I admire their inborn sense of style and the way to wear strange clothes in this elaborate irresistible way.

As a linguist I also try learn Japanese, but it is oh so hard and I'm oh so lazy ;)


  1. Wow!
    It's always interesting to hear how Japan is viewed from outside world.
    It's such a tiny island yet so unique.... There are so many things that I didn't realize when I was living there growing up. I will be taking a bunch & bunch of photos on my next trip in March and April. Will post in my blog. Hope you will enjoy!

  2. You know, Yoko, I believe it goes for any nation - I mean, to hear the opinion about your country and culture from a foreigner. Sometimes I read in foreign blogs amusing things about East Europeans, both fair and strange, and I find it really great ;)

    I'm really looking forward to see your travel pictures from Japan! ^__^

  3. I love Japanese craft books and have a big pile of them at home even though I can't read them! It's a bit mad but I can't resist their style and loveliness. Like you I wish I could make myself to learn Japanese. But I'm too lazy...

  4. oh, their craft books and magazines! I do love them as well. I want to get some books about stitching, they are really cute and sweet. Love their simple patterns so much.

    And also, which is so great, their explanations are very articulate, one can understand everything easily ;)