Hello there! I guess you want to know more the man behind this blog. I’m flattered 🙂
Growing up in a small town in America, I knew very little about Japan. My grandparents were Japanese, but since my parents and I were born and raised in the US, we only spoke English and knew the American culture. So yay for freedom, obesity, and guns everywhere (according to some Japanese people…and the rest of the world).
I knew the names of the Japanese foods that I loved and a few words I picked up from my family. That’s about it. This brought my Japanese vocabulary up to 25 words or so….I had a long way to go. I also went to Japanese cultural events that were sometimes held in my area.
So pretty much all I knew about Japan was that they have ninjas, anime, and people eating sushi off naked bodies. Surely there had to be more.
So I decided to find out for myself. I packed my bags and went to Japan for a vacation. When I got there, I didn’t understand what anyone was saying, couldn’t read any of the signs, and I was completely lost in a sea of bright lights and strange sounds…and I loved every minute of it.
Long story short, I returned to Japan many times after that for more adventures (and being completely broke) and even studied Japanese there. I eventually found a job working as an English teacher.
Even after all of these years, I still have a fascination and love for Japan. I still continue to explore all that Japan has to offer.
On this blog you’ll hear everything: the good, the bad, the interesting, and even the grotesque. I’ll use my wonderful talent for writing (or my lack of talent I should say) to make my posts educational, humorous, sometimes offensive, but hopefully always entertaining.
I’ll also be publishing articles on how to learn Japanese, with the hopes that you won’t make the same mistakes I did when studying. I’ll also feature articles about traveling in Japan written by people who know Japan even better than I do. Hope you find this website useful and fun! Cheers!
— Jack Yamashita