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Ever since I was 13 years old I've wanted to learn the Japanese language. It never started with anime--it happened from stumbling across Japanese writing off some sort of product and me having a genuine interest in the writing system and to learn about where it came from. From there, with the advent of the internet, I learned what the writing system was and learned as much about Japan as I could.

Around 15 my obsession with Japan happened and I taught myself how to read and write Katakana and Hiragana. After that I learned more about anime and became interested in the Japanese animation world. I tried to learn phrases and whatnot from the television shows--but never was I obsessed with them.

So now, I've taken a college level 3rd year Japanese class and I've been to Japan once and stayed there for 2 weeks. It's been over 10 years and my love for the language and culture hasn't gone down one bit. I realize there aren't all unicorns and rainbows about the country and that it has it's creepy traits and stupid shit--I am not turning a blind eye to the reality of what goes on in the country...

But somehow friends and people like to poke fun at me and tell me I'm not being realistic. That I'm being an idiot, etc and so forth.

Does anyone else have this problem?
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I was following this until the "creepy traits and stupid shit" part. Sorry, please elaborate?
Posted 2/11/10
that happens when you're passionate about something & you like doing it. I like poetry & writing poems & can't stop thinking about it. =] but if you feel you're infatuated with it a lot, just take a break & learn something new.
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I poke fun at this one friend of mine who has this really annoying Korean fetish and he doesn't seem to know about anything else going on in the world. Its like he's living in some dreamland in badly need of a reality check. It depends on what you like, but the fact is people will make fun of you if you make an obvious visible habit of letting others know about what you love over and over and over. It happens.
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i love money and rice
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my cat shes a pregger atm
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you should'nt be ashamed of what you love if it truly makes you happy.
Im a Xenophile..Once been a tawainofreak,then a koreanoholic..Now, dominantly a japanophile.
Ive onced thought there was something wrong with me, coz my likes seems to be a lil deviant from the common peoples' like. .I love jdrama, and i dont care if nobody shares the same hobbies.
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I love the band Paramore too much!
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Moosehead wrote:

I was following this until the "creepy traits and stupid shit" part. Sorry, please elaborate?


For popularizing Issei Sagawa after he killed and ate that girl while abroad in Japan. Since the French did not provide the paperwork, instead of the Japanese deciding he was unfit to be released back into the public (and due to his father's wealth) he was released and still roams free. He still admits that he secretly wants to eat beautiful women. When he sees a beautiful woman, he said, that he wonders how they will taste. I would say this falls under the creep traits. Not to mention, for a while, they let this man write food reviews for restaurants in Japan (which I kinda found disgusting). I understand that there are crazy people out there in the world in every country and America, too, has it's cannibalistic people, but to make him a celebrity for it? It just seems like there was no punishment for his murder of the innocent college student.


There is also the problem of the Yakuza which has been able to ignore and avoid the law since the police do not seem to do much to stop it. Lots of Australian girls are raped, some are murdered or accidentally killed by Yakuza who drug them so they can rape them while they're out cold.

These are the things I'm talking about.
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mystic17 wrote:

that happens when you're passionate about something & you like doing it. I like poetry & writing poems & can't stop thinking about it. =] but if you feel you're infatuated with it a lot, just take a break & learn something new.


I don't mind the love I pour into my interests, but I have a specific friend who feels that I don't take a realistic approach to it. I question whether or not he's had an extreme interest in something or loved something enough to where he feels that he wants to do something worthwhile with it.

But I'm always open to trying something new. I don't stick to the one thing. :P
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Kerensa wrote:


mystic17 wrote:

that happens when you're passionate about something & you like doing it. I like poetry & writing poems & can't stop thinking about it. =] but if you feel you're infatuated with it a lot, just take a break & learn something new.


I don't mind the love I pour into my interests, but I have a specific friend who feels that I don't take a realistic approach to it. I question whether or not he's had an extreme interest in something or loved something enough to where he feels that he wants to do something worthwhile with it.

But I'm always open to trying something new. I don't stick to the one thing. :P


i agree with being open to try doing new things^^....but i dont see any bad in the way you do things,and i htink your realistic when your not trying to close away the negatice things about japan,its one way going down this road of life.....soo who can say is it bad or not?^^do as you feel best
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Kerensa wrote:

Ever since I was 13 years old I've wanted to learn the Japanese language. It never started with anime--it happened from stumbling across Japanese writing off some sort of product and me having a genuine interest in the writing system and to learn about where it came from. From there, with the advent of the internet, I learned what the writing system was and learned as much about Japan as I could.

Around 15 my obsession with Japan happened and I taught myself how to read and write Katakana and Hiragana. After that I learned more about anime and became interested in the Japanese animation world. I tried to learn phrases and whatnot from the television shows--but never was I obsessed with them.

So now, I've taken a college level 3rd year Japanese class and I've been to Japan once and stayed there for 2 weeks. It's been over 10 years and my love for the language and culture hasn't gone down one bit. I realize there aren't all unicorns and rainbows about the country and that it has it's creepy traits and stupid shit--I am not turning a blind eye to the reality of what goes on in the country...



Hehe, I have exactly the same story like you. You know, like we are twins or something ^_^
But my language obsession is with Chinese and not with Japanese.
When I was 14 I learned everything what has to do with China! I was and still crazy about Chinese culture and Chinese food.
I even went to chinese cooking class just to learn how to cook chinese traditional food ^_^
And now my big dream comes true, I am in China now and study Chinese language in here.
And who would expect this?
I also have friends they make fun of me and say even "you are chinese already!" ^_^ I'm not mad of it, I see it as a compliment.
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I do love something too much, but they do not make fun of it
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My friends got sucked into the Twilight world....yes I like it too...but there's a limit.

Just...don't pretend your a vampire and beg a dentist to make your teeth sharp and avoid sunlight to get paler...that just defies sad....

so yeah it was the other way around lol...I made fun of them for that
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Rina-San wrote:

My friends got sucked into the Twilight world....yes I like it too...but there's a limit.

Just...don't pretend your a vampire and beg a dentist to make your teeth sharp and avoid sunlight to get paler...that just defies sad....

so yeah it was the other way around lol...I made fun of them for that


Heh. I don't think the Twilight Saga is good enough to become obsessed over. There are honestly better books out there. =\ But I get what you're saying.
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