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First taste of Japanese culture?
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What was the first Japanese thing you were introduced to or a part of? I think all of us might say anime but what else? My first introduction was when I studied the Japanese martial art Aikido in middle school.
Posted 9/12/14
Oddly enough it was a true story of war history my great grandpa told me about as a child. Reaaaaaaallllllly graaaaaphic.

My mom was not pleased. But now I like history so...

Also sushi and paper fans. Later on came anime, manga. The full monty.
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Aside from incidental stuff like food and a few odd things I remember from growing up..... There were a bunch of movies about Japanese culture being done while I was growing up in the '60s....
The first real taste of Japanese culture I had was when I was at the Kinokuniya bookstore in Portland, OR. The woman who managed the store introduced me to Japanese manga.... The only bilingual books at the time were Cardcaptor Sakura and Love Hina.... Of course I preferred Love Hina...
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Mine was probably when one of my aunts (whose parents were born in Japan) visited my family in the 1980s and introduced us to Japanese home cooking.

My full-on exposure to Japanese culture, however, came in the mid-1990s when I moved to Japan. I've been here ever since, and have even published a manga that teaches you how to cook Japanese food. The circle is complete!
Posted 9/13/14
did a school project on Japan. we had to choose whatever country and research on it. and I chose japan. this was before I knew what anime was... so don't call me a weeaboo etc.



I've also been a fan of traditional clothing and flowers before anime... so naturally I would love kimonos and cherry blossoms. but I feel like every time I say I love Japanese culture... people think it's because of anime... when it's not...
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It was Aikido for me too OP.
One of the founder, Ueshiba's pupils was Mitsugi Saotome.
Saotome taught my dad, and my father ended up teaching as well.
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My first real taste of Japanese culture was going to Japan when I was 17.

Sure, I liked anime well enough. But I really didn't watch anything culturally significant unless you view screaming fights with Saiyans as something that encapsulates the essence of Japan
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Posted 9/13/14 , edited 9/14/14
i had some soy sauce and was like damn thats some good salt water
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Don't really know can't even say anime, because didn't fully understand it. But my sister took me to Japanese restaurant few years ago and i like Sushi and some other food I don't remember the name.
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SoldierSangria wrote:

Oddly enough it was a true story of war history my great grandpa told me about as a child. Reaaaaaaallllllly graaaaaphic.

My mom was not pleased. But now I like history so...

Also sushi and paper fans. Later on came anime, manga. The full monty.


Wow. This is almost My Story, dead on! Awesome.
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Posted 9/13/14 , edited 9/13/14
I used to read a lot of mythology back in elementary school. The myth that stuck with me is how Amaterasu hid herself in a cave and didn't come out until she saw her reflection.
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My first real introduction was actually through religion. I was baptized and confirmed Roman Catholic, but after greatly questioning my faith and then renouncing my faith as a Catholic I began looking elsewhere. I first started reading on Taoism which introduced me to Chinese culture, but I found something missing in Taoism and kept looking and started reading on Buddhism and Shintoism, the two main religions in Japan, and through that I was introduced to Japanese religious and spiritual culture. Many people in Japan follow both Buddhism and Shintoism, with Shintoism being the most common religion in Japan and Buddhism second when looked at separately.

I had seen a few episodes of Gundam and Pokemon in high school, but I just thought they were cartoons at the time and they were speaking English so I didn't know it was actually Japanese and I also ignored it back then, and thought of it as simply childish cartoons. Obviously if I had paid attention to Gundam I wouldn't have thought that.

I didn't even know what Anime really was while learning about Japanese religious and Spiritual culture and wasn't really introduced to it until I randomly watched Elfen Lied on Netflix while I was sick, and my life changed forever. <3 Lucy

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I went to Japan a couple years back and found it interesting so I started to learn Japanese. It also got me into anime and manga.
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Even before anime, for me my first taste so to speak of Japan was my Japanese neighbors who had just moved from Japan. They still did a lot of Japanese-esque stuff, though I was young at the time so I didn't realize that, and they would cook primarily Japanese type foods.

After that I believe it was in late elementary or early middle school that I had a report that I picked History of Japan so that was another taste I guess.

After all of that would have been anime and the desire to go to Japan.
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Posted 9/13/14
We had a jukebox in my backyard while I was growing up (45s if you're old enough to remember this variety of ancient machina,) and one of the records my father had was Kyu Sakamoto. The American title of the song was "Sukiyaki" (a type of Japanese meat dish) because the actual title "Ue o Muite Arukou" ("I look up while I walk") was considered too difficult for American DJs to pronounce.

My dad always used to say, "Yeah, he was cool! He would wear his white shoes with his white pants, and he always looked so COOL!" >.< My dad's also one of those people who repeats himself repeatedly, so he always tells me the exact same facts about it as if I've never heard them before, lol.

Thus I'm blaming my earliest interest in Japanese culture on him because I loved the song and wanted to know what it meant.
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