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First taste of Japanese culture?
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My grandfather lived in Japan for 5 years, and as a result I have some really nice Japanese antiques.

Also, Sailor Moon
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I was one of Uncle Sam's Misguided Children and as such spent 4 years on Okinawa
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The Japanese History portion of my middle school history class. I wanted to learn the language after that and then a friend got me into anime.
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My uncle blew my mind with a little gem called Barefoot Gen (left a heavy impression at the age of 8), then after that with subsequent Manga(the production company not graphic novels Angel Cop, Wicked City, Giant Robo, etc..) releases.....the good ol' days of Manga.. "MANGAAAAAAAA!"


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Youtube hentai

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x-Cellar_Door-x wrote:


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.


Probably 'cause I know everything about you. ;O
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I was born about 7 years after Hiroshima and listening to my uncles and Dad about where they were. How ever I was 5 when my mom bought this fabulous new invention: a Portable color Sony TV and we got to watch Walt Disney in the kitchen while eating dinner.( Best way to keep 8 kids quite!!) From then on I studied history of Asian nations , to me they were exotic and my uncle would bring us those dolls and tea sets

I was introduced to anime and Manga by my teenage sons about 17 years ago
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My first taste of Japanese culture hm, does instant ramen count? If so it's Sapporo Ichiban instant ramen, grew up eating that as a snack both raw and cooked.

Otherwise it was the bits of Japanese culture mixed in with Hawaii that everyone who grows up there sort of absorbs, like playing jan-ken-pon rather than rock-paper-scissors in school, also the shows that aired on local channels like KIKU on TV.
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Rice does count. IT MUST.
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First taste of Japanese pop culture...was video games from Japan. When I was a kid, the 8-bit NES was the big thing and every kid it seemed loved Super Mario and Zelda games on NES. Kids also loved the Game Boy. I was also all about the SNES when it was on the market. As for first taste in Japanese animation, it was English dubbed episodes of Voltron, as well as Unico movies.

My first taste of more traditional Japanese culture and everyday life in Japan type culture was later on, in the 90s. In the seventh grade, for social studies, I learned about modern day Japan and historical Japan. In highschool, I learned more about Japan in a social studies class. Learned more about Japan and its culture, in history and modern times. Sometimes in the 90s, I ate at my first Japanese restaurants. The first I ever went to was a hibachi restaurant and had hibachi meals. I also had sushi for the first time in the mid to late 90s, as well as some Udon soup.

When I was in middle school, I watched Ronin Warriors with my brother. When it was canned and Sailor Moon replaced it, we started watching that. I didn't let any of my friends know I watched it, though. Didn't become an actual anime fan until probably 1996, I think. I think that is the first year I ever bought any anime VHS tapes.
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I've seen some anime when I was growing up after that I met a Japanese artist when we were making carnival costumes using the Japanese zodiac as the theme. We got in some Japanese kids from a local private Japanese school to have a costume making workshop. I had trouble pronouncing their names. We've also got a Japanese shopping centre that we visited at that time.
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Hrmm...I think my earliest memory relating to Japanese culture was a paper crane.

Yeaah... I remember being so impressed by them.
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