I’m pretty sick today! Uhh…
At the moment, I’m watching some Japanese videos and I’m listening to Japanese songs, so I thought that I could talk about my love for Japan and how it came into existence.
So! It all began six years ago. My elementary school had organized an excursion to the Japanese embassy. I was very excited, but I didn’t know what to expect. It’s unbelievable how much that factor changed me since then. There were some Japanese people there
(I don’t know the names in English. D8), who were responsible for the place. They talked about Japan and then they showed us a video of it and its customs. I was SO FREAKING AMAZED. Then they gave us our names in Japanese and they gave us some origami paper and showed us how to make a swan and a frog. My frog was alright, even though my mum threw it away after a while (WHY MUM?! D8), but I never got my swan finished. I had made it wrong and I got pissed off that I couldn’t follow. ;~;
ANYWAY, I had come back home with the BEST impressions. I told my family about my experience, but they weren’t as interested as I was. And I stopped searching for it. Nevertheless, it found me on its own. I guess, it’s destiny or something. X3
Later that year, my brother told me “Hey, Christina! Come here to show you!”. He was on the computer. I had no interest about technology, then. I just knew how to do the basics. I was the kind of child, who ADORED to study pretty much anything. So, I was reading books in my free-time. YEAH… SO HARDCORE. XD I went to see what he wanted to show me. And he began saying like “OH! I figured out how to make videos and I also made a YouTube channel!”. He showed me his video and I was like “That’s so cool! I want you to teach me, John. Can you? Pleeeeeeease?”. He said yes, but it took like a week. xD Anyway, his video was a slideshow and he gave up like 2 years after. Back to the topic, now. xD He showed me and I made my first video with pictures (anime, Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy) with a Japanese song I found and some random thoughts of mine, which I thought as a storyline. Those moments of joy can’t be described. Really. I didn’t know that the song was Japanese. I knew it was just Asian. I kept on listening to Japanese songs unconsiously (BoA and Utada Hikaru mostly), because their lyrics were easier to sing to and of course I kept on editing. My brother made me a YouTube channel, too, back in 2006 and I felt so special, man.
I’m still editing to video-games and anime, but I will stop talking about video-editing for now.
One day, 3 years ago, I was browsing through YouTube channels. And as I entered a channel, a weird song, but with a catchy beat was featured and on autoplay. I went to take a look at it and I thought it was so stunning. It was NU ABO by f(x). They’re a K-Pop girl group. I got hooked to Korean culture, then, too, but I kept on searching afterwards for more artists and here I am now listening to VOCALOIDs, to Japanese and Korean music. Ain’t it wonderful how music defines you? Personally, I’m very proud of my tastes. They’re uncommon.
I forgot to mention one more factor, I suppose.
I had a friend. Unfortunately, I’ve lost contact with her, but she sure was one of my best friends. Her name is Jennifer and she’s half Greek - American. When I went for vacation to my village, she was my only friend, with whom I had SO MUCH FUN. She was older and she got me hooked to video-games. First game she showed me, Kingdom Hearts. My no.1 video-game series. When I play it, I feel like crying, because I reminisce my childhood. She was into anime, she had shown me a lot of Asian stuff, etc. Thanks, Jenny! You’re awesome. o3o And I miss you. :|
So, this is how it started. Now, I’m collecting money, so as to finish university in my country and move in Tokyo. I’m planning on starting learning Japanese on my own until I finish high school and with classes when I enter university. This fact DEFINES ME. And I love everything that has to do with Japan. I WILL REACH MY GOAL! HERE I COME JAPAN! 8D
May God bless us!