Japanophilia is Online!

I decided that the time is right to make a blog just about Japan. Searching for a name, this one wasn’t taken, so ‘Japanophilia‘ it is. In the past, I’ve resisted doing something like this, I suppose partly from not wanting to be pigeon-holed as ‘that guy living in Japan’, but you know, if the cap fits, wear it! I am living here and the visits of a couple of friends, both of whom were delighted to be here showed me that there is a rich, enjoyable culture here and I am being a bit selfish to the other ‘gaikokujin’ of the world by not doing more to share it. I personally am something of a Japanophile, though I might add that a lot of the things that I love about this country are either quite far from mainstream, or part of the heritage of begone eras. 

Like many other Westerners, I find Akiba or Yoyogi Park quirky and interesting, whereas Ginza is stylish but predictable and Shinjuku is too plain crowded to enjoy. I love to meander around temples and Japanese gardens, but the chance to see Odaiba isn’t so exciting except as a chance to see ‘what’s there’. True, in a lot of cases I don’t really understand what is going on, whether it be the language or just the cultural ‘distance’, but you know, I still kind of enjoy the mystery of all that. I also found out that I’m not the only one and this is a kind of response to all the interest I’ve found in my photos and stories of being here. So into all this comes Japanophilia, to help people who want to experience more of this wonderful place; whether through the internet or, if they can, coming for a trip. If they’re really crazy, they may even try living here!

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