This is one of those drafts that I was telling you about in one of my previous posts…
I’ve been stressed out lately because of finals so I spent some time in my comfort zone.
Which I’ve found to be overwhelmingly Japanese ( ^3^)/
This kind of relates to my Ether post except these things that are to be listed actually give me energy and make me happy~ As if I had a boyfriend to do those things to do for me…hence the title “You Make My Kokoro Go Doki Doki”…yes? No? Okay (_ _,)/~
First let me tell you how Japan is a huge part of my life.
Just like most kids in America I was introduced to the Japanese culture through their shows that aired in America when I was very young. I watched Pokémon, Sailor Moon, Hamtaro, Yu Yu Hakusho, Inuyasha, Cowboy Bebop, Tenchi Muyo, Ruroni Kenshin, and all that good stuff. From those shows I caught on to Japanese music, which was mainly JPop from the beginning and endings of the shows. The earliest artist I remember is Ayumi Hamasaki, but I also found other artists such as Namie Amuro and The Pillows (J-Alternative Rock). From there I dove right into Japanese culture so I can’t really tell you what order I found everything in from then on, but it’s been an ongoing love even to this day.
I still watch anime, read manga from time to time, watch Japanese movies and dramas, and listen to Japanese music. Japan was a big part of my life growing up, and it’s still a big part of my life as I go into adulthood. I’m always surrounded by Japanese culture and keep up with new things that are happening in Japan. It’s such a routine part of my life that I don’t feel out-of-place when something strange pops up and gathers American attention. When an American asks “Hey have you seen that weird music video with that Japanese girl saying PON PON PON!?” I just reply “Yeah that’s her first single, it was released a couple of months ago.” and carry on as if it were nothing out of the ordinary.
I will now try to touch on some aspects of Japanese culture that comfort me~ o(^-^)o
Sweet Jaesus Japanese music is a vital part of my life. JRock and Jpop are the genres of Japanese music that I listen to the most. Let me name a few that I listen to in no order…Ayumi Hamasaki, Namie Amuro, Antic Cafe, Sugizo, Yoshiko, X Japan, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, the pillows, Alice Nine, Versailles Philharmonic Quintet, LM.C, D’espairs Ray, Dir En Grey, Flow, Akeboshi, Kanon Wakeshima, Hideki Naganuma, Halcali, HimeYuri, KAT-TUN, Kaya, w-inds, L’Arc En Ciel, Malice Mizer, Gackt, Miyavi, LUNA SEA, Mix Speakers Inc., Moi Dix Mois, Orange Range, Perfume, Hatsune Miku, Salyu, SCANDAL, Tommy february6/heavenly6, Shiina Ringo, SuG, T.M. Revolution, and Various DJs.
It’s quite plain what Japanese music does to my mood. It just makes me plain happy. I love seeing these artists wear whatever the heck they want and do whatever they feel like and be happy about it! I wrote a post that reflects this feeling some time ago so you should check it out and here’s some music that I hope makes you happy as well~
Cherry Bon Bon – Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
Transmigration – Kaya
Ashita, Genki ni Naare – Miyavi
PUNKY❤HEART – LM.C
デコデン //// DECO DEN!
I think that Decoden translates literally into “decorated phone” or something like that, but basically you glue cabochons and rhinestones to things (mostly electronics). Like this~
Now let me show you how I wasted my life on this:
I’ll redirect you here so you can read about Kami for yourself, but basically I believe that everything has a spirit. I felt that everything had a spirit within it ever since I was small, but in junior high I found out that the Shinto religion believed that as well. I became somewhat connected with the religion from studying it and that made me feel even closer to Japan. When I say that everything has a spirit I mean everything. So even the inanimate objects like cars, and other living species that lack organs similar to ours (such as trees) have spirits. A friend told me years ago that because of this belief most Japanese products have faces on them.
Harajuku fashion made a huge impact on my life growing up. I never liked common designer brands (but I will take a mui mui bag ;D) with their logo printed across my shirt (ie. Aeropostal), so I always searched for patterned items. If you think about it for a second if you only buy patterned clothing items (because the plain solid colors would not do) things are going to clash. I didn’t mind the clashing, but I felt like I needed something extra to make it apparent to everyone else that I didn’t have bad taste in clothes or didn’t know how to dress myself. I needed something to show people that I had a style and that it wasn’t strange or looked down upon. When I first got a glimpse of Harajuku fashion I immediately knew it was for me. I yearned to learn from those people on the street on how to coordinate my outfits each day to a theme, and eventually I knew enough tricks from each style that if I would’ve had the money (& the skin tone) I could’ve fit right into Harajuku land.
The earliest styles I could remember being intrigued by were baroque, renaissance, and medieval. All thanks to Malice Mizer.
But I couldn’t really copy that style… So I moved on to something that was more tangible. Gothic Lolita:
But like I say in my About Me I like cute stuff. Thus I tried Sweet Lolita/Sweet Loli:
But I wanted something even more unique… Wa Lolita:
Then I missed the sweetness and realized that a coordinate costs over $100. Decora:
Then I embraced my Amazonian fierceness and started mixing these styles in a more casual manner. Well…sometimes…. It was weird transitioning from so many styles man. I still liked patterns though ^^~
I wasn’t going to touch on this subject since I’ve watched like every anime there is to watch and could say pages about each of them…I guess I’ll try to make this short. It started with Pokemon of course, then Sailor Moon and Hamtaro. Then Ruroni Kenshin, Dragon Ball Z, and Tenchi Muyo were added. Then Yu Yu Hakusho, Cowboy Bebop, Lupin the Third, etc.
My favorite show of all time is Yu Yu Hakusho. If you ask me to choose one series to watch for the rest of my life I will no doubt choose YYH. ❤ That series meant a lot to me as I was growing up. Like I’ve been meaning to write a separate blog post about YYH, but I don’t know where to start or how to convey my thoughts and feelings. It’s that intense man.
Oh man now I have to list all the anime I’ve seen…
Although I’ve never been to Japan the feelings that I receive when I watch something from Japan or when I listen to a Japanese song is instant relaxation. Everything seems so peaceful and less troublesome when I’m in my ~Japan Mode~. It’s a really great feeling. Maybe I can convey it with this video from Rainbowholic:
I didn’t know how to title that, but basically I like hella cute stuff. (◕‿◕✿) I tend to lean towards pastels and cute characters~ If you look through Rainbowholic’s blog you’ll find tons of photos of the kawaii things I’m talking about.
Here’s a video that shows some cute things in a Japanese home…from Rainbowholic’s YouTube channel. I swear I’m not being paid to put her creations on my blog. I just adore her blog so much~! (✿ ♥‿♥)
I’m sort of running out of things to say…it’s like trying to sum your life up into one post (I have this problem a lot with my other posts @__@). There’s just so much that I love about Japan and that I continue to adore. These aspects that I’ve pointed out are only a few things that I have cherished about Japan throughout the years.
I’m just really grateful that I’ve been exposed to Japan at an early age. These key points in this blog are what helped shape me into the person I am today. I grew up with these things, experimented with them, and in the process discovered Priscilla.
Thank you Japan ♡