It seems that in terms of foreign exchange students studying at Japanese universities, the native Japanese struggle to understand how to cater for these visiting students, regardless of whether they are interested in engaging or not. This discovery is supported by the digital presence of Japanese unis, both of which leave much to be desired.
I came into this subject knowing I wanted to focus my studies on Japan. The country has fascinated me ever since I began studying the language in high school, and that passion has not dwindled over the last 8 years. I hope to work with and among the Japanese in the future, perhaps even working… Continue reading Becoming a Gaijin Girl
In Year 10 I went on a study trip to Japan with my class. It was my first trip overseas without my family and needless to say, I was very nervous about the whole experience. However, looking back on this trip I view it as my moment of epiphany - the transformative moment when I knew Japan would have a place in my future.
I am a little behind the pack on this one, but here it is nonetheless – my reaction to watching the classic Japanese film Godzilla in class, whilst live-tweeting the experience. The tricky thing about writing last is that all the most profound and insightful discoveries have already been stated by others, so I’ll be using my tweets to guide my response.
Godzilla, or ゴジラ as it is written in Japan, is one of the most iconic 海珠 (kaiju, or monster) films of all time. I’ll admit that despite this, I’ve never seen the original, only the Hollywood remake featuring Bryan Cranston. I have also never watched a black and white film outside of high school English studies – damn you, To Kill A Mockingbird!
I don’t know why I’m so surprised, to be completely honest. As a white, atheist Australian woman with no direct links to anything across…
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