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Rock Outside Japan

Rock Outside Japan

I recently had the pleasure of meeting translator and writer Naoki Matsuyama (Twitter) from Contectures, a Japanese publishing company started by literary critic Azuma Hiroki. We sat down at a large café in Shinjuku, the heart of Tokyo, along with freelance translator Ko Ransom (Twitter), who had graciously set up the meeting for me by […]

Virtual Diva: Hatsune Miku’s Popularity and the Sound of the Future

Virtual Diva: Hatsune Miku's Popularity and the Sound of the Future

What exactly does it mean to be a virtual diva? Before we can truly understand Hatsune Miku’s popularity, it’s perhaps best to identify what exactly she is. Surprisingly though, this is quite tricky: Clearly, in the most simple terms, she’s the character designed as the face of Fujita Saki’s recorded and digitalized voice for a […]

My Mom is a Tsundere: Part 3

My Mom is a Tsundere: Part 3

Although I fully intended to conclude my last article within two posts, I felt quite unsatisfied with the way the article concluded; my research into the origins of tsundere further back in the 80s ended up taking up more space than I had intended. My fellow colleagues Sorrow-kun and Elineas noticed that I had left […]

My Mom is a Tsundere: Part 2

My Mom is a Tsundere: Part 2

In continuation from earlier, we now have the tools to take a look at how tsundere have become, perhaps, one of the leading icons in the moe boom in recent years. First, let us take a brief look at a possible development of the modern tsundere.

The Cognitive and Biological Underpinnings of Waifu

The Cognitive and Biological Underpinnings of Waifu

For once, rather than viewing otaku as a cultural product of Japan, I want to take an alternative viewpoint by analyzing otaku behavior through a different lens. I will present evidence for thinking that each and every one of us can become an otaku, and that the so called cultural origins of otakuism, in particular, […]