My generation -- being born in the 80s and raised in the 90s -- grew up with an abundant amount of everything Japanese. What the kids have today in K-Pop and Korean dramas we make up for with anime's and manga's. So although there are some Korean films that I have come to like I never fully connected or stay "in-love" with their culture. I could not stomach the Korean manhwa's taking over the Japanese manga. I prefer listening to J-Pop-Rock music over K-Pop. I would always give my wholehearted love to Tokyo -- despite it being earthquake prone -- over Seoul. My fashion palette beats for the Kimono and Yukata over the Hanbok. And although I seriously love Bibimbop, I would always choose a Japanese restaurant to dine together with my friends and family because Ramen is as sacred to me as pizza and pasta. While the world has gone 'gaga' over Gangnam style I remain disconnected with this fad realizing that I have never viewed its video on YouTube and I don't even have it uploaded on my iPod. I have never watched the Korean version of 'Boys over Flowers' and I could never finish a Korean drama. I have no love for Korean gadgets and I still believe that Sony and Sharp makes the best TV and mobile phones. And although the Japanese invaded the Philippines and do us more harm during the WW2 I must have had a long overdue case of Stockholm syndrome because I am so fascinated with their country and culture the way I love France or the way my love-hate relationship with my country goes. So I'll let today's world and its youth fest up with its Korean bug because I know, forevermore, that as a kid born in the 80s raised in the 90s I would always have my Japanophilia and nobody can't take that away from me (not even time, change and society).
Monday, December 31, 2012
Sunday, December 30, 2012
"I thought growing older would turn me into an adult. I thought I'd get a job, get married, and somehow become an adult version of myself. But nothing like that happened. I've still never truly felt that I've become an adult. But I know I'm no longer a child."
- Koichi Azuma, Kimi to Boku
Thursday, December 27, 2012
I am so lazy these days and that's a fact. There are so many photos and videos to edit and process that are filed up on my disc drive and memory card -- I don't even know where and when to begin with. My attention is too wrapped around by anime's and my constant worry about my health (the latter contributing to my being mentally stressed all day). The best thing to do, in my opinion, is to work on them before the year ends, that way if I get the diagnosis that I fear the most then I won't need to worry about them any more. I'm already a burden to my parents, I don't want them spending their money on me for hospitalization, medication and operations. I want to stay optimistic so I'm crossing my fingers that I'll be alright and that the wonders of drug can take my illness away.