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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Social Justice Warriors (SJWs) in Japan

While I was on the Internet the other day listening to EDM and searching just random things (and no, it's not porn, you perverts...), I came upon a suggestion on Bing. It was about SJWs. Reading the label already made my skin crawl of discomfort. For those that do now know, SJWs (or Social Justice Warriors) is a degrading term for a group of people that repeatedly engages in arguments dealing with social issues via the Internet or protesting in the streets, but their thoughts are often either really shallow or...completely dumb.

In Western culture (mostly in America), SJWs have a REALLY BAD reputation because they correlate social issues with something drastic that happened in the past, which is almost always inaccruate and ignorant. While yes, there are social issues that needed to be addressed, however; the way they do it isn't making the situation better whatsoever. It's either have no effect or negative effect.

While I was searching about it on the Internet, I thought to myself There's no way there are any SJWs in Japan. Shockingly,...there are SJWs in Japan. Majority of SJWs in Japan mostly talk about how Japan doesn't legalized marijuana, discrimination of people with tattoos, why Japanese men are too shy, and the biggest of them all: Japanese privilege!

There are bunch of examples that SJWs did horribly in the Land of the Rising Sun! One example is a last year Twitter post from a SJW said: "Trump mocks disabled people. A Japanese male stabs 15 disabled people dead, and injured 45 others. Do you see the connection? I sure as f*** I do." No...I don't see the connection. Yes, I don't really like Donald Trump as a person because he says a lot of dumb things, but him mocking disabled people didn't correlate with a Japanese male stabbing a lot of disables people. Two different events.

Another example is when foreigners wearing kimonos and SJWs attack them because of "cultural appropriation". Cultural appropriation is a stupid term that says all races need to stay in their cultures and to not venture out to a different culture. In an SJW's mindset, mostly white people cannot venture out to other cultures, which is so stupid. If they want to venture out, let them venture out! If white people want to wear dreads, let them wear it. If Japanese people want to listen to rap music, let them listen to rap music.

Also, it's a kimono! Who doesn't want to wear it? I do wonder does it take a while to put on  Japanese kimono or yukata...

Thankfully, almost every attempt that SJWs try to make in Japan, it's automatically show down by clever responses from the Japanese people. Japan is immtune to SJWs. In fact, majority of Asian countries are immune to SJWs. they might have a SJW force field or something. Japan (or any Asian country), can America borrow some of that force field? We really need some...!

The funny part about them is just they claimed to be culturally aware about a different culture or society. However, they don't know that when you leave your home country and travel to a different country, communication are different, social situations are different, taboos are different, social etiquette is different...Just almost everything from another country is almost different from your home country. Even though I know some things about Japanese culture, there are other things that I want to learn more about and further my knowledge about the culture. 

All I am saying is that Japan, don't change because of the SJWs. In fact, don't change at all. You're great just the way you are. Even though you do have some bumps that need to fix, you guys are still great! I am really impressed that you guys are really immune to them, and you can shut them up quickly.

For the SJWs, you're not making it better for yourself. Just admit defeat and do this: "when in Rome, do as the Romans do." Be humble, open your mind to the culture, try something new, etc. Overall, just stop being a whiny baby.

Yours truly,
Jay Nakamura

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Do Americans Have a Bad Reputation In Japan?

Sorry for the kinda long title of the post...

In the last couple of weeks, Americans have gotten into a lot of trouble overseas doing stuff that's kinda simple yet stupid at the same time. For example, the most notable one was the three basketball players from the University of California at Los Angeles arrested in China for shoplifting expensive sunglasses... As a reminder for some people, China had a conviction rate of 99.9% (about 0.5% higher than Japan's) so many people would suspect that they'll be in a Chinese prison for about 10 years.

By pure luck, President Donald Trump saved the day (and kinda bragged about it...) by dropping the charges and letting them go back to America. While yes, I don't really like Donald Trump, but I would literally kiss his feet for the whole day if he got me out on that occasion. No matter how wrinkled and smelly they are.

Then, just recently, an American couple had been arrested in Thailand for exposing their butts at a Thai religious temple. It's bad enough that you exposed yourself in a foreign country, but doing in at a religious temple...It's basically saying that you gave Thai people the middle finger.

While I am shaking my head on the stupidity that some Americans did while they're outside of the country, it made me wondered...What about Americans that are in Japan?

I read a lot of stories about their experiences in Japan in a foreigner's perspective.

Do I believe that Americans might have a bad reputation in Japan? Yes and No.

The reason I said yes is that there's always this one person that's going to be "that American". What I mean is that he/she will do something idiotic that it might give bad reputations to Americans that are staying in the country and others that are planning to go there. It's the saying The good have to suffer from the bad. It's a saying that some American people heard when they were in elementary or middle school. You know that one kid that always gets punished, and everyone else that didn't do anything has to be punished with him. It's kinda the same thing with Americans in Japan.

Plus, since Americans are one of the most common Western foreigners in Japan, it's kinda making the situation a lot tougher. My personal belief for that is since Japan and America are allies politically and a lot of American universities have study abroad programs in Japan, Japanese people are expected Americans to behave the same as them. Like the saying When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

I do understand it's really exciting to go to a different country but at the same time, you're unintentionally representing your country as a whole. Whatever you do wrong in a foreign country, it'll show a negative vibe to foreign countries about America.

The reason I said no is that when you're going to a foreign country for the first time, you will make mistakes. No matter how many times you've read the customs, practiced it at home, watched it from anime or manga, you will make a mistake in a foreign country. It's not going to be a bad mistake, it's one of those rookie mistakes that you'll make on your first trip to a foreign country.

Don't know how to use chopsticks? That's OK!
Don't know how to speak the language? That's OK!
You used an air horn in a Japanese train, especially in rush hour?, that's kinda immature and disrespectful.

For Americans that are in a foreign country or going to a foreign country in the future, PLEASE DON'T BE "THAT AMERICAN"!! It's bad enough that about 65% of the world is still mocking us almost every day, you don't want Japan to be one of them.

Follow the rules, be respectful to the natives, try something new, be humble,...

Just anything you can do that is positive and respectful of the culture.

Be respectful,
Jay Nakamura

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Why Do I Love Keisuke Honda?

For those of you that don't know, I am a huge soccer freak. I'm like the American version of Endou Mamoru (leading character of the anime series Inazuma Eleven). When I was in high school, my soccer ball was the closest friend I had. It helped me practice my skills, help me get fit, and help me relax and take my mind out of all the problems I have outside of soccer. I played it almost every day during lunchtime and after school. I loved soccer so much that I was nicknamed "Soccer Boy" in my high school because of my intense passion for soccer. However, in my senior year in high school, a lot of underclassmen and upperclassmen students was mad and/or confused that the head coach of the soccer team didn't pick me for the soccer team since I was more passionate at soccer and hard-working than most of the kids that were already on the team. Although I was upset that I wasn't picked for the team in my senior year, I have to accept defeat since I gave it all without any regrets.

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Honda at Pachuca
With many soccer players and soccer fans have their favorite players that are mainly Lionel Messi (Argentine soccer player), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portuguese soccer player), or Neymar (Brazilian soccer player), my favorite soccer was Keisuke Honda, the Japanese version of Cristiano Ronaldo. That's right. Keisuke Honda. The Japanese soccer player that played first in Nagoya Grampus and now plays for Pachuca in the Mexican soccer league.

Whenever I heard anything dealing with Keisuke Honda, my inner fan-girl screams inside of my body. I believed that he's one of the most underrated soccer players in the world. However, not really underrated in the Asian countries...

Keisuke was one of that handful of Japanese soccer players that has the opportunity to play in European leagues, which have really tough leagues that only the best of the best plays in. However, I do believe that Keisuke Honda is arguably one of the best soccer players in modern Japanese history (if not all-time).

The reason that Keisuke stands out from some of the Japanese players playing in European leagues is that he plays in really strong teams that are notable not in their league but in the entire continent.

The best part of Keisuke that I admire the most is mainly his dribbling and his shooting from long-distance. He might not have the same as some of the best shooters in the world, but he's making it a tight race. He dribbles so swiftly and with a lot of focus and precision. That could be one of many reasons that he did score a good amount of goals in CSKA Moscow (Russia) and AC Milan (Italy).

Before I heard about him, I was mainly playing defender and goalkeeper. At the time, I didn't really have any intention of playing striker. However, when I watched some of his highlights when he was in Nagoya and in Italy, I was really amazed by his concentration of the ball and how he scores with pace.

It not only made me think of him as my favorite soccer player, but it made me train to convert from a defender to a striker. I dribbled the ball with me at all times when I was in school, I practiced shooting the ball in close distance and long distance, and I try to become more athletic so I can beat more defenders. So now, because of him, I am not a striker and a goalkeeper, but I am still a little more comfortable as a goalkeeper than a striker. It might change in the future the more I practiced.

Yes, I know that striker and goalkeeper are two completely different positions. I can score goals and prevent goals. Kinda rare, but I need to be comfortable with the soccer ball in any way I can.

Keisuke, if you have the chance to read my blog, I want you to know that I admire your hard work, and if I can ask you three things is to teach me how to become a better striker so I can find really strong soccer players in Japan to face against. The second one is to help support my dream! The third and final one is how to get a professional soccer contract in Japanese J League.

All Love to Honda,
Jay Nakamura

Monday, November 27, 2017

LINE app Gorilla Stickers

LINE is an app that people use to communicate with people from around the world with only internet connection (or mobile data). Mainly Japanese youngsters use it to communicate with their friends from around the world. They use emoji and stickers to show their emotions to other people, the same as American youngsters.

There are many different kinds of stickers that LINE have. Examples are the LINE mascots (Cony the Rabbit, Brown the Bear, James the Human, and Moon), Pokemon, Hello Kitty, and others. It became one of the few things that stand out from the average messaging app, which they can mainly use small emojis.

I like them because some stickers are really cute and adorable, and some are pretty cool and creative. The one thing that I wish that the company needs to do is to let all stickers to be free. It's more effective than to let users constantly use real money to convert to tokens to buy the stickers they wanted.

However, there are a couple of stickers that could have the potential to offend someone. Gorilla Gorilla stickers is kinda risky to send to people, especially black people.

In all honesty, I wouldn't really get offended by the stickers because it's just mainly stickers. I looked at the stickers and I think it's really funny and cute. Except for the one that the gorilla was picking on his nose for boogers. No thanks... Kinda disgusting

I am saying that in today's world, there are a lot of people that are oversensitive about the smallest things that doesn't do any harm whatsoever.  For example, there was a news article that a black woman got her college professor fired because he invited her and her classmates to dinner and she felt offended when she saw raw cotton on the dinner table.

For those that are confused by that concept, black slaves were forced to pick up cotton for slave masters back in the 1700s. My question is how are you going to be offended by something that you're wearing in a daily basis? Doesn't really make sense whatsoever.

Image result for gorilla gorilla stickersThere were two instances that I had that "incident" with my close friends. My close friends sent me Gorilla Gorilla stickers and I think that it was really funny. While I was laughing at it since it was cute and funny, I began to think about the scenario when they sent it to another black person. So, I told them they need to be careful when the send those stickers to other black people because they might not react the same way as me. They immediately apologized to me and said that they didn't mean to offend me. I wasn't mad at them at all. I was really concerned because I don't want them to feel as though they're racists or anything. They was just sending stickers.

Overall, I am not saying don't use those gorilla stickers. If you like the stickers, that's OK! I am not going to be offended when someone sent me a gorilla sticker on the chatroom because's just a sticker. Plus, it's really cute whenever I see them smiling. However, everyone won't think the same as me. If they would call me Gorilla-san and sent me the stickers, then it's kinda too far. I would laugh but at the same time be a little more strict.

For the black people that received just gorilla stickers from Japanese people and nothing else, they don't really mean any harm from it. They just don't know, so at least just let them slide on that one.

The one thing that kinda upsets me is that it cost 99 cents to buy the sticker. Again, LINE company, make the stickers free so the users would save money. For some people, it's really hard to earn some money.

No Hard Feelings,
Jay Nakamura

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving in Japan

Thanksgiving has been one of the most underrated holidays in the entire year. There have been moments where Thanksgiving was kinda important because it's the time where students can take a breather before the exams, and Thanksgiving is the leading holidays that can reunite a family together with food and American football (not "soccer" football sadly...). However, it's been overlapped because of the minor holidays such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday where electronics are at their lowest its ever been and people are clawing each other's eyes out for a cheaper video game system...

And that mainly happens in America and in other Western countries...

While Japan has become a little more Westernized almost every year, Thanksgiving has been on the calendar for the Japanese people (somewhat...)

However, Japanese Thanksgiving is A LOT different than American Thanksgiving. While yes, it's on the same day, it's a national holiday, and it's a day to be thankful, there are differences that Japanese and American have for the day of thanks.
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American traditional food for Thanksgiving is turkey, however, Japan doesn't have turkey. Japanese people won't understand why a turkey is the heart and soul of an American Thanksgiving. I honestly don't know what's their substitute for their version of a turkey, but I am confident that it'll still be delicious.

American Thanksgiving is more for the people that are closed to us that we need to be grateful for, however, in Japan, Thanksgiving is more of a political holiday than a national holiday. Labor organizations across Japan take the opportunity to be thankful for the accomplishments that they made this year on the labor movement, workers' rights, etc. So they're thankful but not the same as ours.

Despite the differences, food, arguments on who's the better political leader, and sporty activities are the heart and soul of Thanksgiving. So everyone, please be safe and eat until you can't eat anymore. That's what I'll do for Thanksgiving. Eat until I can sleep for exactly 12 hours the next day (more or less).

Happy Thanksgiving, 
Jay Nakamura

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

1994-95 Japanese sarin attacks

I learned this interesting modern history event when I was in my biology class last summer. My biology teacher told me about the incident, and I was really intrigued by it. He told me that in June 1994, a terrorist cult that goes by the name of Aum Shinrikyo used a converted refrigerator truck to release a cloud of sarin near the Matsumoto courthouse in Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan. After the attack, about 270 people were injured and eight died from it.
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Matsumoto sarin attack (1994)

In March 1995, there was another sarin attack by the same cult in the Kasumigaseki Station in Tokyo Metro. It happened during rush hour and it killed 12 people, injured 50, and caused temporary blindness for nearly 5,000 people. At the time, it was known as the deadliest domestic terrorist attack to occur in Japan since the end of World War II.

My biology teacher explained to the class that sarin was a highly toxic compound which is colorless and odorless. The effects of it, when entered into the body, are suffocation of lungs and muscle contraction (aka muscle paralysis). It mainly attacks the nervous system by interfering the neurotransmitters. The reason that people died from it is that it can result from the lost control of muscles that are involved in breathing function. Basically, your cardiac muscles are too tightening to breathe normally.

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Tokyo Sarin attack (1995)
It was really interesting for me to learn about it because it was the first time a toxic compound would cause that kind of havoc in Japan twice. I checked it out on the internet and I learned that several cult members were arrested for the participation of both of the attacks. I don't really remember the sentence of their crimes. Either being in prison for a couple of life sentences or the death penalty.

Science has been one of my favorite school subjects when I was in middle and high school since I can learn many things that can be beautiful and dangerous at the same time. Plus, it's a lot more interesting when science is combined with Japanese culture.

I would compare the sarin incident with the Chernobyl one, however, there are a lot of differences from that. Chernobyl killed and harmed A LOT more people than the sarin attack and people cannot go near the city to this day because radioactivity is still too high there.

Again, science is like all women in the world. Beautiful to be with but dangerous and risky to mess with.

Yay science,
Jay Nakamura

Quick note: Please excuse my long absence. School and making plans for winter vacation has taken it's tool on my blogging time.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

"Black Widow" Sentenced To Death

I am honestly surprised after reading this...

Chisako Kakehi, a one-time millionaire that's usually called the "Black Widow" because she tricks elderly lovers into drinking cyanide and then steal millions in insurance payouts and inheritance, is now sentenced to death on Tuesday.

Her legacy became known after using poison to kill seven elderly men she's been with. Like a spider that kills its mate after copulation (another word for sex). She met the men from dating agencies that are most popular for people that are wealthy but don't have any children.

What's her reason? She said that it was for the love of money. Honest yet disturbing at the same time. Kakehi reported stealing a total of one billion yen (almost $8.8 million American dollars) over the last 10 years but lost most of it though unsuccessful financial trading. Amazed that she stole a lot of money but lost the majority of it... The least you can do is save it for a rainy day.

At the trial, she admitted that she killed her fourth husband dated back in 2013. Her reason is that he gave other women millions of yen but not a single penny for her. I do kinda understand her in that scenario because it's really messed up for him to give millions of yen but not a single penny, but it's not really mandatory to kill the guy for it. At the same time, I honestly don't know since I've never had that problem.

Majority of people would feel complete guilt and sadness from those heinous crimes (as I predicted from some federal cases in the United States) but in the trial, she was emotionless and explained that she'll die happy whenever the time the execution is held.

In the past, she told people that she's not a serial killer but was "doomed by fate."

And my skin crawled from that...

That is some f***** up crap because I usually learned that all elderly people are innocent-minded, friendly, good story-tellers, and sleep a lot more than an average younger person (almost similar to babies). Not really into revenge or sadistic things such as poisoning their spouses.

And another Japanese serial killer that's being caught and exposed for their heinous crimes. Japanese serial killers make some crimes from American serial killers look like child's play. While in America, the majority of serial killers (in my opinion) would normally use knives and guns, while in Japan, they can use almost anything to kill someone since guns are illegal.

After reading articles from many different websites that talks about how heinous and inhumane Kakehi is, it had given me three lessons from this incident.

1. The biggest lesson is people that are obsessed with money and fortune. Even though I rarely paid attention to any lessons whenever I go to church, the one lesson I do remember the most deals with people and their love for money. My church teacher told me that it's nothing wrong with liking money since almost everyone likes to have some money in their pockets. However, falling in love, being obsessed with money, or thinks money first before their own family is a complete sin and can bite you in the butt in the future.

2. The second-biggest lesson is not judging a book by its cover. I'm failed to realize that humanity is still having this problem of not judging someone based on what they look like in appearance. For example, there are many instances of a guy that is trying it's very best to go on a date with a girl he's interested in, an incident happened (AKA she's not as innocent nor "amazing" as he thinks), and now he's heartbroken. Another example is people being scared of one person because he has a lot of tattoos however he volunteers at a pet hospital. So, just because someone looks a certain way, doesn't mean they fit the stereotypes you predicted.

3. I've kept hearing this stereotype that Asian girls are submissive. That stereotype is so wrong in many different ways. There were many news and incidents about Asian girls being aggressive and violent, and yet they're still labeled as quiet and submissive. Kakehi's crimes show people to not underestimate Asian women (or Asian people in general).

Do I feel bad for Kakehi? Yes and No. There might be something that happened in her life that made her felt and act like that. Whenever it's from her childhood or sometime like that. However, at the same time, when you do the crime, you must do the time. Even if it means death by hanging.

Stay safe,
Jay Nakamura

Friday, November 3, 2017

Japanese Serial Killer Target Suicidal People

Now I have heard a lot of disturbing things in my life, which majority of the recent stuff that I heard mainly happened this year, however, this is the highlight of the biggest disturbance I've heard this year.

For those that do not know, a Japanese serial killer named Takahiro Shiraishi (27) was arrested on this Monday for his role in killing nine people near southwest Tokyo. He confessed the findings and explained that the victims were suicidal. 

Despite Japan being one of the safest countries in the world, their suicidal ratings are third-most in the world behind their Asian neighbors South Korea and Hungary. The government had tried many ways of decreasing the rates such as increase of suicide prevention, monitoring messages throughout social media to check if someone's suicidal, and other desperate measures. Yet, it barely made any progress whatsoever.

What's even worse is that he confessed to sexually assaulting the female victims before killing them, and demanded 500,000 Yen by one of the victims, too. 

While I read the entire article, I felt extremely uncomfortable, and I have three decent reasons that I will feel uncomfortable about this.

The first reason I felt uncomfortable about this incident is that I have an irrational fear and discomfort with serial killers. I know that I am not really doing well with scary movies, but movies and/or documentaries dealing with serial killers is extra creepy. Plus, unlike most scary movies, almost all of things talking about serial killers are real! So, that's a no-no. It makes me paranoid on the next person I'll be talking to tomorrow and in the future. 

The second reason is that it's just been a trend that either strangers or even couples pushing someone that's suicidal to commit suicide. It happened in America early this year with a girlfriend got lucky and sentenced to 15 months in jail for influencing her suicidal boyfriend to commit suicide. In the American society (or human society in general), influencing a suicidal human being to complete their suicide is REALLY low. Not as low as child predators, but second-best. I had a really close friend that was suicidal, and I did my very best to tell her to not commit suicide because it doesn't solve anything.

We're still talking, and she's doing really well studying abroad at Australia. 

Back to this. The third and final reason is that social media has become too dangerous for a lot of people since you don't know who you'll meet or you'll do something that either can ruin your reputation, your future, your relationships, or even your life. So, this can be one of those many moments that people need to spend time outside of the internet and social media for some time and enjoy nature and pet a squirrel.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift

I was about nine years old at the time when the movie Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift came on, and I loved almost every second of it. I found out that it was the least popular movie in the Fast and Furious franchise. Reason? I have no idea...the website IMDB has a majority of positive reviews about it, and how the movie has a lot of racing and action it has that the recent one doesn't really have (just mostly action). Yet, the ratings are below average compared to all of the movies the franchise made.

The movie starts off with an American troublemaker named Sean getting in trouble because of a lethal car accident from a street race that scratched him, a cute girl, and a jock up pretty good. Besides going to jail (or juvie), he was forced to move to Tokyo, Japan to live with his military father. Then, Sean attends a Japanese high school, made friends with another foreigner that is a military brat and falls in love with a girl named Neela. Then, the events go as followed:

  1. He got into a race with Takashi (known as the Drift King) and lost to him in a humiliating way.
  2. Sean made friends with his assistance, Han Lue
  3. Han teaches him how to drive and drift in the treacherous Japanese landscape somewhat fittable for drifters
  4. While juggling school and drifting, he got closer to Neela and learned that she was part of the Yakuza and was forced to get into a relationship with Takashi
  5. Sean won a lot of races to gain his popularity
  6. Gets into a confrontation with Takashi
  7. Met Takashi's uncle with is a Yakuza boss
  8. Takashi and Sean agreed to race again
  9. Sean won and earned the title Drift King
For me, it was an amazing movie. The first obvious reason is that it deals with daily life in Japan and most deal with Japanese youth. The second obvious reason was the amazing cars that it had and all of the beautiful girls (not just Japanese girls).

However, the main part that made me remember and admire the movie is their way of portraying Japan, sorta...The movie shows what could be an actual daily life looks like in Japan. Not just in a foreigner's point of view, but even to the Japanese people. The life of a highschooler, Japanese unique nightlife, the housing. The movie does show all of it. It only showed a small sample Japan, but it's better than nothing. 

The one thing that I really don't understand in the movie was when Sean met the Yakuza boss without any problems of going to meet him was weird in my eyes. The reason I found it weird was that I thought that Yakuza bosses are discrete when it comes to foreigners and stuff like that. I thought someone must do something horrible to a group to make them meet the boss or something like that. That's my prediction. I might be completely wrong. I might be wrong so that means I can just shake a Yakuza boss hand when I first met him. 

If you have the chance, please watch the movie! It's really good!!
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Logo of the movie!

Bring popcorn,
Jay Nakamura

Friday, October 27, 2017

One Year Anniversary

While I tried to power through the fall semester, I realized that today marks one year that I started using this blog. I was completely surprised that it's been about 365 days that I started my very first blog post. I wanted to spread some knowledge about Japanese language and culture, and I didn't realize that it can make some changes and really great conversations with all the people that have been reading my blog.

I am really grateful for every single person that has been reading my blog, telling me what do they think about it, and even subscribing to my blog. Despite that I have been really busy with school and work recently, I have been doing my best to make some more interesting content for people that are interested in learning an Asian language and culture.

In the future, I will make more interesting content, and I am open for recommendations from everyone that's interested. Also, I am willing to tell everyone more about myself and my life so I can connect with not just Japanese people but every single person from around the world.

From the people that just started reading my blog to people that have been reading it ever since the very first one, I wanted to say thank you for your support and I hope that you continue to support my blog and my dream.

Thanks everyone,
Jay Nakamura