Hello! My name is Katie-Rose and I am a Japan obsessed, writer, daydreamer and adventurer from England. My obsession with Japan and Japanese culture started after a chance encounter with a magical, crime fighting, sailor-suited, school girl known as Sailor Moon. Like so many others I was enchanted by the spell of Japanese animation and it sparked off a passionate love affair with anime, manga and Japanese culture. For the past 13 years my love for Japan has expanded and grown. I have spent countless hours watching anime and reading manga. I have devoured every travel and reference book that I could get my hands on and have spent many a night trawling through pages and pages of information on the internet until the early hours of the morning..
For so long I studied and admired Japan from afar but it wasn’t until this year that I finally got to visit. After many hard months of saving and selling most of our belongings, my boyfriend and I had saved up enough money to embark on a 3 month adventure in Japan. Unfortunately our adventure didn’t quite go to plan and just 2 days after arriving in Tokyo, Japan was hit by the biggest earthquake the country has experienced since records began. I am currently in the process of retelling the story of my adventures in Japan on my blog, although I am sure many of my adventures and experiences in Japan will be shared on this website too because I want to share all the weirdness and wonders of this beautiful, crazy and unique country. After all, this website would not be here today if it were not for Japan and its ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of so many people with its pop culture.
I will finish this introduction now with a few questions (and answers!) that may or may not be of interest to you but are certainly relevant none the less.
What is your favourite video game?
That would be The Legend of Zelda – Ocarina of Time. That game is magical.
Why do you keep spelling things wrong like ‘favourite’ and ‘neighbour’?
This is a question I have been asked a few times by some American followers of my blog.
The reason I spell some words differently is because I am English/British and the British spelling of some words is different to the American spelling. If you want to see a list of these different spellings there is a Wikipedia page on the subject of British and American spelling differences here. It is pretty interesting.