I've pooled together all the cool otaku stores that I've teamed up with to offer you a wide selection of otaku-awesomeness.
Upgrading my Fun Activity Wheel for all occasions.
A sampling of places otaku can buy apparel, Jpop, Jrock, geta, bento boxes, plushies, anime figures and other Japanese entertainment merchandise. Some places are on my wish list, while others, I have frequented.
When I first sang a Japanese song at karaoke, I read off a sheet that I printed with the lyrics in Romaji. It was truly a magical moment last year, when I cracked open my Inuyasha music book and could actually read the lyrics to one of my fave songs:
What a difference a year makes! Now that I'm in Level 2, I have truly levelled up. These are the chords and lyrics to a song that I will be performing in the near future:
Now I could bring the Romaji and keep it close by. However, that defeats the purpose of being able to perform music in Japanese. Go big or go home.
The next challenge of course will be comprehension [Must work on vocabulary!].
こんにちは みなさん！はじめまして。 I've been studying Japanese for nearly a year-and-a-half. "Doushite?" you ask? It just seemed like a natural progression seeing as I watch many shows in Japanese (anime and live action) and have quite a few JPop and JRock artists on my mp3 player. Then, there's my karaoke set list.
There are several books that I would like to read "raw", seeing as it is unlikely they will be translated into English. Ditto with some of the music scores that I've ordered from CD Japan. Someday!
わたし は おたくです。So here is an account of my journey of learning Japanese and appreciating the fun and the wacky aspects of life that the Japanese culture has to share. またね！