October 14th, 2010

Smiling Russia

The Japanese Project

 ...is probably the least imaginative name for what I'm trying to do, but eh. 

The main reason I stared this account is because over the next few years, I'll be learning Japanese. (Well, that and the fact I've never tried being in fandom before) My aim is to one day speak, read and write it at a native level.

I've never done anything like this before: never done any self-study, and hell, even my at school studies didn't always go too well. I'm a serial procrastinator, I'm scatterbrained, I have depressive episodes on a fairly regular basis, and I'm as thick-skinned as a used tissue. 

But...Japanese is important because there are stories out there. Books, movies, games, anime...Stories told by Japanese speakers that are 'too niche', 'too abstract', 'too dubious', 'too gratuitous'. Stories that no matter how many ticky boxes or online petitions we click, they're never going to be translated for us. For whatever reason, it just wouldn't make enough profit for people to be interested.

I'm a story addict.  Because of that, I don't want to have to be at the mercy of whatever market forces are a brewin' at any given moment. I want to be able to experience everything I can: poems, proverbs, novels, movies, books, comics, games, everything.  This could, of course, apply to any language, but for me, it's Japanese.

I realise that it's a fairly shallow reason to learn a language. But it's the one that keeps me going.

Right now I'm moving slowly through Heisig's <i>Remembering the Kanji</i>. More on that some other time.