안녕하세요 여러분! こんにちはみんなさん！Hi, everyone!
Because of my sister’s great insistence for me to join her blog, I decided to drop by and see if I can make a little contribution here at her site. I’m Kat, and my WordPress username is cappuccinespresso (long username, I know ^^). I’m a college student dabbling in short stories and anime-styled art (no, those aren’t in any way related to my major). I studied Spanish at school and, as what can be inferred from the first line of this entry, I’m interested in both Korean and Japanese languages. ^^
What got me interested in these languages? Let me talk about that. My reason isn’t very uncommon, actually; I think many people share the experiences I’ve had.
Like many other people learning the Japanese language, my fascination started with animes being shown on the local television. I don’t exactly remember the first anime I watched; was it Voltes V or Sailor Moon or Yaiba, I don’t exactly know. But I was hooked, and that was the point.
It wasn’t only me that became hooked in this gamut of entertaining shows. People, young and old, were (and still are) being taken into the wonderfulness of these shows. I remember back when my sister and I would watch Yu Yu Hakusho, my father would sometimes say that it was a “waste of time” to watch anime, and would take the remote control from our hands and turn the TV to the news channel, but there would be times, a few times, that he would sit down in front of the TV and watch Yusuke (renamed in Tagalog/Filipino as Eugene) and the others fight the so-called “bad guys.” By the end of the series, my father knew some of the characters.
Many years and many reruns later, my father would still remember the names of the villains and the good guys and would still stop us from watching it, saying how he remembers so-and-so defeated so-and-so in that particular episode. It’s fun how my father, who doesn’t particularly like animated shows, could remember something from a show he said was “a waste of time” ^^.
Yup. That’s the pull of anime. I watched anime ever since I was an elementary school kid (or maybe even a pre-school kid, I’m not sure), and I’m still watching it now as a college student. I’m now doing other things and have become fascinated with a whole slew of different things, but one thing has never stopped: my love and fascination with Japanese animation. It’s still here, and no matter what, I know it’ll never go away.
As for Korean, I started watching dubbed Korean dramas on television–I think the first one we ever did watch was Lovers in Paris starring Kim Jung Eun, Park Shin Yang and Lee Dong Gun (yes, I know my Hallyu stars!). A whole slew of Korean dramas were dubbed, and still are being dubbed into the national language, and that was basically the start of my fondness for Korean entertainment and culture as a whole.
I wasn’t what you would call a ‘fanatic’ back then, unlike my classmates in high school who studied Korean writing, triggered only by Lovers in Paris. 😄 I can still remember my female classmates exchanging letters with their friends, letters containing Korean writing but was gibberish when spoken by a Korean–of course, it was too tedious for my classmates to quickly learn the grammar that came with the foreign characters, so they merely used our own language, Filipino, to express themselves, and used Hangul only as a kind of secret code. I wasn’t in on it at that time, merely because I was still too fixated with Japanese animation and only enjoyed Korean dramas in passing.
Who would have known that years later I would become an individual engrossed in K-Pop, and Korean entertainment in general? Yep, I confess: I’m a fan of many Korean groups such as Dong Bang Shin Ki, Big Bang, Super Junior, SHINee, 2PM, 2NE1, SNSD, etc. I wanted to understand their songs and the many variety shows that often go unsubbed, and the only way for me to do so is to learn the language. I swear, Korean variety shows are just hilarious and fun to watch–I’d love to someday watch an episode without any need for English subtitles.
Those are my reasons, and like what I’ve said above, I think many have had the same experiences. In today’s world where we are all connected via television, internet, and various websites like YouTube, it isn’t much of a surprise that people are becoming more aware of other people and cultures. I think that’s the beauty of technology–without it, I wouldn’t become that much aware of Japanese and Korean entertainment, and I wouldn’t have any means of connecting with people from around the world who share the same ideas and hobbies. Of course, technology also has its cons…but that’s for another entry. ^^
=D I look forward to sharing more of my thoughts and experiences with you!