Lion in Tokyo

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Picture Adventure: Chasing after Mechs

So as I’m sure all of you are aware, Japan is obsessed with robots. There are COUNTLESS animes/mengas/shows about robots (aka メカ, or Mecha. I’ll be referring to them as Mech because typing Mechas as a plural bothers me more than Mechs), with sizes ranging from toy-sized to the size of an entire universe, pilots as young as elementary school kids, and powers as ridiculous as, well, becoming the size of an entire universe. I know, wtf. But as much as they are silly in concept, watching them is an absolute blast.

So where did Mechs begin?

The first robot-related piece of entertainment ever released in Japan was Astro Boy, a manga originally released in 1952 about a robot (that looks like a boy) named Astro that fights bad guys with his robot-y powers. Continue reading

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Picture Adventure: Anime Doodles at Japanese Shrines

Just got back from my 2 week trip across Western Japan; ready to settle in and actually start the fall semester! To celebrate the occasion, here is a brand new series I’m starting: Picture Adventure. This series will focus on an aspect (usually cultural) of Japan that I find interesting and explain/show it through words and a huge collection of picture. Every picture will be taken by me personally, so I guess you can see this as me showing you a bunch of photos from my phone while explaining Japanese culture with mildly humorous commentary mixed in between.

During my 2-week trip across Western Japan, I was able to visit a lot of famous cities and places including the Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷神社) at Kyoto. As the name suggests, Fushimi Inari Shrine is a shinto (one of the major religions in Japan) shrine located in Fushimi-Ku (伏見区), a Southern ward of Kyoto, that primarily worships Inari-Okami (稲荷大神), the Japanese god of many things including foxes, agriculture and industry.
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