Today I have studied Japanese for exactly one month. My pace has slowed down a bit since I came back from Prague, where I had all the time in the world. At home, there’s always lots of stuff to do. But I do try to study every day. I’ve just begun chapter 4 in book 2 of Japanese From Zero.
I’m very fascinated by the Japanese society, and especially how they differ between fantasies and reality. I find that modern and intelligent. I put it like this in a column titled “Reclaim your fantasy”:
Japan has the weirdest fantasies of all societies – tons of brutal hentai where small girls are raped and sometimes killed. Just like me, the Japanese like it when we go to extremes. But Japan also has the lowest crime rate of all societies. People there can apparently tell fantasy apart from reality. We should become better at that in the West too, both for our own personal wellbeing and for the sake of society.
I’m trying not to idealize Japan too much; I’m sure there are problems there too, and they do have the death penalty. But a little idealization is always good for language studies. Eller hur, Josh?