日本穣 — Nihonjoe
Places I want to visit...
I was an expat during the time I lived in Japan. I spent a lot of time visiting cool places such as Itsukushima Shrine, Hondōri, Etajima, Matsue in Shimane Prefecture, the Kurobe Gorge, Shōbara, Miyoshi, Mihara, Kure, and Tokyo. Hiroshima has some amazing things to see, including the Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum (where I saw the original The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali) and Shukkei-en (an amazing and peaceful garden which is right next door to the museum).
I also highly recommend that anyone who can get there should visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum located within the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. The park also contains the Hiroshima Peace Memorial (or "Atomic Bomb Dome"), the Children's Peace Monument (which is often draped with origami cranes), and a statue in honor of Sadako Sasaki (also often draped with origami cranes). You can also visit the Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims there. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony is held in the park every year on August 6, the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
I rode trains regularly on several different lines, including the Geibi Line, the Kisuki Line, the Fukuen Line, the Hiroden Main Line (the main street car line in Hiroshima), and the San'yō Main Line. I created and expanded many of the articles on the stations of the Geibi Line (as well as the article on the line itself). There was (don't know if it's still there) an awesome homemade ice cream shop about 20-30 minutes' walk from Bingo-Ochiai Station. I love manjū (especially Momiji manjū), Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki (the best kind!), and most kinds of sushi.
After absorbing all I could of the culture during my stay, I returned to the untamed wilderness of the wild, wild west. I currently enjoy almost anything about Japan, including anime, manga, most Japanese food, and trains. In fact, I like Japan so much, I made a WikiProject for it.
I also enjoy working on an eclectic mix of other topics, including artists William Bliss Baker, Arnold Friberg, Adalbert J. Volck, Kevin Wasden, Howard Tayler, and Stephan Martinière, poet and author Michael R. Collings, critic and author Gilles Poitras, author Toren Smith, and cultural anthropologist Matt Thorn. I regularly read Leading Edge magazine, I think Agnes Lum was the perfect first Clarion Girl, and I love the styling of Karatsu and Kutani ware.
One of my biggest achievements here is bringing Portal:Speculative fiction to featured portal status. It took many months of a lot of work, most of it done by myself (though I greatly appreciate the help of those few who assisted in some way). I also enjoy reading and watching science fiction and fantasy, listening to all kinds of music (really, almost every kind out there), and reading in general. I have a strange fondness for Hinamatsuri.
I especially enjoy technical writing and editing online material in order to make it better. I also enjoy graphic design and taking pictures and making images for Wikipedia. I like user boxes. I even made a couple of them myself. Feel free to use any of the ones I created, or go to the user boxes page and see what's already there.
Stuff I helped with:
Featured articles: Japan (12 April 2007)
Featured portals: Japan (28 September 2008), Speculative fiction (1 September 2010)
Good articles: Cross Game (3 August 2009)
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Selected articles I've worked on
Wikipedia Picture of the day
These are Did you know... hooks I submitted (22 articles so far) which have appeared on the Main page.
- ... that Yukiko Iwai, at 4' 11'' (150 cm), was the shortest member of the 1980s all-girl Japanese pop group Onyanko Club?
- ... that Sabu to Ichi Torimono Hikae, a manga about a blind samurai, won the 1968 Shogakukan Manga Award?
- ... that Japanese anime director Rintaro has worked in animation for 50 years and co-founded the animation studio Madhouse?
- ... that Nausicaä, the main character from the Hayao Miyazaki manga and film, is based on Nausicaa from the Odyssey and "The Princess Who Loved Insects", a Japanese folk hero?
- ... that Taishō Baseball Girls is a light novel series about an all-girl baseball team set in Taishō era Japan?
- ... that Keizō Tsukamoto set a Guinness World Record by creating the cover art for more than 1,900 issues of Weekly Manga Times starting in 1970?
- ... that Minori Kimura made her professional manga artist debut at the age of 14 in the 1964 Spring Special issue of Ribon, a magazine published in Japan by Shueisha?
- ... that Queen Millennia was combined by Harmony Gold and Carl Macek with another Leiji Matsumoto series, Captain Harlock, to create Captain Harlock and the Queen of a Thousand Years?
- ... that Kutani ware (pictured), first produced about 1656 near the current city of Kaga, is a type of Japanese porcelain known for its use of multicolored glazes in bold designs?
- ... that Karatsu ware is a style of Japanese pottery which is considered one of the top choices for implements used in the Japanese tea ceremony?
- ... that singer-songwriter Tatsuo Kamon began studying with rakugo master Tsuruko Shōfukutei at age 16?
- ... that Makiko Esumi won the 1995 Rookie of the Year Award at both the 19th Annual Japan Academy Prize ceremonies and at the 38th Blue Ribbon Awards for her debut acting role in the 1995 film Maborosi?
- ... that Japanese manga artist Seizō Watase worked at an insurance company for 16 years before retiring to work on manga full time?
- ... that the Leading Edge, a student-run, semi-professional science fiction and fantasy magazine, had a Chesley Award-winning cover in 2002 by James C. Christensen?
- ... that Sayuri Kokushō's 1986 debut single, Valentine Kiss, is the most popular Valentine's Day song in Japan, despite selling only 317,000 copies?
- ... that the Tosa Yamauchi Family Treasury and Archives contain the oldest extant manuscript of the Kokinshū, dating from the 11th century and designated a National Treasure of Japan?
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