My other websites:
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/coolmikeolntwk
- Flickr: Coolmikeol
- YouTube: Coolmikeol
- MyAnimeList: Coolmikeol
- Figure.fm: Coolmikeol
- culturejapan.jp: Coolmikeol
Here is a bit of info about myself.
I am a college student here in the city of San Francisco. Lived here for most of my life. I am currently attending SFSU working toward my major of BECA (Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts).
I love to take pictures of the everyday things I see in life. My reason? Whenever I see someone else’s photos of places far away or of things unique that I don’t see where I live, it makes me think about how different things are outside of where I live. The things I see everyday in my area, the things I find ordinary and boring, could be something new and/or unique to others. I want to share what I see through my eyes and share those pictures with the world. Those photos can be found on my Flickr, link above.
I enjoy music a lot, I was in choir back in middle and high school (and one semester at SFSU). I listen to music of all kinds, some old school, some of today’s popular dance music, and a whole lot of J-pop/Anime music/VG music. I even do a bit of DJ work as well, well very very little actually. I can’t play any music instrument very well, but I do have some experience with playing piano.
For some reason I really get into music from animes and sometimes I get the urge to play them on piano. What came from this hobby of mine of just playing on piano for fun was a YouTube series that I started on November 2009. I call it my “Piano Melodies Series”, a series of piano videos where I play just the simple melodies of various music pieces, ranging from anime music, video game music, and more. Check out my YouTube Channel for these videos, link above.
I only got into Japanese culture probably about a couple of years ago, but when I was younger I grew up with video games, my favorite game being Super Mario World for the SNES. It was my first exposure to Japan, though I didn’t know what Japan was at the time. I also was watched the good old classic Pokemon series when it was on TV, though I thought of it as a cartoon, not as anime. I remember when Pokemon just started and my classmates in elementary school would ask me, “What’s your favorite Pokemon?” (Of the original 150). I always said Pikachu was because that was the only Pokemon I knew. I think my classmates bugging me about that made me watch and like Pokemon. I also watched Yu Gi Oh when it was aired here too. Not so much DBZ, I never understood it and I still don’t. My interest in playing video games and watching others play video games online have inspired myself to start “Lets Play”ing myself. (“Let’s Play” is a term use for people who record their own game play of video games with commentary.) I’ll be doing solo and group LPs with various games.
When I really got into Japanese culture, I will make a future post about it. The Origins off my interest in Japanese pop culture. Keep checking my blog for it and more, here at Topic “Otaku”.
I have a passion for the Japanese culture, and only recently have found out that I have for most of my life. I created this blog November 2009 in an attempt to finally have a permanent blog place and it’s been working well. I also have a passion for connecting with the world in a pen-pal style way.
If you want to know why I blog go to the “About this blog” section.