A while ago, Artemis of the most excellent Otakulounge nominated me for the Leibster award. I’d scheduled my own Liebster post soon after, but life happened and you know how that is. It, life, has a vendetta against well-laid plans with blog writing being no exception. I’d pecked away at the post, and then before I had finished, I*Kan of Kanwalkwilltravel also nominated me. And here I was about to finally post it when the lovely ladies at Holoholo Girls also did.
I think it’s time I stopped fooling around.
A lot of people make the Liebster award out to be something of a chain letter. But every blogger who puts themselves out there with their writing/photos knows that to nominate another fellow blogger for it means something. So to each of you, thank you. I’m honored.
Now, about the Liebster award. It shows your admiration of quality blogs with under 200 followers. Bloggers nominate other bloggers, who in turn nominate others. No one knows where it came from, but since “Liebster” is German for “beloved,” well, it probably started there.
You receive the award, you nominate 10-ish other bloggers. You ask them 10-ish questions. They answer. You and their readers learn a bit about the author and find some other great blogs from their nominations. Everyone wins.
Here are the questions Artemis, Just A Simple Guy, and the Holoholo girls asked me. I’ve combined a few for the sake of convenience and length. Some were similar or could be answered with one response.
What They Asked
1) What is/was your dream job? Why did you start your blog?
When I was five, I wanted to be a Ninja Turtle. Since I wasn’t a turtle, that was impossible. Unbeaten, I went in halfway and decided to be ninja. When I realized that ninjas died along with childhood dreams, I thought to revive the lost occupation by becoming a martial arts instructor. Sometime later I decided to be a writer. I’ve still haven’t gotten over that one. It’s why I started Introvertjapan.
Besides Introvertjapan, I’ve written for a few other sites that were kind enough to pay me for my words. I’ve even had the pleasure of being plagiarized on a news site, as well as receiving coverage from a reputable one. It’s a bit romantic, but I think dreams still come true for the boorishly stubborn. Peck at them long enough and they’ll give in. You just have to show them who’s tougher. I’m still chipping away at the block.
2) Describe your favorite country in three words.
Miso ramen sushi.
3) Your happiest childhood memory?
I used to love wolves. My aunt happened to live near a wolf conservatory and took me there once. Since the wild wolves didn’t bite my fingers off when I touched them through a fence, I’m still indebted to them, and my aunt, for the trip.
4) White, milk, or dark chocolate?
None. Hershey’s Special Dark. They don’t sell it here though.
5) What are you horrible at?
Tennis. I hate that game. I knew the minute I heard the scoring system that I couldn’t trust it.
6) If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live and why?
New Zealand. Living in Yamanashi made me a hiker. If I had more time and a better constitution, I’d be climbing Japan’s snowy Southern Alps right now.
7) What place have you visited that you would never go back to?
Nakano Broadway. That place’s is Akihabara’s hikkikomori sister that never showers and watches horror movies all day.
8) What was the first TV series you ever fell in love with? Nostalgic merits aside, do you still love it today?
I went around calling myself Silverhawk in preschool. He was my favorite character in my favorite cartoon, Silverhawks. When I got lost in the supermarket one day, the manager found me and asked my name so they could call my mother over the PA system.
“Could the mother of Silverhawk please come to the front?”
The only thought I give Silverhawks now is why, when the main character wore body armor, was his one piece of bare skin where his pet hawk perched on his arm.
9) What’s the best cuisine/dish you’ve ever eaten?
Most Americans I’ve met hate the taste of curry until they get around to trying it. Then they realize it took true genius to invent a masterpiece like butter chicken curry. It’s strange that the best food I’ve had in Japan was Indian, but there you go.
10) What’s been the single best and worst TV series of 2013?
I’m a Game of Thrones addict. Also, now that I think of it, I change my answer to question one. When I grow up, I want to be Tyrion Lannister.
Worst show, I can’t say. There’s too many of them on Japanese TV to choose.
11) Bungee jumping? Why?
Yes. Because, bungee jumping.
12) If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Teleportation. Teleport the bad guy into space and then teleport back real fast. Bam. Movie over.
13) What 10 songs would be on your travel list? What would be your theme song?
I don’t know about 10 songs, but I can give you an artist. Two Steps From Hell. They do most of the soundtracks you hear in most of the movie trailers you see. Any of their albums would do fine. My theme song would be “To Glory,” from their Invincible album.
14) Did/do you play any sports?
No. Maybe it was all the times I wasn’t picked for the team in gym class, but sports were made for more athletic and competitive men than me.
15) Tell us something that no one knows about you.
I’m picking my nose right now.
16) Have you ever spent more than a couple of days in the hospital?
In kindergarten I had pneumonia in both lungs. The hospital gave me all the popsicles I wanted in return for never telling me that I might die. Fortunately, I didn’t.
17) In a world without internet, how would you spend the majority of your free time?
If the internet went away, I could finally get some work done. I’d read more too.
18) What’s your favorite quote?
“Climb mountains not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world” –David McCullough Jr.
19) Who, living or dead, would you like to meet?
Jack London, the author, although he wouldn’t like me much. I’d have a lot to learn from him though, about writing and about life. Either him or Hemingway, for the same reasons. Hemingway might like me a little better though.
20) If they made a movie of your life, who do you want to play you?
As much as I’d like 300’s Leonidas’ rippling abs or Adrian Paul’s accent to play me, I’d want someone who could do it accurately. The person who’d do best is probably Anthony Hopkins, although I hope he’d be more Odin then Hannibal Lecter.
21) What do you most admire about yourself?
My stubbornness. Stubbornness gets you places, as long as you’re determined to keep moving and not standing still.
I like these blogs. They’re not in any order.
Easy Distance : A good Japan blog that covers a variety of topics. ESL teachers would also be interested, since this couple posts about Japanese travel, life, and the state of English teaching in Japan.
Twist and Turn : Life in London from a native Japanese, although I rarely see anything distinctly Japanese in her writing. Maybe better to just say life in London.
The Limping Philosopher : A U.K. expat writing about life in Japan. I first ran into his work in the news. It was a piece about how the Japanese put his foreignness first rather than his cerebral palsy. His blog presents his take on disability and Japanese expat life.
Picturize : Japanese photographer Yuki Iwaoka’s fantastic photos.
Civil Living : The life of a college student in Romania. I never gave Romania much thought until I started reading her blog.
OhNinjaKitty : A portal to life in Okinawa.
Maniniyot : A Filipina programmer working in Japan. He gets around to some interesting places.
1) What’s your favorite book?
2) Choose a new name. What is it?
3) If you didn’t know how old you were, how old would you think you were?
4) Imagine you’re on death row. (Sorry to be grim.) What’s your last meal?
5) Do you want tomorrow be fun or peaceful?
6) What’s your favorite quote?
7) What makes you lose track of time?
8) You have a door to anywhere. Where does it go?
9) What makes you smile?
10) What’s one possession you’ll never throw away?
Thanks for the nominations.