Almost Xmas time :DWhat's up guys?Almost Xmas time :D by Gerard19
Have you started decorating all your houses for a Xmas environment?
*smells tons of presents* haha
17k pageviews!Thanks a lot for all the support in these 2 years I've been here guys!17k pageviews! by Gerard19
I'm getting ready to introduce you new fine stuff
The real Japan - CastlesIn light of the recent success of my recent success in my previous instalment of 'The real Japan', I've decided to continue showing what Japan means to me through the photography I've found.The real Japan - Castles by heeeeman
The aim of this series of news articles is to represent Japan as a country not often seen through popular media. ie the way it actually is.
The aspect of Japan featured in this instalment are perhaps the most iconic scenes in Japan; her castles. The unique architecture, and picturesque landscape around many (if not all) Japanese castles make such places a must visit for anyone wishing to visit Japan. What some people do not know however is how many there actually are in Japan. Even most Japanese I've spoken to can only name up to 5 off the top of their heads, the most popular being Himeji Jyou http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Himeji_Castle (The grandest in Japan), Osaka Jyou http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osaka_castle (The most visted), Edo Jyou http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edo_castle (Located in the cen
The real JapanWith the popularity of Japanese pop culture rife on DeviantART with the masses of fan art and 'every man and his dog' attempting the manga style, I just thought I might show the masses what the real Japan was like.The real Japan by heeeeman
Having lived in Saitama for 2 years and travelled around the country more than most Japanese themselves, I've seen sights that cannot compare with what one sees in pop culture mediums. Sure you see the kind of shenanigans that Japan is famous for, like rabid crazy school girls in outlandish sailor uniforms http://www.answers.com/topic/secondary-education-in-japan to scary cos-players http://sparklette.net/archives/649/cosplay.jpg astounding temples, et butwhat you see outside the urban sprawl is what really makes you believe you are in the far east.
The purpose of this news article is to try to paint a different, more 'realistic' view on Japan through photography. I'm tired of people saying that I'm lucky to live here just because I live 20 minutes away from Akihabara http:/
The real Japan - 'Kawaii'These articles are created in the spirit of showing the Japan loving crowd on DeviantArt what Japan is really like through photography rather than the stylised super popular Japanese pop-culture. This article however would seem to re-enforce many of the stereotypical views of Japan due to the 'Kawaii' theme of this article. However, I wanted to show those who find it hard to understand why words like 'Kawaii' and other popular words from the Japanese language are used in comments on DA and becoming more commonly used in everyday speech. The reason is physiological in nature and can hopefully be explained by a blog I found on the subject:The real Japan - 'Kawaii' by heeeeman
Taken from http://www.chinatownconnection.com/kawaii.htm
Kawaii is a Japanese term which means "cute". Cuteness seems to be a highly valued aesthetic quality in Japanese society and particularly Japanese pop culture, and overpowering cuteness seems to carry less of the stigma of infantilization as it does in many other cultures. Kawaii is pronounce