Saturday, October 03, 2009

Hello Japan! Mini-Challenge

Tanabata of In Spring it is the Dawn is hosting a new monthly mini-challenge called Hello Japan! I have always been interested in Japanese culture and literature, so I felt I must join in the fun. Briefly,

"Each month there will be a topic and/or activity relating to some aspect of Japanese literature or culture. Each task shouldn't take more than a couple of hours, unless you opt to do more, and is meant to be a fun way to let you experience a little taste of Japan no matter where you live."

This month's challenge:

"The task this month is to read or watch something scary, spooky, or suspenseful, and Japanese of course!"

I'll be reading Out by Natsuo Kirino.

Reminiscing, I'd worked in a Japanese multinational company many years ago and it was a great experience. The bosses were firm yet approachable. Mine even lent me his Japanese dictionary, which he told me was only available in Kinokuniya, Kuala Lumpur (I was in Penang at that time), if I were to get one myself. I studied the language and was an A-student.