Otaku Japan of Go! Go! Nihon was a joyful time full of surprises for our students. One of them, Robert, decided to share his experience with us about his vacation in Japan.
(Go! Go! Nihon Staff): Could you give us a brief introduction of yourself?
Why did you choose this course?
While in a convention in London I heard about the Go! Go! Nihon Study Trip. They had a stand going on where I took a pamphlet and while reading it the Otaku Japan course piqued my interest. After researching, I just contacted them.
What about Otaku Japan attracted you?
Well, I was at a gaming convention. Being an Otaku is something I’ve always being into so the course was felt like a perfect fit for me. The locations we were going to, it just sparked really. The fact that you could study while you went as well was really appealing to me.
You’ve said it quite a bit, but what does Otaku means for you?
Hmm, for English people is when you’re into Anime or popular Japanese culture. So for me Otaku is someone who is really into Anime, manga, video games, figurines,etc.
And why would you identify as an Otaku yourself?
I’ve being into it (Otaku culture) for a while. Like when a friend will be like “oh have you watch this or played that” and I’ll tell them “Oh yeah, of course!”, happens quite a bit. I also seem to be investing into it way more than in western culture honestly (laughs).
Sounds like Otaku Japan really spoke to you. Is this your first time in Japan?
Yes! and first time traveling alone as well.
What else do you feel the Go! Go! Nihon staff has done for you so far?
Honestly from replying to my E-mails as fast as possible to arranging my papers and picking me up at the airport, the staff seemed really invested in helping me, taking me to the hotel, explaining everything to me. I was honestly afraid before coming to Japan that I would get lost all the time or simply loose interest on the Otaku Japan course as it went, but they took the edge off which was a relieve.
Before you came to Otaku Japan, what activities were you looking forward to the most?
On the list I saw I was really looking forward to the Pokemon Center, its being there for every generation of gaming I’ve being a part of. The Odaiba Cruise as well. mainly for the Gundam Statue. I also love the One Piece museum and how enthusiastically the whole place is.
What about your accommodation?
The trip allows you to choose between different types of accommodation and I chose the single room. I just felt it was better for me since I could be part of a group but at the same time be by myself whenever I needed to study and such, specially since I am a very much central to myself.
Can you tell us about the school ?
Akamonkai is really good. Teachers are great, you have a lot of funs on the classes, schools is easy to find, the group is great. Even my Japanese have become way better. Before it was mostly what you’d find in the Anime, but now being able to even being able to order from a menu, simple things like “can I have some of this”, which I couldn’t do before.
I am so glad we were able to help you get that far. On that note, what is your favorite Japanese word?
Ikou! (行こう!), means “lets go!” in a really enthusiastic way, which I feel captures how I feel about the course in general.
Has your Japan experience being everything you expected?
Yep. It even surpassed all of my expectations!
Great! last but not least, would you recommend our Study Trips to other people?
Most definitely! Japan sound so intimidating and so far away to go to, specially since its an island. Its a culture shock, seeing as how its SO different from Western culture. But its great, everyone is lovely, specially the locals! I’d definitely recommend it.
Any final words?
If you are scared of traveling, thats understandable. But when you get here everything just ebbs away, everything is easy, everyone is nice and eventually you’ll be screaming Ikou! (行こう!) with me.
And the food is good as well right?
The food is AMAZING. Ramen everywhere. So good!
ありがとうございます(thank you very much) and we at Go! Go! Nihon are so glad you managed to have a great time during your stay on the Otaku Japan trip.