notes from a battle-scarred fan

Some lessons are learned the hard way but they hopefully teach us ways to better navigate the tricky turns and unseen traps of fandoms.

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do’s and don’ts of a Jpop fan

The joys of being a Jpop fan, or an Arashi fan in particular, far outweighs the pains. But to stay engaged, interested and excited, there are some do’s and don’ts.

35 BS for Nino’s 35th

Here’s to celebrate the 35th year of my favourite brat, Arashi’s good-looking guy, Clint Eastwood’s friend, Hollywood “stuhr,” 39th Japan Academy’s best actor (2016) and host of the winning shirogumi (white team) at the 68th Kouhaku Uta Gassen.

telling others about Arashi (part 2)

I wasn’t desperate for my family to like Arashi because it was enough that they respected my fangirl choices without laughing at me, but it would be nice to have a collective experience that involved something I love.