Interview with the Gakuranman

By Michael Gakuran | | Japan | 9 Comments |

Philip from Nihongoup recently asked me for an interview as part of his growing collection of knowledge on learning Japanese. I’ve never really written a post about how I got to where I am today with my Japanese, so if you’re interested, head on over to read all about my younger days.

Interview with Gakuranman at Nihongoup

9 comments on “Interview with the Gakuranman
  1. I just discovered your blog as a result of seeing you on CNN. How about that? I apologize to post with such a frivolous sort of comment, while aftershocks continue, during this tense and serious time – I hope that you and everyone you know is alright.

    But I felt the need to comment, before I forget to, simply to say I’d been thinking for a long time about getting one myself, thought it would look cool. But after repeatedly failing to obtain one, I had second thoughts, and thought maybe it would look silly, or just wouldn’t look right. But, seeing you looking pretty good in one, I am once again thinking it could be fun to get one. I don’t suppose you have any suggestions as to how to obtain one of those high-collared black jackets for a reasonable price? I asked around a number of uniform stores in Tokyo/Yokohama a few years ago, when I was there, and remember finding that there, as well as online (Rakuten, Ebay), it was at least 一万円 for one… I’ve never happened upon one at a second-hand store either. So, just wondering your thoughts on the matter – thoughts on wearing a gakuran, and maybe suggestions as to how to get one relatively cheaply (or, if you’re so inclined, suggestions as to why I shouldn’t be looking to get one). Cheers.

  2. Gakuranman says:

    Philip's site is down at the moment. I think it'll be back up soon though. In the meantime, why not check Google cache?

  3. SkuldOMG says:

    I'd love to read it, but it asks me for a username and password?

  4. YoyoKirby says:

    Let's just hope that happens. haha.

    Cheers to self teaching!

  5. Gakuranman says:

    I suppose it has been a lot of work, but it didn't seem like it at the time (aside form when I was cramming for tests). But in my experience its been similar to what you said – people generally tend to do better at the things they enjoy and what they are interested in. Good luck with the programming! Become an expert in that field :).

  6. YoyoKirby says:

    Wise words from a wise man. It just seems like much more work than I had previously expected. I kinda lost my passion for learning another language. Partially because I'm more interested in talking to computers (Programming languages).

    Best of luck to you on your road to fluency.

  7. YoyoKirby says:

    Let's just hope that happens. haha.

    Cheers to self teaching!

  8. Gakuranman says:

    I suppose it has been a lot of work, but it didn't seem like it at the time (aside form when I was cramming for tests). But in my experience its been similar to what you said – people generally tend to do better at the things they enjoy and what they are interested in. Good luck with the programming! Become an expert in that field :).

  9. YoyoKirby says:

    Wise words from a wise man. It just seems like much more work than I had previously expected. I kinda lost my passion for learning another language. Partially because I'm more interested in talking to computers (Programming languages).

    Best of luck to you on your road to fluency.

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