What if you could get all the Japan you want without leaving home?
Nah, I’m not talking about some pseudo spiritual journey thang where you digest mountains of samurai movies, anime or fake sushi on the regular.
Or binge hours of Instagram and Youtube content showing the TOP 74 SPOTS TO VISIT IN TOKYO/OSAKA/KYOTO/EVERYWHERE?!$
I've already tried that. It doesn’t work.
What does work though is connecting with Japanese culture through people.
And if you're a reader, you know that reading the words of the "other" is one of the best ways to understand that person. And where they come from.
This is how you can connect to Japan without ever traveling here.
By reading with Raw Japan.
But before we get into the details, a short introduction.
My name is Brandon Chin. I am a novelist based in Itoshima City in Fukuoka, Japan. I write fiction about Japan as I live the reality.
I’ve spent about four years living here. And six years speaking the language.
I’m fluent. I can hold my own in any type of conversation with the locals. Even though I make mistakes all the time, I can make connections veteran foreigners usually can't.
Native-like fluency has been my goal since I first came in 2011 at 19 years old.
I was lost. But determined.
My first exposure with Japan was martial arts. I trained for 8 years as a child under a Japanese sensei. He taught us discipline and hard work.
Even though I watched some anime and played some video game, my image of Japan was mastery. I thought Japan was special.
But after years of friendships, lovers and work here, I've cleared the mist.
Japan isn't special. It's just a place full of normal people like everywhere else. All living their lives with the unique culture they happened to be born into.
But we forget that sometimes. Blame whatever you want. The point is people matter.
The small things that happen on a daily basis that make culture real. You can still miss these things even if you travel here.
This is why I made Raw Japan.
So that you can connect with people by reading stories of their daily lives.
So that you can get answers to burning questions you usually never get to ask.
So that you can get your normal fix of Japan while also learning different ways of life.
With Raw Japan you will get 12 months of Japanese culture sent to your door.
Think of it like Humans of New York for Japan, but you get to talk to the people directly.
Once you join, here's what you get every month for one year: