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Japanese Architecture

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Almost 15 weeks have passed since I started my second semester of second year in university doing BCM320 (Digital Asia), a subject which is based on autoethnography. Although I would certainly say my understanding of the topic is significantly better than it was before I started, I believe there is a lot more that I need to learn before I can consider myself at all proficient at it. With that being said I tried my hand at autoethnography, specifically researching Japanese architecture, for my major assignment in the subject. I have always been fascinated with architecture and it was something I had planned to do in university back in my high school days, until the reality of my complete lack of ability in the area came crashing down on me. The video, although 13 minutes long, is quite brief on each topic because after getting started I realised how much…

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Analysing a Post About Analysing a Topic Which will be Analysed by my University Teacher

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In Part 1 of my Digital artefact I spoke about how I planned to research Japanese architecture and what, if anything, makes it unique. A topic which I chose partly because architecture has always been something that fascinates me, and partly because I needed to get started on my University assignment.

The purpose of this blog post is to look at what I can, with my cultural background, bring to the table while researching the topic and also talk about other things such as the exact approach I am going to take to the research.

I am about as British Australian as you can get, my mum’s great grandmother came to Australia from Britain when she was in her 30’s and on my dad’s side his great, great, great, great grandfather was a soldier on the First Fleet (that makes me 8th generation first fleet for anyone like me who…

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Japanese Architecture

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Being told to pick an aspect of Asian culture that you like to use as a subject for autoethnographic research for a university assignment is like trying to work out how to spell the name of that weird cream the doctor recommended for that rash (don’t ask). In other words you can’t work it out, you inevitably try a bunch of different spellings at the pharmacy until you finally get it right which is essentially what happened with my topic selection. After about two hours of awful ideas and an unnecessary amount of cursing to myself I finally gave up and decided to look through some of the older stuff in the furthest back parts of my draws and there I found it. In primary school we had to write what we saw ourselves doing in 10 years, back then I had wanted to be an architect and so I…

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AKIRAの白人の印象について読む [Subbed]

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Title: Read About a White Man’s Impressions of AKIRA [Read About AKIRA’s Caucasian Impression]

(and no, you will not get to see an asian man attempting to impersonate an Australian at any point in this blog post, sorry to disappoint)

I wouldn’t describe myself as a stranger to the world of anime. I got my first real taste of it way back in 2014 when somebody recommended I watch the Hellsing Ultimate OVA and from there I ended up continuing to watch anime pretty off and on until I finished high-school and functioned as one of my main tools for procrastination when it came to HSC exams. Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated film, that is considered one of the more widely known and appreciated anime’s to ever make it on DVD. It has a large following both in Japan and with Western audiences as one of the cornerstone anime…

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The (Almost) 64 Year old Movie – Godzilla

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Autoethnography, a research practice that uses qualitative research while taking into account the researchers views, opinions and experiences. In other words it uses the researcher’s personal experience through self-experience (didn’t see that one coming…) and reflexivity to describe the research that they are conducting, usually when the research is focused on a certain aspect of a different culture. Frankly the idea behind this scares me because, as an Australian, I don’t really know how to describe my own countries culture and it’s this lack of understanding and affinity with my own country’s culture that makes me unsure about how I should be reflecting on my own experiences with others (cultures).


The 1954 Gojira (Godzilla) movie marked the start of one of the most successful movie franchises in the short history of film. Having never watched any of the Godzilla movies myself it was nice to have the original as…

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