upcycledbliss wrote:So I so not know much about Japanese pop culture. I know religious history-especially Buddhism, and political history somewhat in depth from school and stuff about karate, cherry blossoms, tea, some jazz fusion/ world music, and few other things from personal interest (or addiction in the case of tea, matcha was close second to rose hips and oolong).
But, I know nothing about other things, I know hardly any language, any suggestions for improvement in any areas? I have no cable but do have hulu plus. Though, I don't really pay too much attention to any pop culture other than listening to radio on way to work. I only watch Bones on TV and recently discovered red box for movies (my internet is not in my apt but clubhouse so I can't watch netflicks etc inside my apt).
I have watched some anime but not a lot and not any in Japanese and mostly on Saturday mornings (when I had cable) and because of an exboyfriend. Mind you I am not a fresh out of school graduate either.
What you have is enough.
I talk passionately about Japanese dramas because I've been watching them since a child and I do enjoy watching them. To me, watching Japanese dramas is like watching Fringe (loooove me some Fringe), or for your case, Bones. I don't believe that having no knowledge of Japanese pop culture is a bad thing, its just another area of the JET Program to serve its purpose. Educating us on Japan and we educate them on our home country.
I don't watch anime. Don't stress about that. Watching anime isn't a deal maker and its not necessary. Some people love anime... but there are a lot of people out there who don't so don't bother yourself with it. Especially if animation isn't your thing to begin with.
I guess build on what you know and love. Once you're in Japan you'll have all the time of the world to really get that cultural immersion in. Well, you'd have no choice