When you study Japanese, it becomes a proud moment when you create your Japanese study shrine, which is typically a bookcase full of Japanese goodness. While a lot of people use e-books to read, there is something special about visually building up a Japanese collection that you either plan to read, or have already read. It’s like having your Japanese progress (present and future) in physical form right before you.
The shrine often reaches its maximum status when you take a trip to Japan (or a Japanese book store) and come back with a treasure trove of new resources.
I’ve seen a lot of these Japanese study shrines over the years, and had a little one myself back in 2006. I thought it would be interesting to not only share mine, but have other readers on Jalup share a picture of their study shrines as well, and maybe say a word or two about it.
Unfortunately, I only have pictures I could take from a very old video of mine taken on a flip phone, so they are quite blurry. But here is what my original Japanese study shrine looked like which I built while living in Japan.
At the time, I bought whatever looked appealing, with a mix of textbooks, novels, and manga. When I returned from Japan, I was too into e-books to build a new one. When I was on Japanese TV back in 2012, they wanted to film where I lived to give my character a background. They expected to find Japanese stuff everywhere, showing viewers “look how much this guy loves Japan.” They were disappointed and the apartment segment was cut…
More Japanese Study Shrines
Send me an e-mail to adshap(at)japaneselevelup(dot)com with your name (or nickname), a picture of your study shrine, and any optional comments you want to add. I will then add the pictures and info to the bottom of this post. Don’t leave me hanging… otherwise this post will end with my 3 bad pictures…
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Comment: Built after coming back from a trip to Japan
Comment: My main study shrine. If only this was all of it :)
Founder of Jalup. iOS Software Engineer. Former attorney, translator, and interpreter. Still watching 月曜から夜ふかし weekly since 2013.