During my early childhood I took a liking to Japanese games such as Pokémon or Yu-Gi-Oh in addition to watching the shows or collecting the cards. Despite not knowing that these franchises were from Japan, I had a natural fondness for the themes of adventure and coming of age. This played a role in the development of my personal interests in Japanese animation and videogames and through that has fostered an urge to understand Japanese culture. Having visited Japan for the first time back in the summer of 2019 I am fascinated how different their society functions and wish to learn more about their history.

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I want to study the social and cultural history of Japan right now because last year I travelled there for the very first time and was really fascinated with just how different and unique their social norms and lifestyle are to western eyes.

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