Saturday, August 15, 2009

English-speaking blogs by Japanese

I've just kicked off a movement called "English-speaking blogs by Japanese".

We Japanese people are often too shy to express ourselves in English. I'd like to help Japanese people make their voice heard to all the people in the world by blogging in English. There are so many interesting Japanese people, but it's too bad that many of them are little known outside of Japan. It's a huge loss to both Japanese and non-Japanese people, I guess.

Because of the linguistic distance that lies between English and Japanese, it's very hard for Japanese to master English. We are not perfect English writers. But we still have valuable ideas worth spreading. The most important thing is communication. I am sure that reading these blogs listed below will be enjoyable and help broaden your horizon.

I'd like to introduce English-speaking blogs updated by Japanese people.

31o5 - http://31o5.com/
31o5 is a co-founder of an IT company in Bangkok, Thailand. She is very active in geek communities including BarCamps in Thailand and well-known in ASEAN countries. In her blog, she talks about technology, business, life, etc in both English and Japanese (she tends to blog in English more often than in Japanese)

Ujihisa - http://ujihisa.blogspot.com/
Ujihisa is a Japanese hard-core hacker who is interested in software technologies such as Ruby, Vim, Haskell and mathematics. He lives in Vancouver, Canada. He's been blogging in English since March, 2009.

Koshian - http://koshian.typepad.com/
Koshian is a Japanese IT geek living in Bangkok, Thailand. His interest includes technologies, social issues, life and Japanese subcultures(animation & manga). He has just started his blog.

Kenji - http://kenjioh.com/
According to his profile posted on his blog, "Kenji Oh is a Film music composer / Web programmer, was also gymnastics player. Composed scores for films, TV show, ad DVD, video games etc. and female gymnastics floor."
He is so versatile. He began blogging in English just recently, but is very eager to present himself in English to a broader audience in the world.

tittea - http://tittea.blogspot.com/
Tittea is a Japanese blogger who is interested in reading books and organic cooking, and wishes to communicate with people of aspiration and independent life style.

rawell - http://turquoise.tm.land.to/
A Japanese blogger rawell discusses tech-related topics based on various news source. For rawell's more complete profile: http://iddy.jp/profile/rawwell/

EI "RAY" MURAKAMI - http://ehealthcarekawaraban.blogspot.com/
Health IT Analyst working for public hospitals in Auckland, New Zealand. He is interested in improving health care system by leveraging information technology. He is an excellent English writer.

SeekingSearchin - http://sssking.wordpress.com/
SeekingSearchin just started his English-speaking blog. He(she) is interested in expressing himself(herself) by blogging in English.

This list will be updated. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you are or you know any Japanese blogger who writes in English.

45 comments:

Kenji Oh said...

Thank you for introducing my blog. :D
I'm happy finding many English-speaking blogs by Japanese. I'm going to check them out!

31o5 said...

Thank you so much for introducing my blog. I'll check out others as well :)

Ei "Ray" Murakami said...

Sounds like a very interesting project. I have just opened a blog in English featuring IT utilisation in healthcare. Could you add me on your list, please?

Eiji Sakai a.k.a. elm200 said...

EI "RAY" MURAKAMI, SeekingSearchin, welcome aboard! I wish you will have a happy blogging in English!

Valley princess said...

Salam :)
I've just discovered your blog.I'm from Saudi Arabia and I know little about Japanese. I hope someday I learn it and speak it fluently. I want to make friendships with people all around the world. My blog is in English and I woud like you to visit it. I have just recently started writing in English. Please visit it :)
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apeescape said...

Hi ELM200, this sounds like an interesting project. I've noticed there a lack of grassroots internet media portals in Japan (e.g. DailyKos). It seems like all the discussions either goes to 2ch or Hatena without enough structure to its dialog. It'll be awesome to have a portal for grassroots information (English or Japanese) as IMO, Japanese media is homogeneous (at least of what the average person consumes).

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I'm a Japanese who's been blogging in English for about 6 months, and I'm in sympathy with your plan.
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