Another Revolution around the Sun

Our little blue rock has revolved around the sun successfully yet again. It’s been an eventful year for me personally and for JP. On a personal note, I managed to finish my first masters degree in Library and Information Science. Now I just need to find a professional level library job.

JP has come a long way since its start as a support blog for my local library’s manga club. This year JP saw 150,000 views.  I really appreciate the support!

According to Google Analytics, you spend an average of 4 minute 19 seconds reading my articles. Now either you find my posts interesting or you are dozing off on your keyboard!

This year I started a Tumblr blog for JP.  In just a few short months 139 people started following JP.  Not bad for a guy who dislikes social media, eh? Actually Tumblr is pretty neat. Twitter, on the other hand….well, let’s say I tried three times to get into it and quit three times.

Geisha-Hawaryu-meiji-periodJP’s most popular article this year was A Look at Gender Expectations in Japanese Society. Honestly, I am surprised at how well you received my rather dry and academic articles. I decided to try to use the skills I learned in my degree and bring in some cool and solid information to the aniblogging sphere. Judging by your interest, I must be doing okay.

Now this post isn’t to toot my own horn. I thought you might want to know how we are doing. JP is doing far better than I expected. We don’t have much in the way of comments or discussion, but the views and analytics I see tells me you find the information useful and maybe even a little interesting.


Click the photo to watch my animation effort.

So what does this year have in store? I am starting to look into American otaku culture. You may have already seen some of my articles about waifuism and sexism. I have more articles in the works. I am thinking about animating some of the Japanese folk tales we’ve already posted. As you can see from the frog gif, my animation skills are rather crude. I haven’t done any traditional animation is about 8 years now. Would you like to see animated shorts of some of Japan’s fairy tales?

We will continue to bring you a fairly academic outlook on anime, manga, and Japanese culture. If you have any ideas, questions, or anything else you want to know about Japan, email me ( webmaster [at] or drop in a comment. As a librarian, my job and my passion is to help you find information and learn more about what interests you. JP is just one way I can teach.

I appreciate your interest and support. Many thanks!

See JP’s year in review.


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