March 17th, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
11. What was your first exposure to Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture?
Speed Racer and Astro Boy as a kid in the 60s!
12. How many hours do you estimate that you are exposed to Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture in a given day? A given week?
Not that much. I watch an anime now and then but it isn't anything regular. I enjoy some of them as an art form and as fun cinema but would not describe myself as a real fan in any devoted way.
13. Do you consider yourself to be part of the Anime/Manga fandom? If so, would you consider yourself a casual fan or an 'Otaku' - a serious fan?
No. I'm actually much more a fan of Japanese film than of Japanese animation or manga. Godzilla movies were a staple growing up, and I love Kurosawa's films very dearly.
14. Do you interact or participate in any Anime/Manga fandom groups ether online or in your everyday life? If so describe your level of participation and activities.
15. Do you attend any conventions relating to Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture? If so how many per year?
16. What do you consider to be your top three favorite Anime and/or Manga series/titles - If any?
Howl's Moving Castle
17. On a scale of 0-10 (10 being the greatest amount of influence), how much influence do you believe that Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture have had on your personal Religious/Spiritual beliefs and/or practices? If Anime, Manga, and Japanese Pop Culture have influenced you - How exactly has it influenced you?
18. What was your first exposure to Japanese Religious Traditions?
Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism back in about 1981. I practiced this path for about two years.
19. If you currently practice a religion with Japanese origins (including sects of Buddhism and other religions originating in Japan) and were not born into the tradition, do you feel that exposure to Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture contributed to your decision to follow this path?
I found the depiction of Shinto in Spirited Away to be fascinating but my introduction to Shinto as a religion was more due to my interest in world religions than due to an interest in Japanese pop culture.
20. Do you have any personal religious/spiritual practices (outside of those that are formally part of your primary religious tradition) that have originated in Japan or are derived from Japanese practices such as Reiki Healing, Zazen, using Omamori, Performing Misogi under a waterfall, honoring/venerating/worshiping a Japanese Kami and/or Bodhisattva, et cetera? If so, list and describe these practices.
I carry Omamori from my local shrine for various purposes and occasionally participate in misogi there. I am an enrolled member of the Tsubaki Shrine of America, located about 20 miles from where I live and I attend seasonal ceremonies there regularly to honor the Kami. I don't keep a Kamidana in my home because my disabilities make it difficult for me to keep the house clean and uncluttered enough to keep the Kami happy. I do have a gofu by my apartment door, though. It sits near my Exu shrine, also on the wall next to the door.
I sometimes sit Zazen and read quite a bit of Zen Buddhist literature.
21. Do your personal religious/spiritual practices include any practices derived from Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture or involving an characters or mythos derived from Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture? If so describe these practices.