When two people meet for the first time, there is almost always a set pattern we abide by with our greetings. In America, most people say hello, tell the other person their name, and often shake hands before saying “It’s nice meeting you,” even if that’s not always true. Similarly in Japan, one would either be introduced or introduce themselves by both Family and “First” (known as a “lower” name in Japanese due to position when written vertically) names. Often, this is followed by a question of where someone comes from, where they work, or where they attend school/ what clubs they participate in/etc. Hand shaking was much less common in Japan (and those who did shake hands were almost primarily older business men). However, it became almost a habit of mine to bow at varying degrees to whomever I met.
I suppose the point I’m trying to get at is that with every culture, there is a way in which we define ourselves that can be seen through our introductions. In America, it is the name which counts- anything else is extraneous information. In Japan, it was what you did and where you did it that took precedence over a name (though, for means of identification, a name is still very important). Here on the internet, how do we define ourselves? Our introductions are usually just a list of facts if we introduce ourselves at all, and most names we give are pseudonyms. There has to be a better way to go about this.
Therefore, rather than introducing myself as So-and-so from wherever who studies this-and-that and dreams of being a whatever-you-call-it, I’ll let you all make that decision for yourselves. I won’t introduce myself, not even with a proper name you can call me by, because I want my identity on this blog to be as free of preconceptions as I can make it. Through what I write and the pictures I take I hope you all may one day create your own impression of who I appear to be.