As some readers may be aware, in October I moved to Thailand for work, after deciding not to renew my contract in Japan for a fifth year – mostly out of the desire to try something new and see a bit more of the world. My contract in Thailand is relatively short, and it comes to an end on the final day of February. Having thought long and hard about what I wanted to do afterwards, I’ve committed myself to heading back to Japan in March (although not in the same place I was last time) to continue working there for the foreseeable future.

Since this means yet another cross-country move, along with all the packing, paperwork, and other complications that entails, Otaku Lounge will be on hiatus from now until the beginning of April – the official start of the work year in Japan and the spring anime season as well as, incidentally, Otaku Lounge’s 4-year anniversary.

Thank you everyone for your patience and continued support, and I look forward to posting fresh content in a few weeks.

– Artemis

Creative Blogger Award

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I’ve been nominated for the Creative Blogger Award by FiddleTwix from The Anime Madhouse – thank you so much!

The award rules are as follows:

– Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
– Share 5 facts about yourself.
– Nominate 15-20 other bloggers and add their links.
– Notify the bloggers you nominated.
– Keep the rules in your post to make it easy for everyone to know what to do.

At first I was going to go for something along more obvious lines, but then I realised I’d actually rather not write about anything at all to do anime, Japan, or blogging for change. Continue reading

Looking Outwards: Anime, Blogging, and Belonging

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This post is a lot more on the personal side than I’m normally comfortable with on Otaku Lounge, and usually there’d also be the customary question to the readers at the end. However, having being inspired for the first time to write directly about this topic, I thought I’d forgo the question this time and instead invite people to make a post of their own on what blogging, or more specifically blogging about anime, means to them. Continue reading

Liebster Awards

I actually had no idea that this was existed until just now, because I’m not really In The Know about these sorts of things. However, the fabulous Brittany who runs the equally fabulous San’in Monogatari nominated me for this award, and I’m only too happy to participate. For those readers also unfamiliar, here’s the idea:

The Liebster award is intended to give some exposure to small blogs with less than 200 followers. The rules are as follows:

1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you
2. Answer the 11 questions given to you by the blogger who nominated you
3. Nominate 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers
4. Go to the blogs you nominated and notify them of your nomination
5. Give your nominees 11 questions to answer. Continue reading