I blog about Japanese popular culture a lot, but I haven’t said that much about the country itself. I’ve actually always thought it was a pretty interesting place since well before I got into anime fandom.
I particularly like Japanese mythology, folklore, fairy tales, and ghost stories. Magic foxes that can take human shape, princesses from the moon, objects that come to life and become vengeful after being thrown out, things like that. You can see how influential some of these stories are, but they’re all very interesting in their own right as well.