Dogenis creating Japanese comedy skits and language lessons.
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Thank you for your support — you're officially helping me create original skits in Japanese every week! You'll receive access to basic Patreon updates (release schedule, embarrassing old videos of me speaking Japanese, etc.) via the feed, and moreover, learn the secret to total consciousness — a trick I picked up while serving as a Buddhist monk in my previous life. Namaste!
Thank you, ありがとう, धन्यवाद. You're directly helping me create longer and more interesting content. With your support, I can begin to create videos based off my essays and novellas! You'll receive access to not only Patreon updates, but also occasional Patreon exclusive livestreams! Topics will include Japanese linguistics, cultural taboos, meditation advice, and more! Ask me anything. Let's sit down together and celebrate Japan. (Note: since the birth of my twin daughters (September 13, 2017), I've had to put livestreams on hold in order to keep regularly releasing phonetic lessons. I intend on streaming again after my kids start preschool, but this may not be for a while; for the time being please consider joining the $1 tier, or the $10 tier for access to Japanese Phonetics. Thank you for your understanding!) Welcome to the Temple of Eternal Peace.
The more you know: Temple of Eternal Peace is the name of the Temple Dogen Zenji founded in Fukui prefecture.
土下座 (the deep bow). Thank you. With your support I can begin making the transition from office employee to full time content creator; you're providing me with every artist's dream — time and creative freedom. In addition to all tier one and two rewards, you'll receive complete access to Japanese Phonetics, my Patreon video series that teaches advanced Japanese pronunciation and intonation concepts in easy to understand terms. Use Japanese Phonetics and take your spoken Japanese to a higher level! This is the tier of linguistic enlightenment. Thank you again, and please enjoy Japanese Phonetics!
こんにちは！My name is Dogen. I make comedic skits in Japanese on YouTube, and teach Japanese phonetics here on Patreon!
American Japanese Episode 1
I began uploading original Japanese content to YouTube in January 2016, with the hopes of eventually using the platform as my primary means of living. In May, a kind individual posted one of my videos in the Learn Japanese Reddit. The community was very welcoming; I saw a major boost in subscribers and received many questions about how I studied Japanese. Several members even encouraged me to create a Patreon page. Awesome! A few months later popular Japan-interest website Tofugu featured me in their weekly newsletter.
"What we're watching: YouTuber Dogen and his Super Advanced Japanese videos. When native English speakers say "That's so unique!" we really mean "That's super dumb but I'm being nice." It's the same in Japanese. And Dogen reveals these idiosyncrasies in short comedy sketches called "Super Advanced Japanese."
Super Advanced Japanese Lesson 1
Each video introduces a word, phrase, or idea in "Textbook Japanese," a "Common Misconception," and the "Real Japanese." Of course, the "Real Japanese" is the punchline, revealing the subtext of Japanese conversations rather than 1-to-1 translations of phrases.
But our explanation of his jokes are much less funny than the jokes themselves. So go watch Dogen's videos and subscribe to his channel if you like them."
I currently work full time, and script, shoot, and edit videos during lunch breaks, off days, and late at night. Though I do have a strong command of the language, writing and performing new content each week in Japanese is time consuming, and frequent business trips often complicate scheduling. Your support on Patreon helps me make the transition from salary-man to artist, and, more importantly, allows me to share stronger content such as the longer pieces from my collection of Japanese works, or even entire chapters from my Japanese novellas. Having additional free time also lets me give back to the community through Japanese phonetic lessons.
Despite being a fundamental part of the language—and often the defining factor between sounding foreign and native—Japanese pitch-accent is seldom taught in classrooms or textbooks. In many cases, this causes Japanese learners to develop bad habits which become very difficult to fix down the road. I try provide the Japanese learning community with a set of tools meant to prevent and fix these habits. In my Patreon video series Japanese Phonetics, I talk about my experiences picking up Japanese as a teen, introduce useful phonetic practices, and break down the dozens of complicated phonetic patterns I learned while earning my degree in Japanese linguistics.
Japanese Phonetics Episode 3: Common Japanese Misconceptions
Though a fair amount of information on Japanese phonetics exists, it can be hard to find, and difficult to understand without advanced Japanese and linguistic knowledge. Resources are dispersed and sometimes contradictory. My goal with Japanese Phonetics (and its supplementary Instagram series Common Japanese Intonation Mistakes) is to consolidate everything into a single, easy to understand curriculum framed in the context of my personal learning experiences. I'm aiming to create the definitive guide to spoken Japanese.
And that's about it! I'm opposed to the vlogs-for-views mentality, so having a platform like this which allows me to focus on content creation rather than selfies and memes is truly liberating. It's an amazing time to be a second-rate writer with delusions of grandeur. I mean artist.
Thank you all for the amazing support!