About

About the illustrations on this site, I put a link to the source whenever I can over the pic itself. If you’re the artist and want me to remove one or more pic, just send me an e-mail/contact me and it’ll be done as soon as possible. Same thing with lyrics; if you’re the lyricist and want me to remove them from this site, contact me anywhere and it’ll be done as soon as possible.

I get excited when lyrics makes me dream, together with the song. This is what good lyrics must do: making me dream, making me imagine the world around the song, making me feel part of it, either as a protagonist or as a spectator… or at least that’s what I think. And when a song is able to do this, through music, through lyrics… I know that song deserves to be called “a masterpiece”.

Hello everyone! I’m Jaefine, and I’m always stuck when it’s time to write the “about” thing, and I don’t really know why.

About me, I graduated from university in July 2014 and studied by myself Japanese up until June 2016, when I moved to Tokyo for an intensive six-months Japanese course which, I can safely say, changed my life and made me felt like I have never studied Japanese before. I’m currently living in Italy, but I will move back to Tokyo in March 2017, hopefully this time permanently.

As for my “qualifications”, aside from period of studies in Tokyo, I only took JLPT N3 so far. Since I’m lazy and since I’ve been working for around 11h per day 6 days a week the whole 2015 and half 2016, I had no time to study -and this is also the reason why I’ve been mostly inactive for most of 2015 and part of 2016. I’m planning to take JLPT N2 in July 2017 and N1 in December 2017 (unless I will be able to get the N1 immediately in July, since I don’t find N2’s exercises too difficult now and there’s still time before it).

And this ends the boring “about me” part.

Mirror of Paranoia

Why does this blog exists? For one simple reason: I wanted a place where to go, come back and stay, a place where I would have been able to reach people with what I love, what I think, what I feel.

It’s hard though to explain every single reason why I started “Mirror of Paranoia”. I want to share music and everything I like but at the same time I want people to have equal opportunities –this sounds too damn serious- about translations. I know how sad is to not being able to find the translation of a song you totally love, and thus how sad is to not being to fully understand that song. Thus why I accept requests and always try to do my best even if I don’t particularly like the song or it doesn’t belong to a genre I like.

This is also why it takes me so long translating a song: I want my English translations to be one with the music. They may –surely- won’t be as good as the Japanese ones, but as for me, translations must be part of the song and can’t be treated in the same way you’d treat a book.

Of course, meanwhile I discover new songs, which is amazing. You have no idea how many new songs, bands, vocalists and so on I’ve discovered so far thanks to requests. And this is absolutely fabulous.

I forgot to say “this is just my opinion”. Everything written here it’s something I think and you can agree with it or not, but that doesn’t matter. You’re free to think what you want, to like what you want and so on; you can like how I write as well as you can hate my style, you can like the songs I like as well as you can hate them, nobody will die because of it. As long as there’s respect, everybody is welcomed here.

A Mirror of…

Why someone would care about my blog’s name? No one actually, but I still want to tell you a story.

Long time ago, there was (or: In a future, there will be…; it’s up to you) a man, the reincarnation of Dracula. He wandered into that castle, fighting enemies without hesitation, searching an answer. Then he met Paranoia, and saw himself in a mirror. He was defeated, drowned into his fears, and into madness. He was condemned, yet… he had the chance to restart, and everything changed. His name, you won’t know it yet. You just have to know he was someone who kept trying, fighting against the Mirror of his Paranoia, until he finally succeeded, and was able to go on, meeting other people, other monsters. But this, this is another story.

Aside the fact I’m writing everything for filling the “About” page, and what I’ve written is just partially true –you just have to play Castelvania- that was the first time I saw the words “Mirror” and “Paranoia” together and well, in my mind slowly born “Mirror of Paranoia” which is pretty much self-explanatory.

For those who played Castlevania, I’m pretty sure the reference is blatant. Keep in mind though that I haven’t played “Dawn of Sorrow” in English, nor I remember if it’s written so in Italian, so I actually have no idea if Paranoia really says “Mirror of Paranoia” or not, and thus everything may just be something inside my mind.

This is how my “about” ends. Here. With nothing more. I already blather enough within my posts, so there’s no need to do it even here.


One Response to “About”

  1. Very beautiful ‘about’. I totally understand you in some ways; I want to become a blogger too in the future and this is somehow what I want to do too. More power to your blog. I feel right at home here. I’ll look forward to more Yousei Teikoku and posts from you! :D

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