In response to true life seek.

from true life seek: "Buying STUFF (and posting about it)

I do try to post about a hopefully broader culture outside of H!P as I tried to put together something organized awhile ago here although it does need updating with links and a final spot atop the front page…….in terms of 'showing off' though that was never ever an intention and I would simply rather disappear than do such a thing. For me the term itself 'gets' is quite foreign as I never viewed anything that I purchased unwittingly (there have been bad blind purchases in the past for sure! 😛 ) or otherwise in this manner. One of my main focuses has been to try to grow groups/idols/artists/J-dramas/J-movies's fanbases through hopefully sharing. A part of this has been including links to purchase merchandise, CDs, DVDs, etc. in hopes of inspiring in some way for more support for artists/groups/etc. which is what ensures their continued existence for fans to enjoy but I've always just thought that being able to see what you're potentially going to purchase may help in some way. And I just thought it helped to show support in purchasing our favorite artists/idols merchandise and releases in seeing that the releases I was trying to promote were actually in my possession and not downloads. Furthermore by scanning magazines and shashinshuu my hopes are that by being able to see the layouts and features fellow fans will also want to support these publications/idols/artists and purchase them too. I apologize greatly if this has been of a most disservice while my intentions have been most definitely otherwise. 😦 I've been exploring and collecting J-Pop/idols for about 15 or so years..a bit longer (as I began working in my early to mid teens…not sure if that's a good thing though XD ) and I just thought that by sharing about different artists/idols that I've come across over time would inspire others to love them too or perhaps just discover their music or personalities. I'm now wondering if I should post photos anymore. I don't know. And whether I should even blog anymore. I just had no idea that I was thought of in this way. There was never an intention to be "showy" as it's just not in my nature and never will be…..just a love of Japanese culture which I'm part of in heritage and love.

There's really perhaps much more to be expressed on such a broad subject but these are my initial personal feelings and thoughts.  

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About MorningBerryz

Lover and free spirit who's interests in Japanese culture and the like are insatiable. I am of pure Japanese/Okinawan descent, love my cats, sleep and am a bit naughty at times :).
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32 Responses to In response to true life seek.

  1. Alezra says:

    Noo dont stop blogging! >.< You are to awesome to do that!!! O noo no plzz!
    If it werent for you.. for example i would never ordered (two) of Namies cds witch i did yesterday and i didn't know there were so many great groups/artists in japan (asia) After i started reading your blog i started listening to not only my absolute favourites ''Namie'' and ''Tohoshinki'' etc i'm listening to around ten more artist now like..
    Ehm… ''Arashi''witch i totally love now! ''Yumi Tanimura''Ino Yuna''etc Groups and singers i didnt know existed It's kind of hard to get that kind of infomation when you live in a clue less country when it comes to japanese (asian) music -_- That's kind of depressingThoght bands like an cafe and dirngrey had gigs here in sweden but rock and metall isn't really my thing (Not including The Gazette, they are my absolute favourite rock band :3If it werent for the music blogerS i wouldnt know they were existing either…scawwryy Ô.Ô
    I never download music, i think it's really selfish so i was always listening to music on youtube or some other site…is that even legal? Well anyways i didnt have a choice -_- Well i didnt know where to buy the cds! eccept from american/english music like Rihanna and Britney Spears at least we have that kind of music here…
    It was never m intention to do anything wrong either i just wanted to show people my favorite bands and encurage them to start listening to them to! I dont get where the ''wrong'' thing is?! >.<
    So dont stop blogging clueless people like me need someone like you to kind of guide them to let them know that there are many awesome bands and artsiists out there I dont think you did or do anything wrong !
    *Hugs*
    (I'm really sorry my english writing sucks…sorry sorry >.<)

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  2. Alezra says:

    Oh crap i wrote a lot Ô_Ô Sorry I kind of lost it there XD

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  3. Craig says:

    Don't let Broomhead put you off. I've noticed for some time now an increasing malaise in his work and if I'm not mistaken he did say on twitter at some point that he didn't want his relaunched TLS covered on IW. Meaning that post must have been like him posting to himself. If I may speculate: B' has read so many blogs (partly because of his role @ IW and partly because of his own bookworminess (or should that be blogworminess! )) that he has forgotten himself, his own thoughts, his own voice.
    I'm sure it was not his attempt to take a swipe at one of the best personalities in our blogosphere (a swipe that would easily be parried by myself 4 u (@ ur service m'lady 🙂 )).

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  4. Mikey says:

    [いいですね]

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  5. Zush says:

    My obvious comment (as you might know): Don't even think about to quit blogging!

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  6. I think it would be a terrible disservice if there weren't fans like you and Paul who do such a wonderful job at researching, collecting, and ultimately SHARING them with the larger community to draw more interest and like-minded folks. We, your readers, see your passion for your fandoms – and it resonates with us as true and honest. This is why you two draw so many readers and why they come back for more~ ^^

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  7. pettomomo says:

    Hi MB,
    There are always certain people who have complains about things others too. I know that you have put in a lot of effort to scan and share videos, etc. with us. And I appreciate this because you are very sharing.
    Although I may not know as much J artistes as you, (my main focus in Arashi), I learn quite a lot from you whenever I read your posts.
    I love how you share with minna-san about your thoughts and then share with us the scans/ mp3s/ vids. There isn't a lot of people these days who share many stuff around.
    Personally, I think that you should do what you wish to do. If you feel that you would still like to continue spreading your love for J music, and you feel happy blogging and sharing with us, feel free to continue posting. (I'm sorry if I have not been commenting much on your posts, cos I am only very into Arashi, so I don't know what to comment on other J artistes posts) But I appreciate the effort you put into all these work.
    It's all up to you whether you would like to continue blogging ne.
    In the Arashi communities in LJ, many cases of reposting of scans, selling of videos for profit, etc have occurred and this has led to quite a chaos these days. Some people have decided to make their posts locked to neighbourhood or people whom they trust.
    I understand that you love to share, but maybe you would like to bear these in mind as well.
    Just do what you are most happy with, and no regrets ne!
    Gambatte!!! =D

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  8. HarimaKenji says:

    Oh, come on, if you can't post about the stuff you bought, and considering you make a point to buy and support everything you listen to, then your blog is dead. On that rule, only people who exclusively download things can talk about them, which means excluding all the most dedicated fans from this community. Yeah, I'm also amazed at broomhead's intelligence and care for IW.Just ignore him and keep doing whatever you'd like to. I vote for continuing just the way you are.

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  9. Risuzu says:

    I like your posts that show your recent purchases. I like to see what goodies others have gotten. And your enthusiasm for music is contagious.:) So keep posting!*hugs*Love&Peace

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  10. momo says:

    Don't believe what other people say sometimes, Although people are entitled to their opinion, you shouldn't easily believe what others may think about you. I think you're a great jpop/H!P blogger and I think you should continue blogging.

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  11. MB,Don't let broom put you in the dumps,you're different in your own unique way and that is awesome! I honestly think you're one of the best j-pop/h!p bloggers out there because you actually put effort into your posts! and You're the blogger I admire the most! Don't close your blog! good luck & don't crae what an admin of iw thinks! I always felt sad because I never had an h!p cd or stuff to add of that matter.but you always cheered me up & telling me what they looked like & always gave us something new to see! and that's one of the things everyone likes about you!

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  12. Continue the way that you are,roll in your own way & not everyone's way~! besides,your blog is unique & that's a really good thing! keep doing your own thing mb!

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  13. Alezra says:

    Dont give up! >.<

    *Hugs*

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  14. James says:

    OK, I personally love your blog……immencely! Yours and Paul's, as I have said, are the two main blogs I check whenever I get onto my computer (… although now that I have started on wotachat I do check a few more than I use to XD…) You show us what something is, and even though you may not now it, you influence your readers into buying (or if not buying, things are being added to a list of "Things to buy in the near future"……. which it is in my case :D) some of the things you have shown us. Your reviews give a rather personal and charming insight into what an item is and whether I want to buy it…… and yes, I do indeed buy things. I like to do my little part to support the artists (be that it's mostly H!P XD) It gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling when you get a package in the mail and you know it's a little bit of support given :DAlso, I don't think, nor believe, you're the sort of person to "show off" about anything. So, stop being silly 😀 and keep on doing what you want and love :3….. Also, I will steal your nose……XD……. We, who read your blog religiously, love you and your love of music =D*super huggs*

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  15. Don't let it get to you MB. Broom was reaching out to clear his own thoughts, he didn't have any malice in his post. It was purely a post for himself to ponder about. While broom's post has brought up thoughts, dont let it get to heart. It was purely by mistake by how it got written-up on IW.If it wasn't for you, how else am i going to see pages and pages worth of boybands?

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  16. Mikey says:

    April Fools NASCAR! ^^

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  17. sitiko says:

    seriously…to me, i think it's abt the main intentions of why you wanna show…for me…i show because of exposure…and sometimes it's due to requests from friends who wans to see the product…def there will be others who don't see the point abt it..but ultimately they have to rem..it is a blog and a blog is where one reveals and shows things..if they dun like…jus screw it..(pardon my lang >_<)i mean, i am sure they have done the same before…and when they do…who are they then to criticise…

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  18. greyhavens says:

    i hope this is just because it's an april 1 post.. ;(o my gosh! it's just now that i was able to go around vox again coz i've been really busy these past few weeks and then i saw your post earlier. i for one have definitely enjoyed your posts. i even got to acquire more information on other artists because of your stuffs. i enjoyed looking at your screencaps, picture of your goods and especially your reviews. again, please don't mind what negative things others are saying. this is your personal blog and you can do anything with it. they can just ignore your posts if they don't like it but for those who enjoys them, i hope you can consider maintaining it. i'm so happy to have met you here at vox and hope we can still be neighbors, friends and family here. please don't be affected by those who seems to have nothing else to do but say negative things about others. your friends are here and we will always support you. *BIG HUG*

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  19. Alezra says:

    Nooo >.< Omigosh! Dont leave!!! Dont listen to what others say! There are so many who love you and your blog!
    Plz Plz Plz Plz!!!
    I soo going to miss you! D'X This is really depressing! *sob* *sob*
    😥 I hope you someday soon change your mind and come back!
    *Double Hugs*

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  20. Alezra says:

    Come back D'X !!!!!

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  21. noooo! please don't leave! don't go!~
    please change your mind!

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  22. Andra says:

    T_T MB—-!!! You're not really leaving right! It's only an April Fool's joke right?! Cause I just came back to blogging… And if you're not in the neighborhood anymore… T_T I don't think that post broomhead made meant anyhting bad! He didn't criticize you particularly – he was just pondering on some stuff!You're not an eyesore!!! T_TAnd if you are really sad about this, you still don't have to disappear for good right! You can make all your posts neighborhood or friends only for example!

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  23. Andra's right,you're so not an eyesore!
    Please come back,don't leave!

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  24. chocobliss says:

    omg….. if this is an april fool's joke… i'm not laughing!!! i check this blog sooo much! almost daily, especially for posts about things you bought. this is the only place i've known about where i can read carefully thought-out detailed heart-felt reviews about not just the stuff i'm already interested in, but stuff i have yet to hear of. you've really done a wonderful job writing about something you love so much without being an elitist snog about it. you always respond to our comments and to me that shows you're really passionate about this. it's that passion i think that keeps people coming back.
    it's not easy being weird…. it's not as fun obsessing over japanese music when you don't have many people to talk to it about and even though it's all over the internet, i personally have much comfort in knowing that there is someone that's close to my age that shares this interest and i'm able to have intelligent conversation with (although your commitment CLEARLY eclipses mine since i'm still a fledgeling at this; i'm only three years into it!)
    the idea of you leaving is making me so upset that i feel i'm rambling.
    am i getting my feelings across properly?!
    MB please don't leave us! you're going to miss us! i know, cause we miss you already!
    This better be a joke!!!!

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  25. paul.thomas says:

    WHAT!? Shit no!???!! You're stopping blogging?! Damn and you're not checking your PM's…hope you're still checking your email as well…I'm in shock!…Plus I still need to reply to your last PM, I read and had no idea the post had affected you this way :SSeriously don't take those comments to heart, this is (was?) my favourite H!P related blog, Have to agree with Andra and say that I don't think broomhead's comments were meant in a bad way just brought up as a topic of conversation.And I totally agree with you in respect of promoting the merchandise and insight as to what to buy. Plus there's also the argument of if you're going to do a review of something surely it makes sense to include images of what your reviewing?Thanks to your blog I've discovered a whole wonderful world of Japanese related wonders that I wouldn't have even known about if you hadn't of posted, certainly you've broadened the jpop i listen to considerably and I imagine you've done much the same for everybody else here….Crap…so hope my email doesn't end up in your spam folder as it so often does lol.

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  26. T!MM!! says:

    This seems to be that latest blog that I can post some comments.I've been away from internet for 2 weeks to finished my graduation project, comeback online and see this SHOCK.

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  27. Farewell MB,We'll miss you!

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  28. chocobliss says:

    MB, I hope you continue to be passionate about the things you love. Do you to the fullest. Your happiness is what matters most. Goodbye.

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  29. Mikey says:

    [いいですね]

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  30. ashley says:

    i've been busy lately and haven't visited vox, then i found your post,i feel sad that you are leaving vox you shared a lot and i really appreciate what you didyou got hurt easily by the comments of otherslearn to be tough, this is your life, this is your blogand nobody can stop you or tell you what to do or post in your blogi just wish you happiness but my greatest wish right now is for you to return to vox and not be beaten by hurtful commentsthey might be jealous because you are pretty and got lots of money to buy stuff that you like

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  31. *]hAr0ld[* says:

    why are you leaving?your site became my reason why I signed up here in blog,I thought I would read more of your blogs, but anyway thank you for all the help, If you will create another site, pls Inform me it will be my pleasure to visit it,

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  32. Renyi says:

    What is going on??? :(Like many here, I was so busy recently, and have not been here, I really do not know what has transpired, but it is sad that you have decided to end this blog. :(From the information I can gathered so far, it seems really sad, but I understand this is very personal to you and you feel really hurt, and you do not want more of these unkind "comments or talks" throwing at you.I know I don't post a lot as I am more of a reader, than poster, so if you do decide to come back please let me know. Smile and take care, do what you are passionate about for yourself and for people who appreciate you, for people who want to be nasty, they are not worth the effort, because as you know, their life are so sad that there is nothing good ever going to come out of their mouth.So be yourself, and be happy – life is too short to live in misery.

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