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Part 2: Autoethnographic analysis of the J-League

tomburke169

Before I had even watched a single second of my chosen J-League game I had

pre-conceived ideas. I tried to block them out, however it is always hard to when

you don’t know what to expect or have heard bad publicity about it in the past.

One of my pre-conceived ideas was that the J-League was of poor quality and

that I would not enjoy it. I can happily say that I was totally wrong when it came

to this idea. I could and very happily follow a team from Japan and watch their

league. I would personally rather watch the J-League compared to the A-League.

This is based on two main reasons. The quality of football is better in Japan than

it is in the A-League and also the passion that there is from the Japanese

supporters compared to the Australian ones. From what I could tell, there were

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Part 1: Autoethnographic analysis of the J-league

tomburke169

After much deliberation on a topic for this assignment , I have decided

to watch a Japanese football game and make an autoethnographic analysis of this

particular game. The J-league (Japanese professional football league) is not one of the

biggest leagues in the world. Therefore, I had to do some background reading to find out

more about it. I also found it difficult trying to find an appropriate game in order to be

able to give a accurate analysis of what a game played in the J league is actually like, and

what distinguishes it from other competitions around the world. Coming from Australia,

I have mostly been subjected to Australian football and English football (which is the

biggest and most well know league globally). One of the main things that I first noticed

that separated a game in the Hyundai A-league (Australian Professional Football

League) and the J-League was…

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Autoethnographic analysis of Godzilla (1954)

tomburke169

Over the last few weeks I have progressively learnt more about Autoethanography and why it is so relevant to a subject like Digital Asia. In my first blog, I focused mostly on terror and how this terror that Godzilla inflicted on a small town on the coast of Japan brought up strange feelings for me. These feeling were feelings of sympathy. But there were also feelings of support for the Japanese people after what they went though in the past. I believe that my reaction would have been different if I watched a movie on country that had not gone though that same sort of hardships like Japan has. Knowing Japans history has certainly altered my feelings.

GODZILLA

My personal experiences alter my opinion and reasoning for why I felt that way. This is all Autoethnography is – one’s personal experience of a situation in order to understand the underlying cultural…

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Autoethnography of the 1954 film Godzilla

tomburke169

Watching Godzilla (1954) in our seminar was a different Japanese experience. I think that my reaction was somewhat different to other members of the class, having recently returned from holidaying in Japan. Watching this film, for me, jogged memories of the Hiroshima’s atomic bomb and how the whole nation dealt with such hardship and pain in the aftermath of the catastrophe. It’s an unusual way to think about Godzilla considering that it is obviously a fictional story. However, I could not get the picture of the Hiroshima bombing out of my head. This made me think why would a fictional film evoke such strong feelings in me. Why would I find this film easier to relate to? I wonder how it made me look past the unrealistic Godzilla to actually feel sorry for the Japanese? I concluded that the connection was due to my visit to Hiroshima. Hiroshima provokes such…

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