I want to reminisce about Japanese electronic dictionaries or 電子辞書 (denshi jisho). Seeing these things was pretty rare outside of Asia, or at least where I lived in the US. I don’t remember where I originally found out about them, but I really wanted one when I started looking into them online. Before I get into my experience, let’s quickly go through why these devices were/are a big deal.
The Speed Racer anime is special to me. It was one of the first Japanese animated shows that I ever watched. It was appealing because the art style and story telling were different from American cartoons.
Speed Racer was one of the first TV shows that sparked my interest in Japanese animation and eventually the country itself. It’s also one of my guilty pleasures.
Being a kid and growing up in the 90s was amazing. So many things were changing. A big change was the Internet and how it was rapidly expanding and spreading all over the world. I was really lucky because my mother was a school teacher and had access to the Internet pretty early compared to my friends.
This meant that I also got to experience websites and the Internet starting in 1996. In my opinion, a big part of being online in the 90s was coming across GeoCities sites. What is GeoCities? Well, grab a cup of tea and have a seat. Let’s go!