Real nickname name: Jean
Also known as: Keiko
Family: Mom and two older sisters.
I was born prematurely (week 26) in 1981, as a result of it I’m nearsighted with vision on one eye. Despite the early birth I think I’m very lucky. There are many others who are born too early who have it worse. All my life I’ve had the philosophy to not drink, smoke or do drugs. I’ve never liked the effect alcohol has on people, and it can so easily lead to ugly situations.
I like to draw, I remember when I was young and looked at my oldest sister’s drawings and though. “I want to draw that good.” I think that’s what inspired me. In September of 2019 I started out with adult coloring books. It’s something I really enjoy.
I’ve always liked to read books. The genres I mostly read are crime, thriller, history, and fantasy.
In 2001 I discovered Jpop/Jrock, and 2014 I started listening to a little Kpop.
On several occasions when I was in secondary high school, I asked if a class in Japanese could start up, but it never happened. It led me to take a 10x3h evening course in my neighbor city, that’s all the education I have in the language, the rest I’ve picked up myself over the years. I can read Hiragana/Katakana, know some kanji, basic phrases, and very little grammar.
In 2006 I started watching Japanese dramas and joined D-Addicts, a community dedicated to Asian popular culture, especially TV dramas. A couple of years later I got interested in Korean dramas as well. In 2011 started making subtitles. I mainly transcribe and time subtitles. If I translate, it’s from Swedish-English, or English-Swedish.
I’ve been a moderator at D-Addicts since January 2014, as well as an editor at DramaWiki where I mostly work on the Japanese pages.
Why the blog name Gifted Ones?
I chose the name Gifted Ones for my website because I believe everyone is talented in one way or another. Be it a practical or theoretical subject. Acting, art, music, math, sports etc. Most things in life can be learned or improved by training, but some people are born with an unique talent.