Society & Culture
ciplantgo#14: Katrin Tsukimi - game translation and vegan/non-vegan relationships
Katrin Tsukimi is working as a translator in the game industry. She has been in love with Japanese pop culture since childhood, and, very much like me, decided to invest a few College years into Japanese studies. I was certainly curious to know more about her experience living and working in Japan, but what I really wanted to hear about was her relationship. Katrin is, like numerous vegans around the world, dating an omnivore… however, quite a few aspects of their relationship made me curious to know more, and since Katrin told me she would be comfortable talking about this on the show, I invited her to be my guest!
This episode starts with Katrin presenting herself and how she came to live in Japan. We then talk about her past and present jobs here, her plans for the future, her quite interesting path to veganism, relationships in general and hers in particular, and finally her recommendation to get into the gaming industry as a translator, before a few rapid fire questions.
As a vegan, relationships with non vegans, whether it’s friends, family or a romantic partner, can be very challenging. If you have listened to some of my previous episodes, you will know that my experience since adopting a vegan lifestyle and value system is no exception. This topic is, and will probably stay, one of the most important and interesting one to me. I am therefore really grateful to Katrin for sharing her experience and giving me an opportunity to explore further the topic of relationships on the podcast. Whether or not you have been or are facing similar challenges in your own life, I truly hope this episode will be as interesting to you as it was to me.
Before jumping in, a last few words about two references brought up during the show. One is ‘Vegan danshi’, which is the name of a foreigner living in Japan and vegan Youtuber making videos about bodybuilding and fitness. The other is ‘that book’ or ‘this book’, words I repeated quite a few times and that points to either “Beyond Beliefs: A Guide to Improving Relationships and Communication for Vegans, Vegetarians, and Meat Eaters” or “How Not to Die”.
- 0:02:40s - Katrin’s self introduction
- 0:03:30s - Katrin’s path to Japan: from loving pop culture to working in the game industry
0:10:00s - Japanese studies is not the best choice when one wants to live in Japan
0:12:50s - Attending a business school in Shibuya
0:11:00s - Katrin’s first full-time job in Japan
0:15:45s - Katrin’s job profile as a game translator/proofreader
- 0:21:55s - Katrin’s plans for the future: Japan or not?
- 0:26:45s - Katrin’s path to veganism: it all started with a cold...
0:33:05s - Impact of Katrin’s gradual change to plant based on her social life
0:37:00s - Becoming vegan = changing friends ?
- 0:39:12s - Romantic relationships between vegans and non-vegans: in search of mutual understanding
- 1:31:35s - Katrin’s current job: recommendations to get into the gaming industry
- 1:35:10s - Rapid fire questions
Introduction BGM: "Corporate Japan" by Birocratic (http://birocratic.lnk.to/allYL)
Additional notes and links
- Open Sesame Farm Animal Sanctuary in Kyushu: https://k-open-sesame.com/
- Tokyo Vegan Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/fr-FR/vegan-389/
- Vegan Tokyo: https://vegantokyo.org/
- ciplantgo Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ciplantgo/
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