Sunday, October 07, 2012
RIP Big Daikon
When I lived in Japan, I used to post on Big Daikon, a site for English-speaking foreigners living in Japan - mostly brought over on the JET Programme - to rant, blow off steam, exchange ideas, and so forth. I was on the site from near its inception - I started in 1999, I think. It was the first internet community I belonged to, and even though I gather it got quite ugly (it gets described in one entertaining read as an unmoderated bad-taste extravaganza) it mattered to me for awhile. Also, one essay of mine, "My Life with the Nanking Massacre," was published by the site, dealing with aspects of my culture shock, acclimatizing to a singularly unusual coworker; I see that it has actually appeared in teaching materials at Tokyo Gakugei University, and gotten referenced by at least one blogger. Alas, with Big Daikon being shut down, my essay no longer exists anywhere - I took for granted that it would remain available and didn't save it to my hard drive. (Trying to track down a copy now). Goodbye, Big Daikon (and thanks to the anonymous commenter who pointed out that the site was gone).