i currently live in canada and is half chinese half japanese. i mostly take my japanese side because i am closer to my mother. My mom took me to japan when i was about....i dunno, in grade 5 so i'm thinking...10 or so, and i stayed there for about 2 1/2 to 3 years, i learnt japanese in the first year. That is how i was introduced to anime because those are just normal there on TV like cartoons are in north america. because of this i am lucky to be able to watch raw anime (no subtitles) YAY ^^.