#About me

Hello! I’m Stevie, a Belgian PhD student enrolled at the Catholic University of Leuven. Through this page I will briefly introduce myself as well as summarize the intent of my blog.


Born and raised in a financially disadvantaged region during the 90’s, the ongoing socio-economic transformation of the landscape I called home—as well as a frequent confrontation with various forms of discrimination—have no doubt formed an important cornerstone in developing both my current world-views and my ongoing interest in the notion of (national) identity. Simultaneously, as I found myself increasingly engaging in online communication, so too became digital media an important element of my formative years. During my undergraduate studies in Applied Informatics,1 this expressed itself through a growing desire of developing myself beyond purely technical skills. It is after graduation, then, that admittedly under the Internet-facilitated influence of Japanese pop-culture, I enrolled in the Japanese Studies program at the Catholic University of Leuven, graduating with an MA in 2019.

Furthermore, I had, during my studies, the wonderful opportunity to spend one year and a half in Tokyo, Japan as a MEXT-funded research student at Chuo University (中央大学)’s department of Socio-Informatics (社会情報学科). As a synthesis of both my former studies and my studies at Leuven, I took both theoretical courses related to Media & Communication Studies, and technical courses pertaining to digital humanities. Entering 2020, I began my PhD studies at Leuven, working on the topics of grassroots political usage of social media in Japan and political propaganda in subcultural online spaces.

On a personal note, I’m fairly passionate about music. I’ve spent the better part of my youth picking up music lessons or playing in bands, and although I’ve made some sacrifices in order to pursue my academic ambitions, I enjoy spending free time on composing and playing piano.


#About Site

This blog-site serves simultaneously as a kind of personal portfolio, as a technical or creative outlet, and as a main hub for random musings on personal subjects (usually on languages, my studies or my exchange in Japan, although hopefully I’ll get to occasionally plug whatever music I’m working on as well). That aside, I hope I’ll be able to provide some assistance to my fellow students (or anyone interested) on technical aspects related to academic studies, or on Japanese Studies and the Japanese language.

From a technical side, I designed and built this blog using the lightweight, python-based Pelican framework, hosting my generated pages on GitHub’s free web hosting service GitHub Pages. Due its ease and sustainability, I have for the past half decade written most of my content in the markdown syntax, and do so using Pelican as well.

#About Onoreto

The name Onoreto is purely a stylistic choice. It is a transliteration of 己と, stylized as 己ト to resemble the initials of my first name in Latin script, and the Korean Hangul 라. In the context of this blog as a personal portfolio, 己 (onore) is a humble, rather old-fashioned way to refer to oneself, with と (to) implying a connection with what’s coming next (“Me and…”). Alternatively, 己と is also an archaic Japanese expression signifying a spontaneous, natural action, similar to mizukara みずから or onozukara おのずから.

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#whoami


  • Stevie Poppe
  • Graduate Student Japanese Studies @ KULeuven
  • Research Student @ Chuo University
  • BA in Applied Informatics
  • Hobbyist musician
  • All-round tech-geek

@#Chuo University(の生活)

  • Teaching Assistant GSP6
  • Circle Activities7

@KULeuven(の生活)

  • PAL-Coach2
  • CC Member3
  • Buddy Programme member4
  • Co-organiser of the Japanese Reading Club5

@AP University College(の生活)

  • Participated in short-term foreign exchange projects @ Portugal, Belgium and Luxembourg
  • Trained leadership skills through various succesful projects
  • Cultivated an attitude of curiosity and adaptiveness

@Personal(の生活)

  • Music: piano, band-activities (keyboard), composing
  • Sports: Kung Fu, Strength Training
  • Others: Avid reader, traveller and film-enthusiast

  1. AP University College, 2011 - 2014 

  2. ‘Peer Assisted Learning’. PAL coaches at Leuven University, usually second and third grade upperclass students, assist first grade students regularly on topics ranging from efficient studying, preparing for certain classes, networking and feeling at home, etc. I took on the role of PAL coach in my second and third, current year. 

  3. The Japanology CC (Curriculum Commission) monitors and assesses the quality of the Japanology program and consists of both faculty members and students representing their respective years. Topics include matters as programming, form and evaluation of courses amongst others. I served as CC member from my first to my third, current year at Leuven University. 

  4. KU Leuven's buddy programme is meant to ease the integration of new international students or researchers by connecting them to locals. These local 'buddies' help with things like finding one's way around town, getting used to the Belgian lifestyle, meeting others, etc. I participated in this program, and became a buddy of a Japanese student, in my third (current) year at Leuven University. 

  5. We follow the principle of Guided Reading: weekly reading sessions as a group of about 6 students accompanied by a teacher serving as our mentor. In our second year, we finished our first book: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (時をかける少女) over the course of one semester. 

  6. For one academic year, I've assisted Dr. Professor Nomiya as teaching assistant in his Global Sociology Programme, a course designed to teach undergraduate students the necessary skills to tackle academic research in the English language. This is done through both extensively handling academic literature on global issues in the field of Sociology (both in English and Japanese), as well as learn methodology through grou projects. The students' intensive work lead to several presentations at an international conference held in Tokyo, March, 2019.  

  7. I've used my period as student at Chuo University to not just further my academic ambitions, but take some of my personal hobbies to a next level. By joining two music circles, I've fulfilled somewhat of a dream of performing live in Japan. I joined two bands and performed about six times throughout my time there, including at Chuo University's school festival. finally, I was a member of the piano circle, and often spent time at one of the movie-circles to extend my knowledge of the Japanese cinema.