Hello! I’m Stevie, a Belgian graduate student at the University of Leuven and currently studying at Chuo University in Tokyo, Japan. This page serves as a brief biographical introduction, as well as to explain the aims and origin of this blog.
Having formerly attained a BA in Applied Informatics,1 I’m currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Japan studies at the University of Leuven; a radical switch, but one through which I’m able to combine both my strong interest in humanities as in the country of Japan and East Asia. Growing up in a poor Antwerp neighbourhood as the only kid at school of a supposed Belgian origin, and later onwards as a technical school (TSO) student, I have seen, and been confronted with, all kinds of discrimination. This has led me to an interest in (and questioning of) the notion of national identity and nationalism itself, as well as more broadly, an interest in the fields of sociology and politics. That aside, I’ve become particularly drawn to Digital Humanities, a domain that feels, through several years of fostering technical skills, right at home as a perfect synthesis of both my former and current studies.
On a personal note, I’m fairly passionate about music. I’ve spent the better part of my life taking piano classes or playing in bands, and despite an ever shrinking lack of free time, enjoy spending most of it on composing.
I designed and built this blog from scratch using the lightweight, python-based Pelican as framework, and host my pages on GitHub’s free web hosting service GitHub Pages. Since my workflow involves writing most of my content in the markdown syntaxis, Pelican turns out to be both a good fit, and way for me to practice webdesign.
This blog serves simultaneously as a kind of portfolio, a place for technical experimentation, and as an outlet 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 the academic studies, or on Japanese Studies and the Japanese language in general.
Onoreto is the romanization of 己と, stylized as 己ト to resemble both the first two initials of my first name in Latin script, and the Korean Hangul 라. In the context of this blog as 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 spontanious, natural action, similar to みずから or おのずから.