#About me

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.

#About this blog

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.

#About Onoreto

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.



  • Stevie Poppe
  • Japanology student @ KULeuven
  • BA in Applied Informatics
  • Hobbyist musician
  • All-round tech-geek


  • 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


  • Music: piano, violin, 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.