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Ken-Sama is a fictional character originating from a copypasta story about an adult American male obssessed with Japanese and Otaku culture. Commonly paired with a picture of an adult male wearing a Kimono, the character can be seen as a caricature of Japanophilia and the Weeaboo subculture in particular. Since first appearing on 4chan in 2009, it has inspired several variations that were supposedly written by people obsessed with foreign cultures in the style of the Ken-Sama story.
The earliest known instance of the Ken-Sama copypasta appeared on 4chan’s /jp/ (otaku culture) board on July 6th, 2009, although subsequent comments suggest that it had been previously seen on the site. The picture that later became associated with Ken-Sama was first posted on Marisa Eber’s blog Nerd Knits on September 7th, 2005. The person depicted in the photo (shown above) was later identified as Ebers’ husband, Bradon.
Gomenasai, my name is Ken-Sama.
I’m a 27 year old American Otaku (Anime fan for you gaijins). I draw Anime and Manga on my tablet, and spend my days perfecting my art and playing superior Japanese games. (Disgaea, Final Fantasy, Persona series)
I train with my Katana every day, this superior weapon can cut clean through steel because it is folded over a thousand times, and is vastly superior to any other weapon on earth. I earned my sword license two years ago, and I have been getting better every day.
I speak Japanese fluently, both Kanji and the Osaka dialect, and I write fluently as well. I know everything about Japanese history and their bushido code, which I follow 100%
When I get my Japanese visa, I am moving to Tokyo to attend a prestigious High School to learn more about their magnificent culture. I hope I can become an animator for Studio Ghibli or a game designer!
I own several kimonos, which I wear around town. I want to get used to wearing them before I move to Japan, so I can fit in easier. I bow to my elders and seniors and speak Japanese as often as I can, but rarely does anyone manage to respond.
Wish me luck in Japan!
Over the course of July 2009, the copypasta was posted numerous times on both 4chan’s /jp/ (otaku culture) and /a/ (anime & manga) boards, as well as on the Naruto forums. As of January 16th, 2013, searching for “Ken-Sama” results in more than 200 pages of results on the 4chan archive, Foolz. A parody blog was created for the Ken-Sama character on October 29th, 2010, but has not been updated since November 6th of the same year. A Facebook fan page can also be found for Ken-Sama. The Ken-Sama copypasta has also been found on Gametrailers, Gamespot, GameFAQs, Yahoo Answers and Flashflash Revolution.
Following the March 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan, numerous posters on 4chan gave their condolences to Ken-Sama. A record alleging that Ken-Sama’s had died in the events was also added to the Google Person Finder in the days following the earthquake (shown below).
A 2-part copypasta story describing Ken-Sama’s final moments before the earthquake and tsunami hit was also created, appearing on 4chan as early as August 1st, 2011.
The wind blows. It is 7 in the morning, Ken-sama woke up to the cold morning. He got up, and went to the bathroom to wash his face. Ken-sama live in a traditional Japanese house, he only rent a room though. The old couple is nice enough to let him stay in their house.
Ken-sama reached the park near the beach, he like to watch kids playing as it is a something that can warm his pure heart. Suddenly, a sudden tremor. No, it’s more terrifying than that, it’s an earthquake, a huge one. The ground was shaking and beginning to crack, Ken-sama look at the children, they were running away terrified, “minna san! do not run around! Stay in place!”
On June 16th, 2012, a memorial video for Ken-Sama was taken down from YouTube after a copyright claim by Marisa Ebers, after which she explained on her Twitter that the photo was actually her husband. Archived 4chan threads discussing this takedown and the revelation of the photo’s subject can be found on both the /v/ (videogames) and /jp/ (otaku culture),
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