This Japanese Man Taught Himself Romanian and Then Became a Published Novelist in Romanian

Tettyo Saito, 30, has spent many years as a hikikomori–a socially reclusive person. He failed college entrance exams and so stayed at home with his parents, rarely leaving. He watched a lot of movies during that time, including one from Romania that fascinated him.

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Saito realized that he needed to learn some of the Romanian language to understand the movie better. So, with textbooks and online communities, he taught himself Romanian. Eventually, a 2023 article in The Asahi Shimbum reports, he began writing fiction in that language.

After sharing some of his work with Romanian online communities, a publisher in Romania picked it up. Saito has published a few novels that are actually read and respected in Romania.

He still has yet to visit that nation.

-via Wrath of Gnon | Photo: Yuta Torio

Source: neatorama

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