Instead of the usual product introductions, we've got some news today!
You may be already aware of this if you are following our twitter account (@hobbysearch_jpn), but we are currently running a Curation Service website "Erumaer MATOME"!!!
This site is a information compilation site based on the Japanese "Otaku Culture",
that enables you to access articles created by the users from their view point, to make ease for everyone to find information on anime, manga and of course figures etc.
Frequently updated with Matome articles of new figures, articles about how to make
things like plastic kits or random useful crafting articles and photography tips etc.,
we are doing our best to gather information to help your Hobby Life a great one!
The Japanese version had been released in October last year, and its already
exceeded 600,000 page views!
As we found many people accessing from outside Japan as well, we are currently working on the English version too!
English version sample site blow↓
Now, with the English site currently under construction, we are looking for
creative "Curators" equipped with great sense and knowledge of the Otaku culture that can put together some awesome Matome articles for us!
so What is Matome?
A matome is a compiled page of useful information, selectively sourced
from the great sea of data called the internet, gathered and compiled by
the "Curator (Matome Creators)" about a specific theme of their choice.
[Requirements for Application]
Erumaer MATOME is currently looking for "Curators (Matome article creators)"
from the general public.
The idealistic people we are after must be able to create useful or funny,
interesting "Matome" articles based on the Japanese Hobbies and Subcultures.
[Explanation about Matome]
Erumaer MATOME (Japanese version)
*The information provided will only be used for the Curator Application review and not for any other purposes.
If you feel confident in sourcing information about the news of the
Japanese hobbies and subcultures, we want to hear from you!
You may even receive a small rewarded for it!
Oh and also, the big thing about Matome is that you are not writing everything from scratch, but only gathering and editing the things you found amazing, useful, or purely interesting and making references to the sites you quoted from.
And with the tools prepared for creating articles, its very easy to make Matome.
So let's give it a shot, we will be looking forward to seeing your applications!
...and right about now, I'm sure many of you are wondering,
"so what exactly is this Matome thing and a Curator anyway?".
well, let's read on.
Whats a "Curator"?
As many of you are aware, a curator is the person in charge of museums or
art galleries etc. and their job includes specifying what should be put placed where.
However in modern days with vast amounts of information has been digitized and the world is overflowing with digital information, the term "Curator" points to people
that compiles information from their point of view to others seeking these information
(well at least in Japan anyway).
What is Matome?
Matome is a Japanese word meaning "compiling", "summarizing", or "grouping" things.
However, now days we use it as a term for articles that simply quotes information from various websites into one article.
The curator will need to source various bits of information of a specific theme,
scattered all over the internet, and summarizing the gathered quotes into one useful article.
This may sound a bit complicated, but to me I personally don't think
too deeply about this, but rather focus on...
Getting everyone in the world to know about my PASSION through Matome!!
So yeah, take it easy, I don't think you need to get super serious when making matome.
I just made a matome about the figurines I just love just like that.
[Recipe for cute Bottled figures and examples]
I only made this matome thinking "there are really interesting ways to display stuff out there! Must tell everyone and try it out!",
and was happy to see that many people who read the matome felt the same way as I did, that "it seems interesting!" or "might give it a challenge" etc. so I think its really worth while.
So I think the merit of making matome is not for rewards, but for the pleasure
finding happiness in sharing your knowledge and findings with everyone else.
If you read all the way to the end and felt you want to try making a matome,
please do feel free to apply.
[Application Page] https://erumaer.com/precede/curator
Its easier than writing blogs, and gathering information is very important
skill to live and survive.
You might even become famous as a Super Curator, you never know!
Well, no one can stop you dreaming.
Anyway, I really recommend Erumaer Matome and hope everyone gives it a shot!
Altight, time to call it a day.
See you next time!