I was up to my neck holding a full-time job, freelancing on the side, and trying to learn Nihongo. I have Japanese letters posted up my wall and I would memorize words while on the bus to and from work. I managed to memorize Hiragana and Katakana this way. I thought it's about time I tackle grammar and confront something that I have put off for the longest time: Kanji. It was a struggle, to say the least. None of the countless doramas I've marathoned in the past helped in any way. In my mind, I was thinking " why the hell did they need to have to three f*cking writing system???!"
Kohei, on his part, has been studying English for the last 6 years or so. Not once did his interest wane. Of course, there were times that he sorta gave up but never for good. He always gets back on track as motivated, if not more than, ever before. Sure, he would forget chunks of English vocabularies sometimes. He would read an article countless times before grasping the entire story. There were funny stories of him trying to get himself understood. But none of these minor setbacks made him throw the towel in.
So we thought, all this passion for learning a new language. Why not channel this into something wearable? And so with a dash of frustration, loads of creativity, gobs of determination and patience, a small dose of insanity, and hearts full of passion - KALOA was born.
These are shirts that we would love to wear ourselves. A lot of thoughts, research, care, and love went into designing and manufacturing our shirts so we hope you love it as much as we do.
We are still learning the language so if you wish to share your frustration and triumphs, do drop us a line in our official Instagram here. We occasionally post Japanese words there too so hope it helps.
Carla and Kohei