Farewell, Iwate Swan

I can’t believe it.

It had been months since I checked out Iwate Swan, the YouTube page of vlogger and Japanophile Roger Swan. Last night, wondering if he had posted anything new, I decided to check, only to be shocked by the comments offering condolences to his parents.

On Jan 27, days after making what would be his final video, Roger Swan bled to death of acute pancreatitis. He was 23 years old.

I only knew Roger from his videos, and then only for a matter of months. A reviewer of Japanese movies and culture, Swan managed to accomplish what most American Otaku dream of doing, actually moving to Japan and taking up as an English teacher. However, he was kind enough to bring his  incredible experiences back to us in his videos, which demonstrate what an incredible person he was.

A memorial fund has been set up in Swan’s memory.

His final video:


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