Art by 黒烏龍
2016 was not a great year. Today, I would like to share with you a true story that happened almost 75 years ago. Let us not lose hope in humanity!
Can you guess the countries?
I am resurrecting my weekly feature! Because I post most of the news on my Twitter now, I’ll copy a weekly summary to my blog for those who might have missed it 🙂
Resembling some classic gaffes by U.S. President George W. Bush, Aso has recently been failing during speeches to correctly pronounce certain words, many of them commonly used in daily Japanese. The words are written in kanji in his scripts. Continue reading “Why Excessive Manga Reading is Bad for You”
Sam Clemens/Getty images. Kinkaku-ji, or the Golden Pavilion, is modeled after an impressive two-story building that was part of one of the oldest surviving Paradise gardens in Japan, Saiho-ji.
Simple yet stunning, Japanese gardens come in several varieties. Many people are familiar with the so-called Zen gardens (more accurately called Japanese rock gardens), but less so with other Japanese garden styles. This is unfortunate because Japanese gardens try to inspire serenity and introspection by incorporating symbolic and natural elements. In this article, you’ll learn about five styles of Japanese gardens that may help you achieve a little more inner peace.
If you are planning to read what some consider the world’s first novel, The Tale of Genji, several translations can guide you through the fascinating world of the Heian Period. Let us examine major English translations of The Tale of Genji.
Anne of Green Gables (赤毛のアン, Akage no An, literally “Red-haired Anne”) is an animated television series (part of World Masterpiece Theater) adapted from the novel Anne of Green Gables by Canadian writer Lucy Maud Montgomery and produced by people who are now members of Studio Ghibli: directed by Isao Takahata with scene design and layout by Hayao Miyazaki. Due to disagreements with Takahata’s controlled, realistic acting animation, Miyazaki left Nippon Animation after 15 episodes.
The year 2009 marks the 30th anniversary of Akage no An animation and 101th anniversary of Anne of Green Gables novel. New anime will be based on the novel Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson. Continue reading “Anne of Green Gables (Akage no Anne) Prequel: Before Green Gables (Konnichiwa Anne)”
Through the Global Gender Gap Reports, for the past three years the World Economic Forum has been providing a framework for quantifying the magnitude of genderbased disparities, tracking their progress over time and designing effective measures reducing them.
I reported about the new anime version of the Tale of Genji. Recently, some interesting details were unveiled. Continue reading “Tale of Genji Anime: Genji Monogatari Sen-nen-ki Genji”