#1 – Shamisen MiyakoDori Recording

So. I can finally play my first 古典 from start to end, albeit with mistakes and hesitations.
I decided to do a recording of it from start to end, with Sensei’s singing and playing a duet in some of the parts.

Recording of 都鳥 (MiyakoDori)


Japanese novel review: “I’m heading out right now to quit my job. Be back in a bit.”

This book title “ちょっと今から仕事やめてくる”, is quite hard to translate, because of its nuances, but this translation you see in the post title is my take on how I feel it should be translated.

The author of this book is KITAGAWA Emi.

Here is the synopsis loosely translated by yours truly as well: Takashi works in a ブラック企業 (black company) and is faced with a lot of shit from work. One day, while he was about to unconsciously fall into the path of an oncoming train, a guy named “Yamamoto” shows up and saves him. Yamamoto says he is Takashi’s classmate back in elementary school. Takashi is glad to have someone to talk to and opens up to Yamamoto, sharing his troubles. However, he later finds out that

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Ancient Provinces of Japan

When I was reading up on Bakumatsu (the final years of the Edo period), I realised that although I have heard of place names like Satsuma, Choshu, Tosa, Saga, and the like, I haven’t really tried to match them to their relevant modern prefectures. So I went searching for a map of the ancient provinces of Japan and managed to find a clear one. It’s nice to be able to see all the pieces fitting together, as I struggle to understand a part of Japan’s history (between 1853 and 1868), just in case I need such knowledge for interpretation.

J.K. Rowling Speaks at Harvard Commencement

J.K. Rowling gave a speech of commencement at Harvard University in the year 2008. I feel fortunate to be able to hear it on YouTube now. It was witty and extremely inspirational.

Please allow me to share with you some of the words that really touched my heart. However, if you want to watch the original speech of 20 minutes here, then please do move on to the video and ignore the following.

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