Testing Up

I just submitted some kana for a level up test. This is the first time that I get to choose what to write, how to write it, and how to arrange it on a page. It was like trying to play improvisational jazz after two piano lessons. I was paralyzed. I finally struggled through and…

Japan is Awesome – Honesty

I haven’t written about how Japan is weird for a while. My experience last week was one of the better ones. I’d just finished doing my taxes, an ordeal that no human should be subjected to in any country in any language. I’d expected to be done around mid-morning. But the line– which curved and…

Feb Shodo

Kanji for Feb, a little better than usual. Still struggling, but at least it’s balanced.  Kana is still about right. No leveling here, but solid stuff, imho. 

Testing Shodo

A little over 2 years back I started shodo with my daughter. On the surface, it was all about helping her get over a slump at school. She had gotten a bad test grade in kanji, and she needed a boost. Or maybe it was about making it fun, or maybe she could teach her…

Long Time No See – Level Up!

It’s been a long time since I’ve leveled up in shodo. I’ve been plodding along for months now. One or two times, I was at the bottom of the pile even. You see, they rank your submissions. The better you write, the further to the right they put your name. And when they think you’re…

Chinese Literature, Armchair Commentary

A very good friend of mine recently reviewed Death’s End by Cixin Liu and translated by Ken Liu. In the review he writes: Some of the drawbacks may be cultural. It’s clear that readers’ expectations differ widely across the world. In English fiction, for example, there’s the famous shibboleth “show, don’t tell.” This got me…

German Film Review

Film: Grüße aus Fukushima (Greetings from Fukushima, aka Fukushima, Mon Amour) Director: Dorris Dorrie Starring: Kaori Momoi, Rosalie Tomass Note: Some Spoilers I mentioned in an earlier post that last year I worked on a German Film set in Japan. It was released in a film festival in Germany back in February to pretty good…