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I’ve been also reading on and off Genji Monogatari.  With the time gap of about 800 years between The Brothers Karamazov and Genji Monogatari, the difference in culture and mood is great.  Just for a fun, I wrote a fiction as below.  I hope you like it.   “Mr. Dostoevsky, why do your characters...
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  I’m thinking about religion and culture.  In the beginning of the year, the Japanese writing class in Yokohama that I attended read “The Brothers Karamazov” by Dostoevsky.  I read it in English because in Japan, I tend to read Japanese books after Japanese books.  I consciously try to balance my...
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  Years ago, I met a young American Buddhist in a creative writing class.  Her parents were Buddhists, and she grew up in a Buddhist commune.  In one of our meetings, I asked her something like this,   “What is Buddhism like to you?” She looked down at the table for a moment and said,  “It’s like...
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A friend and former colleague of mine sent me an email with the subject line:  Is that just me?   His pet peeve is people’s frequent usage of “So.”  I’m guilty of this.   So I thought about it.  I use "so" instead of “therefore” because I dislike "therefore" so much.  “Therefore...
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 “Princess Ochikubo” recreated by Seiko Tanabe  “Princess Ochikubo” is a millennium-old Japanese Cinderella story.  It precedes “The Tale of Genji.”  Ochikubo is a princess who lost her mother of royal lineage.  The story begins in her small dilapidated room where Ochikubo continues to sew a...
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Here, I want to pull out Murasaki Shikibu again.  She tried to write “The Tale of Genji” with clean sounds letters as much as possible.  She considered B, D, and J (G or Z) voiced sounds distasteful.  She used P, T, K, and S instead.   Because of our culture, especially in Shinto religion, the...
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  To my question, a writer friend of mine replied that seeing colors and dynamic patterns like kaleidoscope under light or sunlight is common.  He has PhD in microbiology, and he is also an artist.  His oil paintings are gorgeously colorful.  His writing is also colorful and sensitive, so I thought...
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Waiting for the Moon by Uemura Shoen
Uemura Shoen is a well-known artist for Japanese painting of beautiful women.  The attached photo is called "Waiting for the Moon."  Can you see her orange undergarment through her summer see-through kimono?  The detail of her works will surprise you.  Looking at this picture, my mother...
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 Last night, my daughter called me after 11 pm.  I was reading “Admiral” by T. C. Boyle (environmentally corrupt bourgeoisies make this story) while the Charlie Rose Show was in mute.  Mikki has been politically active since high school, and environmentally very aware since elementary school.  She...
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FYI, “Second Story” in Claremont is going out of business.  They are selling used and rare books for 30 or 40% off.     128 Yale Ave., Claremont, CA 91711    Phone  909-624-0757  They’ve been in business for 25 years, and the current owner had the business for 18 months.  Over the years, I enjoyed...
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Michiko Momiki was a resident of Palm Desert.  I learned about her death last week.  On the day she died, she had breakfast as usual.  In the afternoon, her granddaughter didn’t see her around, so she went to check her suite which she shared with two cats.  Michiko was lying down on her sofa. ...
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I saw “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” the other day.  In the story, the main character is born old and grows younger.  By growing younger, it focuses on what growing old means to us.  So far, this is the best movie I’ve seen this year.  All the scenes are clear, detailed and very well...
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Let me introduce Oohashi Yousuke, a Body Poetry instructor.  When he is in Japan and not performing, he teaches his class at Shinnakano in Tokyo.  The best part of his workshops is that we have great fun together.  We are free to express ourselves and solve problems.  Once we wrote poems, and all...
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Have you heard of this dance?  Inmates in the Philippines dance for a larger drama. Take a look.    "Thriller" (original upload)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMnk7lh9M3o  I have much to say about any dance because of my love of dance, drama, and choreography, but I liked this film...
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 Today, Julia Stein wrote a book review on Nadeen Aslam’s The Wasted Vigil.  http://californiawriter.blogspot.com/  In it, the following sentence lured me to write: “Now he’s (an American character David Town) long given up spying and tries to build schools in American-dominated Afghanistan as way...
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