Travels and Travails in Translation – Aesop’s Fables from Greek to Japanese to English

Peacock and Crane クジャク が ツル を バカ に して、はね の いろ を けなしました。 「わたし は きんいろ の はね で、こんな に きれい だけれど、  あなた と きたら つばさ の どこ を みて も きれいな いろ が ぜんぜん ないわね」  すると ツル は、 「でも わたし は、そら の たかい ところ まで とんで いけるのよ。  あなた なんか ニワトリ と おなじ で、じめんContinue reading “Travels and Travails in Translation – Aesop’s Fables from Greek to Japanese to English”

10 Videogame Characters Inspired By Japanese Folklore

Chinese and Korean traders introduced Buddhism, Daoism, Hinduism, and the ever present Confucianism while Japan provided various regional myths, legends, and lore.
These ingredients were brewed into various and effervescent cultures all across Japan. Each village responding accordingly by pasting outside influences upon their daily lives. These elements were transformed Japan’s landscape and ecosystem and bore entirely new generations of Deities and beliefs.

The Brilliant Naja Ferjan on the importance and the art of developing a bilingual mind.

Among my all-time favorite Tedx Talks, Ramirez translates the value maintaining your presence in the world while staying abreast of cultural transitions. The world is ever changing, and so are we. Why not work in tandem with those around us?

Scribes and Sake: Kasa-Jizo (かなじぞ)

Reading fairytales within the origin language. Contextual agreements between time and place, emotions and aesthetics. We might localize our hearts out but truth be told we humans are too complex to translate. #japanese #japaneselanguage #folklore #fable

The Japanization of Modernity: Murakami Haruki between Japan and the United States

Oh, Murakami, you sly fox, you mercurial and fluid, thread a web between East and west that we at once desperately need and can’t quite comprehend. And yet we return, thirsty and increasingly drunk of the elixir that is the product of your craft.

Three Chinese Fables to Guide Your Life

Many Chinese fables tell an entertaining story to illustrate a moral lesson. Here are a few such stories. Stopping Halfway, Never Comes One’s Day In the Warring States Period, in the state of Wei lived a man called Leyangtsi. His wife was very angelic and virtuous, who was loved and respected dearly by the husband. One day, LeyangtsiContinue reading “Three Chinese Fables to Guide Your Life”