2018/04/17

EKN #1: Off-balance, well-controlled




"Clair de lune" - Debussy
Piano: Alexandre Tharaud, Choreography/dance: Yoann Bourgeois



Bill Gates has a trampoline room in his house. And seems like he confirmed it in the media lately.

I've read about this room many years ago and, if I remember correctly, this room is not just a room with a big trampoline - but the floor itself is trampoline. 
Oh Bill.


2018/04/16

Book or Kindle?


Book or e-book: Do you have any criteria when you buy a book?

I’ve tried reading books and magazines in digital format for about a decade, and I realize that certain rules are forming in me when there’s a option to choose between book or e-book.

Needless to say, the biggest advantage of e-book is its convenience. I don’t have to go to the bookshop (though I love going there) or wait for the order to be delivered, and I can carry many books and documents in one small device so I can pack lighter… so I no longer have to open my suitcase in front of check-in counters… this is great especially if you like to choose what to read by your mood like me. And it’s also good for the books that you don’t want to put on the shelf… :)

But when I read things in digital, I somehow feel like I just consumed data and not experienced the texts. It works really well for practical books or references, but I found some genre or format are really not suitable for e-book reading.

Magazine is one of them. It works fine if there’s a particular article that I want to read, but just to flip through and look for something interesting, it’s not so working well for me because I don't read them linearly. Same goes for cookbooks. (But I have to mention that its convenience is also brilliant. I can check magazines from all over the world without caring about the oversea shipping costs..)

And there are books filled with beautiful words and sentences, and have its own world like novel, poetry and picture books. I find these types of books are also not suitable for e-book reading. I don’t think I give myself enough time for these books lately, but when I do I want to have it in print and feel the texture of papers, admire its cover, give them dog ears and post-its and place next to the pillow and sleep with it... I enjoy its physical presence. (And then the following question for these books would be: Paperback or Hardback?)

So, how about you? Do you have any rules when there’s digital/analog choice?



2018/03/02

立体絵本『かわうそスーのぼうけん』



宣伝です!英語版の翻訳を担当させていただいた絵本のオリジナル日本語版『かわうそスーのぼうけん』(ストーリー/イラスト:たくや・さくらさん)が、一部店舗とオンラインストアで発売中です。

『かわうそスーのぼうけん』(ストーリー/イラスト:たくや・さくら)

絵本の主人公は、ちょっと臆病だけど好奇心いっぱいのカワウソの男の子、スー。そんな彼が勇気を振りしぼり、ひとり「冒険の旅」に出かけます。どこまでも愛くるしいスーと彼を取り巻く人々が、やさしい色合いで描かれた絵本です。とても穏やかな時間の流れを感じられる作品。お子さまだけでなく、大人の方のリラックスタイムにもどうぞ。


そしてこの絵本、通常の絵本とも飛び出す絵本とも違うタイプの立体絵本になっていて、絵本の世界を手で広げていくような、不思議な作りになっています。オブジェとして飾ってもすてき。


文鳥もこの世界観をダイレクトに楽しめます

絵本の詳しい情報や購入方法などは、発行元の新綴(しんとじ)さんのページをご覧ください。 現在は日本語版のみですが、翻訳した英語版も入手可能になりましたら、またお知らせしますね!

英語版はこんな感じだよ。ちらり。
English version

3D picture book “Soo – The Adventure of Soo The Otter” by Takuya & Sakura. Currently it’s only available in Japanese (original) version, but once its English version (translated by me and Lisa) is released, I’ll let you know! :)


2018/02/21

[nokonoko journal] 20180221


Are you following that big winter sports event?

I absolutely want to try curling with long snack break... (10min curling & 30+min snack break)





2018/01/15

"Interviews / Reports" Tab

ページ上部のメニューバー(モバイルでご覧の場合はメニューボタン)に、インタビューとレポート記事をまとめた「Interviews/Reports」のボタンを追加しました!まったく飾る気力のないレイアウト具合に自分でも驚きますが、ショートカットに、お時間あるときに、ぜひご覧くださいませ。


I added “Interviews/Reports” button on Top menu (in Menu bar if you’re on mobile) for your and my convenience. Wow, very rich contents in such a plain page…! Enjoy reading :)


2018/01/09

Whisper #425-434


#425
Thank you Oprah.

#426
When I was in junior high school, I ran for the student council. 7 students were selected by vote, and one who got the most votes would become a president. I was one of those 7 students, but not a president.

#427
(At this point, I wonder why I ran for it from the beginning, but anyway.)

#428
After the result was announced, I got a call from someone who saw the selection process. I knew his name and face, but we’d never talked before.

#429
He said “I just wanted to tell you that you actually got the most votes. So logically you should have been a president. But after the result came, teachers held a meeting and decided that the president should be a boy and told us to forget what we’ve saw. So you are not selected as a president, but I thought you should know. I’m telling this to you not because I personally support you or anything, but because I thought that was wrong.” And he hung up.

#430
After this call, I didn’t ask anything to teachers, or mentioned this in public.
Not just because:
a.       I would never know if that was true
b.       it would sound very sour-grapey if I mentioned

#431
But also because:
a.       I didn’t want to ruin his brave act and fairness
and
b.       this was somewhat understandable at that time

#432
This was the time when girls were not allowed to join Computer Club at our school. I was told “You can’t join this club because… you’re a girl. Why don’t you go to Homemaking club and make an apron?”

#433
And that was the time there was no SNS to spread the injustice. And even there was, it wouldn’t have been treated as injustice I guess.

#434
These sounds like a bad joke to me now.
And I’m quite happy about how things changed.

#435
Now, computer club guys scold me for not bringing many girls, and I know and you know that men in apron are sexy.



2018/01/03

Happy New Year 2018



This is a dog.


2018年、明けましておめでとうございます。

どこにいても世界中の情報が瞬時に手に入る時代になりましたが、
心をかき乱されるニュースからは少し距離を置いて、
自分の生活のなかにある、ささやかな幸せに目を向けたいと思う今日この頃です。

たとえばそれは、あたたかいお布団。
少しだけ遠出して手に入れる、日曜はやってないパン屋の甘栗パン。
起きたての文鳥の、首のふわふわした部分の匂い。
久しぶりに会った同級生の男の子からの「後ろから見ると女優さんみたいだね」という言葉。
「後ろからかよ」と思いつつも、嬉しくなってつい多めに買ってしまった、そいつんちのコロッケ。
我ながらいい仕事をしたな、、と満足できたあとに飲む8割ミルクのカフェオレ。
雨の日のドライブで聴く、チェット・ベイカーの声。
特にごきげんな時に飛び出す、母のへたっぴな歌。
朝のアラームを止めるときに目に入る、誰かからのメッセージ(ただし仕事と広告以外とする)。
あー、ダメだ、もうまじ眠い、、と思いながら眠る、金曜日の夜。

そんな感じで、今年はいきたいなと思います。
みなさまの2018年が、素晴らしい1年となりますように。
             
説子 / 6octaves



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