Fuji Rock

Another year that I did not go to Fuji Rock.

Thinking about it every year, but the logistics around it discourage me.

Had dinner on Friday and the sommelier told me he is planning to go on the following day on a one day trip.  Actually a good idea, though a bit difficult driving back after a full day at a music festival.

This year, I watched over youtube.

CHVRCHES:

Kinkakuji

The book, not the place.

Started reading it in Japanese, which proves a harder task than I expected. Will not give up and continue to read, but the pace and flow are discouraging.

It is difficult to read, the temple/buddhism related terms, grammar and what Mishima Yukio is trying to convey makes it a challenge.

Now should I insist finishing this before moving to another book, or try to read two in parallel.

 

 

Portrayal of Japanese in Min Jin Lee’s “Pachinko”, Part 2

As I previously wrote  , I have a problem with the way the book portrays Japanese.
Again, I am certain Koreans were discriminated, and maybe even up to this day, but still the book reads like political propaganda.

What bothers me even more is in-accuracies:

  1. Noa managed to run away, get married and have 4 children with a fake name.   This is impossible in Japan (or any other country).  Japanese registration goes by Koseki (戸籍) , a family registration. One cannot break or fake one.
  2. Foreign registration.   I also had to go through foreign registration until I could get permanent residence.
    Normal and non-discriminating.  Koreans had the choice of becoming Japanese, but the characters in the book chose not to do that. Either one is Korean (with Korean passport) or Japanese.   No way in between and again, not discriminating.

Will finish reading this book, but can’t recommend it.

Portrayal of Japanese in Min Jin Lee’s “Pachinko”

Maybe too early to write this, as I am only halfway through the book.

But until now I could not find even one positive Japanese character. All characters are either bad, neutral or greedy, exploiting the Korean workers.

In Japan times Article , it is mentioned:

Lee never casts Japanese as villains. There is no resentment, only fraught, complex interaction. Lee thinks it unfair to blame modern Japan for the past — but what might the future hold for Koreans and Japanese?

Which I find to be wrong.

I almost regret buying and reading this book, but feel obliged to read to the end.

I do not say that Korean did not suffer from Japanese occupation, discrimination and exploitation, but it feels almost a political book that cannot find “good” or “kind ” Japanese.

Can I get my money back ?

Tokyo Big Sight

Tokyo big sight always looks to me like a pilgrimage place in the morning. People flocking in, the design of the building.

 

Tokyo Big Sight

 

“Israel says”

Not stating any political opinion, but find it odd the way news sites reports about Israel.

CNN has world news:

“Iran’s economy dealt massive blow by trump”

“Rockets fired at Israel from Syria, Israel Says”

The “Israel Says” part is surprising. Wasn’t this verified with independent resources? Has Israel ever lied or fabricated such news ?

Just another reminder that news and history are subjective.