Two new projects, to be exact. I’m not sure if these will go anywhere — you might think of them as hobbies right now, in the same way that Apple TV is still simply a proclaimed hobby of Apple’s.
nihonde — This is a collection of links to some of the more interesting stories from or about Japan everyday. Not a lot of fuss, just the link and maybe a comment.
So this is zen — Photos, quotes, stories, etc, that seem to me to have a zen feel. Maybe. Maybe not. My tagline here is: May or may not contain any actual zen.
With my boy nearly 14 months I have zero time to use the computer at home, but luckily I have ample time on the trains each day. Well..luckily…? Maybe that is the wrong word, but regardless, it does give me time to play on my iPad, and I can do both of these blogs from there.
So if Japan news/stories and/or media with a zen feel float your boat, feel free to follow either of these. No promises if I will stay interested enough to maintain them, but so far so good. Let’s see what happens.
Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, who became the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee’s chairman last month, said Asada has a habit of “always falling at the most critical time” of a competition. He blamed Asada’s short program shortcomings on her participation in the earlier team event at Sochi.
Mr Mori is a jackass. How could someone who so misses the Olympic spirit become the organizing committee chair for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics? But he didn’t stop at criticizing Asada; he also had harsh words for Japanese ice dancers Chris and Cathy Reed, who were born in the United States but compete for Japan.
“They live in America,” Mori said. “Although they are not good enough for the U.S. team in the Olympics, we included these naturalized citizens on the team.”
For starters, they didn’t naturalize—they ‘ve always been Japanese, as Debito points out:
Oh. But wait. They’re not naturalized. They always had Japanese citizenship, since their mother is Japanese. And how about Japan’s other athletes that also train if not live overseas (such as Gold Medalist Skater Hanyu Yuzuru, who now hails from Toronto)? Oh, but he won, so that’s okay. He’s a real pureblooded Japanese with the requisite yamato damashi.
Japan should boot Mori before he puts his foot in his mouth again.
Over 120 years ago, near the end of the 19the century, when foreign visitors were a very rare sight in Japan, an American painter who was fascinated with Japanese culture travelled to Japan and created a series of vibrant paintings and sketches of scenes and people he saw in the country.
A Japanese woman recently celebrated her 100th birthday. That by itself is not so usual, but what is interesting about this woman is her strange way of writing her name, using an old style of Japanese called hentaigana:
Not to be confused with the homophone hentai as in “pervert,” hentaigana means an “alternative kana” or different way of writing existing letters. The characters in hentaigana have largely fallen by the wayside but can sometimes be seen in places such as restaurant signs.
Here are some samples of the hentaigana characters:
If I did my best to summarize everything that makes me uneasy about the incestuous world of Apple indie developers and Apple-focused writers, I couldn’t do as well as my RSS feeds and Twitter stream did today in reacting to the launch of Vesper.
I normally enjoy reading many of the Apple bloggers and have come to respect their opinions on most things. But reading their gushing over Gruber’s new app comes off as nothing more than brown-nosing.
Dr. Drang goes on:
Here’s a thought experiment: Imagine a new note-taking app written by an unknown developer. It’s has a nice, clean look and is easy to use, but it has no syncing, no TextExpander support, and no URL scheme. Assuming the app got any attention at all, how much effort would Apple bloggers put into defending that design choice? How often would the phrase “data silo” be used?
I could quote his entire article. It is spot on. Do yourself a favour and go read it.