2019/08/20
Shinro Otake Among these, contradictions that can be convinced as a sensation “have great potential,” says the artist. For example, facing a “overwhelmingly strong shape” of an object that ignores the concept of a work that a human being created, he somewhat comes to have a feeling of positive despair.” "Such a contradiction that can be convinced” will make him find an unprecedented way of interacting with the world, he writes. From the same essay collection as yesterday, “Things...
2019/08/20
Shinro Otake The artist says things that are or left on the road attract him. For example, “something that has been exposed to the sea breeze” has "a new world created by the trash itself,” unlike urban waste. He also says he wants to “collaborate” with the trash in spite of himself because it looks happy “drifting slowly in the sea and arriving in another form ”after it is no longer needed. From essay collection “Things That Already Exist.” "June 26 2019 from “Oriori no...
2019/08/19
Yumiko Hara The stylist who is a professional baseball fan says she was more attracted to the player's “invincible look on their faces” than the play itself. Above all, Hiromitsu Ochiai. He doesn't cast "a sharp glance" at a single point, or rather his eyes look “vacant and round.” I guess that the way he looks at the ball creates an invisible magnetic field that overwhelms the pitcher and draws the ball. From essay collection “I'm Stylist Hara.” "June 25 2019 from “Oriori no...
2019/08/18
Sooku Sen Sennorikyu revamped the traditional tea ceremony showing displayed Chinese tools and paintings to “Wabicha.” The successor to the head of Mushanokojisenke says that behind Rikyu's tea ceremony that is known as “hospitality” and “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”, was an attempt to launch a special space that is different from a usual one using minimum equipment. From collection of Instagram photos, “Living With Tea.” "June 24 2019 from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu...
2019/08/16
Bunroku Shishi The former teacher, "one of the survivors of female students in the Meiji Era," retired and became hooked on going to the theater. She got deeply into an actor and collected his photos, but he suddenly died. Subsequently, she also lost a man who was a colleague teacher. Since there is no his photo, she puts the actor's photo on the Buddhist altar and says prayers for the repose of her former colleague's soul. People around her say "she's senile," but whose soul doesn't matter in...
2019/08/15
Shoichiro Sakurai It seems that Kyoto University has a tradition of not holding a publication party. An associate professor who was also a famous writer held a publication party, and ethnologist Tadao Umesawa told him not to hold a party like this any more. Hearing this, scholar of English literature Sakurai said it was fortunate that there was no compliment in the “afterword” his friend wrote. Sakurai wrote that you cannot devote yourself to scholarship in the cozy climate. From "Kyoto...
2019/08/14
Hisao Nakai The psychiatrist says that their greatness is in "hard work and ingenuity." It is the most important of all to bypass serious obstacles by accumulating alternations that are apparently trivial with a little change of existing ones, and to achieve a moderate goal without wasting energy. While worried about the recent decline, he alerts that it also means that they are poor in handling major problems. From essay collection, "Send "Showa"." "June 21 2019 from “Oriori no Kotoba” by...
2019/08/13
Yoshio Kataoka From short story, "Does This Coffee Become A Novel?" Two men of the same age who once met as a writer and an editor. Hearing a woman who worked at the bar where they used to go those days running a coffee shop, they went there. She told them that they never did “barber talks as usual”, and they answered that they had lived not in accordance with the speed of the world as they didn't like such a miserable way that they blamed their complain and dissatisfaction for the world...
2019/08/13
Amin Maalouf The writer born in Lebanon and living in Paris answers "both" when asked if he is French or Lebanese. "I" is at the intersection of belonging to multiple groups such as occupation, ethnicity, and cultural tradition. The concept that is originally universal can become "a tool for exclusion" when combined with a thought of limiting identity to a single group. From "Identity Kills People" (translated by Masatsugu Ono). "June 19 2019 from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The...
2019/08/13
Ken Suzuki As the output of each person becomes more complex in computerization, the time for discussion to agree on a common set of rules increase, and even meetings to reduce meetings are held. Relentless pursuit of productivity improvement is like the pathology of capitalism. It is not linked to the well-being of workers, instead, causes a feeling of oppression in their daily lives, says the chairman of Smart News. From "Ultimate Meeting." "June 18 2019 from “Oriori no Kotoba” by...

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