A lord asked Takuan, a Zen teacher, to suggest how he might pass the time. He felt his days very long attending his office and sitting stiffly to receive the homage of others. Takuan wrote eight Chinese characters and gave them to the man: Not twice this day Inch time foot gem.This day will not come again. Each minute is worth a priceless gem. Recently … Continue reading Kōan 32: Inch Time Foot Gem
Megalo Box (メガロボクス Megaro Bokusu) is a 2018 anime television series created in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the manga Ashita no Joe. It is produced by the studio TMS Entertainment, who also produced the second Ashita no Joe anime in 1980. The head of production is director Yō Moriyama, working with screenwriters Katsuhiko Manabe and Kensaku Kojima, with music composed by hip-hop artist Mabanua. The series is simulcast on Crunchyroll. The series was licensed by Viz Media for an … Continue reading Anime Review: Megalo Box
A woman of Nagasaki named Kame was one of the few makers of incense burners in Japan. Such a burner is a work of art to be used only in a tearoom or before a family shrine. Kame, whose father before her had been such an artist, was fond of drinking. She also smoked and associated with men most of the time. Whenever she made … Continue reading Kōan 31: Incense Burner
A great Japanese warrior named Nobunaga decided to attack the enemy although he had only one-tenth the number of men the opposition commanded. He knew that he would win, but his soldiers were in doubt. On the way he stopped at a Shinto shrine and told his men: “After I visit the shrine I will toss a coin. If heads comes, we will win; if … Continue reading Kōan 30: In the Hands of Destiny
With Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai approaching the end of it’s run, I figured now would be a good time to write up my thoughts on it, as well as its striking similarities with the ever-so-popular Monogatari series. (Also side note for you Monogatari fans: If you haven’t already heard, you can download the fan-translated Short Stories Book on the r/Araragi subreddit in the … Continue reading The Monogatari Series vs Bunny Girl Senpai
“Our schoolmaster used to take a nap every afternoon,” related a disciple of Soyen Shaku. “We children asked him why he did it and he told us: ‘I go to dreamland to meet the old sages just as Confucius did.’ When Confucius slept, he would dream of ancient sages and later tell his followers about them. “It was an extremely hot one day so some … Continue reading Kōan 29: In Dreamland
みなさん、こんにちは！ It’s been a while since I wrote about this, but I’ve been diligently keeping up my Japanese studies. And while I’m still far from fluent, my current self-study methods have helped me dramatically, and I wanted to share them with you. So without further ado, Anki (website) Anki is a free and open-source spaced repetition flashcard program. “Anki” (暗記) is the Japanese word for “memorization”. The SM2 algorithm, created for SuperMemo in the … Continue reading How I’m learning Japanese!