Monthly Archives: November 2011

Trampling Christians and Recommended Reading: Tuesday 29th November

In today’s translation of ‘Route 99’, I came across a new, and rather interesting, word for my Japanese vocabulary: fumie. According to my dictionary this is a ‘tablet bearing Christian images, on which Edo-period authorities forced suspected Christians to trample’, … Continue reading

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Michael Buerk and Electrical Safety: Monday 28th November

In today’s Drama Communication lecture the students had to give a presentation about electrical safety, the only stipulations being that they were not allowed to use PowerPoint (or any other computer software), and that they had to engage with the … Continue reading

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Important Instructions and Internal Directing: Sunday 27th November

There continues to be large sections of the working day that pass me by without understanding. Thankfully this never seems to have too detrimental an effect on my ‘work’, and I am always careful to double check, in very basic … Continue reading

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Avoiding a Sectioning and Was It All a Dream: Saturday 26th November

There were a dreadful couple of hours this morning where I couldn’t find my copy of the ‘Route 99’ script. Quite aside from the fact that it contained a good couple of week’s worth of translations, the prospect of having … Continue reading

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The Wrong Seat and Tenuous Similes: Friday 25th November

Today ‘Route 99’ moved from the rehearsal rooms into to the second stage of Saitama Arts Centre, so that the actors can get used to the space before the performance, which kicks off on December the 6th. I got in … Continue reading

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Subjective Pseudo-Realism and an Inappropriate Mascot: Thursday 24th November

One of the major difficulties that I am having as I slowly work my way through trying to read ‘Route 99’ is the issue of subject, i.e. who/what is doing something and who/what is it being done to. Japanese is … Continue reading

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Bonsai Judging and Dangerous Handicrafts: Wednesday 23rd November

Today was a public holiday (Labour Thanksgiving day), which meant that Akira also had the day off work and so had arranged to meet me in Yokohama. As usual Akira had planed an incredibly thoughtful tour around a number of … Continue reading

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