Of Essence & Appreciation
Or why a vast amount is lost in translation
(This article will primarily focus on creative works translated from English to Japanese)
A video version of this review can be found here:
I have recently begun exploring the world of critiquing creative works on YouTube (a dangerous pastime, I know… ) and I came across a video analyzing Hayao Miyazaki’s marvelous film,「 千と千尋の神隠し」, or, as it is known in English, “Spirited Away”.
The YouTubers who analyzed the work, Daniel Greene and Merphy Napier, are both excellent and have a wealth of interesting content in their channels, but a few points arose from their analysis that I felt were inherent issues when a non-native speaker attempts to analyze a translated work. The video can be found here, and I feel it is well worth a watch.
I will state at the outset that I have no idea how knowledgeable either of these reviewers are of Japanese language or culture. Further, please understand that what I present here is in no way an issue unique to these two reviewers. I feel their analysis was very well thought out and presented. The issues lie in understanding the fundamental difficulties in transferring a creative work from one language to another, and it is my contention that distance, method of expression, and cultural factors all play a part in why quite a bit is lost in the translation.
Wheel of Time, Book 13:
Towers of Midnight
The thirteenth installment in Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series was an overall excellent book with a great balance of action, exposition, character development and plot progression. This balance has been the bane of many books throughout the middle of this series, but since the eleventh installment it has fully returned to form.
My full video and written analysis can be found below.
Wheel of Time, Book 12:
The Gathering Storm
This was an enjoyable read and a further uptick in the overall quality of the series. Following in the footsteps of Knife of Dreams, this book maintained a nice pace and provided a wealth of interesting plot progression. This book also had a good balance of exposition and action, and was perhaps the most satisfactory book in the series for me to this point. With that said, here are my main thoughts about the book:
My video and written analysis can be found below:
3 Line Tales 229: Linger
Below is my submission to 3 Line Tales: Week 229
For full details on the prompt, please click HERE.
For full submission rules, please click HERE.
The specter stood before the window staring at a stream of visitors making their way toward the castle, the citadel he had sacrificed his fortune to build and his life in failing to defend.
Endless days came and went with only a single haunting question remaining.
“History passes through the world like a breeze shifting clouds in the sky or grass in the meadow, but when will I” he thought, “When will I?”
Thank you, Sonya, for another wonderful prompt!
It has been nearly four years since I touched this blog and a lot has happened in the interim. Continue reading
So, I’ve run up against another barrier to my writing. I have taken on the mighty task of studying for the GRE in order to make myself graduate school worthy. (I want to enrol in a Masters of Education program). Now my free time has been filled with studying, editing, child playing, and not enough sleep. This leaves me with zero blog time.
However! I do have to practice for the writing prompts, and as such, I thought I would post them as prompts for anyone wanting to take a crack at boring old ‘analytical writing’. Continue reading
Another week in the United States and another tragedy at the hands of a firearm.
Not to kick a dead horse, but I feel like I’ve been here before…
Then I was told that guns aren’t the issue with Alton Sterling or Philando Castile, or the Dallas Police officers for that matter.
It’s about Obama and the death of America. It’s about division.
Then we were told Alton Sterling was shot because he was reaching for his gun.
So he was shot with a gun because he was reaching for a gun, but it’s not about guns.
I’m confused. Continue reading
36 possible books for the price of 1! Sounds great, right?
Okay, I am going to throw the ugly word our there now… it’s a pyramid scheme. BUT A GOOD ONE! The only thing you do to participate in this is buy one (1) book and send it along. Then gather up six friends who want to play along and have them do the same.
If you send along your book, and you can find some brave souls who want to participate, you can get up to 36 books back from this… for the price of 1 book!
I don’t like money making schemes. Book making schemes though? I’m all for it.
I bought my book and sent it along, and if that is all it costs me, I am happy to have done it. If you would like to have a few books come your way and spread literacy and the love of it around, please like this post.
But! Only like this post if you want to participate. You can email me at my gmail address (located in the “contact me” section of my blog) and I will send you the rest of the details.
Let’s spread some book love around!
America sure does love its guns.
Well, some of them don’t, but those are just the bleeding heart liberals that don’t understand the necessity of deadly force when an intruder comes for your loved ones. Could happen any minute now, so we gotta be prepared.
The simple, ‘violence begets more violence,’ never crossed anyones mind I guess.
The issue is complex and I don’t mean to make light. Many people have lost their lives due to America’s stubborn refusal to take a good hard look at not only why guns are such a problem in the US, but how they became one. Continue reading
This is an old blog I wrote nearly 6 years ago – dear God, has it really been that long? – after climbing Mount Fuji. When I saw the daily post ‘mountain‘ I couldn’t help but dig it back up.
Mountain climbing really is an amazing experience and re-reading this brought that back in a huge rush. If you’ve never climbed a mountain, I would highly recommend it.
PS – I actually took that picture!