He was the Australian PM when my friends and I traveled Australia in 1988. When we arrived in Canberra, there was this exhibition at some government building about the 1975 Australian constitutional crisis, whose significance went straight over my head at the time, I am afraid. Later in UK, I learned that he had been … Continue reading Yard of Ale and Constitutional Crisis
The imperial succession highlights Shinto’s muddled status in JapanThe Economist, 2 May 2019 Ditto the Anglican bishops sitting in the House of Lords...
Shotaro Ikenami (池波正太郎1923~1990) is perhaps one of the novelists most loved by the Japanese, but relatively unknown in the west. His historical novels still occupy a large swathe of bookshelves at bookstores all over Japan. His 3 major series, "Onihei Hankacho", "Kenkaku Shobai" and "Shikakenin Baian", all fall within the detective story genre and take … Continue reading Les Gauloiseries in Japanese literature
なぜカッコウは托卵するのか。 自分の生んだ卵をほかの鳥の巣に押し込み（数合わせのために先にあった卵を一つ捨てるらしい）、その巣の主である異種の鳥にヒナを育ててもらう。進化論的な適者生存の理由付けがあるのだろうが、いまだに解明されていないらしい。 まぁ、人間世界でも一昔前は、実の親ではなく、お手伝いさんやら、メリー・ポピンズのような乳母さんに育てられたひとが多かったから、似たようなものか。 なおカッコウは漢字で書くと郭公（閑古鳥とも）なのだが、「郭公」をホトトギスとも読ませるのでややこしい。
俗無盤爼藉以檞葉食用手餔之 性質直有雅風 女多男少 婚嫁不取同姓 男女相悦者卽為婚 婦入夫家必先跨犬乃與夫相見 婦人不淫妬隋書倭国伝 訳文：「その風俗では皿や板台はなく、カシワの葉を敷き、食べるときは手づかみで食べる。性格は飾り気がなく正直で、優雅な感じがある。女が多く、男が少ない。縁組みでは同姓とは組まない。男女でお互いに好き合ったものが結婚する。妻が夫の家に入るとき、必ず先に犬をまたぐ。それから夫と顔を合わせる。婦人は淫らではないし、嫉妬もしない。」 ウソをつくな、ウソを！ 中国人とかぎらず、外国人が日本人女性に過大な期待を寄せること、太古もかくのごとし．．．
It is nice sometimes that a national event brings people together. Some time ago, an American commentator was talking about "weaving the social fabric" in relation to the people dedicating themselves to charity work or some vocations which are socially relevant and important, like teaching, but for little financial remuneration. As admirable as they are, … Continue reading Weaving Wampum Together
In furtherance of the cordial relationship between Japan and UK, and in addition to the numerous exchange programmes taking place between two countries, be they of students, teachers, academics, employees, bureaucrats, armed forces and so on and so on, the governments of both countries today made a joint announcement that their respective heads of state … Continue reading Royal Swap
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-RZ8xHAKwI There was a time when they were losing the empire but wanted to live up to its better legacy. It is strange now that people are supposedly more conscious of political correctness, but are ever more divided and confrontational with it; as if we had traded decency for self-righteousness.
Again, Mr. Micawber had a relish in this formal piling up of words, which, however ludicrously displayed in his case, was, I must say, not at all peculiar to him. I have observed it, in the course of of my life, in numbers of men. It seems to me to be a general rule. In … Continue reading Verbosity
So... somewhere between Macron and AKK would be the direction EU would be taking? Germany’s Kramp-Karrenbauer warns on ‘European centralism’