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What is Sekai-kei? It’s Horseshit

The cover. I recently bought Sekai-kei to wa Nani ka by Maejima Satoshi, a book on theory of nerdy culture. It somehow made its way to my wishlist – I’m pretty sure Twitter is to blame, but I can’t remember … Continue reading

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On Ankoku Joshi

The cover. Ankoku Joshi (The Dark Maidens) is a bit of deductive storytelling written in 2013 by Akiyoshi Rikako, a mystery novelist with some stellar educational history. I stumbled upon its film adaptation directed by Yakumo Saiji, with a screenplay … Continue reading

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On The Autobiography of Fukuzawa Yukichi

A portrait of Fukuzawa Yukichi. Somewhere around 2013, I was reading a certain book on world history which referenced Fukuzawa Yukichi and his autobiography, originally titled Fukuou Jiden. Back then I didn’t even know much about who Fukuzawa was, apart … Continue reading

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On “Botan Dourou”

Botan Dourou by Leu (https://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=64707876) Ever seen Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, the recent anime series about rakugo, the old Japanese art of oral storytelling, a one-person theatre of sorts? A great show, isn’t it? It even sparked a little revival … Continue reading

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Kokosake wo Kaku Made or A Life of an Uchibenkei

The cover. A while ago, you could read news about this book on matome blogs: Okada Mari, the divisive anime scenario writer is putting out an autobiography. You might know her as the mind behind Ano Hi Mita Hana and … Continue reading

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