What remains after a memory is lost? Is it better to live without memories, or exist alone with all the memories everyone around you has lost? How do you live when objects, once precious or necessary, no longer hold any meaning for you? Yoko Ogawa’s The Memory Police asks all these questions and more. Masterfully translated by Stephen Snyder, Ogawa’s novel was a finalist for the International Booker Prize and the National Book Award, and rightfully so. It’s a perfect blend of Orwellian subterfuge and fantastical, almost fairy-tale elegy.Continue Reading →
Back again with another new article, this time on Japan’s outdated and underfunded foster care system.
I have yet another article to share with y’all. And yes, really, adult adoption really happens — 98% of all adoptions in Japan involve adult men.
Um, okay, how? Why?
I’m back once again to share my latest article for Unseen Japan!
Partying, cross-dressing, chanting, gift-giving, and this one common phrase repeated over and over — ええじゃないか (ee ja nai ka)? Rough translation — “why not?”
And why not indeed?