Today I worked late. In the morning, I read Yoko Tawada's "America" with Pat Metheny's "Day Trip". Quite interesting. I even thought that I could write my novel like her. I guess that one of this book's themes is nationality. What country do you belong to? Or what country's identity do you owe. In other words, can we be free from any country's nationality? The America Tawada describes with her sensitive style is a very attractive continent. It's a spicy, delicious novel. I want to write like her, but I can't write novels.
Once I laughed at the nationalists who think about being bound by a single nation. I was once an aggressive person so even though "any nations are imaginary things" and "We have to be free from nations and live independently". I can remember how I was foolish. Now I can see. However I try to live and think apart from any nation, my thoughts and opinions are supported by the country Japan I have been in. I like Radiohead, but I like Buck-Tick more and their music exactly eases me. It's a nationality I guess.
I had time so started reading Yoko Tawada's "The Emissary". It is a tale of an imaginary Japan that seems experienced a 3.11 earthquake. Japan has been closed now and their foreign languages have been prohibited. The tale tells about various people who live in a damaged country. I have been impressed so much and thought that it exactly tells us about 'now'. Indeed, it is because this tale tells about 3.11. But I feel that this tale foresight the corona disease of 'now' and described it vividly. Yes, I felt afraid of Tawada's keen eyes. I want to read this book's English version too.
I took an account on Instagram again. I will upload the thoughts I have and the memo I sometimes write frequently. Today I thought about the problems of nationality. I don't know what people say about this in English culture, but in Japan, it is often connected with the problem of 'blood'. The 'blood' runs in everyone's body and mind. People hate any 'mixed' identity because it denies the purity of 'blood'. But I should think more deeply. I want to ask others about this to others and do some 'sessions'.