人生は上々だ

Life is good.

2022/08/01 English

I heard the news that the person who had cared for me passed away, and a night passed since it. Today I worked late. I thought of the works he had achieved in his life. He had decided not to drink and also worked hard to build the 'danshu' meeting. Therefore the meeting has been realized. Yes, he did in his whole life. That makes me think that how passion can work. Can I do that kind of thing? I can't see. The media wouldn't treat his works, but his ones are exactly great therefore I am impressed deeply.

I read Minae Mizumura's "The time when the Japanese language perished". The author laments the reality that English grows up as a global language, and the Japanese language becomes a minor language as one of a remote religion. She says that kind of realization of 'the century of English' has been with the growth of capitalism and the development of the internet. This must be a masterpiece (her writings are like full-contact wrestling. Attacking the Japanese by herself alone). I have some suspicions about her discussion, but those ones can be the possibility of new discussions. This book can work as a huge chance for a primal discussion.

I'm writing my novels and journal in English and Japanese. But I have to criticize myself because I use English in an innocent, or a foolish way. My usage of English is not so serious because the authors who write in creole language sometimes have to face using English with a dilemma. I just use English because I want to read mine to native friends, and that's just all. So I have to follow Mizumura's serious attitude. I want to read her novels.

But I think that I just accept traditional Japanese and junk Japanese as the same 'funny' stuff. I like Kawabata, Tanizaki, and Souseki's Japanese as sophisticated ones. But also, for me, the junk Japanese in light novels can have the same value for me. And also if the slang we can find on the internet can be a reflection of the reality we always face, then we should accept its seriousness. Japanese has developed with that kind of diversity, or mixture, until now. Ango Sakaguchi might say that 'that is very Japanese!'.