BGM: Massive Attack - Daydreaming
Today was a day off. This morning I went to AEON, and at where I read Natsuki Ikezawa's "The Navidad Incident: The Downfall of Matias Guili" until the third chapter with Silent Poets' "Potential Meeting". I was really impressed by Ikezawa's clever technique. In this book, he mixes various essences smartly. The fictional country Navidad and Japan's political affair, Japanese culture, and romance... although this might be once I already wrote, in this book the vast dreaming of Latin American literature and Japanese concept "mono no aware". Once I had read the comment "this is a palody of Latin American novels", but I never can write such a brief review easily. Before building any biases, I need to read the book steadily. It's important. I got drank by this book. A really rich book.
This afternoon, I talked with a staff from my group home. After that, I read "Donald Keene's Tokyo shitamachi diary". TBH I had believed that Donald Keene must be a person of "retrospective" (or anachronism). But this book broke such a narrow bias of mine. Indeed, in this book he writes about various authors' faces (as Yukio Mishima, Kobo Abe, etc). However, he also writes about the memories of the Pacific War so much. He is really a liberal and global intellectual against my image. His clear and neat Japanese must be the one I should follow. I borrowed Keene's books because of Shohei Ohoka's "Seijyo Press", but I almost try to read them rapidly without thinking deeply. My mind is really scattered by these ideas.
Japan won the WBC game against America. I had never expect this result. Indeed, this news has a certain impact and this afternoon I was attracted by Twitter's timeline and news without doing any other activities. On Discord we were involved by the fever... no, that depended on the servers. A server didn't care this result (yes, "one of the servers I join"). TBH, this evening I went to the "danshu" meeting and talked about this a little. We talked like "We should have the spirit of 'never give up'", and "I don't want to in the mood of drinking alcohol as a celebration". Yes, it depends on the communities I belong to neatly. How this world can be? One of the things I can say is that I can touch such various worlds because of learning English.
After that, I went back to my group home, and read Wen Yuju's "At the country not mine" a little. I had read one of her books which was a collection of letters with Yusuke Kimura. Although this might be from my "masculine" character, but I felt her writing was really charming. I want to make the word "translingal" because she has lived in the "gap" between the Japanese language and Taiwanese language like the "transgender" people (who are living in the "gap" between male and female). I learned that she has her blog. I read the latest article and found it was really thrilling. She doesn't want to be used by anyone. "Kind" presses and fans would "use" her writings, but she denies that and tries to write as she wants. It is easy to blame her as naive because of this, but I want to support this "weakness". I am also a reader who wants to learn the "'charming' senses of language" like Yoko Tawada. I have to think about this again.