If you’re read this blog much in the last few years you probably know that I have been gradually publishing a series of ebooks containing translations of works by Mimei Ogawa (小川未明), an important figure in Japanese children’s literature. I also recently released an audiobook of Volume 1 earlier this year. This series of books… Read More »
I’m happy to announce Arigatai Book’s first audio book release: “Japanese Classic Fairy Tales” by Mimei Ogawa (Volume 1), available now on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.
In this post I wrote a detailed review of Amazon’s game streaming service Luna in Japanese.
I’m pleased to announce the release of a book of short stories by classic author Kyusaku Yumeno, with stories listed in both English-only and Japanese/English parallel formats. Over 60 translation notes are included to give a deeper understanding of the original text.
This is the first post of a new series about dealing with common problems experienced in Japanese to English translation. This time I go over some approaches to translating adjectival clauses, which can be tricky due to differences between the grammar in these two languages.
In this post I talk about the concept of iteration, and how it relates to fractals, the act of writing creative works, and the process of translation.
Understanding jokes and other forms of comedy in a foreign language can be a difficult undertaking for language learners. To begin with, comedic wordplay based on homonyms (two words with the same sound but different meaning) is often used and may involve subtle aspects of pronunciation (intonation, etc.) Pop culture references are also abundant, including… Read More »
In this post I give a list of words which contain kanji not commonly used in modern Japanese anymore, as a way to help those wanting to get into reading classical literature that is 50+ years old.
When I created the first post of this blog in December, 2013, I never imagined that I would be still updating it periodically nearly eight years later. Though I check my site stats fairly often, it’s somewhat rare for me to check the number of articles, but when I did so a few months back… Read More »
I’m happy to announce the ebook release of “Fast Forward Japan”, a selection of classic SF by Unno Juza. In this post I also list the original Japanese titles of all the stories included, as well as their dates of publishing.