Urashima Joe

Philosophy (mostly continental). East Asian languages. Language learning. Photography.

Back in Tokyo. Suits, suits, suits. S is being worked half to death already. 

“Fukuyama’s thesis that history has climaxed with liberal capitalism may have been widely derided, but it is accepted, even assumed, at the level of the cultural unconscious. It should be remembered, though, that even when Fukuyama advanced it, the idea that history had reached a ‘terminal beach’ was not merely triumphalist. Fukuyama warned that his radiant city would be haunted, but he thought its specters would be Nietzschean rather than Marxian. Some of Nietzsche’s most prescient pages are those in which he describes the ‘oversaturation of an age with history’. ‘It leads an age into a dangerous mood of irony in regard to itself’, he wrote in Untimely Meditations, ‘and subsequently into the even more dangerous mood of cynicism’, in which ‘cosmopolitan fingering’, a detached spectatorialism, replaces engagement and involvement. This is the condition of Nietzsche’s Last Man, who has seen everything, but is decadently enfeebled precisely by this excess of (self) awareness.”

—   Mark Fisher (via crematedadolescent)

“It is interesting to note that the Western thinker whom Nishitani (and a number of his colleagues in the Kyoto School) regard as coming closest to Zen is Meister Eckhart.”

—   Graham Parkes (via crematedadolescent)

What the hell?

Picking up my suit in a few days and getting it altered. Will be a real help for the interviews to have a proper one that fits me. Just need to find some shinier brown shoes to go with it.

http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/alcoffwhitepeople.html

http://blog.hiddenharmonies.org/2011/04/10/%E9%BE%99%E4%BF%A1%E6%98%8E-blog-ai-weiwei-chinas-conscience-and-another-dissident-bites-the-dust/

An alternative look at Ai Wei Wei. The comments are a good read. 

Saw Office Space. Excellent first thirty minutes. Went nowhere. They had some ideas that were excellent, but in the end not an actual plot. Jenifer Aniston was very good, even though it was a small role. 

But even when you are busy you still post on lang-8. That’s really dedicated.

I have decided to take a holiday visa to stay in Tokyo for a few months, but after that I will go job hunting also. I have my 履歴書 organized and a suit prepared.

Does your company hire foreigners? ;-)

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Thank you for your corrections. I may say to you uncomfortable advice. Your self intro phrases that you made might be good for finding your friends, but must not be appropriate for hiring. Every company needs people who can contribute their business skills which directly and skillfully helpful to their professional tasks. If you submit your resume you should pay attention to it. This is my opinion as an experienced certified public accountant.

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This is what happens when you try to make small talk with salary men, they start giving you life advice and being incredibly condescending, without even a shade of hesitancy. I’m an adult man. But with no job??? And going on holiday for a few months after graduating? Well I must be some bum who doesn’t know what a company needs from its employees. Thanks for enlightening me. That made my evening really pleasant. 

Dawkins Review of Intellectual Impostures

the-babbling-book:

Someone linked me to this article, and it was the funniest thing I ever read not because I agree with Dawkins’s misunderstanding of the collective unconscious, but because in his critique of Lacan I can only imagine what it would be like psychoanalyzing him.

This kind of thing repeats itself. 

http://dailyhowler.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/what-heck-is-abstract-object.html

Our “logicians” have failed us, both in their technical incompetence and in their relentless failure to address the real world. ”

Ah yes, the “real world”. 

beesue:

mightyzuzu:

rosettast0ned:

Ukiyo-e Heroes is a project that recreates classic video games in the form of classical style Japanese paintings.

Haha this is really amazing! 

BUT STAR FOX THOUGH.

(via absurdlakefront)

Sarah, I have thought long and hard about if I should even respond to your judgmental comments questioning my heritage and whether the traditions included in my wedding were cultural appropriation. Let me say that if anyone here is breeding racism and ignorance or cultural misappropriation, I would say it certainly is not me.

First off, if you had read the entire post about my wedding, you will see it says I am Lenape. Not every Lenape or “Native American Indian” happens to “look” the stereotypical skin color of what mass media says. I happen to have a father who is Scottish hence my pale skin, but you may be shocked to learn my Mother is Lenape.

Even more shocking is that amongst my tribe, I have never once been questioned about my skin color. No, honestly: no one has ever mentioned it. I jokingly just said to my husband, “Shall I get my tribal identification card?” but you know what? This is less about me and my wedding which you decided to use as an example and more about the world as a whole.

I live in Scotland with my now-husband and have done for 12 years. Since the day I have moved here, I have had to explain again and again about my race and culture. It’s not easy or even fun. In fact, I have even asked my tribal elders for support in trying to deal appropriately with the huge lack of education when it comes to tribal differences and cultural appropriateness here. For example, in the UK Native American Indians often are referred to as “Red Indians” which for me is inherently racist and is something I often address when I hear it.

Also, let me make it clear I have become accustomed to using the explanation of being Native American Indian here to try and address and hopefully change in a small way the misuse of the “Red Indian Label” But of course, I am Lenape and I identify with MY tribe and always explain I am in fact Lenape not just Native American Indian.

I could very easily get into all the aspects you have wrongly assumed about my wedding, such as saying it’s a “mish mash” of cultures. Yup, my husband is Scottish and our officiants are Pagan, so yes we included many different things. If you would like a cultural reference to the peace pipe thing (I mean, documented examples) then I would happily provide that. Our tribe always shared tobacco during any union.

Also, every feather I wore on the day was gifted to me by tribal family members — all sacred, all important. Not to mention I hand-beaded traditionally on a loom every piece of fans, and jewellery that was worn, just the way I was taught by my mother. (Who also sent me my moccasins, by the way.)

Yup I have a mohawk, yup I am bi-racial, and yup I am proud. So are my family, and tribe, and husband. But no, I will not explain myself to you any further.

I hope for you the best, and I hope that you have learned something about making assumptions based on appearance. In fact, I hope this teaches everyone something about assumptions.

I also want to thank Offbeat Bride for allowing us this place to speak. (Thankfully, not on our wedding feature. :D)

http://offbeatbride.com/2011/11/cultural-appropriation/comment-page-2#comment-228234

Self-appointed cultural appropriation police person puts their foot in it.

I really need to do something about my terrible hand writing. Every time Xin sees it she tells me how awful it is. The funny part is that I spent several years exercising my OCD demons copying out Kanji on reams of old printer paper. I’ve written more Kanji than I’ve had hot dinners. Still only managed to go from the hand writing of a six year old to the hand writing of a twelve year old. 

Hey, that’s a progress of six years in - how much time?

Heh. Well that writing-out stage lasted about three or four years I guess. But to be honest, it was very inefficient. I wouldn’t recommend people write out Kanji as much as I did. First learn the language, then worry about your hand writing. And even then, it is not enough to practice if you are practicing wrong. At the very least you need to get a good guide book or something to copy. 

SmapXSmap here as “昭和時代” (Showa jidai). The name is a play on words, with Showa jidai (showa generation) sounding like Shojo jidai (girl’s generation). We are currently in the Heisei period according to the Japanese calendar, as it is the reign of the Heisei emperor. The Showa era started before WWII, and continued up to 1989 with the death of Hirohito, and today the word can basically represent either nostalgia or just “oldness”. So “showa jidai” kind of works as a stand in for “old-guy generation”.

jespru:

allaboutchinese:

我的学生练习写字。
My student practices writing Chinese characters.

Damn, his handwriting’s neat.

I really need to do something about my terrible hand writing. Every time Xin sees it she tells me how awful it is. The funny part is that I spent several years exercising my OCD demons copying out Kanji on reams of old printer paper. I’ve written more Kanji than I’ve had hot dinners. Still only managed to go from the hand writing of a six year old to the hand writing of a twelve year old. 

jespru:

allaboutchinese:

我的学生练习写字。

My student practices writing Chinese characters.

Damn, his handwriting’s neat.

I really need to do something about my terrible hand writing. Every time Xin sees it she tells me how awful it is. The funny part is that I spent several years exercising my OCD demons copying out Kanji on reams of old printer paper. I’ve written more Kanji than I’ve had hot dinners. Still only managed to go from the hand writing of a six year old to the hand writing of a twelve year old.