Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Japanese-Language Blog

I started a Japanese-language blog.

I've been asked to give a talk on the US presidential election and its implications for Japan. In Japanese. So I need to do some research, thinking and writing in Japanese, and I decided to use a blog for that purpose. I know that at least some of you can read Japanese; feel free to comment in English if it's easier. I won't mind, that's for sure.

Of course I'll be writing about other things there too, I'm sure.

7 comments:

Janne Morén said...

いいね、読み方の練習!

Don't make too many grammar errors or you'll ruin my Japanese forever. ^_^

Jun Okumura said...

If you're really interested in US politics, Janne. Otherwise, there are plenty of Japanese who write much better than I do. I have no illusions; I was cured of them in, oh, sixth grade.

Jun Okumura said...

For what it's worth, I think that the use of an emoticon in that particular instance is very Japanesey. You're getting the hang of it.

Keep it up.

Jun Okumura said...

For what it's worth, I think that the use of an emoticon in that particular instance is very Japanesey. You're getting the hang of it.

Keep it up.

Janne Morén said...

As a practice text is almost by definition difficult and time-consuming to read, the most important feature of it is that you appreciate the particular approach and language style of the author; more so than the factual content. And as I enjoy your blog in English, there is every chance that I will enjoy reading your writing in Japanese as well.

And well, who could resist the blockbuster political reality show being produced in the US right now anyway?

Anonymous said...

You have way too much free time. You really are a big bag of junk taking up space.

Why don't you do something for others; something that is not all about you. Volunteer at a museum, a peace organization, a woman's shelter, a soup kitchen, an environmental group, a pre-school. Any of these would make you feel better about yourself.

Punditry does not make the world a better place.

Yes this seems harsh, but you have more to offer than your opinion.

Jun Okumura said...

The blog aims to please, Janne.

AS for the anonymous comment, I feel sorry for the kind of wuss who spends the day leaving supercilious one-size-fit-all comments--anonymously.