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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

"What I Talk About When I Talk About Running"

  You know, I truly adore Haruki Murakami. Really, I do. I love his writing style, how you need to “push through” the first 20 or so pages of each of his books, how his characters are so imperfect, how each book, in its own way, tries to touch upon…

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Silence 1

  By chance, while browsing IMDB, I stumbled upon a review of the film adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s book “Silence,” directed by Martin Scorsese. While some consider this to be Scorsese’s finest cinematic work, others deem it his longest and most tedious (though whether these critics have read the eponymous…

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A Blind Man’s Tale

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  Junichiro Tanizaki, one of the most renowned Japanese novelists of the 20th century, is celebrated for igniting a wave of literary works in Japan that delve into the country’s past, particularly the era of the samurai. On behalf of all enthusiasts of Japan and the samurai, we owe him…

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Zen Stories and Sayings

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  Zen… one of those concepts we’ve all heard of, some people have an idea of what it might represent, and no one really knows what it actually is. There are numerous definitions and perceptions of what zen is. The idea of zen and Zen Buddhism attracted my attention because…

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  Ikigai is one of those terms (or, more accurately, concepts) that’s difficult to directly translate, similar to expressions like “maktub“, “raison d’être“, or “flow“. However, if we were to attempt a translation, it could be described as “joy due to continuous engagement“. Essentially, it refers to something akin to…

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The Guest Cat

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  To be upfront, I had heard that Takashi Hiraide is a renowned poet in Japan, but I never had the chance to read his poetry. That’s why it surprised me even more that a man, who has devoted his life to writing poetry, would suddenly pen a novel that…

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