Miura Shion Interview Part 6: Memories of the Lessons

Miura Shion is the original author of Fune wo Amu (2011) otherwise also known as The Great Passage. The anime adaptation started airing from October 16 on Fuji Television’s noitaminA block. The interview consists of eleven parts; this is the sixth part on Miura’s memories of her middle school lessons. Please go to part one “Encountering a Dictionary” to start reading the interview from the beginning.

Memories of the Lessons

I liked the Japanese language lessons the most. But, when I was in class I would draw in my notebook the whole time. Those drawings weren’t completely unrelated to the class. I was drawing illustrative things in my notebook for my own convenience. The scene would look like this, and so on.

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Ayatsuji Yukito Hon no Mushi Interview Part 2: The Future of Publication and the Charm of Mystery

The second part of an interview with Japanese mystery novelist Ayatsuji Yukito, on the future of publication in Japan and the charm of the mystery genre. Ayatsuji is well-known for his debut novel The Decagon House Murders and Another, which received an anime adaptation in 2012. The interview was originally conducted in 1999, and published as a preface interview in a special issue of the magazine Hon no Mushi. Please go to part one “The Roots of Ayatsuji Mysteries” to read the interview from the beginning.

Books continue to have that much charm.

I was told [the focus] is shifting away from reading literature now.
Jukkakukan no Satsujin (The Decagon House Murders)
Jukkakukan no Satsujin (The Decagon House Murders)

It can’t be helped. Alternatives such as games and internet are flourishing; it is inevitable that the amount of readers decrease. You won’t enjoy books if you don’t actively approach it, so it’s disadvantaged too in that sense. But on the other hand “reading addicts” also exist. Books continue to have that much charm. In a broad sense the culture of the printed word won’t ever fade, and novels won’t waste away. That’s how I view it optimistically.

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Miura Shion Interview Part 5: The Meaning of “Creating a Dictionary”

Miura Shion is the original author of Fune wo Amu (2011) otherwise also known as The Great Passage. The anime adaptation started airing from October 16 on Fuji Television’s noitaminA block. The interview consists of eleven parts; this is the fifth part on the creation and revision of dictionaries. Please go to part one “Encountering a Dictionary” to start reading the interview from the beginning.

The Meaning of “Creating a Dictionary”

Many people’s thoughts and views enter [the dictionary’s] production process, and it is completed in a series of silent discussions so to speak. We polish it repeatedly, like top-quality brewed sake, it truly is a work of… polishing.

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Ayatsuji Yukito Hon no Mushi Interview Part 1: The Roots of Ayatsuji Mysteries

The first part of an interview with Japanese mystery novelist Ayatsuji Yukito, well-known for his debut novel The Decagon House Murders and Another, which received an anime adaptation in 2012. The interview was originally conducted in 1999, and published as a preface interview in a special issue of the magazine Hon no Mushi.

Ayatsuji Yukito: “A glimpse of the roots of Orthodox Mystery”

Ayatsuji Yukito
Ayatsuji Yukito

Mr. Ayatsuji has been busy as of late. He announced the long-awaited new book “Don don hashi, ochita”. He also made an appearance on television as the original author of mystery dramas, delighting us fans.

Twelve years have passed since his debuting novel “The Decagon House Murders“. This time we probed the roots of the Ayatsuji mysteries, and inquired about his reading experiences in his childhood.

Did you often read books when you were a child?

I suppose I read about as much as the average person until my third year in primary school. We were of the “manga generation”; as a kid I read a lot of manga, but …not so much when it came to text-only novels. I wasn’t an active reader even if I was assigned to do a book report.

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Miura Shion Interview Part 4: The Difficulties of Expressing in Words

Miura Shion is the original author of Fune wo Amu (2011) otherwise also known as The Great Passage. The anime adaptation started airing from October 16 on Fuji Television’s noitaminA block. For this reason I decided to translate an interview with the author over the course of the next couple of months while the anime is airing. The interview consists of eleven parts; this is the fourth part on the difficulties of interpretation and expression of words. Please go to part one “Encountering a Dictionary” to start reading the interview from the beginning.

Fune wo Amu
Majime is at a loss for words.

The Difficulties of Expressing in Words

Even if there is a word called “やさしい” (yasashii)1)kind, tender, gentle, graceful, affectionate, amiable, there’s a gradation in a position which approximates to pointing out the type of circumstances. You could say it’s vague. It is definitely very difficult to explain that.

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1. kind, tender, gentle, graceful, affectionate, amiable