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この世界の片隅に

この世界の片隅に
In This Corner of the World
Wikipedia- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_This_Corner_of_the_World_(film)

This is a very powerful movie.  It is the story of a simple countryside girl who goes through life in wartime Japan.  Usually when we hear of war stories there is a good side and a bad side, reasons are justified and perhaps some heroes are thrown in.  What is usually not included is the human aspect, in that we’re all humans doing our best until things like war occurs and our lives fall completely apart.  She didn’t do anything wrong, she always did what she was told and then she loses her arm, her niece and her normal life to things well beyond her control.

The most powerful scene for me was the atomic bomb and the horrible injuries suffered by a mother holding hands with her child who is relatively unharmed.  The mother is missing an arm with shards of glass embedded all through one side of her.  She sits down and dies.  Then you see the child still holding on to her deceased mother trying to swat the flies away.

In This Corner of the World

This scene creates a strong sense of empathy and sadness that no matter which country you come from should affect you profoundly.  This is the fate of so many people caught up in war and should be a reminder that war is not glorious but instead is hell on earth.  That image will stick with me for a very long time.

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Japanese Movies

今晩の映画はかぐや姫の物語

いのちの記憶 (Inochi no Kioku)

Lyrics, music and performed by Kazumi Nikaido.

Japanese Romaji English
「いのちの記憶」 (唄:二階堂和美) “Inochi no Kioku” (Uta: Nikaido Kazumi) “Memory of Life” (performed by Kazumi Nikaido)
あなたに触れた よろこびが深く 深く

このからだの 端々に

しみ込んでゆく

ずっと 遠く

なにも わからなくなっても

たとえ このいのちが

終わる時が来ても

いまのすべては

過去のすべて

必ず また会える

懐かしい場所で

あなたがくれた ぬくもりが

深く 深く

今 遥かな時を越え

充ち渡ってく

じっと 心に

灯す情熱の炎も

そっと 傷をさする

悲しみの淵にも

いまのすべては

未来の希望

必ず 憶えてる

懐かしい場所で

いまのすべては

過去のすべて

必ず また会える

懐かしい場所で

いまのすべては

未来の希望

必ず 憶えてる

いのちの記憶で

Anata ni fureta yorokobi gaFukaku fukaku

Kono karada no hashi bashi ni

Shimi kon de yuku

Zutto tooku

Nani mo wakara nakunatte mo

Tatoe kono inochi ga

Owaru toki ga kite mo

Ima no subete wa

Kako no subete

Kanarazu mata aeru

Natsukashii basho de

Anata ga kureta nukumori ga

Fukaku fukaku

Ima haruka na toki o koe

Michi watatteku

Jitto kokoro ni

Tomosu jounetsu no honoo mo

Sotto kizu o sasuru

Kanashimi no fuchi ni mo

Ima no subete wa

Mirai no kibou

Kanarazu oboeteru

natsukashii basho de

Ima no subete wa

Kako no subete

Kanarazu mata aeru

Natsukashii basho de

Ima no subete wa

Mirai no kibou

Kanarazu oboeteru

Inochi no kioku de

The joy I felt when I touched youWent deep, deep down

And seeped into

Every nook and cranny of this body

Even if I’m far away

And no longer understand anything

Even when the time comes

For this life to end

Everything of now

Is everything of the past

We’ll meet again, I’m sure

In some nostalgic place

The warmth you gave me

Deep, deep down

Comes to me now, complete

From a time long past

Steadily in my heart

The flames of passion give light

And softly soothe my pain

Down to the depths of my grief

Everything now

Is hope for the future

I’ll remember, I’m sure

In some nostalgic place

Everything of now

Is everything of the past

We’ll meet again, I’m sure

In some nostalgic place

Everything now

Is hope for the future

I’ll remember, I’m sure

When I remember this life

わらべ唄 (Warabe Uta)

Lyrics by Isao Takahata and Riko Sakaguchi

Music by Isao Takahata

Japanese Romaji English
「わらべ唄」 “Warabe Uta” “Child’s Song”
まわれ まわれ まわれよ 水車まわれまわって お日さん 呼んでこい

まわって お日さん 呼んでこい

鳥 虫 けもの 草 木 花

春 夏 秋 冬 連れてこい

春 夏 秋 冬 連れてこい

まわれ まわれ まわれよ 水車まわれ

まわって お日さん 呼んでこい

まわって お日さん 呼んでこい

鳥 虫 けもの 草 木 花

咲いて 実って 散ったとて

生まれて 育って 死んだとて

風が吹き 雨が降り 水車まわり

せんぐり いのちが よみがえる

せんぐり いのちが よみがえる

Maware maware maware yo mizu kuruma mawareMawatte ohisan yonde koi

Mawatte ohisan yonde koi

Tori mushi kemono kusa ki hana

Haru natsu aki fuyu tsurete koi

Haru natsu aki fuyu tsurete koi

Maware maware maware yo mizu kuruma maware

Mawatte ohisan yonde koi

Mawatte ohisan yonde koi

Tori mushi kemono kusa ki hana

Saite minotte chitta to te

Umarete sodatta mizu kuruma mawari

Senguri inochi ga yomigaeru

Senguri inochi ga yomigaeru

Round, round, go round, Waterwheel, go roundGo round, and call Mr. Sun

Go round, and call Mr. Sun

Birds, bugs, beasts, grass, trees, flowers

Bring spring and summer, fall and winter

Bring spring and summer, fall and winter

Round, round, go round, Waterwheel, go round

Go round, and call Mr. Sun

Go round, and call Mr. Sun

Birds, bugs, beasts, grass, trees, flowers

Flower, bear fruit, and die

Be born, grow up, and die

Still the wind blows, the rain falls

The waterwheel goes round

Lifetimes come and go in turn

Lifetimes come and go in turn

天女の歌 (Tennyo no Uta)

Lyrics by Isao Takahata and Riko Sakaguchi

Music by Isao Takahata

Japanese Romaji English
「天女の歌」 “Tennyo no Uta” “A Celestial Maiden’s Song”
まわれ まわれ まわれよ 水車まわれまわって お日さん 呼んでこい

まわって お日さん 呼んでこい

鳥 虫 けもの 草 木 花

春 夏 秋 冬 連れてこい

春 夏 秋 冬 連れてこい

まわれ めぐれ めぐれよ 遥かなときよ

めぐって 心を 呼びかえせ

めぐって 心を 呼びかえせ

鳥 虫 けもの 草 木 花

人の情けを はぐくみて

まつとしきかば 今かへりこむ

Maware maware maware yo mizu kuruma mawareMawatte ohisan yon de koi

Mawatte ohisan yon de koi

Tori mushi kemono kusa ki hana

Haru natsu aki fuyu tsure te koi

Haru natsu aki fuyu tsure te koi

Maware megure megure yo harukana toki yo

Megutte kokoro o yobikaese

Megutte kokoro o yobikaese

Tori mushi kemono kusa ki hana

Hito no nasake o hagukumite

Matsu to shiki kaba ima kaeri komu

Round, round, go round, Waterwheel, go roundGo round, and call Mr. Sun

Go round, and call Mr. Sun

Birds, bugs, beasts, grass, trees, flowers

Bring spring and summer, fall and winter

Bring spring and summer, fall and winter

Go round, come round, come round, O distant time

Come round, call back my heart

Come round, call back my heart

Birds, bugs, beasts, grass, trees, flowers

Teach me how to feel

If I hear that you pine for me

I will return to you.

Credit:  http://www.nausicaa.net/wiki/The_Tale_of_Princess_Kaguya_(scripts_and_lyrics)

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Journal Movies

つみきのいえ (The House of Small Cubes) – ‘One Life’ and the brevity of life

Last night I saw the short film つみきのいえ, ‘The House of Small Cubes.’  It is of an old man whose village has flooded over may years and so he continually must build another level to his house to stay above water.  In the middle of every cube is a trap door leading to the lower, flooded cube which continues all the way to the bottom.

One day, he decides to go down as his pipe has been left a few cubes down.  Once he reaches it he is reminded of his wife who gave the pipe to him and has passed away.  This leads to more memories and encourages him to dive even further down into the lower cubes, each with their own memories corresponding to the the period of his life in which it was lived in.

Here is the short film in its entirety.  It is only twelve minutes long so I suggest you watch it if you have the time.  It will really make you think about the brevity of life, your life experiences and encourage you to appreciate the special moments a bit more.

https://youtu.be/kizsmaXZ3H4

This film really hit home with me.  I realize how quickly life goes and through this very blog I wish to record it.  I mark the time and my current experiences/thoughts with each blog post with the main purpose being that I find life to be beautiful, precious, mysterious, fragile and brief.  This blog is the most precious thing I own as it is a record of my life and my life experiences.  Soon enough I’ll no longer exist but hopefully this blog will survive into the age of advanced AI and even past the borders of this planet we call Earth.  When my body no longer exists and the atoms of which it is comprised have diffused to form new things I’d like this blog to be the mark I’ve left on this universe.

Life is brief and at 40 years old this fact has become jarringly apparent.  My generation’s grandparents have almost all passed away and we’re at the beginning of when our own parents my do so as well.  Almost everyone has friends or acquaintances of the same age that have died and slowly but surely this number will increase.  So far five people in my age group that I’ve considered friends have died and this number will slowly increase as the years pass by.  I’ll be sitting at a bar with a good high school buddy and we’ll be reminiscing about so and so who passed away a few years ago and what their kids are now doing.  Life goes quickly and it is films like The House of Small Cubes that remind us of this.

The movie also reminded me of one of my favorite animations on YouTube that was taken down due to copyright on the song “Old Man” by Neil Young.  The animation is called One Life and it is by Corey Hayes.  I’ve embedded it here as this website still keeps the version with Old Man as the song.


One Life – Amazing Animation by Corey Hayes… by JohanneHinojosa

It also shows the various stages of life:  starting out as a baby, growing up, getting married, kids and so on until finally you’re just a lonely old man all by himself and the time has come for you to pass away as well.

The old man passes away in a hospital bed all alone which is similar and conveys the same sad reality of the old man in The House of Small Cubes who lives all alone, his entire village long flooded and underwater, everyone he has ever known gone away.

I almost forgot, the fact that it is a pipe the old man is after in The House of Small Cubes is very special to me.  The one thing of my Grandfather’s I wanted to keep was his pipe, it is the one item I identify most with him.  I’ve had it in my treasure chest since he passed away in 2001 and is something I’ll pass down to my own kids as a treasured family heirloom.  I’ll always remember Grandpa sitting in his lazy boy recliner, smoking his pipe, eating Planter’s Peanuts and watching World War II on the history channel.

The other item I’d like to keep and pass down is his WWII 10th Mountain Division pin.  This is something I think my Dad should have and will ask about it next time I see him.

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Movies

World of Tomorrow

Watched the World of Tomorrow last night after seeing a 100% score from the critics.  It is a fabulous dark comedy indeed and a stark reminder that the future of technology might not be so positive.

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In World of Tomorrow they talk about transfer of consciousness; I’ve written a post or two about future technology/AI being able to use all these blog posts and through incredible processing power be able to create something like ‘Siri,’ a virtual personality but one that looks and acts like me.  Not exactly straight transfer of consciousness but if I provide enough posts I’m sure future AI could come close to replicating the way I think.  🙂

I really liked these two quotes that I thought were quite profound.

“We mustn’t linger; it is easy to get lost in memories.”  

Do not lose time on daily trivialities; do not dwell on petty detail
For all of these things melt away and drift apart within the obscure traffic of time
Live well, and live broadly
You are alive and living now
Now is the envy of all of the dead

Check out World of Tomorrow on Flixster, http://www.flixster.com/movie/world-of-tomorrow-2015?lsrc=mobile

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Movies

Five Element Ninjas  五遁忍術

I remember seeing this back in the ’80s at my friend Terry’s house.  The only snippet I remember are when the earth element ninjas came out of the ground.  I thought it might be fun to watch ninja movies tonight and that memory popped in my head so I thought I could see if I could find the actual movie.  Sure enough, it wasn’t too hard to find and even available to stream on Netflix.  It also came in at #2 when I searched for best old ninja movies.

I love the costumes and that disco boots and silk shirts that bare a guys entire torso seemed to be a good fit for kung fu practitioners.

Check out Five Element Ninjas on Flixster, http://www.flixster.com/movie/five-element-ninjas?lsrc=mobile