*to Hanlon's razor: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

When you are feeling calmer

It is worth viewing these links on Japanese culture's way of dealing with these dangerous islands.  It's no consolation, but it helps better to empathize.

On a language note, in my university second-year Japanese class we had a unit on the passive-voice and natural disaster vocabulary.  Both are far more useful in Japanese than in English, lucky for us.  Our professor tasked us with coming up with skits that included both.  I convinced my small group to create a skit which included the line:
Tokyo was eaten by Godzilla!
No disrespect meant to the people affected by this disaster.  Most Japanese deal with disaster with stoicism; Anglos deal with it using black, or absurdist, humour.

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