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Jul
10

Posted on Wednesday July 10, 2013 at 12:11am in ,

Someone wrote an article about my app! Check it out here: Anki Aniki: Learn All Kanji for the JLPT. I had no idea this was written last month (I just found it). It’s really cool to read articles about my work, especially when it is detailed and informative. The author of this article describes my app better and in more detail than I ever have!

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Feb
25

Posted on Monday February 25, 2013 at 9:29pm in ,

Here’s another Japanese song translation. It’s the first one without a music video to go with it. For that reason, I won’t be putting it up on my youtube account. You can just watch it here. As a personal rule, I only translate songs that have music videos. However, I made a small exception in this case for one of my favorite Utada Hikaru songs: “Blue”. It has very beautiful lyrics, which I’m sure my English translation won’t do proper justice to, but I gave it a shot anyway. I’ve also translated a different Utada song before, and that one does have a music video. Here’s “Blue”:

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Feb
09

Posted on Saturday February 09, 2013 at 10:14am in ,

I’ve been a fan of Haruki Murakami ever since I read my first book by him, Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. After that, the next several books I read by him were all top notch and I loved them all. In fact I wrote about several of them: Norwegian Wood and The Wind-up Bird Chronicle being two of my other favorites. I enjoyed Murakami so much I even translated one of his stories into English: All of God’s Children Dance. However, lately I’ve read many other of his books and found nothing special about them. Nothing to write about anyway. I thought maybe I was getting bored with Murakami or recognizing his “formula.” None of them really struck me like Wonderland or Wind-up Bird. I found them to be very forgettable. I’m happy to say that South of the Border, West of the Sun was different. It was short, beautiful, and sad. I finished it in just two days because it was such a short read. I think the best stories are short.

Not many books change how you feel after you finish them. The last few chapters of South of the Border, West of the Sun are so profoundly depressing, though, that it changed my mood completely. I love tragedies and I love sad stories. I think this book can’t be called a tragedy, but it is definitely a “sad story.” If you also like sad stories, or are looking to get into Murakami, then I recommend South of the Border, West of the Sun entirely. Norwegian Wood would also be a good nomination. If you are looking for a Murakami book to read and enjoy more supernatural stories then I would have to recommend Wonderland or Wind-up Bird.

I’m glad I have more time to read books lately. I’ve already managed to get through four books now since I finished school last month. Which is good, because I have a huge pile of books waiting to be read.

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Feb
05

Posted on Tuesday February 05, 2013 at 10:41pm in ,

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve translated a song! For the last 6 months all of the translating I’ve been doing has been for The Matsuurian. Having just finished a big project for them last week though, now I can translate a few things I’ve been meaning to. This song I’ve been wanting to translate for a long time. It’s one of my favorites. This is “Sun” by Ketsumeishi. Enjoy!

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Jul
07

Posted on Saturday July 07, 2012 at 9:57pm in ,

It’s finally all done! Here is the second translation for the Matsuurian I said I was working on. This is a 40 minute television special segment (I believe the original was a 2 hour special with more songs, but this is a version that is cut to show mostly just Aya Matsuura). This is the longest video translation I have done so far. Hope you like it!

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http://www.drewharris.co/index.php?id=694#tasuki
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