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But this is not one of those times.

In fact, I kinda hate you right now.

From Shapely Prose, Kate Harding takes on a Japanese national law that came into effect two years ago:

Under a national law that came into effect two months ago, companies and local governments must now measure the waistlines of Japanese people between the ages of 40 and 74 as part of their annual checkups. That represents more than 56 million waistlines, or about 44 percent of the entire population.

Those exceeding government limits — 33.5 inches for men and 35.4 inches for women, which are identical to thresholds established in 2005 for Japan by the International Diabetes Federation as an easy guideline for identifying health risks — and having a weight-related ailment will be given dieting guidance if after three months they do not lose weight. If necessary, those people will be steered toward further re-education after six more months.

"Further re-education"? I'm assuming this is going to involve a lot more than being forced to stand out in the hallway holding two full buckets of water.

I know some of you might be wondering why this bothers me, because anyone who knows me knows I am one of the Skinniest Bitches That Ever Was Skinny, and that I have never had any real problems with how my body looks save for the occasional comment that perhaps I could use a little more stack on the rack.

But even though I haven't personally had body image problems, I know a lot of people - mostly females - who do, and it makes me sad because I've never considered them to be anything but beautiful, awesome people. Yes, they were bigger than me, but so what? A freakin' toothpick is bigger than I am. These girls and women I knew certainly weren't fat, either by the connotative definition of the word (that being "fat" also automatically equates to being "worthless", "ugly", "stupid", et cetera and so forth) or the denotative definition (that is, the opposite of being "thin"). I would really, really love for there to be a push back to using "fat" in its denotative sense, but this little piece of news from Japan isn't really going to be helping much. Be sure to check out the comments at that entry for more insight into how very hive-mind-ish Japanese culture really can be, from people who used to live there or who currently live there. In a place where it's considered acceptable to shame someone into conformity and where a common way of addressing a problem is to pretend that it doesn't exist, this sort of thing can only end in trouble for those who deviate even only a little from some idealized standard.

Also from Shapely Prose, there's this little piece about how childhood icons like Strawberry Shortcake have been "updated" to be more sexualized. There's a couple of comments on that entry about how everyone seems to be jumping on the anime-style bandwagon, which was personally more my beef with the more recent childhood icons than it was the sexualization of them - which I guess says a lot about what my priorities really are. Still, well worth reading through and thinking over.

the light in me will guide you home
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From Daily Kos, by the inimitable, tireless, and courageous [ profile] dogemperor: When the spiritual advisor of a presidential candidate (Republican John McCain) runs a church that pings nearly every item on at least four different respected "checklists for coercion" and is basically on the same level as or even worse than the churches run by Scientology or the Moonies, you have a BIG FUCKING PROBLEM.

Did you know that there are demons for handwriting analysis and anal fissures? No, seriously.

(If you're interested in finding out more, be sure to check out DE's main Daily Kos blog - he's posted a number of entries recently regarding the infiltration of one of John Hagee's church retreats by one of Rolling Stone's journalists. It's true that Taibbi's article has a bit of a snarky tone to it, but DE, who grew up in this type of atmosphere for at least 25 years before finally breaking away from it, was able to confirm Taibbi's observations about what went on at the retreat and what it did to people.)


I was out today with Melissa and Lauren for our usual "Beat-the-ACEN-mob-to-the-Pocky-and-other-snacks" trip to Mitsuwa Marketplace, a Japanese marketplace up on the North Side. Intrigued by Kagura's (from Gintama) fascination with sukonbu, I went and bought some, but it looks like I bought the konbu for making soup stock with, not the snack kind. Whoops. Well, now I have something I can possibly experiment with using my meager cooking skills.

Did you know that there are apple-flavored KitKats? No, seriously. I bought one. Haven't tasted it yet, though.

I remember when rock was young
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Okay, call me typical Wapanese Fangirl(tm), but seriously, I want something (...or a couple of somethings) from Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Lovers fashion line. I've been eyeing bags and shirts here and there on eBay, but...I don't know guys, I don't usually do designer beyond stuff at Hot Topic and Sanrio. THIS IS NEW AND FRIGHTENING TO ME.

In other news, it appears that Hudson is working on a Bomberman game that is actually - le gasp! - an action/adventure game instead of the (wussy but admittedly still cute) Bomberman Land games that they've been releasing lately! Though if by "action/adventure" they mean "the disaster that struck Bomberman Generation and Bomberman Jetters", that would be disconcerting to me. It's either supposed to be out in Japan by this spring, or Hudson's little hamsters are supposed to be starting work on the game this spring. I'd prefer the former, obviously, but judging from the fact that this game doesn't even have a title beyond "Bomberman For the Wii!", it's most likely the latter.

this shit is bananas
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I am never translating another song in my lifetime if I can help it.

A chance Google search allowed me to procure the original Japanese lyrics for one of my favorite songs, "Kokou no Sousei" by Yousei Teikoku. I'd been able to translate the title (The Indifference of the Creation of the World), but was curious about the rest of the song. So, I set out to investigate.

The original Japanese )

My craptacular English translation )

After this, intermediate Japanese is going to seem like a cakewalk.

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Nutri-Brain - the health bar of choice for undead creatures everywhere!


In preparation for planning out my last two years of college, I asked my Japanese professor tonight about any study abroad programs in Japan that DePaul was offering during next summer.

Her answer was essentially, if I'm parsing her broken English correctly: "I'll try to send you to the most difficult university in Japan! :D"


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Aaaah. My JPN101 sensei was right. I did forget all my Japanese during break! D: I went to JPN102 today and I couldn't remember how to read the kana! And my new 日本語の先生 is actually, you know, Japanese, and she speaks English with a really heavy accent, and omg the counters and the weirdways of counting minutes and aaaah brain breaky and aaah totally can't pronounce any of the words. Add this to the fact that I'm seriously sleep-deprived, and....yeah.

But my JPN102 professor also brought food and is generally energetic, cheerful, and cute, so if I just get crackin' on reviewing my JPN101 stuff, I think I'll survive. Somehow.

I have just realized that I have this paradoxical want to be with others who share my crazy interests and yet stay very, very far away from them.

-Reileen "On-Her-Nth-Can-Of-Mountain-Dew" van Kaile
I think I'm turning Japanese I really think so


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April 2010



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