Sunday, June 14, 2009


Um. There is nothing left I would wish for. Because I have given up on this world. It was not a world I could live with to begin with.", Masaki, "Rampo Noir"

Friday, we (as in a group of 5) went to Waseda University, one of the most prestigious universities in Japan, to attend the Nihon Kyoushitsu ("Japan Classroom"), an meeting organized to get international students and Japanese students (as in students of the Japanese nationality. Not students of the Japanese language) together. After a Hawaiian lunch, we arrived a bit late at the Takadanobaba station, the non-fictional place where the fictional robot Astro Boy was "born", which explains why the station tune for Takadanobaba is the theme song of the Astro Boy series.

Anyway, as we were late and we had to wait for 15 minutes before the next bus would arrive, we thought it would be a good idea to walk to Waseda. Big mistake. It's quite far from Takadanobaba. After a while, Els called the contactperson for the meeting, who sent people to pick us up at a certain bus stop. Which in theory is the best idea ever, if not for the fact that we waited at the wrong bus stop. A lot of calling back and forth ensued. In the end, we did find our saviors though and we were led to the meeting. An hour late.

The meeting was kinda difficult at first, as people were talking about the different dialects in Japan (so gonna learn Kyuushuu-ben when I am there!), which are incomprehensible for Japanese too, but the second part was fun with international students from Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea talking about their countries. Arne was on a roll by giving correct answers to the numerous quizzes, like correctly naming the Indonesian rice dish with egg, meat and vegetables. Little did the Japanese know that nasi is quite popular in the Netherlands. Noteworthy was the Korean girl who actually gave us a great pansori performance, which people in Leiden who took the course 'Japanese and Korean Movies' might remember from the movie Sopyonje.

Afterwards, we walked a bit through the Waseda campus, which is awesome. That is all on Waseda. It's awesome.

On Saturday, we went out to celebrate another birthday and visited the Shinagawa Aquarium. It has been a long time since the last time I went to an aquarium and I really enjoyed it.

A collection of the wonders of the world beneath the waters, ranging from fearsome sharks to the ugliest fishes, shows with breakdancing sea lions and dolphins, it was almost a collection of freaks like in Edogawa Rampo's 'The Strange Tale of Panorama Isle'.

And in other news, horse sashimi doesn't taste that bad actually. At least it doesn't taste like chicken like all 'strange' meats.

Today's song: KOH+ - 最愛 (Saiai ("My Beloved")) (Ending theme of Suspect X)

(PS: Obscure blogpost titles made somewhat less obscure: translations and sources)


  1. Can you translate, please: "「大君は逝く・よき世は逝く・我も逝く、いざ楽園へ", thanks.

  2. Wow, this is rather random and sudden XD

    "The emperor is gone (dead). The good times are gone. I'll go too now, to paradise"

    It's a line from Edogawa Rampo's The Strange Tale of Panorama Island (Panoramatou Kidan).

  3. I'm translating in Italian Suehiro Maruo's adaptation of Edogawa Ranpo's book. Thanks for help.