Tuesday, June 25, 2013



Monday, June 24, 2013

Learning to Like - 好きになる努力

Whatever it is that I have no taste for or even actively dislike in art, music, theater, literature, food, sciences, technology, or whatever -- setting aside those things which are reasonably dismissible and not worth bothering to dislike - I am inclined to try and like what I don’t like, even sports, and investigate what it is that makes me dislike it.  This is, in part, to satisfy my rampant curiosity; but, more importantly, I consider it my gain if I can come to like whatever I previously did not and thereby enlarge the realm of my likes and reduce that of dislikes.  I firmly believe that life is richer and better with more things to like and fewer to dislike, though admittedly there are always things I will never come to like.

美術、音楽、演劇,文学,食べ物、科学、技術、なんであろうと、 明らかに考慮に足らず嫌う価値もないものは別としても、好かないもの嫌いなものはあるものですが、あたしは性質として,何でも,スポーツでさえも、好きになろうと努め,何故好かないものが嫌いなのか追求して見たいのです。これは、ひとつには溢れる好奇心を満たす為ですが,それと別に,今まで嫌いだったものが好きになれれば、好きな分野を広げ,嫌いな領域を減らせるという結果で、それだけあたしの得です。勿論,何でもかんでも好きになるのは不可能な事は解ってますけど,好きなものが多い程,そして嫌いなものが少ない程、豊かないい人生が過ごせるの云うのが,あたしの信じる所です。

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


 I'm very fond of this Japanese saying:

Bow your head when you listen to an admonition; it will then go past over you.

Friday, June 7, 2013