The Japan Foundation E-mail Magazine Vol. 306

■■ One Bottle of Soy Sauce ■■

Dear readers,

Hot and humid summer has come. The weather forecast repeatedly warns people of risks of heatstroke. Although outside is hot, inside building is air-conditioned. We often feel relieved as soon as we enter building, but sometime, the room temperature is too low for our body. Indeed, quite many people suffer from sensitivity from cold temperatures in the summer.
One of the remedies for these people is taking a tepid bath. In summer, we tend to take a shower rather than soaking in a bathtub because we will be drenched in sweat afterwards. However, we have a solution for this problem: bath salt. There is a variety of bath salt brands, the trade names of which include the word "cool." They often have minty smell and cool down your skin after the bath.
Is there any method for surviving a long hot summer in your country?

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◇One Bottle of Soy Sauce
Japanese Food Expert Nancy Singleton Hachisu shares her passion for Japanese food and artisanal soy sauce.


▼△▼△Library Information ▼△▼△

◇List of new books

-The Japan Foundation Library
-The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa
-The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai


▼△▼△ Worth Sharing ▼△▼△
Worth Sharing―A Selection of Japanese Books Recommended for Translation is the list of recommendable good books for translation that we compiled annually.

◇ Umiuso [Mirage] Author: Kaho Nashiki

In the late 1920s a young geographer travels to a small island in southern Kyushu to carry out research, over time getting to know the local people. The island's mountains were once a popular retreat for Shugendo ascetics and the site of numerous temples where Buddhist and indigenous religious traditions mingled. These temples, though, now lie ruined and buried in overgrowth.
The young man is searching for "the silence and the scenery left behind after something decisive has passed." Through his relationships with an elderly couple and a hermit-like recluse who lives in one of the few Western-style buildings on the island, he comes to feel the tangible presence of the island's past. He gazes at the mountains that people revered as sacred, eats rice balls wrapped in butterbur leaves, and stands under waterfalls to purify himself.
The natural beauty of the surroundings soothes the pain the young man suffers in losing his fiancee and parents in short succession. The island's temples were destroyed in the anti-Buddhist movement that erupted in the aftermath of the 1868 Meiji Restoration. But even after that upheaval, the atmosphere of these sacred places is still a forceful presence on the island. In gentle and precisely weighted prose, the author draws a moving portrait of the culture and past of this fictitious island. The book ends with an epilogue written 50 years later. What sights await the geographer when he returns to the island after so many years? This beautifully written story is filled with affection for the vanished landscapes of Japan.

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▼△▼△Japanese Film Screenings July in 2017▼△▼△

Masahiro Shinoda Retrospective special (Taiwan)
Summer Explorers! 3 (U.K.)
Nikkatsu Roman Porno-Retrospektive (Germany)
Japanese Cinema Festival (Madagascar)


◇JF E-mail Magazine would like to hear your comments and suggestions.

Vol.306   7/11/2017

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