Random Anniversary 2: My Brain

 

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Another arbitrary amount of time, gone by in the blink of an eye! I continue to get older at a surprising pace! And I document this in a thing called a journal! Thoughts, feelings, occurrences, situations, circumstances–all of it ends up on a page at some point! Those pages build up and build up until I have a ridiculous number of pages inscribed with years and years of circumstances and occurrences stuffed in the back of a closet somewhere because what am I supposed to do with them!

Yes, it’s time to celebrate again the completion of another book, another tiny tome of my scribbly script, this one from July 2012 right up until April 2014. Some of the incidents documented therein include seeing Upstream Color for the first, second, third, and fourth times (I know I don’t usually write about movies here, but seriously, you should watch that movie. It’s really good), two lengthy trips to Japan (mostly Tokyo interspersed with jaunts around the Kanto region and brief trips to Kansai, Hokkaido, and Okinawa), walking the red carpet at TIFF (as an interpreter for what was probably the easiest money I’ve ever made interpreting), getting my heart broken by three baby cats, and of course, reading books. Reading lots and lots of books. 

And as with every little notebook my brain fills with scribbles, I kept a list of every one of those books (except for the ones I forgot to write down because I am a numbskull). So in celebration of this randomly occurring special day, I present that list to you here (in addition to changing the look of the whole place!). Like the last random anniversary, links to any that my brain tackled publicly here are included and the key for the secret codes following each title is right here.

J = Japanese

E = English

F = French

R = Re-read

B = Borrowed

T = Translation

G = Gift

So take this very special day to maybe find something new on this list to read, and go ahead and celebrate your own arbitrary reading list in the comments!

Subete Mayonaka no Koibitotachi: Mieko Kawakami (J)

Hon no Sukoshi no Mizu: Fumiko Okada (J, B)

Little Lulu: All Dressed Up: John Stanley & Irving Tripp (E, B)

Bitchy’s College Daze: Roberta Gregory (E, B)

Wet Moon Vol 1–3: Atsushi Kaneko (J)

Rivalry: Nagai Kafu Trans. Stephen Snyder (E, T, G)

The Summer Book: Tove Jansson Trans. Thomas Teal (E, T, G)

Little Heart: Raighne Hogan (ed.) (E)

Rokunomiya Himeko no Higeki: Kuniko Tsurita (J, B)

Finder Vol. 1–2: Carla Speed McNeil (E)

Human Scramble Vol. 2: Masao Yajima & Kenshi Hirokane (J)

Kako to Mirai: Machiko Kyo (J)

I Am A Hero Vol. 8–14: Kengo Hanazawa (J)

Bokura no Hentai Vol. 1–3: Fumiko Fumi (J)

Among Others: Jo Walton (E)

Sprite Vol. 1–3: Yuko Ishikawa (J)

Super Sad True Love Story: Gary Shteyngart (E)

Udon no Hito: est em (J)

St. Oniisann: Hikaru Nakamura (J)

Dokyusei: Asumiko Nakamura (J)

Genesis: Sumireko Hoshizono (J)

Umibe no Onna no Ko Vol. 1: Inio Asano

Watakushi Ritsu In Ha Ichi, Mata wa Sekai: Mieko Kawakami (J, R)

Kuslar: est em (J)

Mikako-san Vol. 1: Machiko Kyo (J)

Jisatsu Circle: Usamaru Furuya (J)

Shirokuma Cafe Vol. 1–2: Aloha Higa (J)

Erotics f Vol. 75–78: Akira Uemura (J)

Golondrina Vol. 1-3: est em (J)

Heaven: Mieko Kawakami (J)

Saga Vol. 1–3: Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (E)

Wata no Kunihoshi Vol. 1: Yumiko Oshima (J)

onBLUE Vol. 2: Various (J)

Mushi to Uta: Haruko Ichikawa (J)

Buying a Fishing Rod for My Grandfather: Gao Xingjian; Trans. Mabel Lee (E, T)

Monkey Business Vol. 2–3: Ted Goossen, Motoyuki Shibata (eds.) (E, T, G)

Maison Ikkoku Vol. 1–10: Rumiko Takahashi (J, R)

25 Ji no Vacances: Haruko Ichikawa (J, G)

Coppers: Natsume Ono (J)

Ping Pong Vol. 1–5: Taiyo Matsumoto (J, B)

The Heart of Thomas: Moto Hagio; Trans. Matt Thorn (E, T, B)

You Are a Cat!: Sherwin Tjia (E, G)

The Making of: Brecht Evans; Trans. Laura Watkinson & Michele Hutchison (E, T)

The Diamond Age, or a Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer: Neal Stephenson (E, R)

The Great Outdoor Fight: Chris Onstad (E, R)

Dame BL: Various (J)

Transmetropolitan: Back on the Street: Warren Ellis & Darick Robertson (E, R)

Nihonjin to Shite Shitte Okitai Keigo: Miruku Tajima (J)

The Devotion of Suspect X: Keigo Higashino; Trans. Alexander O. Smith with Elye J. Alexander (E, T)

Akuma no Iro Tengoku: Shinichi Hoshi (J)

No Love Lost: Ariel Bordeaux (R, G)

Kaze to Ki no Uta Vol. 8–10: Keiko Takemiya (J)

Ippo Vol. 1–2: est em (J)

Chokodoshujin Vol. 2–3: Naoto Yamakawa (J)

Tamara Drewe: Posy Simmonds (E)

Ningen Shikkaku Vol. 1–3: Usamaru Furuya (J)

Shinsai to Fiction no Kyori: Makoto Ichikawa (J, E, T)

Tekkon Kinkreet: All in One: Taiyo Matsumoto (J, R, B)

Japan as Viewed by 17 Creators: Various (E, T, B)

Otona no Tame no Zankoku Dowa: Yumiko Kurahashi (J)

The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: Gengoroh Tagame Trans. Anne Ishii (T, G)

Barairo no Ho no Koro: Asumiko Nakamura (J)

Kami no Kodomo: Nishioka Kyodai (J)

Gogo Monster: Taiyo Matsumoto (J, E, B)

Tekkon Kinkreet: Black and White: Taiyo Matsumoto Trans. Lillian Olsen (T, B)

Blue Spring: Taiyo Matsumoto (I forgot to write the name of the translator down!) (T, B)

Aoi Haru: Taiyo Matsumoto (J, B)

The Left Hand of Darkness: Ursula K. Le Guin (E)

Otoyomemonogatari Vol. 3: Kaoru Mori (J)

Freak Angels Vol. 1–6: Warren Ellis & Paul Duffield (R)

Twinkle: Saho Tono (J, G)

The Shining Girls: Lauren Beukes (E)

Garo/COM (1) 1964–1970: Mitsuhiro Asakawa (ed.) (J, G)

Love Lens Comic Anthology: Love Love Hill

The Nao of Brown: Glyn Dillon (E)

Vers l’est: Matthieu Handfield (F)

Pluto Vol. 1–8: Naoki Urasawa × Osamu Tezuka (J, R)

Keimusho no Naka: Kazuichi Hanawa (J, B)

Raito BL e Yokoso: Ownsha (ed.) (J)

All My Darling Daughters: Fumi Yoshinaga; Trans. John Werry (E, T, G)

Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. 1–6: Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (too many translators!) (T, G)

Sandcastle: Frederik Peeters & Pierre Oscar Levy; Trans. Nora Mahoney (E, T)

Inumukoiri: Yoko Tawada (J)

Sono Otoko, Amato ni Tsuki: est em (J)

Senso to Hitori no Onna: Yoko Kondo (J, B)

Modern Japanese Literature: Donald Keene (ed.) (E, T)

Black Paths: David B.; Trans. Nora Mahoney (E, T)

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore: Robin Sloane

U: Machiko Kyo (J)

Utsubora: Asumiko Nakamura (J)

Shinjuku Lucky Hole: Haruko Kumota (J)

Gekkan Shojo Nozaki-kun Vol. 1–4: Izumi Tsubaki (J)

Rakugo Shinchu Vol. 1–4: Haruko Kumota (J)

Kuchibiru to Garnet: Zinia Uno (J)

Metro Vol. 1–2: Chika Ishikawa (J)

A whole schwack of doujinshi

Takeyabuyaketa: Sakae Kusama (J)

Helter Skelter: Kyoko Okazaki (J)

Orange: Ichigo Takano (J)

Ultras: est em (J)

Sunny Vol. 1–4: Taiyo Matsumoto (J)

ACCA 13-ku Kansatsuka Vol. 1: Natsume Ono (J)

Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon Vol. 1–6: Naoko Takeuchi (J, R)

Itaitashii Love: Kiriko Nananan (J)

Quiet: Susan Cain (E, G)

Shisei: Shizuka Nakano (J)

Reamde: Neal Stephenson (E)

Fubin BL: Miho Kigoshi, Keiko Fukumoto (eds.) (J)

Draw Your Own Manga: Haruno Nagatomo (E, B)

Manga Techniques Vol. 6: Various (E, B)

Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga: Koji Aihara & Kentaro Takekuma Trans. Yuji Oniki (T, E, B)

Tenkensai: Yumiko Shirai (J)

The Age of Miracles: Karen Thompson Walker (E, G)

Sakuran: Moyoco Anno (J, R)

Alif the Unseen: G. Willow Wilson (E)

Through the Language Glass: Guy Deutscher (E, G)

Double Mints: Asumiko Nakamura (J)

 

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