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毎日新聞:アジア図書館の記事

大阪View:アジア図書館 蔵書50万冊、私立では国内最大級−−東淀川・淡路 /大阪 毎日新聞 2012年08月26日 地方版
http://mainichi.jp/area/osaka/news/20120826ddlk27040216000c.html

リンク見て読んでね。

毎日新聞にアジア図書館についてのっていました。ネットではのっていませんが、本誌には写真もいろいろ掲載されていました。まだまだ本や段ボールが山積みで整理する事がたくさんありそうなんだなあ、と思いました。限られたスペースを有効活用するため館内や倉庫のサイズに合わせた本棚を手作り。蔵書が並ぶ館内で図書目録の編集作業をしている写真がのっていました。
図書館ではアジア言語の語学教室をしたり、民族音楽の演奏会も開かれていて国際交流の拠点となっているそうです。本誌の写真はカザフスタンの民族楽器「ドンブラ」奏者のイナーラ・セリクパエバさんがのっていました。

写真を見る限り、セマッ苦しいところに沢山の本がわんさかある印象ですが、実際はどんな印象かなあ。。9/9にはじめてアジア図書館に整理のボランティアに行きます。楽しみにしています。

アメリカでは本の目録の英文和訳の仕事を少ししましたが、その時はちゃんと給料をもらって授業料の足しにしていました。図書館でのボランティアは初めてです。アジアの文化に関してはタイ人と離婚してから最近迄疎遠になっていたかなあ。アジア料理は好きでタイ料理やインド料理はよく食べに行くけど。。アジアの文化の本はあまり読まないかなあ。あ、最近バックパッカーの旅行記をまた読み返していて、旅行作家がタイやインドなどを旅行している話を読んでいます。旅行記はどこの国のを読むのも楽しいです。自分も近々書いてみたいと思っています。

戦争の時代の事を書いた本の話

最近おばが夏休みで時間があるので、ネットでうちのおばあさんが中国の女学校に行っていた時に同じ学校に行っていたおばあさんのブログを見つけて来て懐かしがっていた。おばあさんは旧満州の学校に行って育った。日本のスパイと言われた川島芳子も同じ学校に通っていたそうだ。

今日8/12日曜版には本を紹介するページがあるが、「満州特急「あじあ」の誕生」という本が紹介してあった。うちのおじいさんは旧満州の満鉄「満州鉄道」で働いていた。理工系に強かったので多分エンジニアかなんかだったと思う。もしかしたらこの本の中にはおじいさんも出てくるかもしれないとか、作者はおじいさんと知り合いなんじゃないかとか思ったりした。

同じ新聞の「今週の本棚」欄に「兄ーかぞくのくに」という、映画も作った監督である原作者の本の紹介が書いてあった。同じ日の新聞に立場が全く逆な感じの本が紹介してあってちょっと複雑だった。うちの家族はもちろん兵隊で侵略する目的で行っていた訳ではないが、旧満州にいたと言う事が良かった事なのか、よくわからない。「かぞくのくに」では、なかなかわたしも知らなかった在日の人とか北朝鮮の人の思いとかあって、映画も見てみたい感じ。日本に強制的に釣れて来られた人の人生と、夢を抱いて中国の植民地に住んでいたわたしの家族の人生の違いってなんだろうとか、でも命からがら逃げて来たから、残留孤児にならなくてすんだんだな、とか考えると、いろいろと複雑な気持ちになる。

そういうこと考えていると、おばがおばあさんの昔の人生を懐かしがっているのを素直に受け止めれないというか。。そのおばさんは満州から引き上げて来た年に産まれたので、赤ん坊のまま日本に逃げ帰って来たので、中国の記憶もない訳なので、戦前の親の若い時の記憶を今になって探っているんだろうな、と思う。

立場の違う人の違う思いがいろんなところで交錯するってすごく複雑で、お互いに素直に受け止めれないところもあるけど、個人レベルでもちゃんと人とわかりあえるようになれたらいいな、と思う。。

Julia Morgan’s style

Julia Morgan’s styleJulia Morgan was born in 1872. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in Civil Engineering and also studied architecture design at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. What I think different from other architect like Frank Lloyd Wright or Tadao Ando which when we see the building and notice their styles right away. Tadao Ando, a Japanese architect who has works around the world known for his bere concrete structure styles, and many follower Japanese architects used similar style of his. In case of Julia Morgan, she doesn’t have her own original material and/or design, but devotedly follow her clients’ wishes and ideas. She mainly worked for her patron, William Randolph Hearst, but she continuously worked both big and small projects with or without his support until her age of 78. She was able to design many kinds of materials depending on her clients’ need, availability of materials, space size, and it’s surrounding atmosphere. Her style is conse…

Julia Morgan

Julia Morgan Julia Morgan is known for being one of the first female architects born here in San Francisco.She grew up in the bay area in Oakland.She was a very small woman in size, just over 5 feet and 100 pounds.Despite her physical appearance, her character was very strong.She graduated high school in Oakland in 1890 and furthered her education at University of California Berkeley in 1894.She studiedcivil engineering and received her degree.
Julia Morgan was a student and friend of Bernard Maybeck, fellow architect and and resident of the bay area.Bernard Maybeck wished to see Julia's talent grow and persuaded her to apply to Ecole des Beaus-Arts in Paris.The first time Julia applied she was rejected because the school was all male and no female students were allowed to attend.She applied a second time despite her rejection and was again denied.The school claimed their reason of her rejection to be her failing the exam to enter the program.Two years later Julia took the test agai…

My Impression of Fairytale

My Impression of Fairytale
I am not in IAD major, so it is hard to answer in the practical manner, but I have some house and building that want to use as a design for the story book.
First one is the Green Gables House. The original is at the Prince Edward Island, East Coast Canada. It is popular site for the best-selling book of Anna of Green Gables. It is also popular for Japanese tourist, from its Japanese anime series, Akage no An, (“Red-Haired Anne”) showed in 1979. So, first thing I heard the word, “story house”, I think of this place.
Actually, Japanese import housing company, Maples Homes, build the Green Gabled house already, but just assuming that I build this style in San Francisco, I would change more to cream color (Naples Yellow) wall and enhance the wall (maybe use concrete or stucco inside of the wooden panels for securing from earthquake. The size would be smaller too to fit in one of the land of the housing area in San Francisco. It could be little shorter with the wi…

Nijusseiki Yokujou (20 century public bath)

Nijusseiki Yokujou(20 century public bath)

        There are not many Art Deco style buildings that I found in Japan. Maybe there are, but I just don’t know which one. One of the Art Deco that I found in wikipedia and I thought that is interesting to me is Nijusseiki Yokujou in Tokyo.         The concept sento, public bath was started in 1591, which people around the same nationhood take a bath together and communicate each other. (men and women take separately) At old time, not many people have their own bathroom in their home, so they go to take commercial bath in a reasonable price. In the modern era, it cost as cheap as $2-3. Ever since after the WWII, when Japanese society became more modernized, people tend to have their own bath at their home or apartment, so there are not much need of this kind of the public bath. Besides, Japanese Hot Spring Resort, and commercial spa are still popular, especially during the cold winter time, but they are more expensive.         The Nijusseiki…

Arts & Craft in Japan

I think that when Art and Crafts came from England to Japan, it was influenced in two ways. One is called “Mingei” which was about thinking back traditional Folk Craft in Japan and also colonized places during the WWII, such as Korean Taiwan, and Manchuria China, as well as Native tribes from Ainu in Hokkaido and Okinawa. “It was founded a group by Sotetsu Yanagi (1889-1961) which established Japanese Folk Craft Museum. (Wikipedia, Mingei) “Yanagi went around Japan and rescued the lowly pots and unappreciated crockery used by commoners during the Edo Period (1603-1867) and Meiji Period (1868-1912.)” “Yanagi described the beauty of Mingei with words such as wholesome, honest, natural, innocent, free, simple, and pure.” (Mingei History) (which I think that it is resemble to a concept of the American Art and Craft Movement. These influences were rather about ceramic pottery, wooden furniture and sculpture and other everyday handmade objects than architecture movement.
Another influence w…