Friday, September 14, 2012

10th Issue 2012 Da Vinci: Fukuda Mayuko’s (福田麻由子) Murakami Haruki Discussion

Text from the ever reliable

Scan from Mayuko’s Baidu.

Fukuda Mayuko “After the dream, after the battle”

“Reading Murakami’s works is the same as dreaming. It’s as if the story and my memories become one. Even though I have no such experience and connection to the situation and thus unable to see it, but it’s as if it came from a memory and from my own experiences. It’s somehow a mysterious sensation.

My first experience is when I was 14 years old. I was suddenly hospitalized for 2 weeks and had a lot of free time. Since I love to read, my dad bought me many books. In those books is a book by Murakami. A few days before I was hospitalized, I saw a book cover with a cat and stone that left a great impression on me at the bookstore. Even though I didn’t know what the contents was about, I suddenly wanted to try reading it.

In that dim hospital room, forgetting to sleep, I read it all in one night. It’s really as if I’m dreaming. I have always thought that it was a miracle for the 14 years old me to encountered “Kafka On The Shore”. As if waking up from a dream, there exists a whole new world. The world spread out many times wider, by no mean so much that the arms can’t reach, but also very near. Even though the arm can’t grow longer, you can still hear its voice. After that, though I started to read other Murakami’s works, “Kafka On The Shore” is still my number one favorite. Other works have a unique but different stinging world, though I can’t describe how much I love this book, it’s just more. I also really like “The Elephant Vanishes” and “Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman”. Perhaps these two works is the closest to the expression of to be able to see your dream. While they are just an inorganic matter, they are packed with Murakami’s charming words that can resonate the heart. In that dream, I’m always alone. Inside me is a small battle. I wondered what kind of dream will I be shown next.”



- I’m sure there are mistranslations, please tell me.

- I don’t know what she’s talking about for the battle. It may be just a misunderstanding of the text on my part…

- I think the most shocking part of this interview was that she was hospitalized for 2 weeks when she was 14. I didn’t know about this until now. I wonder when that happened, and why… This part is as shocking as when I learned that she had thoughts of quitting acting. Σ(っ゚Д゚;)っ

- I seriously didn’t know “The Elephant Vanishes” was a collection of short stories. I still have it on my tablet, but no time to read it… And I still haven’t finish the 2nd Hunger Game book yet. Need to start reading it again.


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Fukuda Mayuko (福田麻由子): Otona ni Naru Mae ni… 42

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We introduce you to Fukuda Mayuko’s strange thoughts and the things she’s interested in at the moment! Everyone, please enjoy!

September 7, 2012

42th Entry

“When Talking About Summer”


For the last summer break as a high school student, I had a barbecue with my classmates from last year. I was with 18 members that I’m always close with. Somehow, it has an “Amazing Youth!” feel.

With the river as the backdrop, we played rock-paper-scissor to form into teams for baseball and breaking watermelon. As it become dark, we also played with fireworks. Even though all of us are facing the period to prepare for our college entrance exam and didn’t have time to play, but someone suggested “Let’s do a lot of summer-like things today!” and all of us gathered for one day to have fun.

That evening, next to the river, we talked continuously. If only these times won’t end, was part of our conversation. During the period as a high school student, I always want these times to continue. Isn’t it wonderful like this everyday?

Even though I got a suntan from it, when meeting with the people at the office during this time, I didn’t talk about it. So I’m letting it out all at once.



- An unusual and somehow easy to understand entry. I was really surprised when I read it for the first time. Also unusual was the fact that I was able to access this entry. I don’t know what happen but it’s quite lucky.

- I’m not sure how many students are usually in a typical Japanese class, but if it’s around 30 students, isn’t 18 people already more than half of the class? Also, you would wonder if they are girls only or a mix of boys and girls. I’m really amazed at her ability to make friend. Though we don’t have that type of 1 class system where I live (we have multiple classes, typical of the US), I don’t think I am ever good friend with 18 people at once. The most is probably 10.

- Mayuko is going to college. I am proud of her. I hope she’ll get into whichever school she choose. (*^^*)