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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:02 pm    Post subject: Different ways of reading and different writing systems Reply with quote
Very interesting article in the latest Japan Focus:
http://japanfocus.org/-Tawada-Yoko/3208
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 4:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Different ways of reading and different writing systems Reply with quote
heron wrote:
Very interesting article in the latest Japan Focus:
http://japanfocus.org/-Tawada-Yoko/3208


Interesting, but the lines about people having "manga eyes" and "needing paragraphs that could fit on a cellphone screen" are that special brand of Japanese BS - a characterization that is so ridiculous people completely buy into it, even though it really is total BS. Reminds me of blood type being related to personality or gaijin having different structured tongues than Japanese which causes them to have an accent.


The editor told me that in his opinion the secret of this new translation was that an unusually large number of paragraph breaks had been added to the novel. Manga readers can read the novel by passing from paragraph to paragraph as if from one manga image to the next. They are no less intelligent than their grandparents, but they have a different organ of vision, or a different cable connecting their retinas to their brains.

This is patently ridiculous, but very Japanese in the way it is presented as fact. As a whole, the article is interesting though.
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