2017/12/24

[nokonoko journal] silent nights

Have a merry day of whatever you chose to believe.



Dinner at Eight - Rufus Wainwright


2017/11/20

[nokonoko journal] Blue Flame


I feel the presence of winter. Thought it’s transitioning, but I guess it was here already. I lighted a heater for the first time in this season. Hello my Aladdin.

OILA "Time"

2017/11/16

Dear Diary: Trip to Budapest 10 "Best of Budapest"


I stayed in Budapest for 2 days. It was obviously not long enough to explore the city, but at least I could stand on their land, smell the air, witness their morning to night, taste their food, see what and who I wanted to see. It was fulfilling trip, and it certainly expanded my horizon.

This is the view which struck me the most in Budapest. Too bad it looks really flat on the photo, but actual view had indescribable depth. It was so beautiful that I could gaze this for hours… Among many others, I must say this was my best of Budapest.


Köszönöm Szilárd and Gargaj for helping and making my trip more fun. And thank YOU for reading my travelogue till the end. Hope your trip to Budapest will be wonderful too.


> Read All of “Trip to Budapest” #1-10


2017/11/15

Dear Diary: Trip to Budapest 9 "Cake"



Krémes.

Ever since I read an article about this cake, I'd been looking for an occasion to try. The article says something like "there are so many great cakes in Hungary, yet Hungarians in fact love this very simple cake the most."

After carefully examined several guidebooks and websites, I decided to try at Ruszwurm near the Matthias Church.

Smooth vanilla creams are sandwiched by crispy puffs. Timeless combination. And.. mmmm… can't go wrong with it.

> Read All of “Trip to Budapest


2017/11/14

Dear Diary: Trip to Budapest 8 "The Pub"



This is Szimpla Kert, Budapest's well-known ruin pub.

Instead of renovating old abandoned building, they use the building as is for bar and cafe, etc. All the sections were decorated with lots of junks, and created very unique atmosphere. Cool and kitsch, felt like sneaking in streetboys' hidden hangout spot.


If you watched "Moleman 2" (documentary about demoscene culture) you might recognize this view. This place was used to film its interview and Szilárd, a director of this film mentioned in my interview as a recommended spot in Budapest. 

Szilárd kindly took some time to see me while I was in Budapest, and we could talk over a cup of tea in this place. It was one of those “Life is funny” moments for me, and I was very happy to finally meet him and say thanks to him in person. (My interview with demosceners started because of this film.)

2017/11/09

Dear Diary: Trip to Budapest 7 "Postcard"




Dark streets and a very bright building.

1. Seems like they don't have a master lights-on switch. (it lighted up gradually)
2. This contrast reminded me of the history of this country.
3. It looked like a giant hologram.
4. People gazing this scenery looked like cinderellas who dream about a ball, and that was lovely view.

On my way back to the hotel room, I saw the world most beautiful McDonald from a tram.


> Read All of “Trip to Budapest

2017/11/08

Dear Diary: Trip to Budapest 6 "One Bedroom"




I stayed in an apartment hotel in downtown (district 6). They had a full kitchen and there was a supermarket nearby, so I could just stock up and heat the soup and make toast or sandwich when I woke up in the middle of the night. I love the time like this. Travelling without a need to quickly recover from jetlag is luxury.

It seems like this type of apartment hotel is quite common in Budapest. When you look up in booking.com, you will see plenty of them and they offer more spacious room and better location with cheaper rate than hotels. Now that Airbnb is getting popular, people are rushing to renovate the room to make some profits in foreign currencies, I heard. Indeed, buildings near the hotel were almost all under repair.

From my balcony, I could see a little patio and Mexican ladies playing poker all day long.

> Read All of “Trip to Budapest

2017/11/03

Dear Diary: Trip to Budapest 5 "The Door"




When you travel abroad, there’s always a moment you realize or re-realize that you’re in a foreign country.

In Hong Kong, it was when I lined up for a taxi. In England, it was when I saw their very simple signage (because they don’t need to put anything other than English) And in Hungary, it was this door.



I had such a tough time unlocking the door of my hotel room. Never seen this type of lock before (turn 3 times, turn a bit more to unlock then turn back to remove) and I spent good 10 minutes trying to turn the key right and left, push and pull the door. Eventually and luckily other guests passing by helped me opening. It took 2 days to master unlocking/locking this door..

Never imagined myself feeling “Oh, I’m so foreigner!!” by a difference of door lock.

> Read All of “Trip to Budapest

2017/10/26

Dear Diary: Trip to Budapest 3 "Street"

Paul Erdős, John von Neumann, John Kemeny... Because there are many geniuses from this country, Hungary was rumoured to be a place where Martians live.

Not sure if this is true, but I spotted some suspected descendants while I was doing subtitle for two Hungarian documentaries which revolve around tech/science.


Some time ago, I read a lovely story about "Gömböc" which was proven by Hungarian scientist, and there was a remark that their complex language might have something to do with their intelligence.

I don't know. I couldn't find any lead on this trip anyway. 
Here are the photos I took while I was walking around the city.

> Read All of “Trip to Budapest


2017/10/25

Dear Diary: Trip to Budapest 2 "Fast"




There’s no direct flight to Budapest from Japan, so I flew in via Helsinki.

When a Mexican boy sitting next to me found out that I was heading to Budapest, he kindly gave me some advice. “Since you’re used to the safety level in Japan, you’d better avoid all public transportation, taxi and night walking in Budapest.” This makes me scared and I followed them for a while, but eventually broke them all. (But I didn’t take or walk alone after 9pm, as a basic rule for girl’s solo trip.)



Tram was nice and bus was easy. Metro was tricky though. Or I should say “a way to get to the metro platform” was tricky. Their escalator moves so fast (at least 3 times faster than Japan’s) and is very steep (felt like 70 degrees) and so long (felt like forever). Basically this freaked me out and I decided to avoid them if I could.

And their ferris wheel moves quite fast too.



> Read All of “Trip to Budapest



2017/10/24

Dear Diary: Trip to Budapest 1 "Night View"




A few weeks ago, I visited Budapest, Hungary for the first time.

I arrived in the evening and Budapest looked very dark to my eyes; Smoky sky, glimmer street lights, tired looking walls, thin bright light coming from the gap of huge doors…


Watching its night from the taxi, I felt like watching a really heavy and closed love story movie. 30 minutes ride was not long enough. Fascinating view.


> Read All of “Trip to Budapest






2017/10/17

[Good evening Tuesday] Mind if I say yes?


Do you mind if I…?

When I’m asked a question starting from this sentence in person, I always get nervous a bit. Because even when I do want to tell that I don’t mind, I often ended up telling them “YES!” with a big smile and make them puzzled. 

2017/10/15

ブダペストに行ってきました

先日、2.5日間という短期間ではありますが、ハンガリーのブダペストに行ってきました。

ハンガリーって名前はよく聞くけど、実際どこにあるの?どんな国なの?と思っていた私ですが、かつてハンガリー出身のルームメイトがいたことをきっかけに、何となく耳馴染みのある国になっていきました。

そして、このブログでも何度か紹介していますが、コンピュータプログラミングを使ったアート作品デモシーンやゲーム開発など、ハンガリーのサブカルチャーシーンを紹介したドキュメンタリーシリーズ「Moleman」の日本語字幕をつけさせていただいたことで、さらにハンガリーについて知る機会があり、映像や資料だけでなく、一度はこの地の雰囲気を体験してみないとなぁ、、と思っていたのでした。

そんなわけで、以前よりハイピッチで重くなる腰をよっこら上げて、いざブダペストへ!


2017/08/29

[nokonoko journal] Sirens




This early morning, I woke up with the loud and disturbing sirens and warnings from our community speakers and loud tone from my phone. It says “a missile has been launched.” (news)

2017/08/24

最近のうちの文鳥 ~包まれたい~


溶けるかと思った猛暑が8月になって落ち着き、雨続きで肌寒いなぁ、、このまま秋に突入なのかなぁ、、と思った矢先の猛暑復活!体がついていけてません…。お風呂場にはあったまるタイプの入浴剤と夏用のクールタイプの入浴剤をスタンバイしているのですが、こんな頻度で切り替えていいのか少々不安になる今日この頃です。皆さまもどうぞご自愛ください。

さて、時候の挨拶が済んだところで、本日は久しぶりに最近のうちの文鳥の様子をお届けします。

最近のごまちゃん

2017/07/15

"Moleman 4" Documentary about Game Development in Hungary


Documentary film “Moleman 4 - Longplay” was released on Vimeo the other day. And I joined their project as a Japanese translator :) 

You know what this is if you’d watched Moleman episode before, but Moleman is a series of documentary which features subcultures in Hungary. And this time they featured game development history in Hungary.


[UPDATE!] "Moleman 4 - Longplay" is now available on YouTube!! You can watch the entire film for free with subtitles (EN, ES, DE, FR, PT-BR, JA).



「Moleman4」について:0x4015 (よっしん)さん x シラード監督の往復書簡


先日こちらで紹介させていただいたドキュメンタリー映画『Moleman 4 – Longplay』はもうご覧いただけたでしょうか? 見た見た!という方は(ありがとうございます!)、ぜひ何度でも見ていただいて、これから見たいと思う、なんとなく興味はある、という方は、これからの暑すぎて外に出たくない季節のお供にぜひご活用ください!(視聴はこちらからどうぞ


Update!)ハンガリー国内でのDVD化実現を記念して、こちらの映画が全編YouTubeで無料公開されました!特典映像はVimeoまたはSteamで映画のデラックスバージョンを購入すると視聴できます。


予告編




今回は、この映画をすでに視聴された方の感想(っていうか、情報)をご紹介したいと思います。

2017/07/05

『Moleman 4 – Longplay』が公開されました!

先日、日本語字幕で参加させていただいたドキュメンタリー映画『Moleman 4 – Longplay』が公開されました!作品は、インディーズ作品が世界中からあつまる高品質な動画サイトでおなじみのVimeoで購入版とレンタル版が公開されています。(現在はSteamでも公開されたようです!)

 こちらは、ハンガリーのサブカルチャーシリーズを追ったMolemanシリーズの第4作目で、今回はハンガリーのゲーム開発の歴史がテーマになっています。一般的なナレーションで進むドキュメンタリーとは少し異なり、未来から来たスパイがVRを使って隠された情報や歴史を探るという、ややドラマ仕立てになっています。

Update!)ハンガリー国内でのDVD化実現を記念して、こちらの映画が全編YouTubeで無料公開されました!

特典映像はVimeoまたはSteamで映画のデラックスバージョンを購入すると視聴できます。



予告編はこちら


2017/06/06

Interview with Japanese demoscener - 0x4015



Welcome to the Interview with Demosceners. This time, we welcome 0x4015 who won 4K compo at Revision this spring. This created a buzz among Japanese people in the community, because this was the first time that Japanese demoscener had won at Revision, the largest demoscene party held on this planet.

I might have mentioned before but demoscene didn’t flourish in Japan even in mid-90s, the time defined as golden era of demoscene. There are many reasons for it (I’m not the right person to explain about this, ask someone else) but basically Japanese computing platforms were different from the ones which drove demoscene forward (such as Commodre64 and Amiga). And just like at the train station, we wouldn’t barely know what’s going on at the different platforms, mostly we just care what’s coming to our platform.

Having said that, Japan is known as the land of Fujiyama, Geisha, Sushi, Nintendo, and Technology. Sir James Dyson said, “it’s a place where people appreciate design and technology*” It's a lovely thing to hear and I also agree but therefore I’ve always wondered: Demoscene is a place where tech meets art.. then why wasn’t there demoscene or equivalent of demoscene in Japan in 90s? 

In this interview, 0x4015 answered to this question. He introduces us what was happening in Japanese computer fans community in 90s. And of course he reveals how he made his 4K demos, too (check his machine!). You’ll also learn how to read his name and where it comes from. Enjoy! :)

日本のデモシーナー、0x4015さんにインタビュー





「デモシーナーにインタビュー」へようこそ。今回は、この春にドイツで開催されたデモパーティー「Revision」の4Kカテゴリーで見事優勝された、日本人デモシーナーの0x4015さんをゲストにお迎えしました。

最初に少しだけご説明させていただくと、Revisionとはデモシーン最大のコンテストで、毎年イースターの時期にドイツで開催されています。規模の大きなデモパーティーにありがちなゲームの要素(eSportsなど)は一切なく、しっかりとカテゴリー分けされたコンポ(コンテスト)、ライブコーディングバトル、セミナー、ライブ/DJなどなど、どこを切ってもデモシーンというデモシーン純度(ほぼ)100%のイベントです。

世界最大のデモパーティーということもあり、エントリーされる作品はどれも本当にハイレベル。そして、出す方も本気なら見る方も本気なので、ここの観客相手に“一発ネタ”のような作品は通じないというのが私の持っている印象です。「笑いが取れても、勢いがあっても、技術が高くないとダメなのよ」的なストイックさを個人的には感じています。さすがはドイツ。

そしてもう1つ、0x4015さんが優勝した「4Kカテゴリー」ですが、これは作品のサイズが4KB以内というルールのカテゴリーです。柔道とかで言うところの40キロ級のように、このカテゴリーにエントリーするには、作品を4KB以内に収めなければなりません。Revisionでも競争率の高いカテゴリーの1つです。

さて、Revision4Kで優勝することの凄さを少しご理解いただけたでしょうか、、。「あれで4KBなのか!?」という作品自体への驚きももちろんですが、日本人で初めてRevisionで優勝したということもあり、日本だけでなく海外からも「快挙だ!」と賞賛の声があがっているようです。あっぱれですね。

さて、えらいこと前置きが長くなりましたが、0x4015さんのインタビューでは、4KB作品の臨場感あふれる制作プロセスに加え、デモとの出会い、そして、海外でデモシーンが黄金期を迎えていたときの日本の状況などを語っていただきました。(これがとても興味深い!) それから、気になるこのお名前の読み方と由来も公開されています!笑

では、最後までどうぞお楽しみください!

2017/05/30

[Good evening Tuesday] What May is over?


Wow, that was busy spring..!



“Myth Takes” by !!!
This album was the playlist for my spring cleaning. Thanks guys, it really worked for me.


2017/03/09

The Voice: 4. Voice and Translation


Voice is important for me when I translate.
When I got texts, I always (unconsciously) imagine the suitable voice for the texts.

I do quite a lot of marketing translation, and each company, brand or promotion has its own human-like characteristics. Some companies specify the tone of the texts, but that's not enough for me. I need to set its voice in my head from its character, specification etc. Stable? High? Comforting? Energetic? Sultry? Fun? For example, if it's proper texts for general public, I pull up goody-goody type of voice. And when I translate, I make that voice read my texts in my head and see if it's natural.

Sometimes I get to do some voice script translations, like audio guide and tutorial. They give me plain scripts, and later they record with voice actors. In this case, when the final version comes out I can compare with the voice I imagined and voice they chose. And that's fun. (And yes, sometimes annoyed.. :)

2017/02/20

The Voice: 2. Lullaby - For your sleepless nights


Lately I enjoy watching (or listening to) a video called "Joe Pera Talks You to Sleep."




His voice and monotonous way of talking really works for me and if not making me sleepy, it definitely calms me down. (I don't care what he talks about here.)

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