Margaret Thatcher

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.(社会主義が抱える問題とは、あなたが最終的に他人のお金を使い切ってしまうことである。) ---- Margaret Thatcher


Maya the Bee Movie みつばちマーヤの大冒険

Such a spectacularly beautiful movie. There is a rich meadow world that comes alive, and the whole bug world comes alive. There are charming songs and dances and was enough humor for grown-ups too. Some amazing voices really stole the show, and the others also did such a great job.

For farther information, please visit the website.


Christmas Gift クリスマスギフト

From December 21st (today) - 25th, to express our sincere gratitude to all, we have decided to do "Lucy the Cat Christmas" with my translation FREE download service. We will really appreciate it if you download our Santastic Lucy for FREE from Amazon Kindle for your favorite devices such as PC, Kindle, Kindle Cloud, iPhone, iPad, etc during this period, and pet her.
12月21日(本日)より25日まで、皆さまへの日頃の感謝の気持ちを込めまして、訳書『ねこのルーシー クリスマス』の無料ダウンロードを行うこととなりましたのでご報告差し上げます。期間中は無料にてアマゾン・キンドルからダウンロードできますので、この機に、PC、キンドル、クラウド、iPhone、iPadなど、皆さま各々のお気に入りデバイスへ入れて飼っていただき、愛でてやってくだされば幸甚です。

↓For FREE download. 無料DLはこちらから。
Japan http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B018CJ0IBQ/
USA http://www.amazon.com/dp/B018CJ0IBQ
Canada http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B018CJ0IBQ
Holland http://www.amazon.nl/dp/B018CJ0IBQ
France http://www.amazon.fr/dp/B018CJ0IBQ
Australia http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B018CJ0IBQ

This is a picture book written from such an adorable cat (Sacred Birman), Lucy's point of view with lots of humor. Lucy tells us how she celebrates and enjoys Christmas in the 5th series. We sincerely hope both children and adults can enjoy the special worldview of this Finnish (Santa Clause's hometown) author and this very charming Lucy's world both in English and in Japanese.

Thanks to you all, it has been No.1 Best Seller on Amazon !
Amazon ベストセラー商品ランキング:
1位 --- Kindleストア > Kindle洋書 > Children's books > Animals
"Thank you so much for DLing and petting our Lucy when you are busy, everyone. We really appreciate your loyal patronage. Wishing all of you a very merry Christmas.
皆さま、お忙しい折DLいただき、愛でてくださり誠にありがとうございます。心より感謝申し上げます。 皆さまにステキなクリスマスが訪れますよう。

Please enjoy some treasure images in return for your loyalties.

With "The Velveteen Rabbit: Amazon Bestseller #1 (Animals Category)
『ビロードのうさぎ』と : アマゾン1位 (動物の本カテゴリー)

With "My Father's Dragon" : Amazon Bestseller #1 (Animals Category)
『エルマーの冒険』と : アマゾン1位 (動物の本カテゴリー)

With lots of "Dr. Dolittle"s  : Amazon Bestseller #1 (Animals Category)
『ドリトル先生』に囲まれて : アマゾン1位 (動物の本カテゴリー)

With "Zootopia" : Amazon Bestseller #1 (Animals Category)
『ズートピア』と : アマゾン1位 (動物の本カテゴリー)

The moment when Lucy was between "Alice"s. With J.K. Rowling's "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them": Amazon Bestseller #2 (Children's books category)
『アリス』にはさまれた瞬間。JKローリングの『ファンタスティック・ビーストと魔法使いの旅』と : アマゾン2位 (子どもの本カテゴリー)

The moment when Lucy was almost catching up with "Alice". With William Nicholson's "The Wind Singer": Amazon Bestseller #2 (Children's books category)
『アリス』に追い着きそうだった瞬間。ウィリアム・ニコルソンの『The Wind Singer』と : アマゾン2位 (子どもの本カテゴリー)

One of our greatest alumni, Ms. Midori Uematsu, the president of "George Eliot Fellowship Japan" and also a member of the board of directors of "The Jane Austen Society of Japan" gave stars to Lucy on Amazon. Thank you so much. Lucky you, Lucy!


The Secret Life of Pets ペット

A very fun and entertaining movie for the whole family, lots of laughs and surprises. The pets had amazing animation and the adding of the little Minions vignette was hilarious. The writing was excellent, the character development for the characters was interesting, the city itself was so detailed, the jokes were hilarious and the music flows great and goes great with the story line.

For farther information, please visit the website.


at my old high school 母校の高校にて

Those picture books with my translation, published in the year before last - this year, have been available at the library & Resource Center of Shizuoka Prefectural Hamamatsu Kita High School, my alma mater, thanks to the teachers' kind arrangement. Thanks a lot. Hope the current students who are interested in basic English or Japanese education, or the alumni who are engaged in basic English or Japanese education will enjoy them. Also hope those who are in the middle of child raising will enjoy the books reading them to children, and the books will meet lots of new friends in Shizuoka, where Mt. Fuji is, as well.

At Hamamatsu Central Library since they are still too young to go to Kita High School.


AEON Shibuya School Farewell Party イーオン渋谷校フェアウェルパーティ

Former students of AEON and current students' friends and families are also welcome. Here is AEON Shibuya School Farewell party info.
Wishing all of you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!


Foreign Literature Special for Beginners はじめての海外文学スペシャル

I joined Honyaku Hyakkei small event "Foreign Literature Special for Beginners" today. It's an event where some worthy translators who have translated lots of masterpieces exert every possible effort to introduce and recommend their own favorite books to the participants. Thank you so much for such an fruitful and exciting time. There was also a book signing session after the event, and I got quite a lot of autographs since there was no real limit to the number of the books. I really appreciate the kindness of the greatest translators who were kind enough to do a book swap with me. Wishing all of your continued success and prosperity and foreign literature's further success.

Left) With Mr. Toshiya Echizen, who translated "Inferno"
左)「インフェルノ」の翻訳者 越前敏弥先生と
Right) With Mr. Mizuto Kanahara, who translated "I am Malala"
右)「わたしはマララ」の翻訳者 金原瑞人先生と

Left)With Ms. Yoshiko Kamei, who translated "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry"
左)「ハロルド・フライの思いもよらない巡礼の旅」の翻訳者 亀井よし子先生と
Right)With Mr. Masaru Harada, who translated Westall's "The Call and Other Stories"
右)ウェストールの短編集「真夜中の電話」の翻訳者 原田勝先生と


The Jungle Book ジャングル・ブック

"The Jungle Book" 2016 is a great remake that will definitely enchant both children and adults while it has a different but an amazing ending than "The Jungle Book" 1967. The CGI characters are excellent and there is an entertaining atmosphere of humor, adventure and suspense. I would guarantee that you will see a perfect movie with great graphics, IMAX effect and the best 3D.

For farther information, please visit the website.


Yousho no mori Christmas party 洋書の森クリスマスパーティ

I joined Japan Publisher's Club "Wood of foreign books" Christmas party today. After the fabulous lecture by Mr. Toshiki Taguchi, we had such an enjoyable and fruitful time with some worthy teachers and translators at the party.Thank you so much. I completely lost their Bingo Game, but kept winning their Rock-Paper-Scissors Game, and got "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" by Ms. Yoshiko Kamei, the translator, who is also known for "Bridget Jones's Diary" series, and also "The Storyteller's Secret" by Mr. Inokuchi Koji, the translator, who is also known for "Steve Jobs" series, while my books went to other translators. Fortunately, I did book swapping this year again with such amazing translators. Hope all the wishes written for "Wood of foreign books" Christmas tree will come true. Wishing all of you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.
本日は日本出版クラブ「洋書の森」クリスマスパーティへ参加いたしました。田口俊樹先生のステキなお講義のあと、翻訳の大先生方、翻訳者の皆さま方とともに、楽しく充実したひと時を過ごせまして誠にありがとうございます。ビンゴ大会は全滅でしたが、ジャンケン大会で勝ち進み、「ブリジット・ジョーンズの日記」シリーズなどの翻訳でおなじみ、亀井よし子先生からは訳書の「ハロルド・フライの思いもよらない巡礼の旅」を、「スティーブ・ジョブズ」シリーズなどの翻訳でおなじみ、井口耕二先生からは訳書の「ビジネスと人を動かす 驚異のストーリープレゼン」を頂戴してしまいました。私のは別の翻訳者の方々のお手元に。おかげさまで今年もこんなすばらしい訳者たちとブクブク交換達成です。洋書の森ツリーに書かれた皆さまのお願い事もかないますように。皆さまどうぞステキなクリスマス、よい新年をお迎えくださいませ。


The Legend of Tarzan ターザン Reborn

It is a story about a man who controls jungle animals and swings from vines as everyone has already known, so it should look unbelievable at points, but there are quite some elements relied on realistic scenery, makeup and special effects. The CGI looked really good and will mesmerize you and the director and actors did a phenomenal job. A very enjoyable, action packed and beautiful movie.

For farther information, please visit the website.