2006 - Dogs and Books

January 4, 2006

Happy New Year!

It's late. My brain is stuck in some time-zone between Hartford, Connecticut and Tokyo and it has not been an easy process extracting it.

Lots to do this year. Not the least of which is finishing up web stuff for Do You Know. Looking to revamp some old web-projects, clean up some photo projects, work on a couple new books (fall releases) and do some good traveling.

Current plans for the next couple months include heading up to Hokkaido for the Ice Festival in February. Shortly after that, heading to New Orleans for our Do You Know release event. March may place me in San Francisco for a bit, but that's looking less likely. As for "real" traveling, that looks like it's going to have to wait until summer. India, maybe?

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I was wondering if you could tell me the Japanese word for contact lens? I need it for something I'm writing, and my pocket dictionary is no help. If you know of any usable Japanese-English dictionaries on the web, that would be great too. Of course I thought of you because of your page on Kaigen, which looks totally intruiging. Hopefully I'll pick up a copy someday soon.

Jan 23, 2006 - 03:44 PM

Hi Aaron,

Contact lens in Japanese is actually just "Contacuto" or "Contacutorenzu" written phonetically in Katakana as ko-n-ta-ku-to (re-n-zu). コンタクト?コンタクトレンズ。

Kaigen actually is quite an interesting book. The inventor who was working on lenses ground the glass in his bedroom and tested the finished pieces on his own eye. Somewhere, I believe, when asked if he was scared of going blind he responded with, "I'm not worried because I still have my other eye."

Jan 23, 2006 - 04:11 PM

Thanks, I thought it might have been a loan word. But does that mean Kaigen wasn't really the first to invent contatct lenses? Either way, I can feel only awe at anyone who puts homeade chips of glass in his eye in the name of science. Key on a kite? Hah.

Jan 24, 2006 - 02:24 PM

Kaigen is the story about the first guy to "invent" contacts in Japan. If I remember correctly he was inspired by the contacts and glasses American soldiers had brought over to Tokyo.

Still, one crazy son of a bitch.

Jan 24, 2006 - 02:41 PM

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