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Happy New Year 2015! Beware of the Wolves, Don’t be a Sheep, and Take Care of Your Flock :D

Welcome to the Sheep Year!

Of course, nobody wants to be a sheep. We’re more like watchdogs here at Japan Subculture Research Center. Benevolent wolves.

Not being able to think of anything better, I’m borrowing the benedictions below, which are also the vows of a Bosatsu 菩薩, a Buddha who postpones entering Nirvana to help the world. They are, at least in spirit, the vows of a Buddhist priest in Soto Zen.
I keep them in mind now and then. Selections taken from The Dhammapada and the works of Shanti Deva, Buddhist philosopher.

Wishing you all a very good year. 2015 is the year of the sheep but we're going to be behaving like protective wolves. Someone has to bark at the real enemies of the sheep.
Wishing you all a very good year. 2015 is the year of the sheep but we’re going to be behaving like protective wolves. Someone has to bark at the real enemies of the sheep.

The sentiment may be maudlin, the wish is heartfelt.

May we all:
Overcome anger with peace.
Overcome evil with good.
Overcome greed with generosity. 
Overcome liars with truth.

May all beings everywhere
Plagued by sufferings of body and mind
Obtain an ocean of happiness and joy
By virtue of my merits.

May no living creature suffer,
Commit evil or ever fall ill.
May no one be afraid or belittled,
With a mind weighed down by depression.

May the blind see forms,
And the deaf hear sounds.
May those whose bodies are worn with toil
Be restored on finding repose.May the naked find clothing,
The hungry find food.
May the thirsty find water
And delicious drinks.May the poor find wealth,
Those weak with sorrow find joy.
May the forlorn find hope,
Constant happiness and prosperity.
May all who are ill or injured
Quickly be freed from their ailments.
Whatever diseases there are in the world,
May these never occur again.

May the frightened cease to be afraid
And those bound be freed.
May the powerless find power
And may people benefit each other.

 

 

Haruki Murakami Wins The Nobel Prize For Literature!….in Japan. For a few minutes.

It was reported on the evening of October 10th that Japan’s much beloved novelist Haruki Murkami had won the Nobel Prize for Literature on October 10…but this turned out to be true only in an alternate universe.

Murakami Wins The Noble Prize for Literature! (According to the Sankei Shimbun, for a short time)
Murakami Wins The Noble Prize for Literature! (According to the Sankei Shimbun, for a short time)

Japan’s conservative newspaper, Sankei Shimbun, mistakenly released a special digital edition of their paper on the day the Nobel Prize for Literature was announced (October 10th), listing Mr. Murakami as the winner for this year. The article noted that his works Norwegian Wood and IQ84 were highly esteemed.

The digital edition had been prepared in advance, in anticipation that Mr. Murakami would win the award. In Japanese journalism, pre-written articles called 予定稿 (yoteiko) are often prepared months in advance to make sure that the newspapers don’t miss their deadlines. In the past, obituaries of the living have also been prematurely published, much to the embarrassment of the newspapers that published them. It is not clear exactly why the mistaken special edition was sent to Sankei Shimbun digital application subscribers.

Today, JSRC reporters spoke to a middle-aged talking dog in a trench coat eating rice-balls outside of a jazz bar in Shimo-kitazawa. When the talking dog was informed that Mr. Murakami had not actually won the prize, he expressed his outrage as follows, “There’s something wrong with this world when a whiny wench like Alice is heralded as a literary genius but Murakami remains unhonored. By the way, I’m looking for a sheep. Take a look at this picture. Ever seen it?”

The attractive, young and slender  Japanese woman with him greeted the news with seeming diffidence, taking a puff of her Virginia Slim cigarette, and saying, “Well, someone has to lose and someone has to win. It doesn’t have anything to do with Japan or maybe it does. I don’t know. What do you think?”

Sankei Shimbun issued an apology for the mix-up in the October 11th edition of the paper. The actual winner this year was Alice Munro. The Japan Subculture Research Center wishes that Murakami had actually won rather than Ms. Munro, but then again, we certainly aren’t objective.

We have no plans to change the website to The Alice Munro Subculture Research Center despite non-existent reports to the contrary.