About the “wind telephone” in northeastern Japan, where you can “talk” to loved ones you have lost:
1. A short article from Atlas Obscura
2. Audio (with transcript) and video from Spotlight English
Imagine having a perfect memory. This might come in handy during exam time, but imagine remembering everything that ever happened to you — good and bad things, successes and failures. This woman is one of only 60 people worldwide who’ve been identified as having something called “highly superior autobiographical memory” (H.S.A.M.) She even remembers something from when she was 12 days old.
If you want to learn more about this condition, here’s an article from the BBC: “The blessing and curse of people who never forget”
If you want to watch an enjoyable, funny movie about memory (or lack thereof), try “50 First Dates” (Japanese title: 『50回目のファースト・キス』)
A quick quiz before reading:
This article from Quartz describes the concepts of biophilia (the affinity humans have for the natural world) and 森林浴 (shinrinyoku・literally, “forest bathing”).
When I was reading this, I read “bibliophilia” (the love of books/reading) instead of biophilia. I think reading has just as much power to heal as forest bathing, and you can certainly read wherever you are.
Here’s some forest bathing I did in Kyoto a while ago. Definitely sublime.
Today’s post title is from this section of the article:
“To experience soft fascination, it’s necessary to meander through the woods. Forest bathing isn’t the same thing as hiking or brisk walking.Aimlessness is advisable. The tree tonic works best with minimal effort. Let your gaze be drawn wherever it wants to land.”
And on that note, I’ll be taking the rest of our spring break off from posting, to recharge my batteries and prepare for the new year.
The academic year begins again in April. I’ll be back then with more topics.
In the meantime, there’s plenty in the archives, if you’re looking for something to read, watch, talk or write or think about, in English.
School supplies = notebooks and pens, tablets and smartphones, and Batman costumes.
“New research finds that kids aged 4-6 perform better during boring tasks when dressed as Batman” (from the World Economic Forum)
I’d be willing to bet it works for older students, and is not limited to Batman. Time to stock up on Doraemon and Anpanman costumes?