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10 years in Japan

Exactly 10 years ago, on October 1, 2009, I started my work at the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), arriving the previous day in a place not completely unknown, but with...


Ten Mincho – Great font and ugly Adobe

I recently stumbled upon a very interesting article by Ken Lunde (well known from CJKV Information Processing book) on a new typeface for Japanese called Ten Mincho, designed by Ryoko Nishizuka and Robert Slimbach....


Disappointing visitors

I recently realized that one of my blog post on Writing Japanese in LaTeX gets a disproportionate number of visitors. It turned out that most of them are not really interested in LaTeX, but...


Japan-styled Christmas Cards

A friend of mine, Kimberlee Aliasgar of Trinidad and Tobago, has created very nice Christmas cards “Japan styled” over at Xmascardsjapan (Japanese version is here). They pick up some typical themes from Japan and...


Japanese TeX User Meeting 2017

Last saturday the Japanese TeX User Meeting took place in Fujisawa, Kanagawa. For those who have been at the TUG 2013 in Tokyo you will remember that the Japanese TeX community is quite big...


クライミング 明星山の直上ルート

もう三ヶ月前に大久しぶりにマルチピッチクライミングに行った。友人に誘われて、三人で新潟県の明星山の直上ルートを登った。石灰岩のあまりない環境でいつも明星山をたのしみにしてるけど、やっぱりちょっともろい石灰岩もありますよね。基本的にいいルートだけど、部分的にもろい岩で結構やばい感じした。何年間もここに登ってるのに、まだ慣れていないね。 (Short English summary: Climbing the Chokujo (direct) route on Myoji in Niigata. Not the best route on the face, but still not bad. Some loose passages, and in the upper parts a bit...





Running in the Kanazawa hills

Sometimes I needed a short break from work, and usually I go a bit running. Normally I run between five and ten km, just around our flat. But yesterday I somehow thought it might...

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Gaisi Takeuti, 1926-2017

Two days ago one of the most influential logician of the 20th century has passed away, Gaisi Takeuti (竹内 外史). I had the pleasure to meet this excellent man, teacher, writer, thinker several times...

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Ryu Murakami – Tokyo Decadence

The other Murakami, Ryu Murakami (村上 龍), is hard to compare to the more famous Haruki. His collection of stories reflects the dark sides of Tokyo, far removed from the happy world of AKB48...


I. J. Parker – The Dragon Scroll

Very enthralling and entertaining criminal story set in the 11th century Japan, the starting point of a series of novels around Sugawara Akitada (菅原 顕忠), a fictional official/scholar in the Heian period who solves...


John Oliver and news in Japan

Yesterday evening I was enjoying several features by John Oliver, mostly about the upcoming election in the US (Scandals), but also one of the best features I have heard from him on Guantánamo. It...