On Oct. 2, we gave an informal talk on digital cameras to the Tokyo PC Users Group, an English-speaking computer club that meets monthly at the Tokyo Union Church basement in Omotesando, Tokyo.
I suggested the meeting to the group and gathered a few other digicam users to talk to the group. I talked about using my Canon Powershot S50, John Lancaster talked about his new Canon Kiss Digital (Digital Rebel), Bradley Anderson (who came all the way from Numazu, Shizuoka) showed off his Nikon D100, and Mark Skorji discussed his Sony Mavica and Sony 717. We showed sample photos as well. I think we had almost 30 people there.
After our talk, there was a lively Q&A session since a good number in the audience still did not have a digicam. It was a good meeting, and it was a pleasure to meet new people.
Thanks to all the speakers, Sako Eaton (club’s vice president) who helped to arrange the talk, and all the other club officers and people who came to the meeting.
In the Oct. 4-5, 2003 issue of the International Herald Tribune newspaper, the photo I took of translator Edward G. Seidensticker (above) appeared in the Books & Culture column written by my friend Ralph Cassell. It was the first time a photo of mine (properly credited) appeared in this newspaper.
The article titled, “Translator recalls what he got (and missed) over half a century,” was about a talk Seidensticker gave in Tokyo to the Society of Writers, Editors, and Translators (SWET) on Sept. 27.
In the translation world, Seidensticker is a legendary figure best-known for translating masterpiece Japanese novels such as Yasunari Kawabata’s Nobel Prize-winning “Snow Country” (Yukiguni), Murasaki Shikibu’s “Tale of Genji, and Jun’inchiro Tanizaki’s “The Makioka Sisters” (Sasameyuki).
Seidensticker accompanied Kawabata to Stockholm in 1968 for the Nobel Prize awards ceremony. Without Seidensticker’s English translation, Kawabata would not have won the prize.
Peter Miller, a photogravure artist featured in PhotoGuide Japan ( http://photojpn.org/peter/index.html ) was the subject of an article in The Japan Times newspaper’s column called Personality Profile” written by VIVIENNE KENRICK.
See it here: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5?fl20031011vk.htm
Congrats to Peter!