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Stack ’em high…


While most of us in the U.S. are finding it harder and harder to locate a bookstore, literary retail continues relatively strong in Japan.  Indeed, in a market where a flood of publications– novels, non-fiction, and lots (and lots) of manga– make it hard for a book to stand out, retailers are using creative displays to highlight their featured titles.

See more gravity-defying examples at “The avant-garde art of book stacking in stores of Japan.”


As we remove our choices oh-so-carefully, we might send free-thinking birthday greetings to Taiji Yamaga; he was born on this date in 1892.  A translator, publisher, and pacifist activist, Yamaga led resistance to Japanese involvement in World War I; then, when Japan invaded China, decamped to Manila, where he wrote and edited an anti-war newspaper (and created the first Tagalog-Japanese dictionary).  On his return to Japan after the war, he helped found the Japanese Anarchist Federation.

A champion both of Lao Tzu and Esperanto, he translated the writings of the former into the latter.

Taiji Yamaga and his wife Mika




Written by (Roughly) Daily

June 26, 2013 at 1:01 am

Jump-starting Holiday gift shopping…

For the logophiles on one’s list:

A Dictionary of Made-up Languages

Can you converse in Klingon? Ask an Elf the time of day? Greet a speaker of Esperanto? These are among the more than 100 constructed languages you’ll find in this book. For each one, author Stephen D. Rogers provides vocabulary, grammatical features, background information on the language and its inventor, and fascinating facts.

What’s more, easy-to-follow guidelines show you how to construct your own made-up language–everything from building vocabulary to making up a grammar…

As we muse that tsun oe nga-hu ni-Na’vi pangkxo a fì-‘u oe-ru prrte’ lu,* we might recall that it was on this date in 1896 that the first Certified Public Accountants (having passed exams required by legislation passed earlier that year) received their certificates (in New York).

Portrait of Luca Pacioli– the author of the first text on bookkeeping– attributed to Jacopo de’ Barbari, 1495 (source)

* “It’s a pleasure to be able to chat with you in Navi.”

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