Thursday, November 15, 2012
I took these pictures of this coconut tree at the pond where I often practice sanshin. Coconut trees are pretty tall, so I actually never noticed before that these trees were coconut trees. It's kind of dangerous really. There are two of them around the pond, and it's a pretty area with lots of benches where people hang out. If anyone were to be standing under one of these trees when the fruit fell... From what I understand, coconuts are pretty dangerous really.
On a totally unrelated note, I decided recently to start watching cartoons in Chinese to help my listening ability. I watched "Porco Rosso" today. It's one of the Ghibli movies, and the only one by Ghibli's most well known director, Miyazaki, that I've never seen before. I didn't know what the story was ahead of time, so it was probably not such a bad test of my ability to understand. Unfortunately, I didn't pass. I doubt I understood even 50% of what was said, though since it's a movie I of course still knew what was going on for the most part thanks to the visual component. But still, I did better than zero %, so that's good.
Actually, I remember watching another Ghibli movie, "Howl's Moving Castle" when I was studying abroad in Japan in college. At the time I didn't understand much of that movie either--though in my defense, the plot was pretty tangled in that one to begin with. I later on saw it again in Japanese though and was able to understand all of it, so it's just a matter of time and continued effort, right?