Japanese Poems: Haiku & Senryu

Recently I've been spending a lot of my time working on some translations of sarari-man senryu. The quintessence of Japanese poetry is haiku--the 5-7-5 syllable based poetry we all learned in 5th grade--however, our English versions of haiku do an injustice to their magnificence. For starters, haiku is based on mora not syllables. A mora in Japanese is based … Continue reading Japanese Poems: Haiku & Senryu

To Sub or to Dub: Translation and Fansubbing in Anime

A translator is like a dog with two masters, the author of the original work and the audience. A translator’s allegiance—to culture, to language, even to literature—shapes their every decision. Thus, a single work can have multiple translations, each possessing a unique aspect. In ‘fansubbing,’ the often illegal subtitling of anime series by fans, the … Continue reading To Sub or to Dub: Translation and Fansubbing in Anime