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  • so this is my uh my vladimir putin calendar  um it's on sale in just about every shop  

  • in japan they love i love putin in japan ummight not agree with the man or the politics but  

  • there's no doubt the photos in this calendar bring  me a lot of joy in my everyday life so here he is  

  • uh with some binoculars just looking through  some binoculars here he is it's casually sitting  

  • on a rock and having a bit of fun yeah it's a  great reminder that you can run a country of 146  

  • million people but you can also you can also have  a little bit of fun along the way as well lovely  

  • they say you can learn an awful lot about  someone from having a look at their bookshelf so  

  • i'm not really sure this is a good idea i call  it my disappointing bookshelf because by the  

  • standards of most bookshelves it's pretty small  just by virtue of the fact i do live in a tiny  

  • japanese apartment with walls made of paper i'd  like to point out most of my uh more intellectual  

  • books they're all on kindle so don't judge  me just buy these books all my goods you know  

  • intellectual books they're definitely definitely  on my kindle i do think now more than ever there  

  • is a place for physical books in a world where  everything's digitized i like to just walk in here  

  • if i'm feeling like i haven't got any ideas  or inspiration i can turn my attention  

  • to this bookshelf just simply pick up a book and  you know dive in and find ideas and inspiration  

  • it's not all books on here though there are  various objects and narcissistic items designed to  

  • inflate my ego like this paper this newspaper and  this is the japan news the english um component of  

  • the yamiri shimbun the biggest newspaper in japan  here on the back on the on the back of the paper  

  • uh videos videos like a party videos likeparty look for the real japan and then beneath  

  • this huge headline there's a large photo of  me standing alone in the middle of a road  

  • filming myself with a camera alone videos videos  like a party nevertheless it was a privilege um so  

  • thank you to the yamiri shinmun for that um where  to start let's start with some of the more weird  

  • things we've got here let's start with oshiritante  literally detective [ __ ] he is a detective with  

  • a ass for a face and um he goes around solving  crimes really i'm not really into or shiritante  

  • even though he's a really quite big figure in  japan particularly for kids he's designed for kids  

  • don't know who thought that was a good idea  really and the reason i own it is not because  

  • i like this character or the concept in  any way shape or form but it reminds me to  

  • think outside the box because you don't need to  write a masterpiece with great narrative structure  

  • or wonderful characters you literally just need  a detective with an ass for a face to succeed  

  • and the money will come rolling in the bar can  be fantastically low also got this dvd here  

  • of this is a superhero japanese superhero planting  tree man let's make the forest of life with  

  • dream courage and hope his motives are simply to  encourage the planting of trees i got given this  

  • when i was at a buddhist ceremony once the people  working there i think they had too much money to  

  • spend and for tax reasons maybe they wanted to you  know spend the money on something and that's where  

  • planting tree man came in although given the sheer  amount of youtubers who seem to be planting trees  

  • at the moment um it seems like it was ahead of its  time bit prophetic if anything planting tree man  

  • continuing on the theme of slightly odd stuff  this is a notepad i bought from the 100 yen store  

  • where they often have weird english written  on the front um this isn't so much weird as  

  • well it made me think made me reflect  on my life and how i do things  

  • it says you alone can change your life no one  else can have a really fun day meow meow meow  

  • i don't know why this is there i don't know if  it's the cat saying it it seems like a slightly  

  • odd juxtaposition nevertheless i like that and uh  whenever i'm having a bad day i don't look at it  

  • while we're up here we've got some artwork  some of the coolest fan art i've had  

  • handed to me in person at an event in tokyo in  february i've got myself there natsuki with the  

  • balloons i don't like the fact that riotro is on  a cloud sort of insinuating he's got some sort of  

  • god-like status that's my only criticism other  than that fantastic artwork and thanks again to  

  • the person who made that you're awesome there's  a few books on here that i'm a little bit  

  • uncomfortable with being on the shelves for one  reason or another um i think this is one of them  

  • the big book of philosophy um it's it's  a bit awkward in conversations when you  

  • bring this up to be honest hmm yes i find in  these highly irrational times people tend to  

  • underestimate the important row philosophy  can play within contemporary discourse  

  • wouldn't you wouldn't you agree yeah oh yeah  definitely it's important to um think about  

  • stuff um where did you where'd you study yes well  i was initially at oxford for three years i did an  

  • awfully long thesis on the unified account  of rationality in belief desire in action  

  • oh yeah yeah i like that one it was quite the  adventure down the academic rabbit hole so to  

  • speak how about yourself where did you do  your reading um the big book of philosophy  

  • oh gosh oh dear i did actually buy this  book for a good reason though other than a  

  • nice presented overview of philosophy about  four or five years ago when i got this book  

  • i was studying japanese and i stumbled across this  memorization technique that meant i could learn  

  • 40 to 50 japanese kanji characters in a day how  to write them and their meaning i started applying  

  • that memorization technique to just general  information so the idea was i was to get this book  

  • go through every single one of the 300 pages and  memorize all the philosophical kind of terms the  

  • people the times you know what for the first  30 to 40 pages i actually succeeded i was able  

  • to memorize the people the places the facts pretty  well um and then i realized at the end of it all  

  • that i needed to get out more and that was the  end of that oh and then i forgot it all and that  

  • was a complete waste of time i think the second  most embarrassing thing on this bookshelf is this  

  • um what was that no that's a receipt from from  a bookshop 14 pounds ah so that's how much  

  • my relatives spent on this book at christmas this  was brought to me by a relative who knew that i  

  • loved filmmaking but didn't know that i despised  the for dummies series which tends to oversimplify  

  • things it's true it's written by an award-winning  filmmaker but i just don't like them i can't stand  

  • them i think they're hideous i think they're ugly  you see them on coffee tables people never read  

  • them the only time i actually find practical  application practical use for this is when i'm  

  • using it to prop open my door you know you need  to keep the door open it's actually the perfect  

  • size and weight to make that happen and that is  why i still carry it besides i'm not a dummy i  

  • don't think a dummy could make videos like a party  if you do actually want to learn about filmmaking  

  • highly recommend the big screen by david thompson  fantastic overview no criticisms there better than  

  • filmmaking for dummies i've got quite  a few books that seem to revolve around  

  • creativity and self-help i've got this book here  this little book 642 tiny things to write about  

  • and inside you've got loads of random prompts  and things to kind of give you ideas like write  

  • a breakup text to yourself if you could time  travel to last week for one hour what would  

  • you do i think i wouldn't have drunk as much sake  on friday write a one-line ad for a rubber band  

  • bendy bollock far don't [ __ ] know write the  first line of a constitution for the new country  

  • you just founded uh in the country of broad topia  nobody can buy or sell legally the for dummies  

  • guide series of books they are  completely outlawed on penalty of death  

  • there are some things on this bookshelf i look at  and think oh that's disappointing like this book  

  • here the daily stoic journal this is a diary and  you're encouraged to reflect on your day basically  

  • the good and the bad and i bought this with a real  sense of optimism for the first time in my life i  

  • was actually going to sit down and keep a journal  keep a diary and i got two how far did i get  

  • that's empty oh dear didn't even make it to  the end of january i made it to january 23rd  

  • and then i gave up so that was unfortunate it's  a good book though i do recommend it and it does  

  • kind of make you think about what you're  doing in everyday life so i mean this one  

  • may 13th write about the bad habits you're fueling  um in my case not writing in the diary i suppose  

  • one thing you might have noticed is there's a  complete lack of fiction on these shelves the  

  • only fiction that i have is this animal farm  george orwell's animal farm fantastic book  

  • even then that is essentially non-fiction it's one  big allegory for the rise of the communist party  

  • in russia nevertheless great book fantastic guide  on how not to run an agricultural business and  

  • the artwork is fantastic look at that i used to be  something of a self-help junkie around the age of  

  • 18 19 i was a bit lost in life i didn't  know where i was going or what i was doing  

  • don't think i do now really but back then i needed  some help and i did buy a lot of self-help books  

  • along the way such as the seven habits of highly  effective people i don't really like it instead  

  • of reading books like this i would just recommend  reading autobiographies about entrepreneurs and  

  • what they went through to build their company  or what they battled against to get there  

  • what are the seven habits of highly successful  people spoiler alert be proactive think and win  

  • synergise sharpen the saw jesus it sounds like  sounds like some pretty dodgy advice to me  

  • and these are going to make me look really bad  given what they're called not doing myself any  

  • favors here the 33 strategies of war and this one  is the 48 laws of power straight off of a bomb  

  • villains bookshelf above all they are really just  history lessons for example law number four always  

  • say less than necessary and then we've got case  studies here from roman history french history  

  • backing up that principle so it's quite above all  it's basically a history lesson that just sounds  

  • a lot more sinister than it is but i highly  recommend it if you're into business strategy  

  • history really good books highly recommend them  very well written by robert greene i should  

  • probably turn some attention to the japanese books  given that that is overwhelmingly what i have on  

  • these shelves and that is because for the most  part i find when it comes to learning materials  

  • in japanese they're still better in printed form  and that's because in japan printing is still much  

  • bigger than digital bear that in mind if you want  to learn japanese i think my favorite learning  

  • japanese book is down here as you can see it's  ripped to pieces just because i've actually used  

  • it quite a lot over the years i still occasionally  use it now the ultimate japanese phrase book  

  • this book has 1800 sentences uh used in everyday  life in japan it doesn't teach you the grammar  

  • but what it does do is teach you casual useful  phrases like my wife is having an affair  

  • in this it's a useful phrase to know they have  a section for just about every situation you'd  

  • ever face um often in chronological order  for example this one has the private zone  

  • and it talks about dating  can i sit next to you tonight

  • sweet talk i'm having a great time with you

  • can i walk you home

  • is there a love hotel near here shikakuni do  you have protection get the idea it takes you  

  • from going on your first date to kissing and  doing stuff in love hotels to having children  

  • babies kids and teens and then eventually and  inevitably it ends with divorce i've got some  

  • manga books here which i use for learning and  reading um one piece and detective conan i  

  • never really got into manga though so don't ask  me questions about manga because i don't know  

  • any and then also for the next level up there's  breaking into japanese literature where they have  

  • on one side they have the japanese and then on the  other side there's the english translations now  

  • there is a book here on the shelf that is a little  bit odd it's not something i would normally buy  

  • or get or read and it is this one uh onago room  it's basically a book filled with fantastic photos  

  • of rooms of girls or girls rooms um like that  one that's a girl in a room i was in a bookshop  

  • in sendai i was strolling through it and this  book caught my eye i think the front cover is  

  • quite provocative it's quite cool and i picked  it up and had a flick through and i was just  

  • completely in awe of the sheer variety of rooms  one of the things you find we're living in japan  

  • is we don't have a lot of space to live in you  really have to be creative and flicking through  

  • this book just seeing how women across the country  have adapted their rooms and managed to pack all  

  • their belongings into such a small space and  infuse their own kind of sense of personality  

  • i find it really kind of hypnotically brilliant  and interesting some rooms are tidier than others  

  • as you can see and also as somebody who's into  film and cinematography i really enjoyed looking  

  • at the composition of the images and the lighting  it sounds like i'm making this up sounds like i'm  

  • trying to justify why i bought this book which may  appear to be a little bit sleazy pretend though  

  • great book onago room and it's by shiori kawamoto  because most of my favorite books aren't here  

  • on this bookshelf and i don't feel like it's an  entirely accurate representation of who i am i'm  

  • going to list off a few books that i do recommend  that i do love the first one is the obstacle  

  • is the way by ryan holliday the ancient art of  turning adversity to advantage it basically uses  

  • stoic philosophy as we saw earlier with this book  i think he wrote this one as well actually brian  

  • holliday he loves stoicism but it kind of gives  you a framework for everyday living that helps  

  • you take on lots of challenges and feel like you  can actually win samurai william by giles milton  

  • chronicles the real life adventure and story of  william adams a british guy who got on a boat for  

  • two years sailed to japan and ended up becoming  the right-hand man of tokugawa iayasu the most  

  • powerful man in japan that's quite an incredible  story it is real you can have an amazing memory  

  • by dominic o'brien a lot of the techniques that  i used in that book helped me memorize and learn  

  • japanese kanji characters japanese vocabulary  without it i think i would have really struggled  

  • to learn japanese absolutely instrumental in my  ability to learn and remember japanese ghosts  

  • of the tsunami and people who eat darkness both  by richard lloyd parry both of them cover pretty  

  • serious topics one the tsunami and how it affected  a school okawa elementary school in um in miyagi  

  • which is a terrible story about how lots of  children passed away in the tsunami as a result of  

  • poor leadership and inaction by the staff as  a horrific story but kind of teaches you how  

  • collectivism and collectivist thought can often  fail spectacularly sometimes in certain situations  

  • and also the people who eat darkness an equally  unpleasant story about a british girl who came to  

  • japan worked in a hostess bar and disappeared  suddenly and it was a big scandal about 10 15  

  • years ago but it kind of chronicles what  happened there and some of the failings by  

  • japanese police and finally the japanese mind  which is a series of essays discussing every  

  • aspect of japanese culture but mainly the mindset  of japanese people i've never found a book that  

  • has explained japanese thinking as well as this  book has the japanese mind fantastic book if you  

  • want to understand what's going on with the people  around you if you come and live and work here  

  • in japan so there you have it my bookshelf tour  and what have we learned we've learned that i'm a  

  • terrible person which is why you should definitely  subscribe to this channel who knows what could be  

  • coming out here on a broad perspective next  week but i hope you found at least one book  

  • that you like here on this show for one book that  interests you so feel free to ask me any questions  

  • about the books here in the comments section  below i'll linger around and answer as many as  

  • i can and also i've linked many of these books in  the description box below if you want to buy them  

  • because some of them are a little bit difficult  to find online particularly the japanese ones  

  • so hopefully that'll save you some time  but for now no matter where you might be  

  • out there in the big wide world as always many  thanks for watching i'll see you next time i'm  

  • off to think about the big philosophical questions  in life such as come up with an imaginative  

  • nickname for your least favorite person well we've  already done that haven't we he's called risottoro

so this is my uh my vladimir putin calendar  um it's on sale in just about every shop  

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    Yiu Fung Chow に公開 2021 年 07 月 04 日
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