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Pursuing the Good. Discovering the Truth. Celebrating the Beautiful.

My name is Nino, it’s nice to meet you.

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The things that you feel most deeply, from the very bottom of your heart, will never deceive you in the slightest. — Genzaburo Yoshino, How Do You Live?

About Me

Hello there, glad to have you here. My name is Nino. …


Befriending Death and Living An Authentic Existence

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, I found myself contemplating my own death. The pandemic took us all by surprise and wreaked havoc on our lives. In the past year, I wasn’t so afraid of it. Yes, infections rose day by day, but recovery rates are far higher than death tolls…


Impermanence and imperfection in Japanese aesthetics

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During my college days, I found Eastern Philosophy disorganized and hard to follow. I wasn’t fond of the subject because I found their ideas too simplistic. Unlike Western philosophy, where thinkers investigate the nature of truth, Eastern philosophy feels like a self-help section rather than actual philosophizing.

My thoughts on…


Three ways it heals and leads to the truth.

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“Beauty will save the world.” Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Idiot

When I was a college senior, our department went on a field trip to the National Museum. The purpose was to promote history and art appreciation. …


On Hope Amidst Drawbacks

Josee, the Tiger, and the Fish Promotional (Studio Bones)

INTRODUCTION & PLOT

Josee, The Tiger And The Fish is a story about a college student Tsuneo, and a girl Josee who lives her life stuck in a wheelchair.

Josee spends most of her days reading and painting until she encounters Tsuneo and decides it’s time to face the real world.

The movie…


An idea that can renew our life and perspective.

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A common belief about human psychology is what happens in our early life determines the kind of person we will be as adults.

When one has been given a nourishing environment, one will grow empathetic and level-headed. However, if one experienced abuse, one will become delinquent and depressive.

While it’s…


On Facing The Current

Ride Your Wave Movie Poster (Studio Science SARU)

This article contains spoilers.

INTRODUCTION

What makes love stories repetitive is the confession usually happens at the end. The plot and character development only serve to bring the couple together. That’s not the case for Ride Your Wave.

Ride Your Wave may be classified as a romance anime, but the romantic…


Make your tone, tense and style consistent

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Non-fiction writing boils down to solving a problem. Whether it be to obtain or explain facts, the writer needs to provide new information to the reader. However, presentation is just as important. …


On Being Remembered

To Your Eternity Anime Poster (Studio Brain’s Base)

This article contains spoilers.

INTRODUCTION

To Your Eternity has the potential to be 2021 Anime of the Year. We may still have three months left this year, but I think it’s the best this season has produced.

This show proves that the measure of a good anime lies in its depth…


Two simple lessons from Daniel Kahneman.

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I remember my first time playing the lottery. The prize was approximately $20,000,000. I never had an interest to play before, but the sheer amount of money made me curious. Though the chances of winning are minute, I might win.

While on the lottery booth’s line, I have numbers in…

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