A; Hi, this is Ken from Berlin.
Bit of a change today, and it’s night time in my studio.
I’m filming this while I drink my nonalcoholic beer.
grab a drink and join me
while you watch this.
when you have things in mind
or something you’re wondering about
what do you guys do?
in my case,
I create another “me” inside and talk to him
in order to sort out my thoughts
It’s not like a multiple personality
but I think more or less
everyone has moments when you
ask yourself questions and talk to yourself.
The frequency depends on the person
and it varies
but this is how I do it.
Right? Don’t we talk to each other like this?
B; Yeah, I guess
When you have trouble sorting out your thoughts
or when you come up with something
that’s when I come out.
B; Well, you called me? So what’s up?
A; Yeah, you know ghosts, right?
Spirits of the dead people appearing …
B; Yeah, whether I believe it or not is another story but I get the concept.
A; And I was thinking, so do ghosts have languages?
A; Like English or Japanese or any language
It exists when the society exists that I understand.
But the world where ghosts are at
B; Like the “after life” or the “spiritual world”
or even heaven or hell
A; Yeah for example
is there language in heaven or hell?
A; You need to speak English to go to heaven
or you need to know Japanese to go to the Spiritual World
Are there rules like this?
B; Hmmm, I wonder
A; Leaving this world also means
you are released from the bindings
of the society I think.
If the world after death has no society,
they shouldn’t have languages, right?
There are no borders too.
A; Do you know the Japanese Shaman?
B; I’ve heard of it.
They call the spirits of the dead and speak their thoughts and words.
A; A while back, I saw this on program on Japanese TV.
I think it was some special TV show.
Foreigners living in Japan were
investigating deep Japanese cultures
and questioning them as they go along.
B; These were popular at one point.
A; And in one show
They invited a Japanese Shaman and she said she can bring back
the spirit from the dead and communicate their words to us
B; This doesn’t sound too good
A; One person asked
What is that???
B; Yeah, I can imagine.
B; Japanese Shaman comes from a particular Japanese Shamanism
It’s a ritual and a custom of certain regions.
It’s not about right or wrong
that’s not what’s important
but it’s so unique in its own way and hard to explain
B; Depending on the country, it is easier to understand
and for some it’s harder to understand.
I’m sure there are countries that can understand these too.
Then, the Japanese Shaman called the spirit
speaks on behalf of the spirit.
But the thing is, she only calls spirits of the Japanese.
So they speak Japanese.
B; I see
A; There were several people who couldn’t believe this
and were complaining about it
B; I can understand , it’s hard to believe
Japanese Shaman communicates the thoughts and ideas
so it’s not exactly word by word from the spirit
A; But they said to the Japanese Shaman,
We can’t believe it!
Then, they asked the Shaman
to call Marilyn Monroe.
A; The Japanese Shaman went all pale
very confused, at this point.
B; that’s awkward…
A; And she called Marilyn.
B; So she did?
A; And the spirit came down and said
” WATASUGA MARILYN MONROE DASU” with a
super Northern Japanese dialect.
A; She said
” WATASUGA MARILYN”
You don’t have to say it twice
she was speaking with such a strong dialect
and it felt a bit awkward
B; Some Shamans are real, but not all of it.
It’s hard to say what’s real and what’s not
B; Well, it’ not only about whether it’s true or not
It also has a calming effect psychologically maybe.
A; I’m sure
B; The person requesting this is also probably asking for this
because they want to believe it, you know.
A; yeah I can see that
B; It’s a bit mystical
It’s not scientifically proven
but these things are important too
A; Probably in Japan in the olden times, with a single language
and more or less common values
things like this worked
B; Now, with internet people have access to information
People began to realize that this had no scientific evidence
And it became harder over time
It’s not going to disappear
A; What worked before
isn’t working now because of the
distribution of information
A; There’s not much point in reminiscing the past
but back then when there was less information
people had more uncertainties and
imagination helped people in times like this.
B; It all comes down to this.
It’s the same in the arts
A; We’ll talk about that another time.
It’s going to be long
A; It’s late now, so good night!
xx KENSUKE SAITO