真夜中のアトリエ | Midnight Studio

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.

And?

A; huh?

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?

B; what?

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?

B; …

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.

B; continue

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

A; yeah

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.

A; Probably

Then, the Japanese Shaman called the spirit

and talks.

and 

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.

B; Really?

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.

B; 。。。

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

A; true

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

A; yeah

It’s not going to disappear

A; What worked before 

isn’t working now because of the

distribution of information

B; right

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

B;oh, ok

A; It’s late now, so good night!

from Berlin

xx KENSUKE SAITO

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