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Greetings from the Outskirts of Kyoto vol.14

INOUE Shōichi (Director-General)
November 29, 2021

I said this before, and I shall say it again. I still do not own a computer. All that I write – including this text – I write by hand.

There are quite a few people who grumble that they have forgotten kanji because of their computer. Computers convert kana to kanji in an instant, don’t they? The opportunities for writing kanji by hand are drastically reduced. I often encounter the laments of those who can no longer recall the shape or the stroke-order of a kanji.

So, I don’t use a computer. I write all kanji in my own hand. I have traced many a kanji by finger or hand. Still, there are loads of kanji I have forgotten. That is old age for you, I suppose. My powers are failing me.

Computers are convenient. We can place the blame on the machine for our inability to write a kanji, when in reality it may simply be a case of our senility. We look away from the facts, and find fault with our computer. Computers, after all, provide us with that excuse.