Sunday, July 14, 2013

Visualizing Translation #2

In the last chapter of Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki, Tsukuru sits waiting at platform 9/10 at Shinjuku station and observes an E257 express train bound for Matsumoto getting ready to depart. In the previous post, we included an artist's rendering of the scene, but the train in the picture was not right: it was an old local train, not an express.  If you have been following this blog, you would have noticed a post of June 10th, which included a picture of the train described in the book. This time we thought we would post a short clip of the train's departure taken in the evening at platform 9/10 in Shinjuku.  Perhaps this will allow readers (and other translators?) to visualize the scene better.

In the next clip, we can see the tail lights of the train disappearing in the distance, as they do in the novel. This is an important image, as it appears in the very last sentence of the novel.

For train enthusiasts, there are many more videos of the same train:

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