Wednesday, July 25, 2018

More on Visualizing Translation

I have just finished correcting my translation of Killing Commendatore. As I was working on it, I formed certain images of different characters in my mind. Every reader does that; some seem to think of different celebrities that the characters remind them of, others create their own, original mental images. I have happened across some of those images on the internet. Here are a few examples.

The first is a collage of images from a Twitter post by Takuma Moriwaki, who visualized all the characters in the book as different Japanese celebrities, mostly actors and singers. Starting from the top left and going clockwise: the main character - the nameless painter (Ken'ichi Matsuyama), Wataru Menshiki (Kōichi Iwaki), Marie Akikawa (Nana Komatsu), Masahiko Amada (Gaku Hamada), Komichi (Mana Ashida), Yuzu (Yuriko Yoshitaka), Tomohiko Amada (Yūya Uchida), and Shōko Akikawa (Kumiko Akiyoshi).

Yūya Uchida was mentioned as a model by another blogger (, but for Menshiki (not Tomohiko Amada), which I wrote about in a post from October, 2017.

Finally, here are two images that are meant to represent Marie Akikawa, the mysterious and beautiful thirteen-year-old girl. The first image was posted by kayokotsu here, and the second was posted on Twitter on March 6, 2017 by mk19781106. These two prove once again how very differently the same character can be imagined by different readers!

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