the significance of your name.

What is the story of ­­­­your name. (a novel)?

This book is a secondary source, and it was written by Makoto Shinkai in 2016 as a novelization of his animated film. It was released June 18, 2016 by the Kadokawa corporation one month prior to the film’s release. The English release was licensed in May 2017. I received the book in September 2017 and wrote my independent novel study on it.

This source was very obviously influenced by the film of the same name, and the novel only adds to the experience. It gives deeper insight into the two protagonists’ wants and fears. As Makoto Shinkai was writing this book, he was also greatly influenced by the movie’s score composed by the band RADWIMPS. Originally, he thought that your name. worked best in animated form, but while listening to the soundtrack he found himself wanting to write it. He wrote the book both at home and in the production studio, which could have affected the way he wrote it.

This source is something which has changed my life greatly. The beautiful yet simplistic writing style perfectly complements the movie and the soundtrack can be heard as you’re flipping through the pages. Although the stunning visuals of the movie have been critically acclaimed, I find myself coming time and time again to the novel form, revisiting my favourite scenes on paper. I think it’s a very fantastic story of two people desperately reaching for each other in a huge world.

Makoto Shinkai has written many stories with the same theme of boys and girls passing by each other in beautiful worlds, and your name. is no different. With this experience, he was able to create something with a similar theme yet completely unique storyline. Alongside his production team, they made a movie which was targeted towards teen audiences in Japan, though it ended up becoming widely acclaimed in many countries around the world. Knowing his audience well, Shinkai took a heartachingly beautiful story and adapted it to film and as a novel.

From examining this source, it is apparent that I have a keen interest in your name. It may also be inferred that I enjoy Japanese culture. It also shows the difference between how modern Tokyo is as compared to the countryside that the deuteragonist lives in. I think it extends what I know about Japan and life there, as well as what I know about the two main characters. It still leaves a lot to be desired, such as what really happened after the book and what happened to the secondary characters. If I ever got the chance, I would love to ask Shinkai what happens after the ending, though I know it’s already the perfect ending to this novel.


What’s in a name? That which we call a rose/ By any other word would smell as sweet.


Historical Thinking: new Socials Studies Semester

How can history help us to live in the present?

The most important question to be considered is how history can help us live in the present, because it directly relates the past to ourselves. As said by the German poet Goethe, “he who cannot draw on three thousand years is living from hand-to-mouth.” Goethe was someone who was very learned, and he was able to apply his knowledge to his lifestyle. Somebody living from hand to mouth does not have the time to consider the past or make ethical judgements about people of the past. There are also repercussions for past actions that need to be considered. And using the past as a springboard, we are able to make more informed decisions so as to not repeat history. Using this question as a guideline for this year’s Social Studies class will create challenging questions regarding morals and allow for a very interesting class.

In-Depth post #3

This week, I moved up to the third book of guzheng. The pieces increased in difficulty, as to be expected, but I’m still keeping up. So far, this project has been going swimmingly.

I was assigned three new songs, and I have been working hard on them. I don’t have any recorded audio yet, but I’ll continue to improve on these songs. Most of the new techniques are building on ones that I already know, so once I understand the concept, it’s pretty easy to master the technique. My mentor was very impressed with my progress so far.

  1. What went particularly well during your mentoring sessions?

What went very well last week was the way my teacher taught the lesson. She taught me the techniques, made sure I knew them, then let me practice on my own for a bit. After that, she checked in on me and confirmed that I had mastered it.

4. What logical challenges affected your communication?

The lessons  were fun, but they still had some challenges. At times, the communication wasn’t very effective due to a language barrier. My Mandarin isn’t very good, so it was hard for me to convey what I wanted to my teacher. On the other hand, my mentor’s English isn’t the best, so a compromise had to be made, and I thought it might be good to brush up on my Mandarin skills as well.

5. What three strategies could improve the quality of your mentoring interactions?

Three strategies I can use for future meetings include taking notes during meetings to remember the techniques better. I can also make sure there is better eye contact between my mentor and I for open and honest communication. And lastly, I will make sure that I come prepared with more questions to ask her.

As for the next two weeks, I’ll continue practicing for the final performance and keep working hard!

Tybalt, Prince of Cats

Throughout all of Romeo and Juliet, Tybalt is referred to as the Prince of Cats for his feisty attitude. He is outgoing, energetic, and a risk-taker, which makes him an ESTP-T, or Entrepreneur who is turbulent. Upon hearing Romeo’s voice at the Capulets’ party, Tybalt says, “Now by the stock and honour of my kin, to strike him dead I hold it not a sin” (1.5 57-58). For Tybalt, rules do not matter very much, and he is willing to take risks. He misses the bigger picture and the consequences that would arise from him killing Romeo in the spur of the moment. Moreover, Tybalt is shown to be insensitive and unstructured. When Tybalt meets Romeo in the square, Romeo overlooks him calling him a villain, but Tybalt responds with, “Boy, this shall not excuse the injuries that thou hast done me; therefore turn and draw” (65-66). He challenges Romeo even though the Prince has threatened those who duel with death. In this sense, Tybalt lives for honour and very much in the moment. Tybalt lives life on the edge without deeper thought into the consequences like an ESTP.