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moon in the water Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-26-2010 11:46 PM
the water does not try
to reflect the moon
and the moon has no desire
to be reflected
but when the clouds clear
there is the moon in the water
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In General time takes Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #65 New 05-22-2011 02:00 AM
time takes
Dr Who by Science Museum London used under creative commons licence

Time takes a cigarette
Puts it in your mouth

David Bowie, Rock ‘n' Roll Suicide

Time is the substance I am made of. Time is a river that sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that tears me apart, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire.
Jorge Luis Borges, A New Refutation of Time

Did I ever make a Time Machine, or a model of a Time Machine? Or is it all only a dream? They say life is a dream, a precious poor dream at times - but I can't stand another that won't fit. It's madness. And where did the dream come from?
The Time Machine, written by H G Wells

We all have our time machines, don't we. Those that take us back - are memories. And those that carry us forward - are dreams.
The Time Machine, directed by Simon Wells

My name is Sam Tyler. I had an accident and I woke up in 1973. Am I mad, in a coma, or back in time? Whatever's happened, it's like I've landed on a different planet. Now, maybe if I can work out the reason, I can get home.
Life on Mars

I saw Chonmage Pudding (in Japanese Chonmage Purin ちょんまげぷりん) a few days ago. It's a romantic comedy. But it's also a time travel movie - in Japan they say time slip. A samurai from the Edo period somehow travels forward in time to the present.

Often a star from the music and entertainment world - so not primarily an actor - will be included in a Japanese movie or TV series to increase its popularity. Ryo Nishikido who stars as the samurai Yasube Kijima is a member of NEWS, an all-male idol pop group controlled by the powerful production company Johnny's Entertainment. Japanese acting generally is rather stylized and artificial and good natural actors like Ken Watanabe or Tadanobu Asano are rare. But Ryo Nishikido did a good job and Chonmage Pudding was clever and charming.

The story revolves around Yasube's relationship with a single mother and her son. They take him into their home. Then he discovers he has a talent for baking cakes and starts working for a patisserie. The film light-heartedly explores how he uses his samurai values as a surrogate father for the boy and in his approach to his new profession. There is a bit of sword action with a cake knife...

Humans have always been fascinated by time travel. Is there a way to defeat the inexorable forward flow of time?

In fact one of the earliest time travel stories was Japanese, the story of Taro Urashima. Only three days seem to have passed but when he returns home it is hundreds of years later. Washington Irving used a similar idea in Rip Van Winkle.

The theme in Chonmage Pudding of going from the past to the future was also seen in movies like The Philadelphia Experiment starring Michael Paré, and Les Visiteurs and the English remake Just Visiting both starring Jean Reno. Adam Adamant Lives! brought someone from Victorian England to the present, but because he was cryogenically frozen, not by time travel.

Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court takes someone from the nineteenth century back to England hundreds of years in the past. There was a nice movie version starring Bing Crosby. Going back in time was also the theme of the great BBC series Life on Mars. Or was it?

Kate and Leopold starring Hugh Jackman and Meg Ryan has people going in both directions, back in time and forward in time, through a portal on the Brooklyn Bridge…

The Back to the Future movies use H G Wells' idea of a time machine to voyage forward and backward in time. The movie uses a Delorean car. In the BBC series Dr Who the Doctor has a Tardis (Time And Relative Dimension In Space), a police telephone box time and space travel machine.

Sometimes a time travel paradox becomes important in the story. In Zipang, the story of a modern Japanese warship going back in time to the Pacific Ocean during the Second World War, the crew tries deliberately not to do anything that could influence the future. Doraemon is a very, very popular comic manga and anime about a blue robot cat. Some of the stories use time travel and the time paradox is an element in the end of the series. Incidentally Kiteretsu Daihyakka by the same comic artists Fujiko Fujio is about a boy prodigy who can make amazing inventions and it occasionally has time travel themes.

At an aikido seminar with Sugano Sensei many years ago a guy asked me earnestly if everyone in Japan wore kimono. Er, no.

The director of The Time Machine, Simon Wells, is the great-grandson of the writer of The Time Machine, H G Wells. Wait! Unless. Could Simon Wells be...?

What did happen to the time traveller?!


Rock ‘n' Roll Suicide by David Bowie
Life on Mars by David Bowie

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The Clock that went Backward by Edward Page Mitchell
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RSS Feed 12 Responses to "time takes"
#12 05-26-2011 10:12 AM
niall Says:
Ziv that Talmud reference is very interesting, thanks. Niall
#11 05-26-2011 10:11 AM
niall Says:
Thanks Carina - I didn't know Caballo de Troya. Niall
#10 05-24-2011 01:17 PM
zivk Says:
He went to his home and inquired, Is the son of Honi the Circle-Drawer still alive? The people answered him, His son is no more, but his grandson is still living. Thereupon he said to them: I am Honi the Circle Drawer but no one would believe him. This hurt him greatly and he prayed for death and he died.
#9 05-24-2011 01:10 PM
zivk Says:
Honi sat down to have a meal and sleep overcame him. As he slept a rocky formation enclosed him which hid him from sight and he continued to sleep for seventy years. When he awoke he saw a man gathering the fruit of the carob tree and he asked him, Are you the man who planted this tree? The man replied: I am his grandson. Thereupon he exclaimed: It is clear that I slept for seventy years.[to be cntd - 2]
#8 05-24-2011 01:08 PM
zivk Says:
One day Honi was journeying on the road and he saw a man planting a carob tree. He asked him, How long does it take for this tree to bear fruit? The man replied: Seventy years. He then further asked him: Are you certain that you will live another seventy years? The man replied: When I was born, I found ready grown carob trees in the world; as my forefathers planted these for me so I too plant these for my children. [to be cntd]
#7 05-24-2011 01:05 PM
zivk Says:
Thanks Niall for this interesting blog post. You mentioned one of the earliest time travel stories. I'll suggest another that appear in the Jewish Talmud, the story of Honi ha-M'agel. I'll add it in the following comment.
#6 05-22-2011 03:35 PM
guest1234567 Says:
(conts) I read the first five books of Caballo de Troya by J.J. Benitez, who travelled back to the life time of Jesus Christ. And I like to share Instants of Jorge Luis Borges about what he would do if he could live his life again so it is a pity he was not cryogenically frozen.
#5 05-22-2011 03:33 PM
guest1234567 Says:
Thanks Niall for this interesting post. I used to watch Doraemon with my children when they were younger and we liked it very much.Thanks Diana for the information. Later on we watched Heroes and liked very much Hiro Nakamura "Super Hiro" who wanted to save the world with his co-worker Ando.
#4 05-22-2011 07:31 AM
niall Says:
Thanks for your comments Diana - you're very welcome. Niall
#3 05-22-2011 06:27 AM
Diana Frese Says:
Carina, I hope you appear soon! You will be interested to know that the sponge cake used in "dorayaki" goes way back to Castile, via Portuguese in Japan. The red bean paste, of course is Japanese... Great things come from the blending of cultures in food and many other human activities ...
#2 05-22-2011 06:21 AM
Diana Frese Says:
I like cats, so I clicked on the Doraemon link, and it mentioned Japanese food -- dorayaki -- and there was a connection with the famous Benkei of Japanese history. What a great way to learn about Japan! Thanks again Niall, for all your help.
#1 05-22-2011 05:14 AM
Diana Frese Says:
hi Niall, I was hoping to catch your latest entry, I figured out they usually arrive here Sunday morning so I looked. Looks like I am the first. I love science fiction, especially time travel stories. Thanks for the links, too, and especially your own intros to the topics. Special thanks , too for helping me out on my latest entry, yes I did mean it as a question and am so happy to have gotten such great answers. Now I'll follow some of your links... thanks again...

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