Sliding Down the Rabbit Hole with Serafini’s Codex Seraphinianus

Today I fell into a rabbit hole, down through the center of the beautiful, crazy wonderland that is the Internet, into something even stranger and amazing still. I was sitting at my desk, eating my lunch, and reading an article from Esquire.com on my phone, as is my habit at such times. I was about halfway through the most recent description of the unfolding telenovela love affair between the Kremlin and the White House, when I came across an ad from Abe Books for something called the Codex Seraphinianus XXXIII. I was intrigued by the interesting illustrated cover of what appeared to be a book (that being a fairly safe guess, as books is the bulk of what Abe Books sells), as well as the fairly hefty $75.60 price tag. I am a fairly regular customer of Abe Books*, but my purchases tend to come with price tags that look more like $0.99 and $1.19. Something in the several tens of dollars has to be either new (which this particular copy is, although the used copies were even more expensive), rare, famous, out of print, or a textbook. I had to find out, and so took the red pill.

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Japan Links

Newbie Stuff

http://www.sabotenweb.com/bookmarks/language.html

List of Japanese Learning Sites – http://www.manythings.org/japanese/links/

NHK Japanese Lessons – http://www.nhk.or.jp/lesson/upload/english.html

Daily-Yomiuri Lessons – http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/ppp-e/ppp-top.htm

Cultural Literacy

Lesson Plans – http://www.tjf.or.jp/eng/he/he100scnd.htm

Vocabulary

http://www.kahome.co.uk/japa/tango.pl?mo=0&bk=ib04&fm=01&to=03

Characteristics  – http://www.tci.ac.jp/~naphtali/SenseiOnline/EffectiveStrategies.htm

Counting Dictionary – http://www.nnj.co.jp/P/002/

JLPT Grammar – http://www.pikkle.com/jgram/

http://www.nihongoresources.com/ (Really Good Site) 

 

Advanced

Select list of Japanese Study Sites – http://www.manythings.org/japanese/links/

Nihongo Kyouiku Tsushin – http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/urawa/e_public/e_plc_05.html

Setting up a Japanese Course – http://www.jpf.go.jp/j/urawa/j_rsorcs/jrs_01e.html

http://www.hawaii.edu/asiaref/japan/e_journal/ejournal.html

Adding furigana to web pages – http://sp.cis.iwate-u.ac.jp/sp/lesson/j/doc/furigana.html

Characteristics  – http://www.tci.ac.jp/~naphtali/SenseiOnline/EffectiveStrategies.htm

Counting Dictionary – http://www.nnj.co.jp/P/002/

Yakuza Japanese Grammar – http://www.jingai.com/yakuza/

 

Reading Japanese

Reading in a Foreign Language Journal – http://nflrc.hawaii.edu/rfl/

Japanese Newspaper Headlines – http://ceicher.homeunix.com/archives/000202.html

Japanese Signs – http://www.manythings.org/japanese/signs/

WebGloss – http://yookoso.ucsd.edu/~yamagen/webgloss/

Newspapers

Asahi – http://www.asahi.com/

Yomiuri – http://yomiuri.co.jp/

Nikkei – http://www.nikkei.co.jp/weekend/index.html

Sankei – http://www.sankei.co.jp/

Japan Times – http://www.japantimes.co.jp/

Reading Practice – http://contest.thinkquest.gr.jp/tqj1999/20190/

Novels and Stories, etc. – http://www.japanpen.or.jp/e-bungeikan/

Lessons with Furigana – http://www.japanese-nihongo.com/monthly/

Kanji CLinic – http://www.kanjiclinic.com/preart.htm

More Signs + Photos – http://www.sla.purdue.edu/academic/fll/JapanProj/FreePhoto/

Guide to the Japanese Writing System – http://www.kanji.org/kanji/japanese/writing/

More stuff to read – http://www2s.biglobe.ne.jp/~Taiju/

Bible in Japanese – http://www.kt.rim.or.jp/~ttakao/bible.html

Books up to 1921ish – http://jcmac5.jc.meisei-u.ac.jp/etext-i.htm

 

Classical

PMJS Editor – http://www.meijigakuin.ac.jp/~watson/

Vocab

Wood, lumber, building, carpenter – http://www.jlj.gr.jp/useful_tools/glossary.htm

http://www.h3.dion.ne.jp/~urutora/

thematic dictionaries – http://www.itjp.org/dic/

JLPT Study Guide – http://www.geocities.com/easykanji/jlptguide.htm

Commonly Mistaken Words – http://www5a.biglobe.ne.jp/~minnami/index.html

Constellation Names – http://www2.gol.com/users/stever/constell.htm

JLPT Vocab Lists – http://www.e-japanese.jp/

 

Handwriting

http://www.shosha.kokugo.juen.ac.jp/oshiki/ronbun/currentofresearch96/thesis.html

 

Cutural Literacy

 http://www.japanesestudies.org.uk/index.html

http://www.h-net.org/~japan/

http://www.h3.dion.ne.jp/~urutora/

Japanese Smiley Faces – http://www.harapan.co.jp/english/japan/kaomoji.htm

GitaiGo (Sound Effects) – http://www.oop-ack.com/manga/soundfx.html

More Sound Effects – http://www.geocities.com/thduggie/japan/jslang.htm

Japanese Studies Digital Library – http://www.academicinfo.net/japandl.html

Country Study – http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/jptoc.html

Mah Jong Modern Japanese Rules – http://www.delfosse.com/mahjong.html

Even more GitaiGo – http://www.mit.edu:8001/activities/anime/www/onomatopoeia.html

http://www.kotowaza.org/

 

Literature

http://www.columbia.edu/cu/ealac/jpnlit/e_resources.htm

Collection of Modern Literature – http://www.ucalgary.ca/~xyang/collect.htm

 

Grammar

http://www.h3.dion.ne.jp/~urutora/

JLPT Grammar – http://www.pikkle.com/jgram/

 

Japanese Computing

IMEs

Learner Conversion Dictionaries – http://www.sla.purdue.edu/fll/JapanProj/IME/index.html

 

Fonts

Hakushu Fonts – http://www.linkclub.or.jp/~ma3ki/lc-hp/font.html

 

Pocket PC

http://www.alpha-net.ne.jp/users2/sprint/holly/_soft_main/body_soft.html

http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/handhelds_inf.html

http://www.yookoso.com/pages/articles.php?file=PDA

PPC Japan Forum http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pocketpcjapan/messages/235

Tweak  http://www.mobigeeks.net/e/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=522

Localize to Japanese http://www.geocities.com/tanajunppc/japanize.htm

Tweak to See Japanese – File at bottom for PPC 2003 http://discussion.brighthand.com/showthread.php?s=c914688b82e3ea2585976c2efc3e83b3&threadid=74282&perpage=40&pagenumber=1

Another Source of Information – http://www.pocketpcjapan.com/forums/

In text lookup dictionary?  <http://www.tele.ucl.ac.be/PEOPLE/UMEDA/PPDic/index-e.html>

Getting ATOK to work <http://discussion.brighthand.com/showthread.php?s=bb68bb5af91cf75c1d97c9a9d00ed3d7&postid=647554>

Dictionary – http://pocket.vector.co.jp/magazine/softnews/031004/n0310041.html

Full Directions (in Japanese) – http://toku.sub.jp/blog/DownLoad/Doc/e800_jp.html

koujien <http://www.finalbeta.jp/study/19991010.html>

Dict for Koujien <http://homepage2.nifty.com/carulli/cesoft3.htm>

All of this dictionary stuff <http://homepage2.nifty.com/carulli/cesoft3.htm>

PPDIC <http://homepage3.nifty.com/TaN/>

Pen Input

ComPOBox – http://www.asuka.net/~tabe/lib/LifeRuntime/

KDict Files

http://www.sra.co.jp/people/hoshi/palmos/kdic-e.html

http://rikai.com/kdic/