Japanese – The Typography

While the first part of this series was focussing on a basic understanding of the rather complex Japanese writing system itself, in the second part I’d like to point out some typographical peculiarities that might be of interest to typographers and type/language...

How Japanese Writing Works

Some people say Japanese is impossible to master for a non-native, yet everyone living in the country for a few years can bear witness to the many foreigners living here, who are fluent in the language, some even in reading and writing. This is not to say the writing...

Firefox On macOS – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

I really want to like Firefox, because I like that they're an NPO, I like how they want to put the user and privacy first, but apart from that, they're really not making it easy for Mac users to love their browser. Admittedly Firefox’ rendering with electrolysis is...

The Mac is Back – in Black*

I'm a creator, I need a powerful and flexible platform to create. To my dismay I felt like the Mac was sadly withering away. However, with the WWDC announcements about macOS and the Mac upgrades all this doom and gloom about the Mac changed instantly and really got me...

Why Cultural Appropriation Isn’t a Thing

For me as a European (I'm a German living in Japan) the whole concept of cultural appropriation is absurd. Europe as we know it, wouldn't exist if it weren't for picking up someone else's culture and their ideas, mixing and matching it with your own and trying to...

Usability isn’t Only For Noobs

“Developers will be using this, so it doesn't need to be super simple”, or “Technical users can figure this out, it doesn't need to be streamlined for n00bs”. That's like saying “this book is for cryptologists, so print it in your shoddy handwriting, they're used to...

Learning & Remembering German Nouns

My younger son has only been to Germany once, and while I had him attend Kindergarten there for two months and he was once able to speak simple sentences it is all but gone now that he's eight years old. It is quite a challenge to have him remember even the simplest...

Kilian vs Evil Dead

For months I had been wondering what costume to wear on Halloween. Star Wars? Nah, been there, done that. And after The Force Awakens, the new Star Wars has less appeal to me anyway. Old geezers prefers to live in the past… Doctor Who? Too unknown (in Japan). Also...

The Mystery of The Other “s”

In German, beside the common ‘s’ we have a letter ß called Scharfes ‘s’ (sharp ‘s’). Sometimes it is also somewhat old-fashionedly referred to as Eszett, literally ‘s-z’. Why would anyone need more than one “s”? – you might ask and you’ll find to your surprise that...

72 and Not a Bit Rusty

When I got tickets last year for Paul McCartney’s OUT THERE tour the concert was cancelled. Paul got a virus. Fast forward one year and Paul is coming to Tokyo again. This time round I didn't care how much the tickets would cost, I just got two. And he came, he saw...

Podkost Reloaded – It’s Back. Again. Th…

For all you Japanophile Germanophiles out there (yeah, it's actually a thing), my German podcast "Kilians Podkost" has been revived after a hiatus of 3 years. This year looks like it's going to be the year when I was picking up old habits… So if you understand German...

New Site: Drummer, Interrupted

I just restarted playing the drums after an 18 year hiatus, for now I have only uploaded two videos of me casually playing along some tunes, but I will be uploading short drum lesson videos over the next days and weeks. So for everyone who is interested in playing the...