Japanese author pha's thoughts on marriage and family

Here are some candid thoughts from Japanese author pha on marriage and family. First, the original Japanese taken from pha's blog followed by my unofficial translation.



Family is nothing more than one variety of communal living. Thinking that having kids is an absolute truth is suffocating. There’s no need to continue suffering thinking that these things like marriage and having a family are absolute. There are plenty of other paths people can take.

However, marriage and family are convenient and are a powerful system that comes with societal approval, so if you can use that to your advantage, why not? If that doesn’t pan out though it’s ok to bail.

As humans we have to make use of whatever we can to survive.

Not to say that I share the same perspectives as pha; I just thought that was interesting. Living in Japan I find that people here often think about marriage and family in ways that can be difficult to understand for Americans/Westerners, myself included. 

pha is the author of several books including 「持たない幸福論」 and 「ニートの歩き方」which I would like to read.

New blog, self introduction

Hi, I'm Connor Kirk, a 26 year old "expat" from Atlanta, USA. 

I live in Kyoto, Japan, making my way as a translator working primarily with Japanese text. At the moment I'm working for an excellent company, really an ideal place to work, Hatena, which is very well known in Japan for it's blog platform, news feed, and other internet based services. Within Hatena I'm a part of a team of guys working on a new server management system called Mackerel where you can see my translation mostly on their developer blog as well as within the system itself. 

As for this blog, I'm thinking about using it mainly to document my experiences as a translator i.e things I pick up day to day, some tips on translating, talking about Japanese, and other things like that. Some other stuff I like to get into like printmaking, design and illustration might get roped in too.