How could I navigate my Japanese-language emotions in pursuit of a Western psychiatric label?
When he asked me how to say “I love you” in Japanese, I translated linguistically, but mistranslated culturally.
‘Setsunai’ implies something once bright, now faded. It is the painful twinge at the edge of a memory, the joy in the knowledge that everything is temporary.
To me, ‘daiji’ embodies the struggle to prioritize two languages, homes, and selves.
“Miyazaki tells us something about bodies in flux: There is no easy answer; only the conflict, the question.”