By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

I was thinking back to my days in Hawaii and recalled that I always had a pocket knife with me from the age of four, when my grandfather gave me one for Christmas. I promptly cut my finger with it a few days later while folding it…Ouch!

Growing up on a coffee farm, blades were a part of my daily life. Pruning coffee branches required the use of a Japanese sickle. Cutting down trees was a job for an axe or a saw. Toppling banana trunks required the use of a machete. And of course I’d use the pocket knife that I carried either in my pocket or in a case on my belt to take care of peeling fruit, opening cans and bottles, boring holes in things and functioning as a screwdriver in addition to other ways nobody ever thought a pocketknife should be used for. It was an essential tool that I took everywhere.

Things changed when I came to Japan and learned that most people don’t carry knives around. Still, I learned that there was a pretty decent office alternative in the ubiquitous box cutters found in most worker’s desks.

ハワイ日常生活とポケットナイフ

ハワイに住んでい頃を思い出していたときに随時持ち歩いていたポケットナイフが記憶に浮かんだ。お爺さんが4歳のクリスマスプレゼントとしてくれたときからハワイを去るまでずっとポケットナイフを持ち歩いていた。4歳のポケットナイフを貰ってから数日以内に刃を戻す時に指を切った覚えもある。痛い!

コーヒー農園に住んでいため、日常に刃物に囲まれていた。コーヒー木の剪定には日本式木切り用の鎌を使う。木の伐採にはのこぎりか斧、バナナの幹にはマチェーテ(山刀)など。それに勿論、ポケットかベルト・ケースに入れていたポケットナイフで果物の皮むき、瓶栓抜きや缶切り、穴あきやマイナスドライバーに活用させた。私のハワイの日常生活には必需品だった。

しかし、来日の際、日本人はナイフを持ち歩かないことに気付いたのでその習慣を止めた。その代わりに日本では殆どの事務所に文房具として代用になるカッターナイフがあることを知った。

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English books by Billy Hammond published by AELS

(AELS出版英語書籍リスト)

 

I. Majoh Gakuin and Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools Trilogy

1. Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools

2. Lost Witch (The second book)

3. Fate & Magic (The final book in the trilogy)

II. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire Trilogy

1. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire

2. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Returns

3. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Challenges (The final book in the trilogy)

III. Fantasy fiction set in Japan

1. 21st Century Ninja

2. Regressed

3. Japanese Woman

IV. Fantasy fiction set outside of Japan

1. Dimension Jumpers

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