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Poll: Halloween, or Something Else?

So today is Halloween, unless it isn't, unless it is El Día de Muertos or All Hallows' Eve or Reformation Day or someone's birthday or something else. I am not sure that it is terribly significant that Halloween could be traced to pagan festivals (or not), or whether that is a reason not to celebrate it. (In the interest of full disclosure, I don't celebrate it, but my reason is simply aesthetic, nothing deeply religious. My personal aesthetics also necessarily make it difficult for me to find an image that I am willing to put on today's blog post.) This poll, however, is not quite about your reason(s) for celebrating or not celebrating Halloween. It is actually about what you (don't) celebrate on October 31. So vote in the poll on the sidebar!


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今週初めて黒澤明の『隠し砦の三悪人』という映画を見ました。この三悪人とは、だれですか? 三船敏郎が演じる真壁六郎太(まかべろくたろう)と二人の百姓です。この3人の登場人物の関係はとても面白くて、全ての人間の弱さも愛される性質も示します。