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English to Japanese: Esports forced out of China after anti-Japan protests General field: Other Detailed field: Journalism
Source text - English The spat between Japan and China over the Senkaku islands, known in China as the Diaoyu islands, has now gone too far.
The intensifying conflict has now forced the cancellation of the Intel Extreme Masters gaming tournament scheduled to be held later this month in Guangzhou, China.
The Intel Extreme Masters tournament was set to take place during the Anime Comics and Game Show, anime being the globally popular Japanese style of sequential art and animation. Anti-Japanese protests, however, broke out over the weekend in response to Japanese territorial claims to the small group of islands.
“We are terribly sorry to disappoint esports fans that were expecting to enjoy the event, especially all Chinese esports fans. Unfortunately, the circumstances that forced the cancellation upon us were entirely beyond our control, though we understand and respect the decisions made by the Anime Comics and Games organizers,” said Michal Bilcharz, CEO of the Electronic Sports League, a Germany-based professional gaming organization behind the Intel Extreme Masters Cup.
Organizers were forced to cancel because a large number of the exhibitors at the convention were Japanese and were not granted entry into China or had their visas revoked.
The tournament in Guangzhou was to be the final circuit stop before the season finals in March. Esports League staff has begun searching for an alternate location to host the event. Hundreds of professional gamers from countries in North America, Europe and Asia competing in a number of games were scheduled to appear at the Guangzhou tournament.
Gaming and geopolitics collide more often than one might expect. Last month, Blizzard Entertainment stepped up its own enforcement of US trade restrictions on Iran by cancelling the accounts of Iranian players connecting to World of Warcraft through virtual private networks.
In 2010, an island claimed by both North and South Korea was shelled by Pyongyang. Former South Korean Defense Minister Kim Tae Young came under scrutiny for a delayed response to the attack.
When asked why the South Korean response took 13 minutes, the minister replied, “This isn’t Starcraft.”
He was later sacked over his mishandling of the situation.
The Iranian government has also helped develop politically-motivated video games, including "The Stressful Life of Salman Rushdie and Implementation of his Verdict," a computer game in development by the Islamic Association of Students, a government-sponsored organization.
Whether or not the game will be a first person shooter or a real time strategy game, or something entirely different, is still unknown. However, if anything is to be gleaned from the title given to the game, players will more than likely implement Khomeini’s Verdict — a death sentence.
Iran has also banned the distribution of several games, including Battlefield 3, for its depiction of a US military incursion into Tehran.
Translation - Japanese 尖閣諸島に関して、現在日本と中国間のいさかいが行き過ぎとなっている。
English to Japanese: Ahmedabad Heritage Unesco Film General field: Other Detailed field: Tourism & Travel
Source text - English I am Amdavad.
I am born from the womb of Time.
I am more than 600 years old.
I have seen royalty, I have savored nobility.
I am a confluence,
I am the Ambrosia of Jain, Hindu, Persian, Mughal and British. I am cosmopolitan,
I am Amdavad.
I am a city of speaking walls that stand tall, as footprints of Time walking hand-in-hand with Civilization that never dies...
I am Brotherhood
The walled city is a treasure trove of history interwoven with architectural marvels. Truly secular, Islamic structures, Hindu and Jain temples, unique minarets, stunning step wells, tombs and pols co-exist here with calm serenity. Over centuries it has seen foreign travellers serenade its spirit of effort and enterprise, earning it among other names – the Manchester of the East.
Over days and months, and for more than 600 years, a lamp burns at the Teen Darwaaza, part of the walled city. A place revered by both Hindus and Muslims, it is a Muslim who has been lighting a lamp here since centuries. This little lamp of hope is an example of unity.
Kirti Stambh, in the precincts of the Hutheesing temple is a marvel of the Jain architectural tradition – it took many years to be built and was finally completed in finished in 1995.
Shaking and still standing are the Minarets of Ahmedabad which is a confluence of local and Islamic architecture.The Sidi Bashir mosque minarets with delicately carved stone balconies are unique architectural marvels; when one minaret is shaken the other one sways too.
The Sidi Saiyyed Ni Jalis are, beautifully carved, stone lattice-worked windows on the arches of the Sidi Saiyyed mosque, built in 1573. Carved in designs with, inter-twined trees, foliage and a palm motif this exquisite window has come to stand as the symbol of the city, an informal identity of Ahmedabad.
The pols are the living legends of Ahmedabad, and represent a culture of closely-knit, interactive neighbourhoods. Constructed during the 17th-18th century, these clusters of houses, with grand facades and intricately carved motifs and brackets dot the landscapes and residents inhabit them even today.
Wow, what a vaav!
A vaav means a step well, and these speaking stones in the city are classic examples of Indo-Islamic styles of architecture. Dada Harir ni Vaav, an elaborately designed, octagonal-shaped step well was built in the year 1485.
The Dutch cemetery in the city is a place where history lives; it stands testimony to the trade relations between India, Holland and Armenia. Dating back to a period between 1615 and 1700 the 49 tombs make up a cluster of domed and walled tombs, pyramids and gravestones.
Upholding the patriotic spirit of the old city are the 12 pillars of the Swaminarayan temple in Kalupur, constructed in 1822 AD and extended into the late 18th century, depicted in a brilliant form of storytelling by the engravers.
Ellisbridge – a parallel-curved steel bridge is not just a bridge, but a magnificent engineering marvel and a soaring symbol of technical skill.
Though this intricately carved sandstone structure acropolis lies outside the walled city, the SarkhejRoza is an example of a fusion, of Islamic style influences from Persia and indigenous Hindu and Jain artistry.
To add dignity to what is old, and to experience the glory of the walled city, while unveiling the many unique aspects of its heritage and culture is the popular Heritage Walk, launched in the year 1997. Called as a journey of “Mandir to Masjid” the Walk is the first one of its kind to have been started by an Urban Local Body in India.
I am Amdavad. I hold within my walls a fascinating, human habitation. Co-existing and thriving, in an eclectic synergy of man and architecture.
Chabutras, or bird feeders,
Pols, or community settlements
Chowks, or community squares,
Havelis, or grand buildings,
Vaavs, or step wells,
Darwaazas, tombs, mosques, temples, derasars,
Ahmedabad is a melting pot of all of these, a delightful concoction that has been brewing exhilarating chronicles through the annals of history and Time.