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I started this site in 1998. All of the pages were made on Macs, which I've been using since 1985. (Before that, it was an Apple //e.) I use BBEdit to maintain the HTML and CSS for the site.

Made on a Mac

I feel that pages like these should be coded simply, and observe standards that will be accessible to a wide range of user agents and clients on many different platforms. I try to keep them in compliance with the World Wide Web Consortium's standards for valid HTML and CSS.

W3C HTML 4.0 Valid CSS! 23C HTML 5

The page backgrounds of the main site show Japanese seasonal motifs, and come from the Mangekyō/Kaleidoscope site. If you are using a browser that supports alternate style sheets, you can see the backgrounds for seasons other than the current one; in Firefox, for example, select Page Style from the View menu.

Kaleidoscipe logo

The newer portions of the site have a more modern design: the Japanese for Your Mac pages were redesigned in 2012, and the Interpreting Anime pages date from 2018. The graphics and the overall look of the basic biographical pages are a lot more retro, but I think that reflects my nostalgia for the earlier days of the web.

For those curious about the domain name, "The Red Cocoon" (「赤い繭」) is a 1950 short story by the Japanese author Abe Kōbō. For more on Abe, see my Books page elsewhere on this site.