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The meaning of fukami

Sweetmorn, 31st Chaos, 3171.

Since this is post #23 at The Turkey Curse I will disclose where my nick comes from.

The nick fukami is originally taken from The Time Wanderers, a story of my favorite Russian science fiction authors Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. This story is part three of the Maxim Kammerer trilogy. Here’s the excerpt where the name fukami first occurs:

DOCUMENT 5: Once of the UE-2

Department: 6 May 99. Around 1 PM

No. 013/99 Urals-North

Date: 26 March 99

FROM: T. Glumov, Inspector
THEME: 009 “A Visit from an Old Lady”
CONTENTS: Fukamiphobia, the history of the Amendment to the Law on Mandatory Bioblockade

In analyzing the incidents of mass phobias in the last one hundred years, I have came to the conclusion that within the parameters of theme 009, the events that preceded the passage on 2/02/65 by the World Council of the famous Amendment to the law on the Bioblockade would be of interest to us.

The following should be kept in mind:

1. Bioblockade, also known as the Tokyo Procedure, has been systematically in use on Earth and the Periphery for about one hundred and fifty years. Bioblockade is not a professional term, and is used primarily by journalists. Medical specialists call this procedure fukamization in honor of the sisters Natalya and Hosiko Fukami, who were the first to give a theoretical basis for it and to put it into practice. The aim of fukamization is raising the natural level of adaptation of the human body to external conditions (bioadaptation). In its classic form, the procedure of fukamization is used exclusively an infants, beginning with the third trimester of its intrauterine development. As far as I have learned and understood, the procedure consists of two stages.

The introduction of UNBLAF serum (the “bacteria of life” culture) raises resistance by several orders to all known infections and viruses — viral, bacterial, or spore — and also to all organic toxins. (This basically is the bioblockade.)

Unbreaking the hypothalmus with microwave radiation increases the body’s ability to adapt to such physical agents of the environment as strong radiation, toxic gas, and high temperatures. Besides which, the ability to regenerate damaged organs increases the spectrum visible to the retina, and response to psychotherapy is heightened.

The complete test of instruction on fukamization and the full text of The Time Wanderers in English can be found here.

According to Jeffrey’s Japanese/English Dictionary Server the name fukami means something like depth, deep or deep place, and it seems some flowers contain that word: tree peony and whitetail chromis — no idea what that is (thanks to Su-Shee for pointing that out for me).

fukami is probably way more often used as a female than a male given name, because I mostly found men using fukami as their last name. This would explain why so many people wonder that a 100 kg guy is in front of them: They think I’m a girl. However, one of the very few male fukamis I found is a character from the indie game Wadanohara and the Great Blue Sea. I don’t know this game, but the character seems somewhat like an interesting creature:

Fukami is shown to have short light blue hair, styled similarly to a bowlcut. He has dark blue, almost grayish eyes. He commonly suppresses emotions and rarely changes his facial expression. He also is shown to have pink-ish tentacles under his long cloak, showing that he’s an octopus. He wears a cloak with a navy blue tie-like cloth that has an anchor and the sleeves cover his arms and he has long black boots with white, sucker-like or bubble-like decorations.

Very special thanks to Michael Hohmuth for inspiring me to take that nick.

Update: I made an update more than 10 years after I initially wrote the article to update links and some new insights.


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