The work of poets Kakinomoto no Hitomaro and Yamanoue no Okura, while categorically similar, serve quite opposing purposes. In fact, nearly every aspect of both poets’ verses stand in stark contrast to one another. A side by side comparison of their Man’yoshu poetry reveals an appropriate sense of tsuiku, as if their opposing elements were […]Read more "Binary Rivals of the Man’yōshū"
Mankind has long been fascinated with sensational events, particularly those which prove to be relatable to both individual cultures and to humanity as a whole. Infallible loyalty, filial piety, honor unto death—such are the values which lie at the heart of traditional Japanese culture. The Ako incident exhibits these values to the extreme, and has […]Read more "Legacy of the Forty-seven Ronin"
In a recent arts performance at Portland’s Aladdin Theater, thrilling samurai fight choreography met with the ethereal vocals of up-and-coming singer song writer Kobayashi Mika, of Attack on Titan fame. Throughout the show, clashing swords and cool warrior bravado effortlessly intermingled with restrained beauty in true Japanese fashion.Read more "Akatsuki: Sword Art Performance Review"
Lady Murasaki depicts a world in which the creation of and appreciation of incense reveals essential aspects of character in her centuries-old tale, Genji Monogatari.Read more "Beneath a Veil of Perfumed Smoke"