Binary Rivals of the Man’yōshū

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 […]

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Legacy of the Forty-seven Ronin

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 […]

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