To add or not to add? The challenge of translating for a Western audience.Read more "Poetry Lost in Translation"
Representations of Japanese Society as a Whole in Oriza Hirata’s 上野動物園再々々襲撃 (Attacking Ueno Zoo for the Fourth Time).Read more "Shitamachi Jyoucho"
After an era of peace in which culture and art had thrived in the Heian court, Japan dissolved into a country of warring states. For the several hundred years which followed the Minamoto clan’s rise to power in 1185, the nation was fraught with unrest. It was not until Tokugawa Ieyasu won control in 1603 […]Read more "Transience and the Human Soul in Matsuo Bashō’s Oku no Hosomichi"
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"
Realism versus magic realism in Yoshimoto Banana’s 1991 short story “Newlywed”Read more "Solitary Road Toward Contemporary Enlightenment"
From freshly scorched earth arose an important literary ethos which sought to produce existential works of psychological significance. Post-war author Abe Kōbō encapsulates the downtrodden consciousness of the Japanese people in his abstract short story “Akai Mayu” (1950).Read more "The evolution of post wwii literature in Japan"
Authors Sōseki Natsume and Tanizaki Jun’ichirō struggle to accept the fate of Japan’s waning culture in the face of rapid modernization in their vibrant essays In Praise of Shadows, “The Civilization of Modern-Day Jan, and “My Individualism.”Read more "from Shadows of the Past to a Future of Individualism"