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"
Hagio Moto employs a complex set of expressive layering and feathery artwork in her 1984 shojo manga “Angel Mimic.”Read more "Interiority Through Layering"
Realism, iconography, and duality in Tezuka Osamu’s 2006 manga Buddha.Read more "The Artisty of Osamu’s Buddha vol3"
Just over 400 words on where I write.Read more "Writing Space"
Zuihitsu is an ancient style of Japanese literature consisting of aesthetic essays and personal accounts as well as short and elaborated lists which follow in no chronological fashion. This short collection of random thoughts and aesthetics is attributed to the great Sei Shonagon, who documented her extremely particular tastes on this and that in The Pillow […]Read more "Myriad Preference"
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"