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. AdvertisementsRead more "Beneath a Veil of Perfumed Smoke"
As Japanese authors gained confidence in their place amidst a rapidly expanding transnational culture in the early twentieth century, they sought to boldly employ newfound literary ideologies. They took full advantage of the new freedoms of thought and style afforded by Western learning, and challenged traditional written structures in order to create literary works of […]Read more "Dark Existentialism + Modern Japanese Poetry"
Realism versus magic realism in Yoshimoto Banana’s 1991 short story “Newlywed”Read more "Solitary Road Toward Contemporary Enlightenment"
Always the bride’s maid, never the bride? Such is the fate of numerous men (and occasionally ladies) in Korean drama series. Countless kind-hearted, exceedingly handsome bachelors fall victim to the love triangle, forever relegated to melancholic longing for the one true love who instead chose the broken bad boy. Why is this Kdrama trope so […]Read more "Kdrama: The Love Triangle"
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"
Haunting atmosphere, stunning visuals, deadly beauty. Shindō Kaneto’s visually stunning films Kuroneko (1968) and Irezumi (1966) reveal that the human psyche is powerless against life’s horror, and that only through experiencing great injustice can the confines of reality give way to reveal one’s true inner self.Read more "The Femme Fatales of Shindō Kaneto"