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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Chikamatsu’s Principles

Chikamatsu Monzaemon’s artistry stemmed from a deep respect for the power of words. With each play, he sought to paint a vivid portrait of reality amidst a sense of wonder. He believed that feeling was the link between the stage and its audience, best achieved through lively prose, a logical story line, and un-restrained imagination. […]

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