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"
Tragic tales from Chikamatsu and Saikaku laud variant values in ethics, honor, and love for the lower social classes of feudal Japan.Read more "Values for the Commoner"
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. […]Read more "Chikamatsu’s Principles"
The perfect portrait of marriage in pre-modern Japanese literature.Read more "Husband and Dutiful Wife"