Thoughts on visiting the Fukagawa and Sumida Hokusai museums in Tokyo. AdvertisementsRead more "Field Trip to Edo"
The Aesthetic Veil in Motokiyo and Mishima’s YuyaRead more "Power Beneath the Surface"
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"
Hagio Moto employs a complex set of expressive layering and feathery artwork in her 1984 shojo manga “Angel Mimic.”Read more "Interiority Through Layering"
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"
In a recent arts performance at Portland’s Aladdin Theater, thrilling samurai fight choreography met with the ethereal vocals of up-and-coming singer song writer Kobayashi Mika, of Attack on Titan fame. Throughout the show, clashing swords and cool warrior bravado effortlessly intermingled with restrained beauty in true Japanese fashion.Read more "Akatsuki: Sword Art Performance Review"