A misanthropic memoir from Meiji Era Tokyo

Sep 26, 2015

A misanthropic memoir from Meiji Era Tokyo

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Kansuke Naka’s childhood memoir, “The Silver Spoon: Memoir of a Boyhood in Japan,” is a charming depiction of life in Meiji Era (1868-1912) Japan. Its enduring status as one of Japan’s most-loved accounts of life in Tokyo at the beginning of the 20th century ...

Revealing the many masks of Mishima

/ May 5, 2013

Revealing the many masks of Mishima

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This is a whale of a book — both unusually massive and extremely informative and stimulating. The title means “mask” in Latin and is probably an allusion to Yukio Mishima’s first full-length novel, “Confessions of a Mask,” published in Japan in 1949 and translated ...