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 ...

Searching to define difficult, elusive concept

Sep 7, 2013

Searching to define difficult, elusive concept

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The title of this book is exquisite, while the cover illustration is of something else, different yet just as exquisite. This is appropriate because the aesthetic concept that the book considers is not just beautiful, but elusive and difficult to define. SNOW IN A ...

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 ...