Bushido: Soseki, 'Star Wars' and the samurai

Jul 30, 2016

Bushido: Soseki, 'Star Wars' and the samurai

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In September 1912, Gen. Maresuke Nogi — a hero of the Russo-Japanese War — committed ritual suicide. His sensational death took place on the day of Emperor Meiji’s funeral, making it an act of junshi (following one’s lord in death) and a high-water mark ...

In search of Japan's own Shakespeare

Apr 23, 2016

In search of Japan's own Shakespeare

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April 23 marked the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare (1564-1616), the greatest dramatist of the English speaking world. The anniversary has a particular resonance here: Few countries in the world have embraced Shakespeare with Japan’s sustained passion. The Bard in Japan: ...

Natsume Soseki goes back to hell in 'The Miner'

Oct 24, 2015

Natsume Soseki goes back to hell in 'The Miner'

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Natsume Soseki’s 1908 novel “The Miner” has often been regarded as an oddity. It stands aloof both in subject matter and style from the two great “trilogies” Soseki penned between 1908 and 1914. The Miner, by Natsume Soseki, Translated by Jay Rubin. 264 pages ...

Botchan

| Jan 4, 2014

Botchan

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Written in 1906, Natsume Soseki’s “Botchan” is based on the author’s experience as a teacher in a “barbaric” country town at a time when modern, Western modes of thinking were slowly spreading across Japan from the rapidly modernizing metropolis of Tokyo. The clash between traditional ...

Light and Dark

Nov 16, 2013

Light and Dark

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“Light and Dark” is one of the late Natsume Soseki’s longest and most famous masterpieces. Although the allure is partly due to its lack of a concrete ending because of Soseki’s untimely death, the novel (sans ending) is still considered to be one of ...

Granddaughter raising funds for Soseki memorial

Sep 17, 2013

Granddaughter raising funds for Soseki memorial

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A granddaughter of Meiji Era novelist Natsume Soseki (1867-1916) is backing a donation drive to build a memorial to the author, whose major works include “I Am a Cat” and “Botchan.” The Shinjuku Ward office in Tokyo is aiming to construct the memorial in ...