The spooky side of Sanyutei Encho

Aug 11, 2015

The spooky side of Sanyutei Encho

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For all sorts of reasons, summer is the season of ghosts in Japan. Accordingly, The University Art Museum in Tokyo is presenting an exhibition of work connected to Meiji Era (1867-1912) storyteller Sanyutei Encho (1839-1900). Encho practised the art of rakugo, a traditional and ...

The honeymoon phase of Japan and the West

Apr 14, 2015

The honeymoon phase of Japan and the West

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Often, when two cultures meet, it can be very messy and lead to a lot of unpleasantness. The continuing inability of the West and Islam to understand each other suggests itself as a convenient example. This kind of conflict often boils down to a ...

'Natsume Soseki and Arts'

May 9, 2013

'Natsume Soseki and Arts'

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Natsume Soseki, one of Japan’s great Meiji Era (1868-1912) writers, is best known for the novels “Kokoro,” “Botchan,” ” I Am a Cat” and his unfinished work “Light and Darkness.” He was also a fan of, and particularly knowledgeable about, Japanese and British art, ...