Forbidden Colours

| Aug 13, 2016

Forbidden Colours

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Written in 1951 and translated into English in 1968, the title of “Forbidden Colours” represents taboo desires and beliefs, most notably homosexuality and misogyny. Shunsuke is an aging writer whose vile views on women are given the opportunity for physical manifestation in Yuichi, a ...

Finding the locus of David Mitchell

Apr 2, 2016

Finding the locus of David Mitchell

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David Mitchell’s world is always growing. Raised in England’s West Midlands, Mitchell lived in London for a time before moving to Japan in 1994 — while he was in his 20s — to work as an English teacher. After eight years in Hiroshima, he ...

Mishima, Murakami and the elusive Nobel Prize

Aug 29, 2015

Mishima, Murakami and the elusive Nobel Prize

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Will he or won’t he? It’s about the time of year when the Japanese media descends into a frenzy of speculation about whether Haruki Murakami will land the Nobel Prize in literature, becoming the first Japanese literary laureate since Kenzaburo Oe in 1994. There ...

Mar 26, 2015

Novelist Mishima's 1964 Olympics reporter notebook goes on display

A notebook novelist Yukio Mishima (1925-1970) used to cover the 1964 Tokyo Olympics has been found at the Mishima Yukio Literary Museum in Yamanakako, Yamanashi Prefecture, and put on exhibit. The contents were published in an academic journal Monday. The show opened Tuesday. Mishima ...