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For Matt Treyvaud's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Demythologizing Pure Land Buddhism

/ Aug 27, 2016

Demythologizing Pure Land Buddhism

The bulk of "Demythologizing Pure Land Buddhism" is a collection of essays by Rijin Yasuda (1900-1982), a Shin Buddhist thinker in the modernizing tradition of Kiyozawa Manshi (1863-1903). Yasuda "taught a conception of Amida and the Pure Land that made them existential realities in ...

'Strange Glow': A grounded, intelligent look at radiation

/ Jul 16, 2016

'Strange Glow': A grounded, intelligent look at radiation

"Strange Glow" hits all the notes you'd expect from a book described as "the story of people's encounters with radiation" — from physicist Ernest Rutherford's overturning of the"plum pudding" model of the atom to the "radium girls" who were poisoned by the glow-in-the-dark radium ...

A privileged perspective on WWII in 'My Shanghai, 1942-1946: A Novel'

/ Feb 27, 2016

A privileged perspective on WWII in 'My Shanghai, 1942-1946: A Novel'

Partly inspired by the wartime experiences of author Keiko Itoh's mother, "My Shanghai, 1942-1946" is a comfortably old-fashioned epistolary novel told entirely through diary entries. The story begins in January 1942 as London-educated protagonist Eiko Kishimoto arrives in the Shanghai International Settlement with her ...

Monstrous Bodies: The Rise of the Uncanny in Modern Japan

/ Feb 13, 2016

Monstrous Bodies: The Rise of the Uncanny in Modern Japan

In the the late 19th and early 20th century, when Japan's modernization was well underway, Japanese readers acquired a taste for a certain kind of monster: the twisted almost-human, bearing a grudge and wreaking havoc on the unsuspecting and upright citizens around them. Critics ...

New Selected Poems

/ Jan 2, 2016

New Selected Poems

In the introduction to "New Selected Poems" Shuntaro Tanikawa is described as a "poetic volcano," but a volcano, like the proverbial hedgehog, only does one big thing; Tanikawa offers something new in every book. New Selected Poems, by Shuntaro ...

The Karma Of Words

/ | Dec 19, 2015

The Karma Of Words

Subtitled "Buddhism and the Literary Arts in Medieval Japan," William R. LaFleur's book surveys an expanse of Japanese literary history ranging from the "Nihon Ryoiki" of the early ninth century to Basho's posthumous "Narrow Road to the Deep North" (1702). This is a more ...