Natsume Soseki’s Pre-Raphaelite dreams

In 1900, the future novelist Natsume Soseki — then a scholar of English literature — arrived in London to commence two years of study abroad. Back in Japan, his best friend, the renowned haiku poet Masaoka Shiki, had — as explained in the first installment of this series — adopted the painterly concept of “sketching … Continue reading Natsume Soseki’s Pre-Raphaelite dreams