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Off the beaten track with Isabella Bird

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Isabella Bird was a tenacious traverser of continents, prolific Victorian era writer and the first woman awarded membership to the U.K.'s Royal Geographical Society. Isabella Bird and Japan: A Reassessment, by Kiyonori Kanasaka, Translated by Nicholas Pertwee. 256 pages RENAISSANCE BOOKS, Nonfiction. Wait, who? As famous explorers and all-around great names go, Bird's is one ...

'The Broken Commandment': Toson Shimazaki's humanist bildungsroman of a 'burakumin'

/ | Nov 18, 2017

'The Broken Commandment': Toson Shimazaki's humanist bildungsroman of a 'burakumin'

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A classic from 1906, Toson Shimazaki's "The Broken Commandment" follows the ideological struggles of a young teacher, Ushimatsu Segawa. The Broken Commandment, by Toson Shimazaki, Translated by Kenneth Strong.249 pages UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO PRESS, Fiction. Born into the ostracized burakumin caste but hiding his origins by following ...