The hidden heart of Natsume Soseki

Nov 26, 2016

The hidden heart of Natsume Soseki

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Dec. 9 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Natsume Soseki (1867-1916), a novelist widely regarded as being the one of the greatest writers of modern Japan. Events commemorating this anniversary have been held throughout 2016 but, in case you think it will ...

Brexit vote prompts year-earlier closure of Soseki Museum in London

Aug 30, 2016

Brexit vote prompts year-earlier closure of Soseki Museum in London

A museum in London dedicated to Japanese novelist Soseki Natsume (1867-1916), who spent two years in the British capital, will close in September, a year earlier than initially planned, its operator told Kyodo News on Sunday. Ikuo Tsunematsu had previously planned to close the Soseki ...

Bushido: Soseki, 'Star Wars' and the samurai

Jul 30, 2016

Bushido: Soseki, 'Star Wars' and the samurai

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In September 1912, Gen. Maresuke Nogi — a hero of the Russo-Japanese War — committed ritual suicide. His sensational death took place on the day of Emperor Meiji's funeral, making it an act of junshi (following one's lord in death) and a high-water mark ...