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Japan Times
Mar 20, 2022
‘A Fictional Commons’: Rethinking alternatives to capitalism with literature
Michael Bourdaghs compellingly shows how influential literary figure Natsume Soseki imbued his classic works with challenges to the constrictive, patriarchal systems of property control.
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CULTURE / Books / The World of Translators
Aug 22, 2020
Jay Rubin: An academic’s path to translation
To introduce our readers to translators of Japanese literature, we'll be highlighting one working translator each month, starting with Jay Rubin.
Japan Times
Jan 25, 2020
Is Japan enjoying a new literary golden age?
The case for Yes
Japan Times
Oct 20, 2019
Linguistic ignorance can be bliss
When it was revealed that Pico Iyer knew only a 'smattering' of Japanese despite living in Japan for 25 years, some were critical. However, could there be artistic benefits to not being fluent?
Japan Times
Aug 3, 2019
How Japan's modern literature came under Nietzsche's spell
To truly understand some of 20th-century Japan's most iconic literary works, you have to go back to ancient Greek tragedy and the 'Dionysian' philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche.
Japan Times
Jul 8, 2019
Museum chronicling novelist Natsume Soseki's life in U.K. begins new chapter
A museum dedicated to novelist Natsume Soseki (1867-1916) that closed in 2016 has reopened in a new location in southeast England.
Japan Times
Apr 19, 2019
Museum devoted to Japanese novelist Natsume Soseki, shuttered in London in 2016, to reopen in Surrey
A museum in London devoted to renowned Japanese novelist Natsume Soseki (1867-1916), which was closed over two years ago, is set to be revived in nearby Surrey in May.
Japan Times
Mar 9, 2019
'Japan in the World': A comprehensive analysis of Japan's international image
Published near the height of Japan's global economic power in 1993, 'Japan in the World' brings together essays that reflect on the country's place in international affairs.
Japan Times
Oct 27, 2018
'Soseki: Modern Japan's Greatest Novelist': A portrait of a brilliant man, neither happy nor endearing
Natsume Soseki, widely viewed as Japan's greatest literary figure, was a complicated man. A new full-length biography by John Nathan, 'Soseki: Modern Japan's Greatest Novelist,' sheds light on the challenging, and often painful, life of this literary giant.
Japan Times
Jun 23, 2018
'The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories': Memorable shorts from the greats of modern literature
From Haruki Murakami to Natsume Soseki, 'The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories' serves up a feast of literature, a smorgasbord of over 30 widely varied modern Japanese writers.
Japan Times
Mar 17, 2018
The Irish influence on Soseki, a pioneer of Japanese literature
St. Patrick's Day is the time of year when many raise a glass in their local "authentic Irish" pub to Ireland's literary greats, from master satirist Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) to poet Seamus Heaney (1939-2013). In Japan too, the dynamic interaction of Ireland and Japan's literary traditions is a rich...
Japan Times
Feb 17, 2018
Heroism and the changing state of morality
Every age breeds its own morality. One era's good is another's evil. Today's virtue is tomorrow's vice, today's wisdom tomorrow's stupidity, today's sanity tomorrow's madness.
Japan Times
Dec 2, 2017
Yasunari Kawabata's surrealist window on the world
Opening with one of the most famous lines in Japanese literature — "Emerging from the long border tunnel, they entered snow country," shifting us at speed from the darkness of the tunnel into the bright light of the snow — Yasunari Kawabata's novel "Snow Country" tells of a city-dwelling,...
Japan Times
Nov 13, 2017
Blue Sky Books is a literary treasure trove
Aozora Bunko is an electric internet library that contains works of literature in the public domain.
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CULTURE / Books / How the visual arts shaped Japan's modern literature
Nov 4, 2017
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...
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CULTURE / Books / How the visual arts shaped Japan's modern literature
Sep 30, 2017
How the visual arts shaped Japan's modern literature
Early on in Natsume Soseki's 1908 campus novel "Sanshiro" — one of the most important expositions of the inter-connectedness of visual and literary art ever written — a young scientist, Nonomiya, looks up at a long, thin, white cloud floating diagonally in the sky.
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CULTURE / Books / The critics who shaped modern Japan
Sep 2, 2017
Hideo Kobayashi: Spearheading the age of the professional critic
In the autumn of 1956, Japan's most renowned literary critic, the 54-year-old Hideo Kobayashi, engaged in taidan ( a "conversation" to be published in a magazine) with 31-year-old rising literary star Yukio Mishima.
Japan Times
Aug 19, 2017
Ryunosuke Akutagawa: Writing in the shadows of Japan's literary giants
How a short but fruitful relationship with Natsume Soseki led to the most productive years of Akutagawa's tragic life.
Japan Times
Mar 14, 2017
'Soseki, Kyoto and the Oyamazaki Villa: Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Novelist's Birth'
March 18-May 28
Dec 19, 2016
Let's discuss the Soseki robot
An android version of literary giant Natsume Soseki has been unveiled in Tokyo.


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