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OSAMU DAZAI

When describing meal times in his novel “No Longer Human,” Osamu Dazai refers to his family as being "jūikunin," which translates to "10 and change." By being vague, he diminishes the importance of the size of his family.
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Jun 21, 2024
Attempting the classics: Decoding Osamu Dazai’s sinister diction
A gritty realism and gut-wrenching plots were the mark of the "I-novel" push in the 20th century.
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JAPAN / History / JAPAN TIMES GONE BY
Jun 3, 2023
Japan Times 1923: This may be a true story, but again, it mayn’t
Some mysterious behavior from a jar of ashes 100 years ago makes the front page of The Japan Times. Then, 25 years ago, a conference believes newsprint will win out over the internet.
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CULTURE / Books
Mar 19, 2023
'The Flowers of Buffoonery': Osamu Dazai's unexpected portrait of camaraderie
The novel adds new texture to the author's classic 'No Longer Human,' while bringing levity to a somewhat dire thesis: The world is full of inauthenticity.
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CULTURE / Books
Mar 13, 2023
Osamu Dazai gets silly while facing fears in 'The Flowers of Buffoonery'
Translator Sam Bett brings out the fragile personalities in the author's early novella, a predecessor to his modern classic novel “No Longer Human.'
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CULTURE / Books
Jul 21, 2022
Independent publisher gives short stories their due with 'Storybook ND' series
New Directions spotlights short fiction with a new translated series featuring Yoko Tawada and Osamu Dazai.
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CULTURE / Books
Aug 1, 2020
‘A Late Chrysanthemum’: A short story collection full of pathos and maturity
This anthology of short stories may tend toward the morally dubious, but it's a solid introduction to literary masters of the 20th century.
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CULTURE / Books
Jan 25, 2020
Is Japan enjoying a new literary golden age?
The case for Yes
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CULTURE / Film
Nov 28, 2019
'Human Lost': Osamu Dazai's classic novel gets lost in sci-fi technobabble
A futuristic update of 'No Longer Human,' the latest computer-animated film from Polygon Pictures takes liberties with the source material.
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CULTURE / Film
Sep 18, 2019
'No Longer Human': A biopic with no decent biography
Mika Ninagawa's 'No Longer Human' tells the story of celebrated Japanese author Osamu Dazai, with a particular focus on his turbulent love life
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CULTURE / Books / ESSENTIAL READING FOR JAPANOPHILES
Dec 22, 2018
Delve into a teenager's consciousness with Osamu Dazai's 'Schoolgirl'
Concise enough to be read in one sitting, 'Schoolgirl' combines Osamu Dazai's familiar themes of melancholy, alienation and despair with levity and humor.
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CULTURE / Books
Nov 10, 2018
A journey to hell with Osamu Dazai, Japan's ultimate bad boy novelist
Dazai is the ultimate bad boy of Japanese literature and 'Ningen Shikkaku,' recently re-translated by Mark Gibeau as 'A Shameful Life,' is his supreme masterpiece, a novel that still shocks today with its brutal honesty and unflinching, strangely thrilling pessimism.
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CULTURE / Books / WORKS BY JAPANESE WOMEN
Oct 20, 2018
Fierce and inventive, Yuko Tsushima's oeuvre goes beyond the 'I-novel' genre
Early on, Yuko Tsushima broke the boundaries of the traditional Japanese I-novel, giving voice to a voiceless minority by authentically depicting the struggles of single mothers in society as a single mother herself.
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CULTURE / Books
May 19, 2018
Mount Fuji is the gift to writers that keeps on giving
'Mountain/Home: New Translations from Japan' shows Mount Fuji from a variety of literary angles in this comprehensive anthology of translations.
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LIFE / Travel
Mar 30, 2018
Thawing out on the stove train through Tsugaru
In his 1944 semi-autobiographical "Return to Tsugaru," Japanese author Osamu Dazai (1909-48) revisits his native Tsugaru, a peninsula in northernmost Aomori Prefecture and, apart from praising its people, has mostly unflattering things to say about the place. Forty years later, British writer Alan Booth...
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LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
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 / ESSENTIAL READING FOR JAPANOPHILES
Nov 4, 2017
'Blue Bamboo: Japanese Tales of Fantasy': Between the fantasy and reality of Osamu Dazai
Osamu Dazai packs wry humor and warm humanity into seven short stories, as his collection, "Blue Bamboo," inventively blurs the line between fantasy and reality.
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LIFE / Travel
Sep 15, 2017
Views both old and new of Aomori's Tsugaru
Cut off by the Ou Mountains to the south and far removed from any center of power, Aomori Prefecture's remote Tsugaru Peninsula was largely left to its own devices until the Azuchi-Momoyama Period (1573-1603).
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CULTURE / Books
Jan 14, 2017
Mishima and the maze of sexuality in modern Japan
In June 1948, novelist Osamu Dazai committed suicide. The 38-year-old, who had just completed his masterpiece, "No Longer Human," and whose fame was peaking, jumped into Tokyo's Tamagawa Canal with his mistress, Tomie Yamazaki, and drowned.
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CULTURE / Art
Dec 13, 2016
Tokyo: photogenic to its very core
Care to take a guess what the new exhibition "Tokyo, Tokyo and Tokyo" at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum is about? In fact there are two exhibitions with the same name running concurrently, so it's "Tokyo, Tokyo and Tokyo" and "Tokyo, Tokyo and Tokyo."
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CULTURE / Books
Mar 26, 2016
Black Illumination: the disqualified life of Osamu Dazai
The author Osamu Dazai committed suicide — several times. The first was on a cold December night in 1929, just before his school exams. But the overdose of sleeping pills he took was not enough; he survived, and graduated. The second was in October, 1930, on the barren sands of a beach in Kamakura...

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