Seeking solace in Tohoku's poets of old

Books Mar 10, 2018

Seeking solace in Tohoku's poets of old

by Roger Pulvers

On Oct. 11, 2011, seven months to the day after the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami struck the Tohoku region, I stood beside the sole surviving pine tree from a 350-year-old forest of approximately 70,000 similar trees on the coastline of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture. In ...

Takuboku Ishikawa: engaged observer

General Apr 11, 2015

Takuboku Ishikawa: engaged observer

by Roger Pulvers

The society of Takuboku Ishikawa's era was in dramatic political flux, and its complex issues became his personal obsessions. After his death, Takuboku's preoccupations came to be seen as a symbol of the social and emotional upheavals of his times. The key word in the ...