Kamakura Poetics

Nov 19, 2013 No Comments by

Fujiwara no Shunzei wrote “Korai Futeisho”in 1197. This early Kamakura treatise on poetics set the stage for many poetic developments to come. Chiefly, Shunzei discusses the connection between kotoba, or words, and kokoro, which means heart/mind. In the poetic sense, kokoro, according to Shunzei was transmitted from all the preceeding poetic anthologies, such as Man’yoshu, […]

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“Jiro Dreams of Sushi” – Introduction

Mar 11, 2012 No Comments by

If you are interested in seeing “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”, you might like to know more about this film’s connection to Japanese culture. The following is a short introduction I wrote after screening the film this week. Imagine, if you will, day in, day out doing the same exact job.  Imagine performing the same tasks […]

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Oct 05, 2011 No Comments by


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