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Uchimura Kanzō’s “Consolations”

Sep 19, 2016 No Comments by

One of the texts I am working through for my dissertation is Uchimura Kanzō’s Consolations of a Christian. It has never  been translated into English before, outside of the two chapters I have translated recently (and a few bits here and there by John Howes and others.) One of the things I have discovered is just how […]

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Manga Review: Mushishi

Apr 27, 2010 4 Comments by

Primarily, Mushishi is a manga centering around Ginko, a “Mushishi” loosely translated as a Mushi-man, or Mushi-user, who travels the Japanese countryside assisting in cases where members of local villages are plagued or haunted by “Mushi.” Japanese speakers will recognize the word, “mushi” which means “Insect” or “Bug.”  But in this case, mushi are elemental […]

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空中庭園 (Hanging Garden) and 空白 (Kûhaku) as social commentary

Feb 10, 2010 No Comments by

In class, I had my students read Chin Music Press’ excellent Kûhaku and other stories from Japan (2004) paired up with watching “Hanging Garden” or Kûchû Teien (2005). Where Kûhaku gives a broad spectrum of personal narratives concerning Japan, from both native and gaijin perspectives, Kûchû Teien is kind of a Japanese “FUBU” (For Us, […]

confucianism, J-Pop Culture, Research, Society, 日本社会 Read more