Author Archives: bambak

Child’s play

What was the significance of the paper narcissus? I have this question because I wonder if the author was making a connection between the narcissus and Midori. I wonder if the author wrote about the paper narcissus to show the … Continue reading

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Weekly Blog Post #3

As our third week comes a close, I can’t believe how close we are to the end. It seems far too short, I can remember my first night here as if it was only a week ago. I can’t believe … Continue reading

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Weekly Blog Post #2

I’ve officially completed week 2 in Japan and I can’t believe how fast it’s been going. This week has been filled with new foods, beautiful sunrises/sunsets, great art, and breathtaking sights. I’m so grateful for all of the experiences I’ve … Continue reading

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Saikaku and Sharebon

After reading these pieces, I was extremely interested in the different things that Courtesans learn for their type of work, ranging from skills and techniques for manners, arousal, manipulation, and deceiving. The dialogues that occur between the Orian and the … Continue reading

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Tokugawa Musuem Item Analysis

Coming into the Tokugawa museum, I was looking for something that really caught my eye. As a walked into the Noh play section, I came across a mask that I’ve never seen before. I’ve imagined noh masks as traditionally white … Continue reading

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Week 1 in Nagoya

We’ve just concluded our first full week in Japan and I’m so glad that I have been able to spend my first experience in Japan with such a great group of Dickinsonians. I’ve had the privilege of knowing some students … Continue reading

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Atsumori and Buddhism

I believe that the play Atsumori shows many clear connections to main ideas in Buddhism. One of these ideas that is prominent in the play is the idea of Karma and the end of desires, seen in the ghost’s emotions … Continue reading

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Samurai ideals in the Heike clan

In the “Tale of the Heike”, it is interesting to see how samurai ideals are visible throughout the different nobles that hold power in the heike clan. One of these is Kiyomori, who became the head of the clan after … Continue reading

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Samurai and Yamato Takeru

Throughout my childhood, I always depicted samurai to be fearless, strong, quick, and noble. I imagine that I had these assumptions from the collective ideas I’ve gained through experiences like watching cartoons like Samurai Jack and listening to children’s stories … Continue reading

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Hello

Hi my name is Ken Bamba, I’m from New York City and I’m currently a rising junior at Dickinson College. I’m a double major in Computer Science and International Business and Management. I am excited to visit Japan for the … Continue reading

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