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week 3!

     I love Kyoto!!! First of all, I loved the ryokan we stayed in. The owners were so kind, even though I spoke absolutely no Japanese. The little garden was adorable, the baths were nice, and I must have had … Continue reading

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child’s play

How does Child’s Play shed light on community in the Edo period? Throughout reading this story, I was struck by the introduction of so many characters and their complex relationships to eachother. I focused on Midori. Midori worked for the … Continue reading

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week 2!

I honestly can’t believe it’s been two weeks. It feels like forever and no time at all at the same time. I loved the Tokugawa Museum. While the collection was small, it was filled with beautiful and diverse works ranging … Continue reading

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sharebon

I found it interesting how intertwined prostitution and literature were. While prostitution comes up in Western literature, often prostitutes are antagonists-they are characters largely debased by their authors (of course, this is a generalization…). However, in this case, the best … Continue reading

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tea bowl

In the Tokugawa museum, I studied a tea bowl (Black Oribe Ware, 17th C). When I first looked at it, I thought it perfectly represented the idea of wabi. However, as I continued to look at it (from angles and … Continue reading

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Atsumori

The play Atsumori was very obviously Buddhist. We see the monk having committed an act of violence and repenting for it by leading a Buddhist life. He then aims to help Atsumori reach enlightenment. The themes of doing good for … Continue reading

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weekly blog post

I’ve been in Nagoya for almost two weeks now, and it’s been an amazing experience. While I was in Japan before, I was a tourist and did not really make deep dives into the culture. My first trip was structured … Continue reading

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tale of Heike

What are some samurai ideals that appear in the Heike?   In “The Death of Tadanori,” poetry is the way in which Rokuyata learns Tadanori’s name. Poetry is also the reason his comrades are sad about his death, as his … Continue reading

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samurai

What comes to mind when you think about samurai (before reading)? Do you think Yamato Takeru fits that idea? Why or Why not? I have a vague idea about Tokugawa-period samurai, because I took Prof. Ren’s woodblock class. So, I … Continue reading

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Hi! My name is Kaila and I’m from Dobbs Ferry, New York. I’m a rising junior English and Art History double major and I’ll be in Florence next fall! I love travelling and am very interested in different cultures, and … Continue reading

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