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Blog Post for “Child’s Play”

Question: How does the story of “Child’s Play”, based in the Meiji period, portray the outcomes of control of Tokugawa during the Edo Period? Throughout this course, we have done many readings that have discussed or showed the underlying control … Continue reading

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Week 3, Diary

Now that we are entering our last week, I am becoming more reflective of my time here in Japan. To be quite honest, I am physically exhausted. However, my fondness of this country outweighs my fatigue. Everyday I wake up … Continue reading

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Week 2, Diary

It is frightening to say that another week has passed. When you are living in the moment and basking in an experience, time really does fly. I am so full of gratitude and contentment with how things have been both … Continue reading

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Saikaku

In Saikaku’s The Life of An Amorous Woman I was infatuated with the image depicting the gay quarters of Kyoto in relation to the overall storyline. In the image “three small gentlemen enter on the right followed by a servant; a … Continue reading

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The Tokugawa Art Museum – Artifact of choice: The Kabuki Zukan (unknown artist) Art piece

Kabuki Zukan – Museum Note: “Notable for its extremely gay, flamboyant style of dress, the Kabuki Odori (Kabuki dance) was created towards the beginning of the seventeenth century by a woman named Izumo no Okuni…The texts of fine varieties of … Continue reading

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Atsumori and Buddhism

The play “Atsumori” relates to the ideas of Buddhism in many ways. For starters, all of the characters represent something with a metaphysical essence. A Minamoto warrior in the past appears as the Monk Renshō, the ghost of Atsumori appears … Continue reading

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Weekly Diary

Let’s just start with: Japan is amazing. I cannot believe we are already finished with the first week, and entering another wonderful week here. I do not know where to start with this post, so I guess I will talk … Continue reading

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Samurai Ideals in the Heike

Blog prompt: What are some samurai ideals that appear in the Heike? In our discussion about perceptions of Samurai and what comes to mind when we initially think about Samurais in Japan, a lot of overarching themes that came up … Continue reading

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Understanding Samurai & Yamato Takeru

Blog prompt: What comes to mind when you think about samurai (before reading)? Do you think Yamato Takeru fits that idea? Why or Why not? When I think of Samurai, I think of things related to Japanese warriors and karate. … Continue reading

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Konnichiwa

Hello all, my name is Muhajir Lesure. I am a rising junior at Dickinson College; my major is Environmental Studies, with a minor in Philosophy and a Food Studies Certificate. I’m from Northern New Jersey, right outside of NYC. I … Continue reading

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