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Week 3

For some the fun in Japan is almost over, but for me I still have three more weeks here before I leave.  After going to Kyoto I’ve realized how little time three weeks actually is to truly experience everything.  With … Continue reading

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Child’s Play Question

Question:  How did the dynamics and workings of the Yoshiwara district change into the new Meiji era and its shift into a western style regime? Despite the new era, it seems like superficially that the pleasure quarters did not differ … Continue reading

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Weekly Post #2

Two weeks have gone by and I am still running around crazy trying to still see things.  Even though I will have more time in Japan I feel rushed to spend every second of my day visiting a new museum, … Continue reading

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Response to Saikaku

This reading deals with a formalized courtesan culture, which had surprisingly developed so early on in the Tokugawa era, and the so called “tricks of the trade” one could say.  In Sakuran when the Oiran originally offered to teach Kiyoha … Continue reading

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Tokugawa Art Museum- Nōh Stage

Almost all of the objects within the rather small museum really did strike my interest.  They consisted of the sort of high class refined Japanese objet d’art mainly from the Edo era from weaponry, to screens, to make-up boxes, all … Continue reading

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Atsumori

The Nō play Atsumori at heart is a play based on Buddhist ideals.  To sum up the play in a sentence, the suffering of Astumori and Naozane bring them together in order to finally reach release from their worldly suffering.  … Continue reading

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First Week in Japan

I think it could be said that these past five days, not even a week yet, have been some of the most eventful in my entire life. Beyond my two brief trips to Canada, I have never left the country … Continue reading

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Impressions on Yamato Takeru

The idea and actions of samurai for me has changed many times throughout my life.  As a young child I became attached to the Ninja from anime and folk stories  I watched.  My liking towards them immediately put down the … Continue reading

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Hello!

Hello there, my name is Peter Philips!  I am a freshman studying Art History as my Major and French and German as my minors.  I come from a generic rural suburb in New Jersey halfway between New York and Philadelphia. … Continue reading

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