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This Lovely Morn the Dewdrops Flash Like Diamonds on the Grass – 100 Poets, Part 2

This is a line from poem 37 in the book of the Hundred Poets. In part two of our discussion of these poems, we will highlight nature poems, which is a very popular topic for poetry generally in East Asia. … Continue reading

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I Do Not Know Where This Love Will Take Me – 100 Poets, Part 1

Since the holidays are upon us, I thought a short, fun series was in order, so we’re doubling up on Japan for another month by looking over the bilingual Japanese-English edition of A Hundred Verses From Old Japan, translated by … Continue reading

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“Child’s Play” and Other Notes – Ichiyō Higuchi, Part 4

In this final installment of the series on Ichiyō Higuchi, the first story we will look at is “The Thirteenth Night,” (十三夜) which was published in 1895 and has two sections. This story begins with dutiful daughter Oseki contemplating how … Continue reading

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“Encounters on a Dark Night” and Other Notes – Ichiyō Higuchi, Part 3

The next story I want to look at is “Encounters on a Dark Night” (暗夜), which was published in 1894 as a gothic-themed take on Higuchi’s “waif literature” that “explores her own rancor toward the business partners who swindled her … Continue reading

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“Flowers at Dusk” and Other Notes – Ichiyō Higuchi, Part 2

Ichiyō Higuchi’s first work “Flowers at Dusk” (闇桜?) was published in 1892 in Tōsui Narakai’s magazine Musashino. Danly discusses at length in the first part of the book that some of the subject matter Higuchi draws from was from Narakai’s … Continue reading

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In the Shade of Spring Leaves – Ichiyō Higuchi, Part 1

I am a creature at the mercy of my moods. They say that, unexpressed, the feelings in the heart will fester. And I have all too many; sadness and joy commingle. It is time to let them out. I know … Continue reading

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