Tag Archives: Traditional Japanese Literature

Join My Sobs to the Fading Toll of the Bell – Tale of Genji, Part 6

This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for since the beginning of the year, the final post in my series on The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shibiku.  If you’ve made it here with me and read all 1,200 … Continue reading

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As Smoke I Shall Rise Uncertainly to the Heavens – Tale of Genji, Part 4

For the Literati Corner 2016, I have been reading The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shibiku as part of a year-long reading program – details are in my Literati Corner Guide for 2016, please see the menu bar at the … Continue reading

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The Old One’s Gaze Rests Long on the Seedling Pine –– Tale of Genji, Part 3

This time for the Literati Corner, we continue our look at the Japanese classic novel, The Tale of Genji, by Murasaki Shibiku.  I really have to say I liked this section of the book best so far.  While the first … Continue reading

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The Grass Which He Reaps For His Pillow Reaps No Dreams – Tale of Genji, Part 2

This post is part two of this year’s main Literati Corner series focusing on the mammoth Japanese classic novel, The Tale of Genji, by Murasaki Shibiku.  It covers chapters 10 through 21.  Reading assignments and study questions can be found … Continue reading

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Reality Has No More Substance Than The Lucent Dream –– Tale of Genji, Part 1

For the Literati Corner 2016, I’ve selected the mammoth Japanese classic novel, The Tale of Genji, by Murasaki Shibiku. I’m reading the 1976 translation by Edward G. Seidensticker; you can buy a copy here: http://www.amazon.com/Genji-Everymans-Library-Classics-Contemporary/dp/0679417389/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1450032933&sr=8-2 Of course, readers can use … Continue reading

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2016 Literary Essay Contest Announcement – The Tale of Genji

As we ring in the New Year, it’s time to announce a special contest I am holding this year to help create a reading community. This year my main selection for the Literati Corner is the mammoth Japanese novel The … Continue reading

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The Priest Gennō Meets a Fox – The Killing Stone

“Sesshōseki, or The Killing Stone” (殺生石) is a famous Noh drama from Japan. The author is unknown, possibly Hiyoshi Saami. I found a great site that has a parallel text in both English and very readable modern Japanese: http://www.the-noh.com/en/plays/data/program_045.html The … Continue reading

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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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