The Charles by Kaveh Veyssi

I was riding the train to my internship on Friday morning when I crossed over the Charles River and saw the Boston skyline.


Winter’s water

Buildings alongside the river

Through the train’s windows

I am interested to find out how the two main concepts of this course, evanescence and form, (Lecture, 1/16) apply to every aspect of Japanese culture.  For example, I enjoyed the connection between Japanese poetry and baseball (Inouye, 15).  Form dominates both.  Making connections like this will be an integral part of learning about Japanese culture as well as I can.  There are things I agree with.  For example, I agree that sadness is a beautiful thing (Lecture, 1/23).  My favorite films all have incredibly sad endings, but there is something that is so beautiful about it and I am keen to learn more about how Japanese culture frames this idea.  While learning about kami (Kitagawa, 44), my favorite aspect of religion in Japan is that “the past, present, and future [are] not mutually exclusive” (Kitagawa, 54).  This is a difficult idea to grasp.  My interpretation is that our lives are an amalgamation of the cycle that our ancestors have lived through and we endure every day.  I suggest that this is because of the nature of evanescence and form and how the paradox of these two ideas blends together our past, present, and future.


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