Monthly Archives: March 2013

Into the World

Walking on the academic quad after the snowstorm. Snow covered field- Through a gap in the snow, Green grass. This week’s lectures focused primarily on Japan’s relations with the world, and how that changed with the arrival of foreigners (for … Continue reading

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Change is changing

Sitting in South Hall, I looked out the window at the stormy whether outside and in the dark room, I thought about the challenges my life was presenting me. The trees are moaning. Rain falls from the sky to ground, … Continue reading

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“That’s your word for it? Alright, then I feed my ship ‘Kami’ to make it go.” -Comm. Perry

Nothing this week.   In order to best encapsulate my response to this week’s readings, I’d like to revisit the important milestones of Japanese modernization, but from my own perspective. The stage is set with an evanescent Japan and a … Continue reading

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BUSHIDO

Friday I went on a walk around the campus in the snow and was moved by the children sledding down the hill, so light in their play. Children laugh, playing in each other’s belonging. The wind freshens.   This week … Continue reading

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Bushido and the new order

I was on my way home Friday night, and saw a puddle reflecting light from the house and trees. Branches of the tree Reflection of the house Shimmering in the puddle Meiji period Japan witnessed a dramatic shift from nonsymbolic … Continue reading

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Modernization and Progress

Sarah Marakos I was on my way to South Station Friday night, and when we were passing over the Charles River, I could only see the buildings and the water in the darkness of the night. A brief view of … Continue reading

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Western Influence

  I was taking a study break outside Tisch and I looked out over the President’s lawn. Tall bare trees Extend countless twisting branches Into the clear dusk sky   This week we learned about the modernization and westernization of … Continue reading

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Assimilation Nation

On Friday, I watched a square foot of snow slide off one of the eaves of West Hall and land on a student. Shifting glacier Pouring over black edges ― A wet scream. This week, we learned how the Japanese coped … Continue reading

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The Way of the Nation as the Way of Warrior

I was walking through the snow last Friday and stepped in a giant puddle on the side of the road. Wind whipping coats Water soaks through shoes Splash Japan’s westernization under the Meiji brought more than a new style of … Continue reading

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Western influence :(

Exploring the Mystic Lakes at high velocity with a friend clinging to my back. Snow banks Turn to puddles Winter’s passing The move above the line this week left me disappointed. (Lecture 3/6) I feel so attracted to the non-symbolic … Continue reading

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