Author Archives: Ezra Dunkle-Polier

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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Becoming One with the Moment

The other day I was going for a run and could not tell if snow or rain was falling from the sky. Snow or rain? Both become water On foreheads  There was no drawing posted for this week. We are … Continue reading

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I suck. You suck. We all suck. This post sucks?

I went on a long run with a friend to the other night and saw the sunset over the ice-covered Mystic Lakes. Sun setting Frozen lake cracks I catch my breath Why not pursue the pleasures in life before all … Continue reading

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Making Something out of Nothing

The other morning I was walking across the footbridge at Dowling Hall and noticed the beautiful sunrise after a snowy day. Sunrise Breaks the ice Birds chirping    This week was encapsulated by nothing. Not the absence of any cohesive … Continue reading

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Finding Success in Failure and Escaping the World

During one of the snow days, I was walking by the bookstore to the President’s Lawn when I turned to see a small opening of blue sky. Blue sky Penetrating the haze Glazes a snow day This week’s class discussion … Continue reading

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Japan Primed for Buddhism and the Transformation of Ideas

The other morning I walked up the President’s Lawn and looked through the trees to see the sun shining through the trees. Sunlight through the trees Illuminates the world Waiting for spring to arrive This week we learned about how … Continue reading

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Cicadas as the Meaning of Life?

The other night I was walking by the football field late at night and saw the snowfall blowing in front of the field lights.   Flurries cascading Against stadium lights Welcome the night’s silence   We began our discussion of … Continue reading

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Basics of this Blog

Hi everyone! This blog will feature numerous posts by students in Professor Inouye’s Evanescence and Form: An Introduction to Japanese Culture. We hope you enjoy what you read here.

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