Category Archives: Week 1: Shell of the Cicada

All of these posts are from week one of the course.

Hanami

Songwha Choi I was standing in front of the cherry blossom tree with holding the sake cup, when I noticed that the petals hang from tree branches was falling down. Spring blue sky— Cherry blossom petals hang from tree branches … Continue reading

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Enjoying the sake and sushi under the cherry blossom trees, outside Bendetson. Clear sky- Wind blows Blossoms scatter This class may be titled “Introduction to Japanese Culture”, but it really teaches about life, and how to live. The Hanami party … Continue reading

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Hanami

I was sitting on the Bendetson Patio during our Hanami celebration and looked into my sake cup to find the reflection of the cherry blossom tree, which disappeared as a gust of hit the liquid in my cup. Reflections of … Continue reading

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Cherry Blossoms

During our festival, I talked to my peers, some for the first time. Sitting under the cherry blossom tree, Joking with classmates who once were strangers. I took this class on the recommendation of a past student after hearing the … Continue reading

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Final Post

Cherry blossoms fall Gracefully twirling Life ends   This class has been different from almost every other class I have taken in my life.  I have never been much of an in class talker, and am still not, however I … Continue reading

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Cherry Blossom

Gently falling blossoms Drifting like flakes of snow Winter in the spring   (I couldn’t get my scanner working, so in lieu of a sketch I’m posting this blurry picture I took from under the tree during hanami.) I took this … Continue reading

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Week 7: Powerful Natioalism

Week 7 : The Transcendental Order By Songwha Choi I was walking in front of Alewife station in the middle of the night when I noticed that the icicles hang from tree branches was falling down. Winter night— Icicles hang … Continue reading

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Meiji Period and Japanese Modernization clashes Bushido

I was lying sick on my bed this friday night and I was contemplating how to get up and reach to my water bottle with intense feelings of self-pity… Dirty bottle, Stands there everyday, Never felt further. -troubles uploading the image , … Continue reading

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Springs

Cherry blossoms have just bloomed at Wuhan University, while snow was falling here in Boston.   Cherry blossoms at Wuhan University – Photo shone on my laptop screen Snow outside the window. This week’s discussion is a big step that … Continue reading

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Evanescence and Form via Basho

Unfortunately I didn’t have a lyrical moment again this week. This week, we dove deeper into the concepts of evanescence and form using Basho’s The Narrow Road to Oku. Not only does Basho’s poetry reflect the relationship between evanescence and … Continue reading

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