Monthly Archives: April 2014

9 Traitz Lauren

In both Grave of the Fireflies and Summer Flowers, we gain access (superficial access, since it is impossible for any of us to truly place ourselves in such a world) to a reality in which people are surrounded by suffering … Continue reading

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8 Traitz Lauren

Humanity appears most unrecognizable at war and yet there seems to be something about us that allows for the same behavior to be reproduced in countless tragedies – the Rape of Nanking, the Holocaust, the My Lai Massacre, etc. Any … Continue reading

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7 Traitz Lauren

This week we discussed the introduction of foreign influence, the transition towards Japan getting a sense of itself from the outside and the accompanying difficulty of developing an idea of what it means to be Japanese. With Bushido, it seems … Continue reading

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6 Traitz Lauren

What I thought about most while reading this week is our tendency to place ourselves within a narrative. Perhaps, as Professor Inouye suggests, this habit of seeing our lives as a protagonist’s role in a story flows from the development … Continue reading

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5 Traitz Lauren

“Mono no aware,” as explained by Professor Inouye and Momokawa, is the complex combination of the sadness that naturally accompanies recognition of powerlessness and the gaiety, and often vivacity, that results from the compartmentalization of this realization. In describing the … Continue reading

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6 Fukushima Lisa

HAIKU: Friday night, I was walking along Boston Avenue to my friend’s house. breath clouds whitely~ here, now, I truly do exist. IMAGE: Matsuo Basho and Sora PARAGRAPH: On Evanescence and Form (pp. 74-80) and Narrow Road to the Deep North … Continue reading

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5 Fukushima Lisa

HAIKU: On Saturday, I went skiing with a couple of friends at Cannon in NH. clouds gliding above skis gliding below – it’s a good day IMAGE: Japanese erotic painting PARAGRAPH: On Evanescence and Form (pp. 69-74, 80-86), “Mono no Aware” … Continue reading

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9 Maman Philippe

While watching Grave of the Fireflies my first inclination was to write on the subject of lyrical isolation in a world where nihilism has taken over. By this I mean that Seita and Setsuko, upon rejecting the society that seems … Continue reading

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8 Maman Philippe

Feet bound, I stand – At the top of the world. What I found most interesting while reading about Nanking and the Oka bombers is nested in the saying by Kusunoki Masashige quoted in If Only We Might Fall. “Hi … Continue reading

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7 Maman Philippe

As I read Bushido by Inazo Nitobe, I cannot escape the question of how the concept relates to present day. Inazo begins by saying that Bushido is ever present as it relates to our ethical system. “It is still a … Continue reading

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