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5 Wong William

5 Wong William

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5 Zhang Hanyao

After reading Bushido, I highlight several reasons why Bushido vanished during the modernization of Japanese society. Firstly, I think samurai’s loyalty limited their ability to assimilate into the new world. Each samurai is loyal to his master. As mentioned in … Continue reading

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5 Shigenobu Hanako

After a long day at a track meet in Springfield, MA, I went for a short run as the sun was setting. Another day Night dawns In a sunset sky I agree that sadness can be beautiful in that it … 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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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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5 Maman Philippe

Listening to music in my room: As the record spins, The needle reads, Another record.     The very first line from The Woman Who Spent Her Life in Love by Saikaku argues that it is impossible for the self … Continue reading

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5 Lee Karen

Looking up at the night sky one evening…   Ihara Saikaku’s The Woman Who Loved Love is the ‘confession’ of a woman who has whiled away her life promiscuously pursuing pleasure. Though she was born into a noble family, through … Continue reading

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5 Levy Noah

5 Levy Noah

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5 Ohara Anna

5 Ohara Anna I took a girl to do pottery, she was a better pupil than I’d imagined she would be. The pottery wheel spins While next to me You lift a bowl into being.   During the Tokugawa period, … Continue reading

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5 Tarantino Evan

When I was walking in New York on Sunday morning, I saw a group of pigeons attacking half a hoagie roll on the pavement. In the street Wings flap Bread wars This past week, I could not help but ponder … Continue reading

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