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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 Hall Mario

Scenario: while walking, I catch a reflection in a puddle for a brief moment. Looking down Above me Trees and the sky This week’s lectures about hedonism and the floating world and the idea of perspective and nature were very … 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 Luna-Smith Wesley

Walking to class on a warm day, I notice water is rushing down the hill.   High sun, Streams of melted snow. A moment of Spring. “Let death choose its own time… Purify your heart of all your past wickednesses, … 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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