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Week 5 posts.

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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5 Brooks Nicole

  This week in class we discussed Hedonism, as a response to the Japanese hakanasa embrace of the ever-changing cicada shell world. This response acknowledges the brevity of life, however hedonism chooses to pursue things that would bring the most … Continue reading

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5 Le Hoang Yen

While I was riding in the car around New Hampshire, I looked out the window and saw the mountains. Mountains with snow spots, Connecting from one to another – Majesty.   As a move towards nationalistic ideology, Tokugawa period of … Continue reading

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5 – Experiencing v Remembering

On Friday afternoon I was walking on a sidewalk and saw raindrops falling into a huge puddle.  The psychologist Daniel Kahneman has written about what he calls “the experiencing self” and “the remembering self.” The experiencing self is the you … Continue reading

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5 Chan Karen

5 Chan Karen

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5 Zhang Jiabin

I came out of Olin and walked downhill, noticing the snow melt and water flowing along the road. Ice gone Snow melted– Spring? This week’s classes introduced the start of Japan’s modern period. Unlike Europe where Enlightenment and Renaissance gave rise to individualism, Japan began the search of the “self” in a quite different way. Tokugawa unified Japan in … Continue reading

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5 Menard Kristen

5 Menard Kristen

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5 Sacks Adrienne

5 Sacks Adrienne I took a walk early this morning and saw a gaggle of geese walking down the hill. Early morning Geese walk down the hill Calm While discussing Japanese hedonism this week, I found myself particularly interested in … Continue reading

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5 Schwartz Ezra

This past Saturday I was working on the Campus Center patio, soaking in the hot sun.       During this weeks reading of Ihara Saikaku’s Woman Who Loved Love, the song Big Yellow Taxi, originally by Joni Mitchell, repeated … Continue reading

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