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Japanese Soft Drinks
Despite the invasion of American sodas, there are still quite a lot of native non-alcoholic beverages doing the rounds in Japan, for example: We start with a purely nostalgic product. The carbonated soft drink Ramune (from "Lemonade") was first brought mark...
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Pietr-le-Letton. LET [Y:9] 251 pp , 1st Paris. Fayard. {aboard the Ostrogoth, Delfzijl (Netherlands), September 1929 [Stavoren (Netherlands) or Morsang-sur-Seine (Seine-et-Marne), Spring 1930?]} 16 M. Gallet décédé. GAL [Y:6] 253 pp , 1st Paris. Fayard. {ab...
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Hatsumode 2018: "Literature Shrine" Minase Jingu
For Hatsumode, the first shrine visit in 2018, this year we selected Minase Jingu, a small shrine in Osaka (Shimamoto) on the border with Kyoto, at the confluence of the Katsura, Kizu and Uji rivers. Minase Jingu is dedicated to Emperor Go-Toba (1180-1239),...
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The Year of the Dog
2018 is the Year of the Dog ( inudoshi ) in Japan , the eleventh year in the cycle of 12 signs from the Japanese (and originally Chinese) zodiac. The Year of the Dog is represented by the Earthly Branch character 戌. As in the West, dogs are believed to have...
The Year of the Dog
The Year of the Dog
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Sashimi (Ways of Food Preparation)
Sashimi has been called the crown of Japanese food. The chef can show his skill with the knife as well as demonstrate that he is able to find the freshest ingredients that come with the season. Sashimi is sometimes called "the religion of freshness". A good...
Sashimi (Ways of Food Preparation)
Sashimi (Ways of Food Preparation)
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Nobel Prize in Literature for Kazuo Ishiguro
A pleasant surprise: Kazuo Ishiguro, a writer I have been following since his first novel, A Pale View of Hills , in the early 1980s, has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 2017. I bought his first novel in the Maruzen bookstore in Kyoto when I was ...
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Best Twentieth Century Operas: Oedipus Rex by Igor Stravinsky (1927)
Thanks to Freud's "Oedipus complex," everyone has at least heard the name "Oedipus," a hero from Greek mythology who accidentally fulfilled a prophecy that he would end up killing his father and marrying his mother. The Oedipus story is mentioned in various...
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Modern Japanese Fiction by Year (4): 1927-1945 (Early Showa)
The early Showa period (1927-1945) was characterized by the following elements: 1) The influence of Proletarian Literature, due to the radicalization of social movements after WWI. When Marxism is repressed in the early 1930s, it fizzles out into the "liter...
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Modern Japanese Fiction by Year (3): 1912-1926, The Taisho Period
In a literary sense, the Taisho period (1912-1926) is a rich time in which seven of the ten best modern fiction writers from the canon were active (Soseki, Ogai, Kafu, Shiga, Tanizaki, Akutagawa and - just starting at the end of the period - Kawabata). The ...
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Modern Japanese Fiction by Year (2): 1905-1911, First Flourishing in Late Meiji
We continue our survey of the Japanese Novel with Part Two - 1905-1912 . (Part One is here .) In Part One we saw an early-Meiji-period Japan that was so busy modernizing and catching up with the West that there was almost no time to develop a new literature...
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