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Japanese Writers and the West by S. Okada

By S. Okada

This booklet concludes Sumie Okada's trilogy pertaining to cultural relationships among Japan and the West. This quantity discusses six jap authors (Soseki, Mishima, Akiko Yosano, Hiroshi Yosano, Endo and Murakami), examining the come across among their conventional jap group-consciousness and western individualism. It additionally covers Endo's pupil days in Lyon, and his dating with the humanist Fran?oise Pastre, appending a relocating account through her sister Genevi?ve.

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25 Hiroshi and Akiko Yosano 49 Thus the bonds tying the Yosanos together were their love for tanka poetry and their deep sense of individualistic liberalism, free from giri. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromsoe - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-11 the social conventions that have lasted for so many years . . com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromsoe - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-11 This page intentionally left blank Yukio Mishima (1925–70): His Love of Idiosyncracy and of ‘Failed Groupism’, in Parallel with His Romantic Escape into the Freedom of the Sea, Observed in his Work The Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji) The general reactions of the Japanese to Mishima’s work as a novelist have not been favourable, particularly in the colourful context of his stunning suicide by disembowelment in the office of the head of the Self-Defence Forces in Ichigaya, Tokyo on 25 November 1970.

The steel immediately clouded over and the clear coolness against my tongue was followed by a remote suggestion of sweetness. The sweetness was faintly reflected on my tongue from within the thin steel, from within the unattainable essence of the steel. 16 Some of these images, particularly the last three, convey Mishima’s idiosyncratic and possibly psychopathic personality, matching extremely closely his nihilism and anti-humanism, and the dominance in his lifestyle of night-time. ) Henry James’s short story The Beast in the Jungle focuses on an extremely individualistic hero and his lover; he had loved her for ages but failed to recognise the true nature of his feelings for her until her death.

However, the narrator cynically noted that both his father and his brother would be gratified and no longer troubled by the Sensei’s ‘uselessness’ if he succeeded in finding the narrator a job. Thus, clearly, the narrator’s attempt to live as an individualist within the family met with many obstacles and challenges. Furthermore, in such group-orientated human relationships, there is often very little concern or consideration for the mentor’s personality or character. What matters for the protégé is simply the mentor’s usefulness to his employment, promotion, or advantageous marriage.

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