Category Archives: Literature

Lafcadio Hearn’s “Kaidan” in 3 Minutes

Hello, Obon season is coming again in Japan, and this is a good time for ghost stories. Unlike the US, where Halloween and October are a popular time for ghost-stories, such stories are popular around late summer In Japan because … Continue reading

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On Mosquitoes

“Aedes aegypti” by Muhammad Mahdi Karim (www.micro2macro.net) Facebook Youtube – Own work. Licensed under GFDL 1.2 via Wikimedia Commons. It’s summer, and as you know, mosquitoes become a big nuisance. A couple years ago, I was in Japan during the … Continue reading

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Meiji Shrine Fortune-Poem

Hello, My wife and I like to visit Meiji Shrine in Tokyo often. Last year, my wife was having Yakudoshi right now (maeyaku, yakudoshi, atoyaku), so she went there to get purified and avoid potential calamity. I like going just … Continue reading

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Introducing the Kokinshu

Hi Everyone, Some readers might remember that I am a fan of Japanese waka (和歌) poetry. Waka poetry, is an older form of poetry that came before haikus. When people think of Japanese poetry, they often think of haikus, but … Continue reading

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Getting To The Bottom Of Ferguson, Cutting Through the Madness

I was sad to hear about the verdict in the trial for police officer Darren Wilson. I felt bad for Mike Brown’s parents who lost their son, and for all those frustrated with life in Ferguson, MO. But then I … Continue reading

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The Quiet Life

Hi all, Lately, I’ve been re-reading the 13th century Japanese classic, Essays in Idleness or tsuredzuregusa (徒然草). There is a lot of silly or idle talk in the book, but there are also things I like in there. I found … Continue reading

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Lafcadio Hearn’s “Of A Mirror And A Bell”

This is the last story in our Halloween week here at the ol’ blog from Lafcadio Hearn’s famous book Kwaidan, which contains weird, old tales from 19th century Japanese culture. Some of these stories are well-known today, and I see … Continue reading

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