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Mishima Yukio
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Akutagawa Ryunosuke

Akutagawa Ryunosuke: A Life of Intense and Fleeting Genius

Essay   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  December 05, 2018 • Tagged with literature, culture, writing, people, Showa era, whos who, history

A brilliant author. A tragic trajectory. A powerful legacy. Learn more about the writer whose works inspired one of Kurosawa's most famous films.

Murasaki Shikibu, author of Genji Monogatari

Murasaki Shikibu: The First Lady of Japanese Literature

Essay   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  November 08, 2018 • Tagged with fiction, literature, history, Heian era, feminism, women, whos who

How a grieving widow came to write two classics of world literature: a sprawling novel, and an 11th-century Twitter account.

Japanese businesswoman gonna knock you out if you say that shit again.

Author Discusses How Far Japanese Women Have (and Haven't) Come Since Bombshell Book

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  July 24, 2018 • Tagged with news, politics, government, society, literature

Author Sakai Junko made waves 15 years ago with her bombshell book, The Cry of the Loser-Dogs, in which she extolled the virtues of not marrying. In an interview with Asahi Shinbun, the author comments on how Japanese culture has - and hasn't - changed since then.