Monthly Archives: March 2014

Kokinshu 117

A poem to celebrate the 春分の日 shunbun no hi (the spring equinox) and the cherry blossoms that will soon be blooming all across Japan. This poem was written by Ki no Tsurayuki, the poet / scholar who wrote the famous preface to … Continue reading

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New Short Story Collection by Murakami

Dear Readers, I read recently that in April the publishing house Bungei Shunju will be publishing 『女のいない男たち』 Onna no inai otokotachi (Men Without Women), a collection of short stories by Murakami Haruki. 5 of the included stories have been previously … Continue reading

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Dokushin (The Bachelor) Part III

Here’s the next installment! Thanks as always for reading! More to come soon! ~苦栗鼠 III Togawa spoke with his back arched, both hands held over the brazier for warmth.

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Dokushin (The Bachelor) Part II

II It was a snowy night in Kokura. Two men met in Shinuomachi at the residence of Ono Yutaka. One was a man with graying hair named Togawa, who served as the president of the court. The other man was … Continue reading

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This Person’s Already… (by Tanikawa Shuntaro)

Today marks three full revolutions we’ve made around the sun since the great earthquake which devastated the Tohoku region of Japan. With death on the mind this solemn day I’ve translated this poem. Let’s remember that those who died still live … Continue reading

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