Visit Blog
Explore Tumblr blogs with no restrictions, modern design and the best experience.
#japanese literature
bsd-bibliophile · 9 hours ago
Quote
I felt sure that something more obscure, more frightening lurked in the hearts of human beings. Greed did not cover it, nor did vanity. Nor was it simply a combination of lust and greed. I wasn’t sure what it was, but I felt that there was something inexplicable at the bottom of human society which was not reducible to economics. Terrified as I was by this weird element, I assented to materialism as naturally as water finding its own level. But materialism could not free me from my dread of human beings; I could not feel the joy of hope a man experiences when he opens his eyes on young leaves.
Dazai Osamu, No Longer Human pg. 66
Tumblr media
88 notes · View notes
transcontinentaltimes · 14 hours ago
Text
No Longer Human: The Disbarred Life Of Osamu Dazai
No Longer Human: The Disbarred Life Of Osamu Dazai
JAPAN: ‘Ningen shikkaku‘, literally translating to ‘No longer human’, is a 1948 novel by Osamu Dazai. The brilliantly haunting novel is now considered a classic of Japanese literature and is the second most selling novel in Japan after Natsume Sōseki’s ‘Kokoro’. In today’s era, the book emanates depressing black illumination. Although, some people have found this book more fascinating than…
Tumblr media
View On WordPress
0 notes
bsd-bibliophile · 19 hours ago
Quote
In the case of Nakajima, he was a virtually unknown writer until shortly before he died from asthma at age thirty-three in December of 1942. He had just made his literary debut with the publication of two stories in February of 1942, then published a long work in May, and two collections of stories in the summer of 1942, becoming a candidate for the Akutagawa Prize in September, just before his death. Within a short time after his death, however, his complete works were published, in 1948…. His stories, particularly ‘The Moon over the Mountain,’ have become well established in the Japanese canon by becoming incorporated into high school textbooks… Atsushi Nakajima has a secure place in Japanese literary history.
Nobuko Ochner and Paul McCarthy, the Afterword of The Moon Over the Mountain and Other Stories by Nakajima Atsushi
Tumblr media
80 notes · View notes
bsd-bibliophile · a day ago
Quote
Humans are sorry, pitiful beings. No matter whether we succeed or fail, are intelligent or dimwitted, win or lose: we will harden our expressions and exert our strength, running around sweating from morning to evening, and meanwhile only grow older. I wonder if that is all we were put on this earth to do. What separates us from insects? It’s so stupid. I have lived and worked all my life… but now I realize I am a fool. I have been deceived… They all have deceived me.
Dazai Osamu, “A New Hamlet”
Tumblr media
166 notes · View notes
adrasteiax · a day ago
Quote
seashells on the table concealing the melodies of the deep sea
Takeshita Shizunojo, from Far Beyond The Field: Haiku By Japanese Women [translated by Ueda Makoto]
129 notes · View notes
noleavestoblow · a day ago
Text
“That was a really rare event. I don't think It's an exaggeration to say that It was the one and only time in my life that I refused something offered to me. My unhappiness was the happiness of a person who could not say no. I had been intimidated by the fear that if I declined something offered me, a yawning crevice would open between the other person's heart and myself which could never be mended through all eternity”
― Osamu Dazai
1 note · View note
jpf-sydney · 2 days ago
Text
Making Xavier’s dream real
New item:
Tumblr media
Shelf: 197.021 GUO ENG Making Xavier's dream real : vernacular writings of Catholic missionaries in modern Japan. by Nanyan Guo.
First English edition. Tokyo : Japan Publishing Industry Foundation for Culture, 2020. 231 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm. (Japan library (Shuppan Bunka Sangyō Shinkō Zaidan)).
Includes bibliographical references (pages 200-217) and index. ISBN: 9784866581347
0 notes
bsd-bibliophile · 2 days ago
Quote
Nakajima had another reason for choosing to write about someone else, outside Japan and in the remote historical past, rather than about himself… Nakajima came to realize that life as a schoolteacher was not interesting enough material or a broad enough canvas to depict the general human condition: the search for meaning in a possibly meaningless world. He chose instead to tell the story of his philosophical wanderings by describing the struggles of the protagonist, a completely fictitious character…
Nobuko Ochner and Paul McCarthy, the Afterword of The Moon Over the Mountain and Other Stories by Nakajima Atsushi
Tumblr media
67 notes · View notes
crazyfox-archives · 2 days ago
Photo
Tumblr media
The pilgrims’ hymn for Seigantoji Temple (青岸渡寺) from a hymnal for the thirty-three temples of the western pilgrimage circuit dedicated to Kannon Bodhisattva (観音菩薩)
My own rough, tentative translation follows:
Number One: Nachisan Seigantoji Temple (Tendai school) in Higashimuro District, Kii Province
Nachi Katsuura Town, Higashimuro District, Wakayama Prefecture
A hymn grateful for the blessings and thankful of the virtue of the holy bodhisattva Nyoirin Kannon:
Mount Potalaka Where the waves pounding the coast Reverberate with The torrential waterfall of Mount Nachi of Kumano
Image from “Saigoku Sanjūsansho Goeika” (西国三十三所 御詠歌) edited by Tomita Haruyuki (冨田晴行), published by Ryūshōdō (隆昌堂) in Osaka, 1995 reprint of the 1973 edition, unpaginated accordion book
8 notes · View notes
bsd-bibliophile · 2 days ago
Quote
It seems that the unpredictable happens in life all the time.
Dazai Osamu, “A New Hamlet”
Tumblr media
189 notes · View notes
straycalico · 2 days ago
Quote
Very few people of our generation or the next will reach adulthood without experiencing the sort of unhappiness you can't really deal with on your own. We're still in the minority, so the media lump us together as "The Oversensitive Young," or whatever the latest catchphrase is, but eventually that will change.
Ryu Murakami, In the Miso Soup
Tumblr media
Visit https://straycalico.tumblr.com/online_library for more books by Japanese authors.
Art by Jun’Ichirō Sekino
8 notes · View notes
quotation--marks · 2 days ago
Quote
None of them could get along without her - when you thought about it, that was her reason for living. It was that way too at the factory. They called her Skipper, and she did, in fact, run the line. The role kept her going, helped her survive the dreary work; it was her one source of pride. But the painful truth was that there was no-one to help HER. Instead, all she had was her pride, goading her to keep working no matter how hard it was. Yoshie has wrapped up everything personal that mattered in a tight package and stored it away somewhere far out of sight, and in its place she had developed a single obsession: diligence. This was her trick for getting by.
Natsuo Kirino, Out (trans. Stephen Snyder)
0 notes
bsd-bibliophile · 3 days ago
Quote
Because of increasing censorship within Japan in the 1930s and early 1940s, writers were forced to produce works supporting the Japanese government’s policy, or to write something totally unrelated to the time. Nakajima’s personal essay written in 1942 expresses his view that literature should be separate from politics, and that if one did not have a topic one truly wished to write about, one should not write. Writing about ancient China was a way of expressing his own existential search for the meaning of self and of the world in a society that severely limited what one could write.
Nobuko Ochner and Paul McCarthy, the Afterword of The Moon Over the Mountain and Other Stories by Nakajima Atsushi
Tumblr media
234 notes · View notes
buweb · 3 days ago
Text
Tumblr media
Tumblr media
Tumblr media
Tumblr media
Tumblr media
Tumblr media
Tumblr media
Tumblr media
Tumblr media
› 〉 🍨₊°𝑁𝑎𝑡𝑠𝑢𝑘𝑖 𝐼𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑠! ₊°彡 
𝑙𝑖𝑘𝑒 𝑜𝑟 𝑟𝑒𝑏𝑙𝑜𝑔 𝑖𝑓 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑠𝑎𝑣𝑒-ˏˋ 🍁ˎˊ-
18 notes · View notes
bsd-bibliophile · 3 days ago
Text
Hamlet: Horatio, stop saying just whatever comes to mind. This is not a problem of old or new. People with a worldly view are always like that. My uncle believes that the real world will bring him fortune. Of course a man like him would have that kind of opinion. I knew that from the very beginning. That’s what causes me suffering. Submission or escape; to keep up the fair-and-square fight or compromise with lies; deception or placation; to be or not to be - which one is better? I don’t know. I don’t know, so it causes me suffering. Polonius: Twice! You used the word “suffering” twice! You always go right off spouting this philosophical hyperbole and sighing without meaning - all the while maintaining an expression almost like a bad actor - it’s unbecoming.
- Dazai Osamu, “A New Hamlet”
Tumblr media
66 notes · View notes
feralprodigy · 3 days ago
Text
“In the mansion called literature I would have the eaves deep and the walls dark, I would push back into the shadows the things that come forward too clearly, I would strip away the useless decoration. I do not ask that this be done everywhere, but perhaps we may be allowed at least one mansion where we can turn off the electric lights and see what it is like without them.”
In Praise of Shadows, Junichiro Tanizaki
2 notes · View notes