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Donald Keene

Full Name: Donald Keene
Gender: Male
Hometown: New York
Born: 1922-06-06
Number of Works: 86
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ISBN: 0231035314, 9780231035316
Keywords: puppet, play, retainers, loyal, treasury, chushingura
Pages: 180
Published: 1971
  • Rating: 80%

Chushingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers), also known as the story of the Forty-Six (or Forty-Seven) Ronin, is the most famous and perenially popular of all Japanese dramas. Written around 1748 as a puppet play, it is now better know in Kabuki performances. In the twentieth century, cinema and television versions have been equally successful. Donald Keene here presents a complete translation of the original text, with notes and an introduction that increase the reader's comprehension and enjoyment of the play. The introduction also elucidates the idea of loyalty. This traditional virtue, a
ISBN: 0231123418, 9780231123419
Keywords: world, meiji, japan, emperor
Pages: 922
Published: 2002
  • Rating: 80%

When Emperor Meiji began his rule, in 1867, Japan was a splintered empire, dominated by the shogun and the daimyos, who ruled over the country's more than 250 decentralized domains and who were, in the main, cut off from the outside world, staunchly antiforeign, and committed to the traditions of the past. Before long, the shogun surrendered to the emperor, a new constitution was adopted, and Japan emerged as a modern, industrialized state. Despite the length of his reign, little has been written about the strangely obscured figure of Meiji himself, the first emperor ever to meet a European. M
ISBN: 0231130570, 9780231130578
Keywords: soul, japan, creation, pavilion, silver, yoshimasa
Pages: 208
Published: 2003
  • Rating: 80%

During Yoshimasa's reign, the aesthetic taste of the Japanese was shaped: the nõ theater flourished, Japanese gardens were developed, and the tea ceremony had its origins in a small room at the Silver Pavilion. Flower arrangement, ink painting, and shoin-zukuri architecture began or became of major importance under Yoshimasa. Poets introduced their often barely literate warlord-hosts to the literary masterpieces of the past and taught them how to compose poetry. Even the most barbarous warlord came to want the trappings of culture that would enable him to feel like a civilized man. This lo