Category: Fukagawa in literature

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Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

<Memoirs of a Geisha> is a novel that describes the life of Sayuri, a geisha during and after World War 2. This novel has the background of Kyoto, Japan, which was the major Geisha district during World War 2. Because of this setting, this novel contains vivid and realistic descriptions about life of a Geisha...

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Ooedo Shinsenden 大江戸神仙伝

Ooedo Shinsenden, written by Ishikawa Eisuke, is a science fiction novel that was published by the Kodansha Ltd. in 1979 and Kodansha Bunko in 1983. The main character, Hayami Yousuke, suddenly goes back to 1822 to the Edo period while he was at Nihonbashi. He is currently 44 years old, an author and a former...

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Gokenin Zankurou 御家人斬九郎

“Gokenin Zankurou” is a historical novel written by Renzaburo Shibata. In the year of 1976, it was published by Kodansha Ltd and there are six volumes. Set at the end of the Edo Period, the main character, a low-rank retainer of the Tokugawa bakufu (or shogunate), is Matsudaira Zankurou (残九郎), who also goes the name...

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The Tale of Murasaki by Liza Dalby

Dalby’s The Tale of Murasaki, a fictional biography of Murasaki Shikibu, an 11th-century court poet, whose work The Tale of Genji is considered a classic, was published in 2000. Dalby says that she decided to write a fictional account of Murasaki’s life because she “couldn’t contribute anything scholarly”. Fascinated by the 11th-century Heian period court culture, she wove much of it...

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Nagai Kafu – “Fukagawa no Uta”

The publishing of Fukagawa no Uta had major impact on the Japanese literary through its significance. It was a new kind of literature which suddenly have appeared to challenge the dominant literary form of shizenshugi. It is believed that the impact it had came from the concept of “consciousness” expressed in the narrative voice which mainly...

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