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Voices from Asia #12: Tokyo Stories: A Literary Stroll

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This anthology of translated short stories by Japanese writers captures the city of Tokyo through most of the twentieth century--a period of war, bombing, urbanization, and modernization, in short, constant change that has altered and continues to alter the very geography of the city. The eighteen stories, varying from literary sketches to popular fiction, picture everyday life in different parts of the city--in its nightclubs, department stores, bars, homes, and working-class neighborhoods. For the tourist, armchair traveler, or long-time resident, this book is a literary excursion into Tokyo illuminated by the evocative, and often ironic, words of its writers.

These expertly translated stories range from reflections on deaths in his family by Akutagawa Ryunosuke, the venerated master of the short story, written just before his own suicide; to a story of an all-too-brief affair in the old part of Tokyo by Hayashi Fumiko; to an unsettling tale of high politics and possible blackmail by the ever-popular Mishima Yukio. The volume also introduces the work of Ikeda Michiko and Inaba Mayumi, who have never been translated into English before.

Lawrence Rogers's introduction leads us on an intimate meditative stroll through the city's various districts--from the marble and mahogany of the business district to the skid row of San'ya--describing each in delightful vignettes. As an introduction to Tokyo and to the literary imaginations it has inspired, this engaging book will reveal something new about the nature of Japan's capital to all who wander through its pages.

About the Author

Lawrence Rogers is Professor of Japanese at the University of Hawaii at Hilo and translator of the novel Citadel in Spring (Haru no Shiro) by Agawa Hiroyuki.

Table of Contents

List of Maps

Preface

Introduction

Lawrence Rogers

Central Tokyo

Mire

Kajii Motojiro

Terrifying Tokyo

Yumeno Kyjsaku

The Image

Takeda Rintaro

Fountains in the Rain

Mishima Yukio

Meeting Again

Mukoda Kuniko

Jacobs Tokyo Ladder

Hino Keizo

Shitamachi

The Death Register

Akutagawa Ryunosuke

Kid Ume, the Silver Cat

Kawabata Yasunari

The First Day of the Fair

Takeda Rintaro

Elegy

Sata Ineko

The Old Part of Town

Hayashi Fumiko

Fireworks

Mishima Yukio

Azuma Bridge

Nagai Kafu

An Unclaimed Body

Ikeda Michiko

West of the Palace

From behind the Study Door

Natsume Soseki

Firefly Tavern

Saegusa Kazuko

Sparrows

Irokawa Takehiro

The South End

Morning Comes Twice a Day

Inaba Mayumi

Glossary

Suggested Reading

Acknowledgments of Permissions

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520217881
Introduction:
Rogers, Lawrence
Author:
Rogers, Larry William
Introduction by:
Rogers, Lawrence
Introduction:
Rogers, Lawrence
Editor:
Rogers, Lawrence
Author:
Rogers, Lawrence
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley
Subject:
Short Stories (Anthologies)
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Translations into english
Subject:
Short stories, japanese
Subject:
Japan Social life and customs.
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Anthologies-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Voices from Asia
Series Volume:
01-0212
Publication Date:
20020631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 map
Pages:
315
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.75 in 15 oz

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