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From The Bamboo View Pavilion

Author: Royall Tyler
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ISBN: 9780994571502
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Hino Nako (1310-1358) experienced the turmoil of the Japanese mid-14th century. In this moving memoir she sums up her life: her early years of court service, her cruelly brief marriage to Saionji Kinmune, her devotion to her son, the pilgrimages and Zen practice of her later years, and her sense of having done all she could amid chaos and loss to uphold the honor of her house. She omits the death of Kinmune, killed before her eyes in 1335, but the translation includes the Taiheiki account of it. Nako's confession of religious faith and her praise of the beauty of Kitayama, the Saionji estate, are among the finest passages of medieval Japanese literature.

Iwashimizu Hachiman In War And Cult

Author: Royall Tyler
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ISBN: 9780994571588
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Here are three works from 14th c. Japan. MEITOKUKI narrates a failed rebellion against the shogun in 1391. OEIKI narrates another failed rebellion in 1399. The third work is HACHIMAN GUDOKUN (ca. 1304), an important treatise on the cult of Hachiman, an extremely significant deity, based at Iwashimizu, near Kyoto.

From Baishoron To Nantaiheiki

Author: Royall Tyler
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ISBN: 9780994571519
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This volume includes seven introduced, annotated, and translated documents from the Japanese 14th century. (1) BAISHORON ("Of Pine and Plum"), the longest document in the book, is an essential record of Ashikaga Takauji's rise and achievements between 1331 and about 1350. It is more accurate than Taiheiki, and its account of the battles of Tadarahama and Minatogawa are especially valuable. (2) The Taiheiki passage on the Southern Court's kidnapping of three Northern Court emperors in 1352. (3) OJIMA NO KUCHIZUSAMI ("Casual Verses from Ojima"), by the regent and man of letters Nijo Yoshimoto, describes the author's dreary journey to the province of Mino, when Emperor Go-Kogon fled there in 1353. (4) This account of the battle of Toji in 1355, by a warrior then in Takauji's entourage, is drawn from the anonymous GEN'ISHU ("A Compendium of Genji Glory"). It offers some dramatic and moving scenes. (5) The Taiheiki account of the last years and death of Cloistered Emperor Kogon, who died in 1364. (6) MICHIYUKIBURI ("Notes from a Journey to Kyushu") is Imagawa Ryoshun's account of his journey to Kyushu in 1371, to pacify the island on behalf of Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. Ryoshun was prominent as a poet, warrior, and administrator. (7) NANTAIHEIKI ("Against Taiheiki"), was written in 1402, in Imagawa Ryoshun's old age. In this uniquely powerful work he laments that his very success in Kyushu caused him bitter personal loss.

The Miracles Of The Kasuga Deity

Author: Royall Tyler
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231534760
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In this annotated translation and study of an early fourteenth-century Japanese devotional picture scroll set, Royall Tyler illuminates the complex relationships between medieval Japanese religion and politics, text, and art. The Kasuga Gongen genki ("The Miracles of the Kasuga Deity") mingles text and painting on silk to tell the tale of miraculous events at the Kasuga shrine in Nara, a site favored by the dominant Fujiwara clan for centuries. The work's values are aristocratic, but the text sheds light on the syncretic nature of the era's religious practices, allowing Tyler to collapse the distinction between high and low forms of medieval Japanese religion. Tyler provides a detailed examination of the scrolls, the shrine, and their history and political role. He also elucidates the scrolls' relationship to literary genre and religious practice, including the interaction between Shintoism and Buddhism. His copious annotations describe the work's historical context, as well as its religious and cultural influences. This study is essential for scholars of religion, art historians, and cultural historians alike.

Before Heike And After

Author: Royall Tyler
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ISBN: 9780994571526
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The three translations in this book complete the story told partially in the Tale of the Heike: that of the decades, crucial in Japanese history, between 1156 and 1221. The three are The Tale of the Hogen Years, which treats a disastrous attempt by a deposed emperor to regain the throne; The Tale of the Heiji Years, which covers the murderous clash between two rival court factions; and A Record of the Jokyu Years, which deals with a failed imperial attempt to suppress the shogunal government established late in The Tale of the Heike by Minamoto no Yoritomo. They supplement The Tale of the Heike by relating what led up to its events and what followed them.

Waka And Things Waka As Things

Author: Edward Kamens
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300223714
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A challenging study offering a new perspective on classical Japanese poems and how they interact with and are part of material culture This generously illustrated volume offers a fresh perspective on classical Japanese poetry (waka), including many poems treated here for the first time in a Western-language publication. Edward Kamens examines these poems both as they relate to material things and as things in and of themselves, exploring their intimate connections to artifacts and works of visual art, sacred and secular alike, and investigating the unique rhetorical messages and powers accessed and activated through these multimedia productions. This book makes a major contribution to Japanese literary and cultural studies.

The Contrast

Author: Royall Tyler
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781502889508
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"[...]convinced that Alknomook is the offspring of Tyler's genius. THOMAS J. MCKEE THE CONTRAST A COMEDY; IN FIVE ACTS: WRITTEN BY A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES; Primus ego in patriam Aonio-deduxi vertice Musas. VIRGIL (Imitated)[...]".

Flowers Of Grass

Author: Takehiko Fukunaga
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 1564787494
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Flowers of Grass is Takehiko Fukunaga’s fully realized portrait of a young man of fastidious intelligence and great sorrow, and shows us how it is possible, seeing reality from the side of death and despair, to still choose life.

Ritualized Writing

Author: Bryan D. Lowe
Publisher: Kuroda Studies in East Asian B
ISBN: 9780824859404
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Ritualized Writing takes readers into the fascinating world of Japanese Buddhist manuscript cultures. Using archival sources that have received scant attention in English, primarily documents from an eighth-century Japanese scriptorium and colophons from sutra manuscripts, Bryan D. Lowe uncovers the ways in which the transcription of Buddhist scripture was a highly ritualized endeavor. He takes a ground-level approach by emphasizing the activities and beliefs of a wide range of individuals, including scribes, provincial patrons, and royals, to reassess the meaning of scripture and reevaluate scholarly narratives of Japanese Buddhist history. Copying scripture is a central Buddhist practice and one that thrived in East Asia. Despite this, there are no other books dedicated to the topic. This work demonstrates that patrons and scribes treated sutras differently from other modes of writing. Scribes purified their bodies prior to transcription. Patrons held dedicatory ceremonies on days of abstinence, when prayers were pronounced and sutras were recited. Transcribing sutras helped scribes and patrons alike realize this- and other-worldly ambitions and cultivate themselves in accord with Buddhist norms. Sutra copying thus functioned as a form of ritualized writing, a strategic practice that set apart scripture as uniquely efficacious and venerable. Lowe employs this notion of ritualized writing to challenge historical narratives about ancient Japan (late seventh through early ninth centuries), a period when sutra copying flourished. He contends that Buddhist practice fulfilled a variety of social, political, and spiritual roles beyond ideological justification. Moreover, he demonstrates the inadequacy of state-folk dichotomies for understanding the social groups, institutions, and individual beliefs and practices of ancient Japanese Buddhism, highlighting instead common organizations across social class and using models that reveal shared concerns among believers from diverse social backgrounds. Ritualized Writing makes broader contributions to the study of ritual and scripture by introducing the notion of scriptural cultures, an analytic tool that denotes a series of dynamic relationships and practices involving texts that have been strategically set apart or ritualized. Scripture, Lowe concludes, is at once a category created by humans and a body of texts that transforms individuals and social organizations who come into contact with it.

The Disaster Of The Third Princess

Author: Royall Tyler
Publisher: ANU E Press
ISBN: 1921536675
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These seven essays by the most recent English translator of The Tale of Genji emphasize three major interpretive issues. What is the place of the hero (Hikaru Genji) in the work? What story gives the narrative underlying continuity and form? And how does the closing section of the tale (especially the ten 'Uji chapters') relate to what precedes it? Written over a period of nine years, the essays suggest fresh, thought-provoking perspectives on Japan¿s greatest literary classic.