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Today is International Cat Day!

Hashiguchi Goyō 橋口五葉 (1881-1921)

illustrations for Souseki Natsume 夏目 漱石 (1867-1916) Wagahai wa Neko de Aru 吾輩ハ猫デアル (I am a cat) book - Japan - 1905

anonymous asked:

everyone asking what Dazai did to the nurse and here I am wanting to know how the hell Fukuzawa survived a scapel to his neck. Is it the power of his love for his cats? Did Natsume-sensei cleared his skin and watered his crops?

try it out yourself

reblog to experience the powerful blessing of nyatsume-sensei you too would have your skin cleared, your crops watered, etc

Has this been done yet?

I kept thinking about this since my revelation the other day.

(I have a bonus too :) I’ll post it with a reblog)

Ryūnosuke continued to devour books. He read Kunikida Doppo and Tayama Katai, Tokutomi Roka and Takayama Chugyuu, Izumi Kyouka and Natsume Souseki. He particularly admired Doppo, a novelist deeply influenced by Western Culture. Doppo was a Christian who regarded literature as a medium of instruction, a tool to be used in the ‘criticism of human life’. He was one of the leaders of the Naturalist movment in Japanese literature, which reached its peak during the years when Ryūnosuke was in Middle School.
—  G.H. Healey, the introduction to Akutagawa Ryūnosuke’s Kappa

anonymous asked:

bsd really got me into learning about the rl authors, but ive been having trouble finding stuff about the japanese authors. do you have any recommendations for where i could start?

Ahhhh, I’m flattered you came to ask here for suggestions!  I don’t think I’m the best person to ask, honestly, but I’ll do my best to help! Since you said it was BSD that got you interested, most of my recommendations will be from the Japanese authors featured in the series~

Short Stories

This is only to get you started, a bit of a sampler for what some of the literary greats have to offer.

Rashomon & In a Grove by Akutagawa Ryuunosuke

– Akutagawa is the master of short stories, so there can be no better starter when it comes to dipping your toes in when it comes to Japanese literature. Most of Akutagawa’s works deal with exposing the egotism of man and the flaws of the human spirit. His writing may be elegant and refined, but to others it comes off as unfeeling and cerebral; you’ll have to find out for yourself where you stand.

Beneath the Cherry Trees by Kajii Motojirou

– “There are bodies buried beneath the cherry trees!” This line from one of Kajii’s most famous works is often quoted, probably because it associates the ephemeral sakura with the grotesque. Sakaguchi Ango also wrote a story with the same title, but I find Kajii’s to be the more memorable one between the two.

Separate Ways by Higuchi Ichiyou

– BSD may have you fooled, but Higuchi is actually an extremely popular literary figure in Japan, due to both the quality of her work and her all too short life. “Separate Ways” is quite a short read, but it has a heartbreaking realism most stories twice its length can’t even hope to touch.

The Human Chair by Edogawa Ranpo

– And now, we enter the surreal. Though more known for being the originator of modern mystery stories in Japan, Edogawa was also considered a master of gothic horror. Be warned, this story can be disturbing so skip this if you have a faint heart! (As an aside, Ito Junji put a spin on the tale and published a oneshot inspired by “The Human Chair“ a few years back.)

Keep reading

kanezai  asked:

Did dazai crush the crucial information? But why?? The biggest plot twist is that fukuzawa n mori were the mother of all the soukokus n not to mention fuku looks fine as heck when he was young

fuku is admittedly finer than he had any right to be.  also a lot more petty, which only serves to make him finer still.

What Dazai crushed looked like an earpiece transmitter to me, although I can’t claim to know exactly what it was pre-crushing.  This would mean that the device didn’t hold information (and it certainly didn’t look anything like parts of a thumb drive or anything other data storage device), it was a means of communicating with a person who shares information verbally.  My guess is that Natsume was in a hurry, gave the transmitter to Dazai, said “here, i’ll explain on the way” and jetted off to keep his little idiots from killing each other.  Dazai might have crushed it to prevent any kind of signal from being picked up by, say, Fyodor.  No clue about the veracity of any of this.  Maybe Natsume gave Dazai additional instructions and we’ll see what they are next month.  Haven’t the faintest.