Japan Between The Eras And Nature In Japanese Literature

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Japan between the eras and nature in Japanese literature

When we talk about Japan we talk about more than 2000 years of literature. Chinese literature was the main influence of the early Japanese works, and so was the Indian through the diffusion of Buddhism. Japan didn’t get rid of these influences until the end of the Edo era.
Despite the beauty and charm of the Japanese literature, it was not very known in the west, and that is due to its complicated language, only a handful of foreigners took the risk of approaching it. There were some good translations like those of Arthur Waley who won some good admirers, but many western readers remain unwilling and hesitant to extend their ...view middle of the document...

The rest of the eras are Kamakura-Muromashi era (1185-1573), Edo era (1603-1868), and the last is the Meiji era.
All those eras have made great change on japan and on its literature.
In japan it was tought that written words were one of the most beautiful form of communication.
They say that written words can extract one of the best emotions of the human spirit.
You can find some of the most luminous and bright stories that have marked the history of the world in Japanese literature. there are some writers that use the earth that is close to them in order to narrate their stories.
Japanese story tellers were the first to use nature in order to tell there stories, and it turned to be very efficient as they have invented another form of storytelling.
Kunikida Doppo has written a story called the Bonfire, where nature has played a big role.
The first part was about the beginning of winter, the narrator starts by describing the scene around him. Dead reeds shine on the river bank, rustling in the salt wind. The
ice that formed unseen at the base of their stalks with the full night tide, shattered by the morning, remainsunmelted through the day. A feeling of unhappiness fills the heart of the reader.
It sets a morose mood, one filled with unmentioned sadness. There are a group of boys
who are the most livliest beings on the beach. They are off to...

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