The Order of Here-and-Now: Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern Japan (to 1868)

  • Charles Shirō Inouye


The university where I teach and do research sits atop a hill that overlooks the city of Boston. From the library roof, you can enjoy the sights of Cambridge and Somerville in the foreground, the urban skyline in the distance, and the Atlantic Ocean far beyond. To the south and west are the hills of Belmont and Arlington, and the neighborhoods of Waltham and Newton. From this spot, I have watched the seasons come and go. In the summer, Medford residents gather to enjoy Independence Day fireworks as they explode above the Charles River. In the fall, it is the maples that flare red and yellow and orange. In winter come the cold snows and the deep magenta sunsets. In spring, the profusion of budding leaves and flowering woods.


Japanese Culture Cherry Blossom Buddhist Thought Poetic Tradition Burning House 
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