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Long, Long Autumn Nights: Selected Poems of Oguma Hideo, 1901–1940

Translated with Introduction by David G. Goodman MICHIGAN MONOGRAPHS IN JAPANESE STUDIES, NUMBER 3 ANN ARBOR: CENTER FOR JAPANESE STUDIES THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, 1989 X + 124 PAGES During one of the darker periods of Japanese history—the 1920s and 1930s—Oguma Hideo wrote poetry that illuminated the politics of his day. In Long, Long Autumn Nights, the first English sampling of this avant-garde poet, the reader will find powerfully humane writing that reflects the age’s imperi...

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Tora-san, A Japanese Hero

Otoko wa Tsurai yo (It’s Hard Being a Man) has the distinction of being the longest running film series in the history of international film. It is a series that became possible only through the meeting of two men: Yamada Yoji, the noted director, and Atsumi Kiyoshi, the actor. This essay is dedicated to Atsumi Kiyoshi, an exceptionally talented performer with unparalleled integrity, who passed away on August 4, 1996.1 In what follows, I explore the keys to the popularity of the Tora-san films...