Episode 2: Nosaka Akiyuki and Legacies of Imperial Japan

Episode 2: Nosaka Akiyuki and Legacies of Imperial Japan

Hotarugari, "Firefly Catching," by Mizuno Toshikata (水野年方). Ukiyoe, Japanese woodblock print, 1891. From the series Thirty-six Elegant Selections (Sanjûroku kasen), in the Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons. Thumbnail image: Women Catching Fireflies by a Stream, Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798 - 1861), Public Domain

Hotarugari, "Firefly Catching," by Mizuno Toshikata (水野年方). Ukiyoe, Japanese woodblock print, 1891. From the series Thirty-six Elegant Selections (Sanjûroku kasen), in the Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

Thumbnail image: Women Catching Fireflies by a Stream, Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798 - 1861), Public Domain

This episode of East Asia for All is about the life and work of Japanese novelist, singer, and political figure Nosaka Akiyuki. Part of the Yakeato generation who came of age during WWII, Nosaka's experiences of the war became the subject matter of some of his most famous works. In this episode, we talk in particular about his short stories “Grave of the Fireflies” and “American Hijiki." "Grave of the Fireflies" was also made into an anime film in 1988 by Studio Ghibli. Nosaka Akiyuki passed away in December of 2015.

We are also joined in this episode by our colleague Dr. Alan Christy from the University of California, Santa Cruz, who specializes in the history of modern Japan.

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