Natsume Sōseki

(1867 - 1916 / Kikui, Shinjuku)

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Sōseki Natsume (February 9, 1867 – December 9, 1916), born Kinnosuke Natsume was a Japanese novelist of the Meiji period (1868–1912). He is best known for his novels Kokoro, Botchan, I Am a Cat and his unfinished work Light and Darkness. He was also a scholar of British literature and composer of haiku, kanshi, and fairy tales. From 1984 until 2004, his portrait appeared on the front of the ... more »

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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (6/7/2016 10:16:00 AM)

    君が代や年々に減る厄払

    waga dai ya nennen ni heru yakubarai

    people of my age -
    with the passing of years
    less impurities to cleanse

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (6/7/2016 10:12:00 AM)

    In 1900, the Japanese government sent Sōseki to study in Great Britain as Japan's first Japanese English literary scholar. He wrote about that period:

    '' The two years I spent in London were the most unpleasant years in my life. Among English gentlemen I lived in misery, like a poor dog that had strayed among a pack of wolves. ''

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