Unattainable standards are not a modern creation

The Sarashina Diary

An ideal is defined as an example, a model considered as a standard to strive toward or something considered worthy of imitation. It is a concept or standard of perfection, existing merely as an image in the mind, or based upon a person…

How a popular slogan for tourists contains a quiet fear of outsiders.

Austin greetings postcard

In order to understand Austin culture, it is necessary to know about Texas culture. In the required subject of Texas Studies, middle school students are introduced to a glorified account of how Texas was “won” from the Mexicans…

The Discovery of Princess Kaguya

Fairy tales and fables are at their core, tools for instruction aimed at children. They are supposed to either teach a child to behave a certain way, or to simplify a difficult concept for understanding. Tale of the Bamboo Cutter attempts to do the latter. Unlike the Taro stories that…

A map of the silk road journey across Eurasia.

While watching a documentary named Soul Odyssey by Shinya Watanabe, the first thing that came to my mind and then stuck with me for the duration of the video was how important and misunderstood the concept of “travel” have been for how we view history, our identities, societies, and even…

Hino Ashihei’s excerpts from “Earth and Soldiers” is an example of one of the most well known staples of romanticized history, the war letters sent back home. They are often used to grab a first hand glimpse into the realities and sometimes banality of war, made all the more touching…

Kobayashi Issa’s journal “Journal of my Father’s Last Days” is an exploration into the family dynamic and the effects it can have on behaviors and memories. Whereas Basho’s “Journal of Bleached Bones” is a physical journey that is shaped by an apprehension of mortality. Both of these journals have death…

Plato was a philosopher who lived and studied philosophy under Socrates during the 5th century BC. He is Socrates’ most famous student and agreed with his teacher that ultimate reality could only exist in the immaterial form and therefore the only worthwhile pursuit. They both believed that they had discovered…

There have been many attempts to answer the question of whether people can be born bad or if it all comes down to upbringing or the environment. Whether there is a way to pinpoint the cause for someone to step outside of the bounds of society. Of the four following…

Kuonjiranma

I'm an Asian Studies major currently teaching English in Japan. I enjoy writing about both Asian History and Pop Culture.

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