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INTRODUCTION TO JAPAN---TEST 2 The Lady Who Loved Insects -Anonymous author -12 th century -she didn’t like anything that wasn’t natural -wouldn’t pluck hair from her eyebrows and would not blacken her teeth -she couldn’t believe why people never thought about caterpillars, what butterflies come from -had a bunch of bugs and reptiles and would mostly hang out with the boys -she would call her boys by insect names -a man wanted to tame her and sent her a fake snake which did not scare her -She said “Do not be frightened! Remember that any one of you may have been a snake in his former existence”---reincarnation w/ Buddhism -a Captain of Horse saw the letter the woman sent to the young man and wanted to pursue the author -she seems to use the caterpillars in order to get the attention she wants -there is no end -she is kind of like the one who got away to the Captain -he had a certain sort of interest in her and she seemed as if she was putting forth feedback, but yet she was still herself and only kept it her way The Tale of the Heike -Heike Monogatari-various authors -mid 13 th century -This is dealing with the struggle for power between the Taira (Heike) family and Minamoto (Genji) family. -Minamoto won under Yoritomo and his brother Yoshitsune “The Death of Atsumori”—takes place after the Taira are defeated at Ichi no tani -Kumagi Naozane found a horseman enemy riding away trying to escape and he calls him out. The man came back and they engaged in mortal combat. Kumagi tore off his helmet and was going to cut off his head and finds that he is a young boy, about sixteen or seventeen, about the same age as his own son. -He cuts off his head and says “Only because I was born of a warrior family must I suffer this affliction!” -When he goes through the man’s armor he finds a flute. They had heard a flute playing and it was beautiful music coming from the enemy’s side the night before. -They found out that the boy was Atsumori, the youngest son of Tsunemori -For the rest of his life, Kumagai turned toward religious life.
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“The Fight at Dan No Ura”—tells of the final Taira catastrophe, when soldiers, courtiers, and court ladies drowned in the sinking ships -this fight wipes out the Taira -Minamoto no Yoshitsune-won the battle -the High Priest of Kumano switches from the Heike to the Genji after a cock fight -ships kept going to the Genji, thus showing a great outnumbering of the Heike -the battle took place on 3-24-1185 -thousands of dolphins show up and go towards the Heike ships and pass on -many people switched sides, this included Shigeyoshi who told the Genji the Heike’s plan of putting the inferior soldiers on the big ships and the stoutest warriors on the ordinary ships, and the men of Shikoku and Kyushu -Lady Nii-took the Sacred Jewel, Sacred Sword, and the seven year old emperor ---she says that the “Majesty was reborn to the Imperial throne in this world as a result of the merit of the Ten Virtues practices in former lives. Now, however, some evil karma
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