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Derek Lee Japan 50 Response 4 Lazy Taro highlights the ascension of a lowly beggard to the top of Japanese nobility. This story mocks the structure of Japan’s hierarchy and pokes fun at the lords and class system. Taro Hijikasu is a desperately poor man living in a shack without the typical capacities of even a normal peasant. In terms of class and motivation he had none as the piece notes that he “would lie [on his mat] for days on end” (1101). The tale of a poor man with little means and not a whole lot of opportunity would most likely been relatable to most of the population of medieval Japan, but the aristocratic wealthy lords of this period would most likely have scoffed at the fact that Taro would be able to garner community respect. Somehow, Taro rises through the ranks and none of the traditional rules of hierarchical Japan do much to stop him.

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