Tanizaki+308 - Tanizaki Jun'ichir 1886-1965-uso ja nai to...

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Tanizaki Jun’ichirō k 1886-1965 -- uso ja nai to omoshiroku nai (“Only lies interest me.”) --1910 “Shisei” a (The Tattoo) --1924 Chijin no ai s (Naomi) --Sept. 1, 1923 Kantō Earthquake, Tanizaki moves to Kansai --1928-29 Tade kuu mushi a (Some Prefer Nettles) Nihon e no kaiki S
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Presently he raised the brush which was gripped between the thumb and last two fingers of his left hand, applied its tip to the girl’s back, and, with the needle which he held in his right hand, began pricking out a design. He felt his spirit dissolve into the charcoal-black ink that stained her skin. Each drop of Ryukyu cinnabar that he mixed with alcohol and thrust in was a drop of his own lifeblood. He saw in his own pigments the hues of his passions. “The Tattooer,” p. 167, from Seven Japanese Tales
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It was an age when men honored the noble virtue of frivolity, when life was not such a harsh struggle as it is today. It was a leisurely age, an age when professional wits could make an excellent living by keeping rich or wellborn young gentlemen in a cloudless good humor and seeing to it that the laughter of Court ladies and geisha was never stilled. In the illustrated romantic novels of the day, in the Kabuki theater, where rough masculine heroes like Sadakurō or Jiraiya were transformed into women —everywhere beauty and strength were one. People did all they could to beautify themselves, some even having pigments injected into their previous skins.
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