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Speaker | Event 82 – Introduction to Japanese Literature in the Showa Era

SpeakerZiyi Lu

This event is scheduled on Zoom on April 18. In the midst of the event, we will also show Patriotism, a short piece directed by Yukio Mishima before he committed suicide. The link is below, and there’s no need to install any program.

Kosmi Link:https://app.kosmi.io/room/knc61a

The platform Kosmi is based on Chromium, and, hence, we recommend using Chrome browser. Safari is fine. Firefox users might not be able see the subtitle.


The decline of Kazuko class in Japan, which started off at the beginning of the 20th century, reached its destination two years after the Second World War. The emperor abdicated divinity, and the empire descended into a normal nation. This historical milestone and new cultures from West shunted the spirit of the Japanese people away from chauvinism. Classical aesthetics were challenged.

We will examine three major writers of the Showa period:

  • Osamu Dazai (1909-1948), author of No Longer Human
  • Yukio Mishima (1925-1970), author of Confessions of a Mask
  • Osama Tezuka (1928-1989), author of Astro Boy


Ziyi Lu is one of our volunteers at the Film Screening team of 7PM Literary and Film Salon. He is a third-year undergraduate student studying astronomy.

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Apr 18 2020


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm