By Akiko Yosano
Yosano Akiko (1878-1942) was once one in every of Japan's maximum poets and translators from classical eastern. Her output used to be remarkable, together with twenty volumes of poetry and the most well-liked translation of the traditional vintage The story of Genji into sleek jap. the mum of 11 kids, she was once a admired feminist and common contributor to Japan's first feminist magazine of inventive writing, Seito (Blue stocking).
In 1928 at a highpoint of Sino-Japanese tensions, Yosano used to be invited through the South Manchurian Railway corporation to go back and forth round components with a admired jap presence in China's northeast. This quantity, translated for the 1st time into English, is her account of that trip. notwithstanding a portrait of China and the chinese language, the chronicle is so much revealing as a portrait of recent jap representations of China--and as a learn of Yosano herself.
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The hotel was indirectly managed by the South Manchurian Railway Company, its structure immense in scale and its proprietors scrupulously attentive to conveniences within. We also appreciated that the maids all preserved the humility of respectable young women and had nothing of the air of waitresses about them. We were now on a plain among the willow trees, and, regrettably, we no longer had around us the scenery of a place such as the Xiongyue Hot Springs, but they were growing trees and attempting paddy land work at the hotel, which gave the place a certain rusticity.
With this extraordinary kindness, we boarded our temporary special train, and at peak speed we road back to Daishiqiao Station. Ten minutes after arriving there, we were overjoyed to be able to switch to an express train that had just arrived from Dalian. On Mizhen Mountain in the environs of Dashiqiao Station stood the ancient Haiyun Temple. On its grounds the Niangniang Shrine for prayer was famous among all similarly named shrines throughout Manchuria, because each year beginning on the sixteenth day of the fourth lunar month numerous women believers gathered from near and far for three days of rituals.
Compared to the formulaic manner in which young priests in Japan utter Buddhist scripture, one felt that the older style of devotion remained alive here. As for musical instruments, in addition to the bell, they also sounded the priestly gong. The Da’an Temple is said to be the oldest among the ﬁve great temples of Qianshan. On the grounds there are, in addition to the Hall of the Buddha, a Vedas pavilion, and its recently touched up red and green coloring was magniﬁcent. There was as well a spacious priests’ quarters, a kitchen, and guest rooms that had recently undergone repairs, and aside from the restrooms all were relatively clean.
Travels in Manchuria and Mongolia: A Feminist Poet From Japan Encounters Prewar China by Akiko Yosano