Check out Episode 7 of the Read Japanese Literature podcast.
In this episode, we’ll be talking about Ueda Akinari and his Tales of Moonlight and Rain, some of the most influential Japanese ghost stories ever written.
A raging intellectual debate
A supernatural party game
And a friend just dying to keep his promises
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“Japanese Confucian Philosophy” at Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
“Japanese Philosophy: Neo-Confucianism, the Samurai Code and Tokugawa Society” at Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy
“The Kokugaku (Native Japan Studies) School” at Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
The History of Japan Podcast, hosted by Isaac Meyer
Ueda Akinari 1734-1809: Scholar, Poet, Writer of Fiction by Blake Morgan Young (Open Access PhD)
Zach Davisson’s website, Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai—Translated Japanese Ghost Stories and Tales of the Weird and Strange
“The Real Japanese Story That Helped Inspire ‘The Ring’ at iHorror.com
“Smartening Up” by Aoko Matsuda at Granta Magazine
Linfamy’s Japanese History and Folktales YouTube Channel
Understanding Japan: A Cultural History by Professor Mark J. Ravina. Produced by The Great Courses, 2015.
“Literature” at Japanese Wiki Corpus
Japanese Literature at Facebook
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