Booklet, ‘Samurai Spirits:

Soju Projekt recently published a booklet, ‘Samurai Spirits: Noh and the Tale of the Heile,’ that features my retelling of two Noh plays and Kumiko’s sumi paintings. Both plays are based on stories from the ‘Heike Monogatari’ (Tales of the Heike). In ‘Sanemori,’ the spirit of a samurai warrior killed in battle, drawn by the…

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Sympathy for the Demon (slight return) Nue-鵺

While doing research for my DigiLetter (https://us.mag2.com/)on the Japanese epic Heike Monogatari (‘Tales of the Heike’ 「平家物語」) and the Noh plays it inspired, I’ve come across many samurai warriors I can relate to: Sanemori 実盛 and his concerns about ageism, Tadanori and his resentment for not receiving acknowledgement for his creative endeavors, the embittered old warrior…

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