The Stylistic Techniques Of Japanese Literature

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I discovered that the stylistic techniques of Japanese literature have had a large impact on the way the book was written. For example, Japanese literature focuses more on the search of human values, with central themes being emotional quality of human struggles as well as a lack of a definite plot. I have seen this, as both “Kitchen” and “Moonlight Shadow” focused on how Mikage and Satsuki matured through the coping of the death of their loved ones. After having our discussion on “Kitchen”, I now understand what Yoshimoto is trying to say about gender roles in Japan. For example, we talked about how after Eriko’s wife died, he had a different perspective of the world because men are known to be more assertive and “a gentleman doesn’t belong in the kitchen”. Women were always seen as weak or only having knowledge in housework, while the men of the households were to represent their household in the outside world. Also, we discussed how religion was a key factor to the theme of death. I thought I could relate how Buddhism believes in reincarnation to how Yoshimoto views death. Reincarnation is basically being reborn from your past life because you believe in change or have done a good deed. Even though people must face unavoidable hurt brought by many reasons such as death, life still goes on because it’s a process of healing. In our “Moonlight Shadow” discussion, Yoshimoto taught me that everyone has his or her own way of grieving. For example, we talked about how Hiiragi
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