千羽鶴 [Sembazuru]

千羽鶴 [Sembazuru]Kawabatan Teos Lumen Maa Oli Ensimm Isen Suomeen Saapuneena Nykyjapanilaisen Romaanina Lukijalle Ilmestyksen Kaltainen Tuttavuus Sama Tunteen Syvyys, Sama It Maisen Tu Ipiirroksen Kaltainen Hienostuneisuus Antaa H Nen Teokselleen Tuhat Kurkea Aidon Taideteoksen Ajattoman Lumon.Teeseremonian Opettaja Chikako Kurimoton Kutsuu Yhteen Seremoniatilaisuuksistaan Kikuji Nimisen Nuorukaisen, Jonka Is N Rakastajatar H N On Aikoinaan Ollut Chikakon Tarkoituksena On Saattaa Yhteen Kikuji Sek Muuan Yukiko Niminen Tytt Kikuji On Haluton T H N Avioliittoj Rjestelyyn, Jota H Nen Mielest N Ymp R Iv T Huonot Enteet, Mutta Rauhaa Rakastavana Luonteena Ei Osaa Asettua Vastaankaan.Yll Tysvieraana Tilaisuuteen Saapuu Rouva Oota, Joka Aikanaan On Vienyt Chikakolta Kikujin Is N Rakkauden H Nell On Mukanaan Kaunis Tytt Rens Fumiko. Don t get involved with your dead father s mistresses is the main theme of this novella Now that both his mother and father have died, a thirtyish Japanese bachelor is having an affair with his father s second mistress The father had a lifelong mistress that he dumped near the end of his life to hook up with this second woman just before his death.The first mistress is bent on revenge Since the bachelor has shown no amorous interest in her, she is devoting herself to making sure that the bachelor does not marry his mistresses daughter as the mistress wants In fact at one point the daughter comes to his house telling him leave my mother and I ll be your mistress Meanwhile the vengeful mistress is trying to fix him up with other young women The abandoned first mistress even breaks into his house at one point and calls him up at work to say I cleaned up your tea cottage and I invited this woman over for tea and I ll cook Intertwined with the action of the story is a lot of symbolism and information about the Japanese tea ceremony and the use of cups, most of which are hundreds of years old and extremely valuable Footnotes give us information about makers and dates of manufacture One cup gets deliberately broken at one point.Suddenly view spoiler Spoiler The mistress dies She committed suicide So now all the main characters have to deal with their complex feelings about her death The bachelor and the young woman wo
In my country, there is a generalized tendency to glorify the heritage left to us by our ancestors With the loss of God, children are regarded as the bearers of eternal life that infuse meaning into our perishable existence.But what about the sins of the parents Are they also bequeathed to their children in order to be atoned for Kawabata explores the ongoing dichotomy of love versus duty to our progenitors through the prism of the Japanese ancient traditions, mining the deceptively simple story with recurrent imagery that creates a rhythmical pattern reminiscent of minimalistic poetry A girl who brings the faint perfume of morning glories and whose pink kerchief displays a thousand crane pattern, the virulent storm and cleansing rains that wash out the dirtiness of betrayal and Machiavellian machinations, the sun setting on the grove of the Hommonji Temple and the thousand cranes flying from the piece fabric as if escaping from unavoidable calamity Bad omen or the full acceptance of the transcience and imperfection of beauty In Kamakura, a woman called Chikako hides a horrendous birthmark as large as the palm of her hand that covers her left breast Haunted by a shameful past, she gets hold of some precious objects used in the Tea Ceremony tha
The memory of that birthmark on Chikako s breast was concrete as a toad. The sins of the fathers is an old theme, found in the Bible, Euripides, Shakespeare, and countless other works It s used here too in this slim book of Kawabata s but this is probably the only time it is acted out using bits of pottery, cloth and tea True, the characters aren t exactly holding these items and making them talk There s a sparse background on which they have plenty of room to act on the imagination Kawabata is famous for leaving a lot of blank space From his Nobel lecture Here we have the emptiness, the nothingness, of the Orient My own works have been described as works of emptiness, but it is not to be taken for the nihilism of the West The spiritual foundation would seem to be quite different Senbazuru or one thousand cranes is the Japanese tradition of folding 1,000 origami cranes in order to have a wish granted That idea is not addressed directly in this story Rather, it s the Japanese tea ceremony chanoyu , and its place in forming the Japanese mind The setting is just a few years after WWII Western culture is being embraced, leading to loss of respect for the ceremony Kawabata sees its degradation as a symbol of the loss of traditional values Also from his Nobel lecture, I may say in passing, that to see my novel Thousand Cranes as an evocation of the f
view spoiler hide spoiler . Worrying oneself over the dead was it in most cases a mistake, not unlike berating them The dead did not press moral considerations upon the living Kikuji is floating like a red maple leaf on a still pond His father and mother are dead, and the most logical thing is for him to marry now The family house is large and musty from disuse He needs to fill it with children and the care of a woman who will make the house into a cheery home again Or at least that is what is being suggested to him The first to start to take control of his life is Chikako, one of his father s castoff mistresses She has a birthmark, which as a boy he inadvertently saw The size and shape and placement of this birthmark haunt him as if it were a living creature beneath her skin Had his father occasionally squeezed the birthmark between his fingers Had he even bitten at it Such were Kikuji s fantasies Chikako has found the perfect woman for him One of the girls was beautiful She carried a bundle wrapped in a kerchief, the thousand crane pattern in white on a pink crape background All Kikuji has to do is indicate that he is interested, and all the details will quickly be worked out The thousand crane girl will be his He doesn t even need to say anything he just needs to nod, but he is wrestling with who he is in
There used to be a time when the beauty of a single flower was enough to give a man pleasure, a time when a lone star in the dark expanse of the night gave delight to a wanderer gazing up above, a time when the exquisite beauty of a piece of pottery was enough to evoke the feeling of longing, when the graceful movements of a woman pouring tea stirred the heart Those times have passed Appreciation for the elegance found in the simple is now dulled by the seduction of the exciting, the novel, and the vulgar It wasn t as if it instantaneously disappeared, it shattered piece by piece, like shards of tea vessel, one by one plucked by the invisible hands of time until no trace of it remained In his 1968 Nobel lecture Kawabata expressed regret A tea ceremony is a coming together in feeling, a meeting of good comrades in a good season That spirit, that feeling for one s comrades in the snow, the moonlight, under the blossoms, is also basic to the tea ceremony I may say in passing, that to see my novel Thousand Cranes as an evocation of the formal and spiritual beauty of the tea ceremony is a misreading It is a negative work, and expression of doubt about and warning against the vulgarity into which the tea ceremony has fallen Kawabata believed that the tea c
In this novel we follow the destiny of Kikuji Mitani, a well off thirty year old whose parents died today He does not really know what to do with his life, caught up in the wanderings of modernization at the work of Japanese society and nostalgia for ancient rites.Kikuji is forever marked by the image of horrific brown spots seen on the chest of Chikako Kurimoto, who was briefly one of the mistresses of his late father, who loved his rival Mrs Ota .Kikuji is attached to the ritual of the tea ceremony, and will regularly meet these two women who knew his father Chikako is intrusive, without embarrassment, jealous and mean, and will work, as if to avenge his father, to rot in Kikuji s sentimental life in a kind of poisonous friendship This one will not miss, as formerly his father, to fall under the spell of the sweet Mrs Ota But that s not to mention the presence during a tea ceremony, of the very young and pretty Yukiko Inamura, as if coming out of a dream and all haloed by her pink silk silk furoshiki square of fabric white birds, as well as the very discreet girl of Mrs Ota, Fumiko, who looks too m
A Thousand Cranes is a novella by Japanese Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata Unfortunately the book was not my taste, but I did glean much from this short book that many consider a gem The book follows Kikuji Mitani as he copes with the deaths of his parents He is left in the care of his meddlesome housekeeper who attempts to arrange his marriage, even though Kikuji is not interested in marriage at this point in his life Each meeting with a perspective bride occurs at a traditional tea ceremony The imagery of these traditions evoked thousands of years of Japanese history and was actually quite moving, especially the scarf one young woman wore which depicted a thousand fluttering cranes I took these cranes in motion to symbolize this novella, one in which ancient and modern Japanese culture were at a crossroads.Each of the four women in this novella were depicted sexually and whether or not Kikuji could gain from a relationship with any of them I found this to be demeaning, and, as a re
With emerald shades,Dance eternal cranes.In the pristine rains,A warm koicha shared.Upon poignant chests.Tranquil prayers kneltJust as Bola o teases my psyche, Kawabata plays with my rhythmic senses In his words I find songs of a wintry heart waiting for a prosperous spring I cannot refrain myself from scribbling lost thoughts in the shadows of Kawabata s characters Speaking of shadows what an enigmatic delusion The you walk into it the it grows a loyal companion who never departs your physicality no matter how much you want it to leave And then somehow, on a rainy day you crave for the sun, once again to be able to walk with your humble silhouette Kikuji lived in and among numerous shadows of his past and present Like the serpentine birthmark on Chikako s breast, Kikuji s past was conspicuous as warts on a toad The ugliness of the birthmark that marred Chikako s luminous skin spewed venomous ghosts through the intoxicated brew The novel opens with Chikako inviting Kikuji to meet a prospective bride in pretense of a tea ceremony The purplish mark on Chikako s breast was all Kikuji remembered about his father s mistress As if the mark was an effigy of his father s betrayal, the anguish of his mother and yet somehow it made him desire its touch in a bizarre w