For next week’s class, please read Tanizaki Jun’ichiro’s novella, A Portrait of Shunkin (『春琴抄』). I’ve also uploaded Tanizaki’s famous. The latest addition to my website is Jun’ichiro Tanizaki’s 春琴抄 (The Story of Shunkin; later: A Portrait of Shunkin). This is another novella from. Shunkinsho: A Portrait of Shunkin. [Junichiro. TANIZAKI] on *FREE * shipping on qualifying offers.

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At the outset of the work, as the researcher visits the graves of Shunkin and Sasuke, he is introduced to the old lady Teru, who had served both so faithfully and who now tends both their graves. We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish.

After becoming her helper, he also embarks on his lifelong samisen tutelage under her, gaining his master certification in the process. You are commenting using porteait Facebook account. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

He slowly uncovers his own buried talents with the help of Shunkin, becoming a master samisen player like Shunkin herself.

9. Tanizaki: A Portrait of Shunkin – Modern Japanese Literature and Film

The text, however, gradually erodes this distinction, and as fact and flights of imagination become ever more interwoven, increasing doubt is cast on the authenticity of the fundamental “portrait” itself. The film is also a psychological study of Shunkin and struggles of a young woman aware there is life out shunoin she is never going to experience. I do strongly believe that the work of any artist is a window to their personal and emotional growth as a person, and writing is a vehicle for me to express that too.


Hearing her playing tempts him to learn and he saves up and buys a cheap samisen and practises at night. Immediately acclaimed by the majority of his critics as the embodiment of much that Shunkni had long been propounding for his fiction, at first sight the work conforms to the author’s express desire to “reconstruct the psychology of a woman of Japan’s feudal past.

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Jun’ichiro Tanizaki: 春琴抄 (The Story of Shunkin; later: A Portrait of Shunkin)

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Amazon Sshunkin Stream millions of songs. She soon shows that she is considerably talented. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Accept Reject Read More. Get to Know Us.

Shunkin is aware of Sasuke feelings, but does not want to accept them. Shunkin has a myriad of roles: A mutual interaction allows two organisms to exist in harmony with each other, with either party neither taking nor receiving more than the other.

Never mind that she was spoiled rotten by her family, and praised to heaven and hell for her abilities. Being unable to continue her dance lessons, she soon turned to the samisen, rapidly developing her talents on the instrument and garnering praise for them by her family and teacher. Indeed, how does one understand love solely on a cerebral level? Set in 19th-century Osaka, the film tells the story of a love affair between Sasuke Miura and blind koto teacher Shunkin Yamaguchiwho lost her sight at the age of nine.


This tells the story of Shunkin, born into a prosperous family selling pharmaceuticals.

A Portrait Of Shunkin (my botched analysis)

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Blindness gives Shunkin an extraordinary ability to masterfully play the traditional Japanese instruments of the three-stringed shamisen and thirteen-stringed sophisticated koto.

A happy, no-frills relationship that seemed harmless to those who witnessed this in the beginning…. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Throughout the tale, the narrator attempts to come to grips with their personalities, but I felt that the closest pogtrait narrator could reach was only a mutual sympathy with their cirucmstances, rather than an unbiased understanding. This site uses cookies.