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The Rainbow World: Japan in Essays and Translations

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Nonfiction. In THE RAINBOW WORLD, Burton Watson, internationally respected translator and writer, charms us with his experiences as a student of East Asian culture and longtime resident of Japan. These essays, written over many years, reflect the changes that have taken place in postwar Japan and suggest both the pleasures and trials experienced by foreigners living there. ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 1st 1990 by Broken Moon Press
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What a charming, charming book!

Burton Watson (b. 1925) is one of our finest translators of classical Chinese and Japanese literature, so it can hardly surprise that he writes beautifully, nor that he provides valuable insights into Japanese literature, history and culture in these essay/articles composed for various periodicals over the decades of his life in Japan, beginning with his first experiences as an uneducated sailor on a U.S. Navy ship in Yokosuka harbor in 1945. But what a pleasant su
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Picked this one up for a buck at a local bookstore because I was familiar with some of the author's work as a translator. An impressive collection of short essays and poetry translations. I enjoyed most of the essays quite a bit, especially "Green Valley", "Sojun", "Rohatsu Notes", and "My Mansion on the Hill". Watson writes simply but beautifully about everyday things and somehow manages to convey the essence of a situation without fuss. The translated poems are all from the ancient and medieva ...more
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