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Given that there are parts of the world with larger-than-life animal and plant species, I...more
Kyoka wrote in the old style, using Kanji [Chinese] characters that a generation later were outdated, if not unreadable, to many Japanese. And his stories were often a kind of Gothic fantasy, filled with superstition and spirits and traditional ways -- hardly fashionable when machinery, mass advertising, and the Jazz Age hit Japan.