Ichiyō Higuchi (–), Japan’s first prominent female writer of modern times, made an early debut, with her first work of fiction serialized in a newspaper at. Find out how Higuchi Ichiyō singlehandedly brought Japanese literature into the modern age two children from childs play by higuchi ichiyo. In this final installment of the series on Ichiyō Higuchi, the first story we will look at is “The Thirteenth Night,” (十三夜) which was published in.
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This story begins with dutiful daughter Oseki contemplating how to tell her parents she wants to divorce her husband Isamu and how she will be forced to abandon her son.
She fears the news will upset them because Isamu has high social status and gives them gifts which will stop if they divorce. Their social status would also suffer. Sure enough, when she arrives to tell them the news, they gush on about how Isamu has changed their lives for the better. She details for her parents the situation with her husband: Her mother is supportive, even recollecting how fiercely and insistently Isamu had courted her before their marriage. Her father is more hesitant. He talks her out of divorce and sends her home.
But the second section is another matter. This story is presented in 16 sections.
This time, Higuchi returns to a more descriptive, reflective style as the story begins rather than jumping directly into the narrative as she did in the last few stories. The first section gives a lively description of the Yoshiwara pleasure quarters and introduces a major character of the piece, year-old Nobuyuki, the son of a Buddhist priest.
Section three introduces teenager Midori, the younger sister of a very popular courtesan; she is a dominant character in the story and is popular with the street gang members. The story ends in a surprisingly reflective fashion, all of the gang interaction really leading to the serious realization that the teens were all on the verge of adulthood, especially Midori and Nobuyuki.
It only has three sections.
The Coming of Age
The text comes to an abrupt end. The introduction had an interesting discussion about the publication of the diary since apparently her family was unsure of whether to allow it to be published or if it should be burned instead.
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Higuchi Ichiyo “Child’s Play”
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