About the Frontispiece by Hayashi Yoshikatsu

Hayashi Yoshikatsu “About the Frontispiece” 「口絵の写真について」林義勝 The frontispiece of Dazai Osamu taken by my father, Hayashi Tadahiko, is a familiar shot—people have been exposed to it frequently via photobooks and posters, and it is his most well known work....

Hello, World! by Fujii Taiyo

Fujii Taiyo “Hello, World!” 『ハロー・ワールド』藤井太洋 “Yasuhiro, that T-shirt. I’ve got one too,” says Atsushi Kuruwaze, calling me by my first name as he looks up from his plate of organic vegetable curry. His ellipse-shaped, metal-framed glasses look very good on...

On One’s Taste in Women with Sakaguchi, Oda, and Dazai

Sakaguchi, Oda, & Dazai Conversation at Bar Lupin in Ginza (excerpted) “On One’s Taste in Women” 「座談会 歓楽極まりて哀情多し」坂口安吾・織田作之助・太宰治 On One’s Taste in Women  S: Sakaguchi          O: Oda          D: Dazai S: I feel like the charm of women exists in Osaka,...

Tsugaru by Dazai Osamu

Dazai Osamu “Tsugaru” 『津軽』太宰治  .  .  .  I went to Mr. S’s and was a bit bewildered by his ecstatic welcome despite being from there myself. It was without a doubt exposing his certain Tsugaru nature. As soon as we entered the house, Mr. S. took to rapidly...

Iiyoru by Tanabe Seiko

Tanabe Seiko “Iiyoru” 『言い寄る』田辺聖子 “I’m sorry to keep being a bother, but can we go back to your shore house and rest for a bit? If I leave now, I’ll bump into him at the dock… because that car… the one that just zoomed past in the direction we’re headed… is...

A Personal Letter by Nogami Yaeko

Nogami Yaeko “A Personal Letter” 「私信」『野上弥生子随筆集』竹西寛子編 .  .  .  I started reading Rousseau a few days ago. Its translation is very well done, so I am devouring it. I read yesterday, that Rousseau apparently liked eating while reading. I couldn’t help...