Hayashi Yoshikatsu on that famous photo of Osamu Dazai at Bar Lupin

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

Taiyo Fujii | Hello, World!

From Taiyo Fujii’s “Hello, World!” 『ハロー・ワールド』藤井太洋  Hello, World! By Fujii Taiyo “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,...

Tsugaru—津軽 Dazai Osamu (UNVARNISHED)

…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 ordering his wife about…...

From “Iiyoru,” by Seiko Tanabe『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 the same car that passed in the other...