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The Kiso RoadThe Life and Times of Shimazaki Toson$
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William E. Naff and J. Thomas Rimer

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832186

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832186.001.0001

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The French Years: 1913–1916

The French Years: 1913–1916

(p.339) 10 The French Years: 1913–1916
The Kiso Road

William E. Naff

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines Shimazaki Tōson's time in France during the years 1913–1916. It first provides a background on Tōson's from Japan and his arrival in France as well as his accounts of the journeys to and from France, which appeared as To the Sea (Umi e, 1922). It then describes Tōson's life in France, focusing on how he made a living there and how he benefited from the generosity of others such as Arishima Ikuma, along with his immersion in French culture, particularly theater. It also discusses Tōson's essay “On Seeing The Death of Tintagiles on Stage,” in which he reflects on Japan in a world dominated by a distant Europe; his translation into Japanese of Gustave Flaubert's letter describing Paris during the War of 1870; his experience during World War I; and his return to Tokyo.

Keywords:   theater, Shimazaki Tōson, France, Japan, To the Sea, French culture, The Death of Tintagiles, Gustave Flaubert, World War I, Tokyo

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