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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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A New Life: 1916–1923

A New Life: 1916–1923

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(p.392) 11 A New Life: 1916–1923
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The Kiso Road
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William E. Naff

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824832186.003.0011

This chapter examines Shimazaki Tōson's life and career during the years 1916–1923. It first considers Tōson's collection of children's stories entitled To the Little Ones (Osanaki mono ni, 1917), subtitled “A Memento from France.” It then discusses Shimazaki Sono's illness and death, along with Tōson's involvement in the so-called “New Life Incident.” It also looks at Tōson's When the Cherries Ripen (Sakura no mi no juku-suru toki), in which he reflects on Christianity in Japan and his years at Meiji Gakuin. Finally, it analyzes public reaction to Tōson's controversial work New Life and his response to Akutagawa Ryūnosuke's accusations through the 1927 essay Akutagawa Ryūnosuke kun no koto (On Akutagawa Ryūnosuke).

Keywords:   Shimazaki Tōson, To the Little Ones, Shimazaki Sono, New Life Incident, When the Cherries Ripen, Christianity, Meiji Gakuin, New Life, Akutagawa Ryūnosuke

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