Saturday, February 18, 2006

Keene's Chronicles

The Daily Yomiuri is publishing a series of short autobiographical essays by Donald Keene. Keene is a famous professor of Japanese studies at Columbia, where they now have the Donald Keene Center.

Keene first came to Japan right after the war, after having served as a translator. He lived here off and on, I think, while holding down duties at Columbia, for the next half century. He has written or translated dozens of books on Japan.

I have no idea how long DY will keep those essays up; they're bad about archiving things in a findable place. The online version doesn't include the nice illustrations. Perhaps this will be published as a book later.

In the course of the series, so far, he is a student at Columbia. I think the series will run all year.

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