Remembering Tanizaki Jun'ichiro and Matsuko: Diary Entries, Interview Notes, and Letters, 1954-1989

Remembering Tanizaki Jun'ichiro and Matsuko: Diary Entries, Interview Notes, and Letters, 1954-1989

by Anthony Chambers

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Overview


Remembering Tanizaki Jun’ichiro and Matsuko provides previously unpublished memories, anecdotes, and insights into the lives, opinions, personalities, and writings of the great novelist Tanizaki Jun’ichiro (18861965) and his wife Matsuko (19031991), gleaned from the diaries of Edward Seidensticker and two decades of Anthony Chambers’s conversations with Mrs. Tanizaki and others who were close to the Tanizaki family.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780472053650
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Series: Michigan Monograph Series in Japanese Studies Series , #82
Pages: 118
Sales rank: 990,071
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author


Anthony H. Chambers, a scholar and translator of Japanese literature, has taught at Wesleyan, Arizona State, the Kyoto Center for Japanese Studies, and the Associated Kyoto Program. He lives in San Diego.
 

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Diary Entries and Letters

Edward Seidensticker on His First Meeting with Tanizaki Jun'ichiro and Matsuko, 1954 9

Seidensticker on Tanizaki's death, and His Condolence Call, 1965 9

Seidensticker on Tanizaki's Wake, 1965 12

Seidensticker on Tanizaki's Funeral, 1965 13

My First Meeting with Tanizaki Matsuko, 1971 14

My Busy Day in Kyoto with Mrs. Tanizaki and Her Sister, 1971 18

My Account of the Observance of the Seventh Anniversary of Tanizaki's Death, 1971 23

Seidensticker's Account of the Observance of the Seventh Anniversary of Tanizaki's Death, 1971 29

I Visit Mrs. Tanizaki's house in Yugawara, 1973 and 1977 30

My Account of an Evening at the Disco with Mrs. Tanizaki, 1980 31

My Birthday Dinner, July 1, 1980 34

My Account of Dinner with Tanizaki Matsuko and Ichida Yae, 1983 34

Interview Notes: With Additional Diary Entries and Excerpts from Letters

Tanizaki's Life and Personality 37

Marriages 44

On World War II 49

Fears 50

Religion 51

Old Age 53

Tanizaki's Habits and Tastes 55

Food and Drink 60

Pastimes 62

Tanizaki's Works 64

Sorrows of a Heretic ($$$, 1917) 65

The Plays 65

Naomi ($$$, 1925) 67

Arrowroot ($$$ 1931) 68

The Makioka Sisters ($$$ 1943-48) 70

A Record of Cruelty ($$$ 1958) 73

Seven Japanese Tales 73

The Nobel Prize 74

Critics 74

Comments on Theater 74

Comments on Other Writers 78

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) 78

Shimazaki Toson ($$$, 1872-1943) 78

Izumi Kyoka ($$$, 1873-1939) 79

Nagai Kafu ($$$ 1879-1959) 79

Kawabata Yasunari ($$$, 1899-1972) 80

Shiga Naoya ($$$, 1883-1971) 80

Mishima Yukio ($$$, 1925-1970), Natsume Soseki ($$$, 1867-1916), Mori Ogai ($$$, 1862-1922), and Koda Rohan ($$$, 1867-1947) 81

Nagai Tatsuo ($$$, 1904-1990) and Novels by Maruya Saiichi ($$$, 1925-2012) 82

Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) 82

Yosano Akiko ($$$, 1878-1942) 82

Uno Chiyo ($$$, 1897-1996) 83

Tawara Machi ($$$, b. 1962) 83

Tanizaki Matsuko 83

An Evening with Mrs. Tanizaki's Fan Club and other dinners, 1985 91

Dinner with Mrs. Tanizaki at Azusa ($$$) in Akasaka, 1986 93

Mrs. Tanizaki's Birthday Dinner, 1986 94

Tanizaki Shuhei 98

Takeda Ayuko 100

References 103

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