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July 21, 2018

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Tragedy that Highlights the Folly of Our Worldly Passions

Asano looks down on Kira. Butchering the enemy in your mind is itself a dreadful deed.

March 14 was to be a very important day for Asano. The Shogun would meet with all his imperial envoys at Ed...

July 20, 2018

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Tragedy that Highlights the Folly of Our Worldly Passions

When both sides don't have enough consideration toward each other, the relationship can only go downhill

On March 11, the big day finally came. The imperial envoys arrived at Edo, the capital of...

July 19, 2018

Tragedy that Highlights the Folly of Our Worldly Passions

A samurai doesnʼt always take his own life. 

One of the most popular Japanese samurai dramas is called Chushingura. Chushingura are fictionalized plays based on the true historical incident of the “Forty-seven Ron...

May 24, 2018

Q: Will worldly passions be eliminated after striking temple bells on New Year’s Eve 108 times?

In Japan, people commonly use the expression, “He’s showing his worldly passions without shame.” I know “worldly passions” is a Buddhist term, but what does it mean?

A: “World...

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October 16, 2019