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By Ryu Murakami

ISBN-10: 4770029047

ISBN-13: 9784770029041

Almost obvious Blue is a brutal story of misplaced formative years in a eastern port city as regards to an American army base. Murakami?s image-intensive narrative paints a portrait of a bunch of pals locked in a harmful cycle of intercourse, medications and rock?n?roll. the unconventional is all yet plotless, however the uncooked and infrequently violent prose takes us on a rollercoaster experience via truth and hallucination, highs and lows, within which the characters and their reviews come vividly to lifestyles. Trapped in passivity, they achieve neither ardour nor excitement from their adventures. but out of the alienation, boredom and underlying rage and grief emerges a surprisingly quiet and nearly both surprising good looks. Ryu Murakami?s first novel, Almost obvious Blue gained the coveted Akutagawa literary prize and have become an quick bestseller. Representing a pointy and wide awake turning clear of the introspective pattern of postwar eastern literature, it polarized critics and public alike and shortly attracted overseas consciousness instead view of contemporary Japan.

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For one, the bulk of Japanese trade was carried on with the Chinese. To get Chinese textiles, there was no need to go through European middlemen. And though the Chinese were, like the Europeans, limited to Nagasaki, there were several thousand of them in that city15 and they were not as severely regulated as the Dutch. Japan’s seclusion was a political rather than a cultural decision and it was aimed squarely at the West. ”16 Moreover, the role of the Dutch was not, for the Japanese, primarily as traders.

667-3 Geography & Japan 22 8/22/05 2:09 PM Page 22 GEOGRAPHY AND JAPAN’S STRATEGIC CHOICES Trade, as well as war, has redefined Japan’s strategic position in Asia. 24 More than a thousand supertankers every year pass eastward through the straits, many bound for Japan, many bound elsewhere but owned by Japanese firms. The unfettered and safe passage of these ships is naturally a strategic priority for Japan. Spatial Perception Related to Japan’s geography and strategic position are the spatial perceptions of the Japanese.

The Japanese were being worn away by a constant attrition; here a dozen, there a score and yonder a hundred, until the army in [Pyongyang] . . ”11 The war and intermittent negotiations with a deliberately slow Chinese regime dragged on for years. Finally, disappointed, maddened, and seeking to put a decisive end to the campaign, Hideyoshi gambled on a second huge expedition. In 1597 Hideyoshi sent another 140,000 soldiers across the straits. A significant number never made it—Korea continued its maritime superiority—but as many as 100,000 landed and were under orders to cut off the ears and noses of enemies killed or captured.

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