Mini Challenge hosted by Tanabata of In Spring it is the Dawn always got me excited with all things Japan along with Tanabata’s exciting assignments and meme. This month I will be answering some of the questions about Japan. Here goes:
My favourite Japanese author is Yukio Mishima because he had 6-packed abdominal muscles and he is so good looking! Ok short of appearing shallow, I must say despite the packaging, Mishima possessed superior literary talent. He created characters that are haunting and unconventional. Even if you don’t always like the characters he had created, you ended up empathising with them. He delved into the deepest recesses of heart and mind that no other authors could. Moreover, he studied law, been in the army, a bodybuilder, practices boxing, an actor etc. His private life is as interesting as his novels.
The best Japanese festival I’ve read about this year is Omizutori (お水取り), or the annual, sacred Water-Drawing festival which I hope to witness it in person one day.
We must have at least one dedicated book question:
What Japanese author(s) or book(s) have you enjoyed that you would highly recommend to others?
- Yukio Mishima – After the Banquet and The Temple of the Golden Pavilion
- Haruki Murakami, my favourite being Hard-boiled Wonderland and End of the World and (can I have another one?) Sputnik Sweetheart.
- Banana Yoshimoto’s Kitchen and Goodbye Tsugumi.
What is something Japanese that you’d like to try but haven’t yet had the chance?
Cultivate and landscape a Japanese garden, with pebbles and miniature stone temple, pavilion and bridges, complete with Koi fishes and flowing water. 😉
You’re planning to visit Japan next year. Money is not a concern. What is on the top of your list of things you most want to do?
Without checking out ideas from the Internet, I would like to stay in Gion district, Kyoto for a couple of days, check out the Golden Pavilion which provide the inspiration for Mishima’s novel The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, ride the bullet train, see Tokyo, have the experience of maneuvering around one of the world’s most complicated underground trains network I have ever seen, soak in hot spring and bathhouses, visit Tokyo’s imperial palace, Hiroshima and watch a live sumo match.
What was your favourite Hello Japan! mini-challenge topic?
I loved the assignment of comparing two works of Japanese literature. It is one of the most analytical post or reviews I have to write! 😉