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Passion for Japanese Poetry Leads to NEH Recognition

Author: Jane Marie Russell

“Kannon assumes thirty-three forms to mingle in our uncertain world. By our passions does she lead us, and with compassion teach us, using love as a bridge to enlightenment that we may cross and be saved.”

With these words, Chikamatsu Monzaemon, an early modern Japanese playwright, concludes the prelude to The Love Suicides at Sonezaki, the first of his “"contemporary-life plays" for the puppet theatre. Read More