1. 10

    The ideal teacher student relationship exists when the student is better than the teacher.

  2. 9

    There's no better reading experience than going to the place where a text was written.

  3. 8

    Understanding comes hard to persons of high rank who are accustomed to phony lifestyles that involve no daily work.

  4. 7

    Paradoxically, the people and state of Japan living on such moral props were not innocent but had been stained by their own past history of invading other Asian countries.

  5. 6

    I think, we can only write very personal matters through our experience. When I named my first novel about my son "A Personal Matter," I believe I knew the most important thing: there is not any personal matter; we must find the link between ourselves, our "personal matter," and society.

  6. 5

    It takes a person of great care and insight to watch for any abnormality in the green grass even while it grows abundantly and healthily.

  7. 4

    After the end of the Second World War it was a categorical imperative for us to declare that we renounced war forever in a central article of the new Constitution.

  8. 3

    The ambiguous orientation of Japan drove the country into the position of an invader in Asia.

  9. 2

    I am one of the writers who wish to create serious works of literature which dissociate themselves from those novels which are mere reflections of the vast consumer cultures of Tokyo and the subcultures of the world at large.

  10. 1

    My observation is that after one hundred and twenty years of modernisation since the opening of the country, present-day Japan is split between two opposite poles of ambiguity.

  11. Last Update: 6 February 2023

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