Monthly Archives: August 2012

Amaterasu and the Virtue of Art

It stands to reason that, once agriculture was established in Japan in the Yayoi period, the populace would revere the sun, guarantor of an abundant harvest, and be threatened by storms, which could destroy the rice crop and wreak havoc … Continue reading

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The Tale and the Telling

Mystical Abyss is richly choreographed, as befits a dance drama, with original music and elaborate animation to heighten the sensory experience, but it is also narrated–mostly in English–and can be enjoyed both for its spectacle and for the story it … Continue reading

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Izanami: Goddess of Death and Rebirth

How dark it is, and cold. All other night journeys were practice for this one. The moon, born from utter darkness, waxes.  There behind the clouds, even there behind the darkness, not blazing and dangerous to behold like the sun, … Continue reading

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Betrayal and Becoming

The betrayal of a woman by a man she might have expected she could trust is a recurrent theme in Japanese literature, mythology, and folklore, and in the stories selected for Mystical Abyss.  This article presents some examples and proposes … Continue reading

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