He is a rare Japanese literature person of an American native. It is an authority of Japanese literature and Japanese cultural studies, and there is many writing also as a literary critic. Japanese culture is introduced to the West by him, there are much achievements, and he got the Order of Cultural Merit in 2008. Although the heart rarely moves me to the foreigner who lives in Japan, this person has special concern. He will be born to a trader's home in City of New York Brooklyn 1922. At the time of childhood, having traveled Europe with the father comes to bear an interest strong against acquisition of foreign languages, such as French, by a chance. Although economic difficulties were encountered, grade-skipping is repeated, receiving a scholarship and, he entered the department of literature, Columbia Universityat the age of 16 in 1938. He becomes intimate with a Chinese student and comes to be charmed by study of Chinese, especially a Chinese character taking advantage of that. He is impressed by the Arthur Waley translation "Tale of Genji." in this period. While beginning to study Japanese on the extension of the interest to a Chinese character, he studied a Japanese history of ideas and he goes into the way of Japanese research. And the, he entered the Japanese school of the US Navy with the Japan-U.S. outbreak of war, after stacking training of Japanese language education, he worked in the navy as an information officer, and enacted as the Japanese official interpreter in the Pacific Ocean battle line. He returns to Columbia University after the end of the war, and will acquire the master's degree in 1947. In 1953, he studies in the Kyoto University graduate school, and will become acquainted with many men of culture. As for the writing about Japan, about of 30 points for the Japanese thing and about 25 things English are also published. The width for research is wide from classics, such as Monzaemon Chikamatsu, Bashō Matsuo, and Yukio Mishima, to contemporary literature, and the role which it mainly played as introduction and a commentator of the Japanese culture to English-speaking countries is also large. In 2012, he acquired Japanese nationality. This photograph is taken at the place where he was walking along the shopping center near my house.
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pajaran (52964) 2014-05-06 2:11
Interesantan i dobar tekst sa opisom ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazan stari gospodin.
Vreme brzo prolazi, starost brzo dodje.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje.
An interesting and good text describing ...
Good time recording and contrast nicely demonstrated the old gentleman.
Time passes quickly, come quickly age.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best.
imageme (1790) 2014-05-06 6:09
Hi Mikio, Detail description of this great human being.
We all fascinated by other cultures because each culture is unique. Great DOF and nice composition. I can see how serious he is with his studies, you have captured his facial expression well. Thank for sharing
saxo042 (37588) 2014-05-06 22:33
A very interesting note and a very special portrait, showing a man that is quite unaware of the camera. A different but very good TE contribution.
jhm (140603) 2014-05-07 4:50
This is a very extraordinarily man, this history from Japan is very big, I have read different books and I know that a country of this greatest has a big history, good and bad, but this is the world and politic.
Very well portrait with these man as subject.
Excellent composition, nice colours and perfect presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
mcmtanyel (14225) 2014-05-07 10:18
A very sharp photo of this notable scholar, what is his name?
christian_v (874) 2014-05-07 23:41
I think he his Donald Richie....
I like the way you do the snap shot
mirosu (14964) 2014-05-09 5:49
This is an excellent snapshot. You have captured this interesting man in superb light and nice details. I like your viewpoint and excellent arrangement in vertical format.
Very well done.
Wish you a nice weekend.
- Copyright: mikio kato (kato) (11630)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-05-21
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Pentax K10 D, Pentax DA 50-200 f4-5.6 ED
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-05-06 1:38