Yuri Chekalin23.06.2022

The romantic love story of a Russian prisoner of war and a Japanese nurse served as the plot for the musical Oath on a Coin (Chikai no Koin) by the Japanese Botchan Theater (坊っちゃん劇場, Botchan Theater) from Ehime Prefecture (愛媛県, Ehime-ken). For almost 30 years, every second Saturday of the month, about a hundred students […]

Yuri Chekalin15.12.2021

In Shinto, the term jinja is used for a shrine, or more literally the dwelling place of Kami. Many people probably have a mental picture of a building whenever they think of a Shinto shrine. It is said that we now have 80,000 such buildings in Japan, of which 6,000 have resident kannushi (Shinto masters).Out […]

Yuri Chekalin07.05.2020

Today we’re talking with a historian Yuri Bahurin, the author of “Front and Rear of the Great War”. 1) Why did you decide to deal with the First World War? Having entered the history department, I really didn’t immediately understand for myself and decided what kind of historical epoch most attracted to me: here you […]

Yuri Chekalin20.04.2020

Late inthe spring of 1886, a young man named Hasegawa Tatsunosuke, known to the Japanese literary world by his penname Futabatei Shimei,’ began to write his first novel. After he had struggled with it for many months, the first part was published in June 1887. The rest of the novel, which he called “Ukigumo” (“Drifting […]

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