105 to say about the discovery of water at the bottom of the pit as a kind of enlightenment experience: the man had been looking for the ultimate outside of everyday's expe- riences, and the lesson is very "Zen": do not look outside. One might also want to know why the title is about a woman and everything is treated as if it were about a man. The third analysis of "Double Suicide" is even more frustrating for very little reference is made to the structure of the original play, so that a real contrast of inter- pretation between an Edo period view of the situation and a contemporary view might be offered. We are not told that the play is based on a number of puns which eminently characterize Japanese culture: the place name Amijima means "Net-Island", and must be related to the phrase quoted p. 53: "Buddha's mercy, a net from Heaven". The same can be said about the term ukiyo, meaning both "floating world" and "world of pain" in the Buddhist context. Nothing is said about traditional Japanese aesthetics and how they relate to the apparently modern treatment by Shinoda. And a lot more could
Journal of Asian and African Studies (in 2002 continued as African and Asian Studies) – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1984
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