Matsu slowly unveils and shares his life, customs, friends and secrets to Stephen and embraces Stephen as one of his own. You clearly see that as we move eastward all the nonessentials are removed. First off, the way Tsukiyama wrote the Japanese parts bugged me. As long as books like these are being published, there is hope for every and all Orientalist charlatans under the sun. The world has a funny way of bringing people together just when we are on the brink of forgetting our reliance on one another.
Keiko becomes his first love, but it can't be because she is Japanese and he is Chinese. Despite those obstacles, he is sent to Japan under a contract to teach them the use of modern guns. The primary theme is about beauty. It also explains how Sachi went to Yamaguchi and how she started her new life. He forms a strong bond with the caretaker, Matsu, and his soulmate, Sachi, who is banished from Tarumi.
As the book was set in the 1930s, there wasn't really technology or speed, letters took weeks or mo A peaceful and very pleasant read, dealing with leprosy and with nice characters. While worring about the war between Japan and China, he discovers that some people in the village caught leprosy. When I was there at the first time, I was so impressed the fascinating scenery, I saw lots of monkey, type of trees I had ever saw and I think it is a very suitable destination for everybody to rest their mind and have a peace time. Mythology 251 Term Paper 2 The word Samurai means a fearless warrior sworn to protect without question. Not only is it vapid, shallow, and cliche, it is also factually incorrect. Loyalty because he was always faithful to Sachi.
Samurai wore simple clothes when they were not fighting. As Matsu cared for her, she grew to care for him as well, and that unconditional love Matsu was able to show her, despite her leprosy, freed her to love him as well. In The Samurai's Garden, the morals of a true samurai show through particularly clearly in one character. Against the backdrop of it all is the horror of war as the Japanese invade China. Function Over Form The most well known form garden structures are those that are built to sustain plants and give them the room to climb, hold up the weight of its fruits and other plants as well. I think this book is like a haiku. Art is incorporated into all parts of daily life - house construction, bathing, gardening, the use of scrolls, food preparation, to name but a few.
My Takeaways No Spoilers The novel takes place during the Nanking Massacre, when the Japanese were invading China in the 1930s. The boy frequently visits the leper village and becomes acquainted with its inhabitants. Some gardens are for ornamental purposes only, while other gardens also produce food crops, sometimes in separate areas, or sometimes intermixed with the ornamental plants. I'll get off my soapbox now but again, if trying to destroy age old social stigmas please do a more thorough research into the matter as a novelist. The clean, bare rooms with tatami mats, kneeling for tea, the simple meals of rice and pickled vegetables, the good, pure joy of things being simple and beautiful in a quiet and understated way. The samurai were expert fighters; they were skilled with the sword and bow and arrow, and they were superior horsemen. And then there is a love story too.
But despite its beauty, the novel ultimately fell a bit flat for me. Garden is a plot of ground, usually near a house, where flowers, shrubs, vegetables, fruits or herbs are cultivated. And these things are physical representations of the writing itself which is clean, simple, elegant, and real. I'm just going to glaze over my problems with this book, or else I'd be writing a novel. Thus the garden department always tries for maximum development considering the open space concept. During the course of the year, there are floods and fires, celebrations and funerals, failed relationships and happy reunions. At first it appears so simple, a story of a young Chinese-Japanese young man named Stephen leaving his family house in Hong Kong so his younger sister may not get exposed his sickness.
However, Matsu is short but well built and strong. Matsu's courage and want to assist people reveals his inner heart and his resemblance to the qualities of a Samurai. I know now that ther are rare people who will help you carry your burdens through this life. For me, I can still see the colors of Keiko; the black of her hair against creamy pale skin, her dark blue kimono with white circles, the deep orange persimmons falling from the brown basket she carried. How do all 3 characters approach the feelings, resemble one another, and evolve? This excerpt highlights Sachi's change of feeling towards Matsu and her respect for Matsu despite his vulernability. Stephen hears the news of the escalating war between China and Japan. Matsu decides to take Stephen to visit the hilltop of Yamaguchi, a remote area inhabited by lepers, where he meets an older woman named Sachi.
This too creates a kind of beauty. A defining moment as he'd visited her against Matsu's wishes who'd feared they'd only push her further away bringing the topic up again. I was so excited I finally got to plant my own seeds; I choose Sunflower and Zinnia and then watch them grow over the summer. Throughout the story Matsu seems to be a much respected man to everyone in Tarumi. The tempo is lulling, quiet, and calming. The exceptional craftsmanship of the many different types of swords in ancient Japan has made them prized and admired for centuries.
Matsu was always the one who made the water marks, while Kenzo dutifully wiped them up. This is a book to devour and savour at the same time. This book covers a wide range of topics in human suffering, yet the elder characters are filled with acceptance and devotion. I can't get enough of this kind of book. I was incredibly satisfied with this novel.