Folk Group: Alchemists

An essay by Natalie Desantiago About: Who are alchemists? What is alchemy? A brief history of Alchemy. How alchemists form a folk group. Folklore of alchemists. I recall unpleasant summer evenings in my stifled room: unpleasant because the arid air seemed to snatch away my breath, unpleasant because I didn’t want to leave my room to face my [...]

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Essays in Idleness by Yoshida Kenkou

My favorite Essays by Yoshida Kenkou   There is a charm about a neat and proper dwelling house, although this world, ‘tis true, is but a temporary abode. Even the moonshine, when it strikes into the house where a good man lives in peaceful ease, seems to gain in friendly brilliancy. The man is to [...]

A Japanese Horror Film Essay by Natalie Desantiago

12-24-13:  Japanese Lost in the Information Age A number of people refuse to watch horror films. What makes horror films absolutely terrifying to these people that they must refuse to watch it? Is it the gruesome theatrics, or the building suspense, or merely the fear of the unknown? The unknown is often played with in [...]