A visit to Ernest Fenollosa’s grave

I spent last Sunday in Ōtsu (Shiga pref.) on Lake Biwa, where I attended the annual taikai recital of Ritsumeikan University Noh Theatre Club, featuring both current and old members, at the Dentōgeinōkaikan. It’s been a pleasant day, where I could gather quite a lot of material for my current research on amateur practitioners in Noh. After a long morning-afternoon of shimai, rengin and maibayashi Calder, Cristina (members of the INI) and I decided to take a stroll behind Miidera, just where the kaikan is. Our destination was Ernest Fenollosa‘s grave. Fenollosa (1853-1908) helped to disseminate Noh outside Japan with translations that were later edited by Ezra Pound, and published in the book “Noh”, or, Accomplishment (1916). After his death, his ashes were sent back to Japan, and buried at Hōmyō-in, in the woods close to Miidera.

I have done quite a lot of work on Fenollosa for my PhD thesis so I definitely wanted to visit his grave at least once. It’s actually not that easiest thing to find it, but here are a couple of pictures I took. .

Now that I understood where it is, I will certainly come back, maybe with incense and sakaki leaves.

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IFTR New Scholars’ Prize

iftrI am happy to announce that I was selected as a winner of the IFTR International Federation for Theatre Research New Scholars’ Prize 2012-2013 for my essay “Ezra Pound and the Politics of Noh Films”, which I hope to publish soon. I will receive the prize on the occasion of the IFTR annual conference in Barcelona 21-26 July 2013, which I look forward to attend.

This is one of those situations where an academic who also blogs about academic topics would like to reveal more about his work but cannot because he has to wait for the actual paper to be out there lest his stuff is illegitimately taken by some ill-intentioned guy (it happens all the time). See Travis Seifman’s thoughts on academic posting online. Anyway I am very excited about receiving the prize, and I can’t wait to publish the article!

See you guys in Barcelona!

D.