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The Wind Has Risen
The Love Story Asks Us What Beauty is in Our Life
Date:19, Jul, 2013
Investigated and Written by Misaka Youhei
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Hori Tatsuo is a late literary master in Japan, who had tried to return to Japanese classical literature and had taken Western illusion into his writings. The author had accordingly found and reclaimed a new way on Japanese literature. Amongst all his books, the most important must be The Wind Has Risen written from 1936 to 1938.

The story, based on his own experience, carries out a love affair between the serious case lady and her betrothed. Maybe you jump to a conclusion that says it is just a typical pathetic tale and we have already consumed such a story. You might grasp it as a sample of our modern pathetic stories.

However, so loud, here let me say you had better not put The Wind Has Risen together with those cheap episodes. The Wind Has Risen does not directly and easily describe nobility of life. If anything, with tender portraits of sceneries, it gently wraps the two that face death plainly. We can feel even sensual from the death written in the story.


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Feeling so is grounded on Hori Tatsuo's wonderful technique which had splendidly dropped a sense of Western beauty from art as the decorated, into Japanese literature. The importance of the style has never lost until today.

Great Kanto Earthquake attacked Japanese in 1923. It is said the natural disaster had snatched away over 105,000 people and Hori Tatsuo's mother also died by the big earthquake. Getting over the sorrowful experience, Hori Tatsuo had written The Wind Has Risen. Japanese have also gone through the great disaster called Tohoku Earthquake and are still lost in a mist. Then, all the more we can get a lot from The Wind Has Risen at the present.

A verse in The Wind Has Risen talks to us, like “the wind has risen. Let's live.”

Life and love, from sincere facing with coming death. Great scene descriptions as sometimes wafers. The recent Japan really needs to know the beauty behind them.


about The Wind Has Risen

・Written by Hori Tatsuo
・Published by Noda Shobou (1938)
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