This week, we’re focusing on the story of Ono no Komachi, a mysterious poet from the 800s whose poems were used to construct a fictional persona entirely separate from who she actually was. How did this happen? Why does it matter? And what can we learn from telling the history of a made up character?
Here’s wakapoetry.net’s resources on Ono no Komachi.
Strong, Sarah. “The Making of a Femme Fatale: Ono no Komachi in the Early Medieval Commentaries.” Monumenta Nipponica 49, No 4 (Winter 1994).
Teele, Roy et al. Ono no Komachi: Poems, Stories, No Plays.
Unfortunately it’s only in Japanese, but this is a link to a performance of Sotoba Komachi.
2 thoughts on “Episode 341 – The Femme Fatale”
When will you finally do an episode about the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu?
Thank you for this episode! We traveled to the Komachi-do in Akita Prefecture to prepare for our film inspired by Komachi, PATH OF DREAMS. Our internationally award-winning, Japanese-language film is now on Vimeo On-Demand (https://vimeo.com/ondemand/pathofdreams). Thank you again!
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