Alexander N. Meshcheryakov
  • Alexander N. Meshcheryakov 
  • By this author: 3 Latest posted: 2016.09.01
Historian, Japanese scholar, and writer. Born in 1951. Professor at the Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies in Moscow. Member of the editorial board for the magazine Vostochnaya Kollektsiya (Oriental Collection). Works include Imperator Meiji i ego Yaponiya (Emperor Meiji and His Japan), for which he won the 2012 Prosvetitel Prize; Russian translations of such Japanese authors as Murasaki Shikibu, Kawabata Yasunari, and Ishihara Shintarō; and several original essay and poetry collections.
An Old Woman and Her Russian Cat2016.09.01

Among my friends is an elderly Japanese woman. Some time ago, her daughter married a Russian man and moved to Moscow, but sadly she fell ill and died. That is why the woman came to Russia often—to visit her daughter’s grave. She made many friends during her stay, and I was one of them. She visited my house and stroked my cat. The woman, I must say, is a true “cat lady.” She once told me, though…

Disaster and the Japanese Spirit2016.03.31

The Japanese archipelago is located in a zone of high seismic activity, and there are numerous records of earthquakes over the country's history. In classical Japanese literature, however, earthquakes are almost entirely absent. Why is this? There are two main reasons. First, earthquakes are primarily urban disasters. Most earthquake victims are city dwellers who are killed either by fires or…

Sneakers for a God2014.06.02

The temple of Kegonji in the Arashiyama district of western Kyoto is popularly known as Suzumushidera on account of the many bell crickets (suzumushi) found there. I am extremely fond of this temple, which has been a thriving place of worship for centuries. In winter, with a fresh layer of snow covering the roofs and trees, the temple grounds have an inexpressible beauty. Suzumushidera is a ver…

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