• Sumie Okada


Among Blunden’s impressions of Japan and the Japanese written in his book A Wanderer in Japan, his sympathy was strongest with the plight of young Japanese women who remained unmarried. This may also help to explain why he was so sympathetic to Aki who was one of those unfortunate women in Japan during the late 1920s. Blunden describes the social pressure tacitly imposed upon them in his essay on Japan, written during his second visit to the country in 1950.


English Literature Japanese Woman Strange Story Lifelong Commitment Young Japanese Woman 
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    Edmund Blunden, A Wanderer in japan: Sketches and Reflections, in Prose and Verse (Tokyo: Asahi-shimbun-sha, 1950) p. 22 (Japanese translation by Shigeru Toyama).Google Scholar
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    Edmund Blunden, Essayist of the Romantic Period, edited with notes by Ichiro Nishizaki (Tokyo: Kodokwan Press, 1952) pp. 49–50.Google Scholar
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    Edmund Blunden, The M ind’s Eye (London: Jonathan Cape, 1934) pp. 95, 135–7.Google Scholar

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