Chado in murakami's sputnik sweetheart: Asymmetry, boundaries and chanced meetings

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Abstract

The Japanese tea ceremony, also known as chado, embodies the values of impermanence, imperfection and incompleteness. These values are translated into the practices of the tea ceremony in a regulated manner, through the concepts of sukiya, roji and ichigo ichie. Sukiya which represents asymmetric characteristics is seen in the structure of the tea house and utensils, roji is expressed through boundaries for the purpose of signifying differences or creating intimacy and, ichigo ichie encapsulates the entirety of the experience as a single chance in a single meeting to receive a lesson about life. This article aims to show how the Japanese worldview, interpreted through the principles of the tea ceremony is appropriated in Haruki Murakami's novel Sputnik Sweetheart (2002). Through a symbolic encounter with the tea ceremony, the concepts of sukiya, roji and ichigo ichie are employed to analyse the characters in Sputnik Sweetheart. These concepts are appropriated to character study by examining their idiosyncrasies, relationships and the unique experiences they encounter. By this way, the novel transfers the Japanese tea ceremony and its underlying worldview to literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-176
Number of pages16
JournalForum for World Literature Studies
Volume8
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Haruki murakami
  • Japanese culture
  • Japanese worldview
  • Sputnik sweetheart
  • Tea ceremony

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  • Literature and Literary Theory

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Chado in murakami's sputnik sweetheart : Asymmetry, boundaries and chanced meetings. / Mani, Sheba D.; Vengadasamy, Ravichandran; Ismail @ Hamdan, Shahizah.

In: Forum for World Literature Studies, Vol. 8, No. 1, 01.03.2016, p. 161-176.

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