“The Beefeater” is a simple tale; it barely pushes two pages in a normal sized book. It merely portrays a man having beef at a restaurant, bragging to another customer about how good the beef is. He also marvels at Western technology, even calling the steam engine “the flaming chariot of hell.” It ends with the other customer leaving, leaving ...
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...ions of Chokichi from winter, spring, summer, and fall. The two stories do draw criticism from the same source, Western civilization. The reasoning of such criticism is the same as well. Japan in the Meiji period was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of culture, technology, and ideas Western civilization possessed. Japanese people had a hard time discerning them all and opted to cherry-picked the ones are the most interesting, eating beef for example, or embrace the values that are most likely to get rich or influential, a Western style education for example. Writers noticed this fact and either had two choices, go all out on Western culture or slow down the pace and enjoy traditional beliefs. Kanagaki Robun and Nagai Kofu took the latter, encouraging the Japanese reader to take a couple steps back and enjoy what their own culture has been doing for generations.
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