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眼鏡 (Megane)

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Megane by Tōson Shimazaki is a beautifully written novel that explores the complexities of modern Japan through the eyes of its protagonist. The story follows the journey of a young man who struggles to find his place in a rapidly changing society, while dealing with the challenges of love, loss, and personal identity.

Shimazaki's prose is exquisite and poetic, painting a vivid picture of the cultural and political landscape of early 20th century Japan. The characters are fleshed out and multi-dimensional, each grappling with their own inner demons and desires.

The novel delves deep into themes of tradition versus modernity, duty versus personal freedom, and the search for meaning in a world that seems to be constantly shifting. The author's exploration of these themes is both poignant and thought-provoking, leaving the reader with much to contemplate long after turning the final page.

Overall, Megane is a compelling and insightful read that offers a window into a pivotal time in Japan's history. Shimazaki's masterful storytelling and rich character development make this novel a must-read for anyone interested in Japanese literature and culture.

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東京で、眼鏡は旦那に買われました。そして眼鏡は彼と、日本国内を9ヶ月にわたって旅 行しました。まず、西へ行きました。彼等は、高知を訪れました。彼等は琵琶湖のほとりにしばらく滞在しました。彼等は、帰ってきて、北に向かいました。彼等は、一ノ関 を訪ねて、そして東京に戻りました。
In Tokyo, a man buys a pair of glasses (Jap: Megane). Together, they travel through Japan for 9 months. First they go West, visiting Kochi. They stay near Lake Biwa for a while and then go North, where they visit Ichinoseki. Finally they return to Tokyo.

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