- Setchubai (Plum Blossoms in the Snow, 1886), written by Suehiro Tetcho, is a quintessential example of the Meiji political novel. The story opens in the future, AD 2040, when Japan has become a dominant world power. A landslide reveals an artifact that leads to the discovery of a story written in 1890, four years in the future for contemporary readers of the novel. The story describes the young patriot Kunino Motoi and his fiancee, Tominaga Oharu, as they struggle to establish the principles of the Freedom and People’s Rights Movement. Suehiro draws upon his own experience in prison to add realism to the story, which critics have noted transcended the typical romances of the day by being useful and instructive as well.See also SCIENCE FICTION.
Historical dictionary of modern Japanese literature and theater. J. Scott Miller. 2009.
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PLUM BLOSSOMS IN THE SNOW — See SETCHUBAI … Japanese literature and theater
POLITICAL NARRATIVES — The short lived genre of Japanese political narratives (seiji shosetsu) appeared during the 1870s, fed by a contemporary popular interest in politics in the wake of the Meiji Restoration. The stories, whose flat characterizations and simple,… … Japanese literature and theater
SCIENCE FICTION — Science fiction as a genre came early to Meiji Japan, with the Dutch futurist novel Anno 2065: een Blik in de Toekomst (2065: A Glimpse of the Future) appearing in Japanese translation in 1868. Jules Verne was a popular author during this era… … Japanese literature and theater
SUEHIRO TETCHO — (1849–1896) Suehiro Tetcho, given name Yujiro, was a politician, novelist, journalist, and proponent of the Freedom and People’s Rights Movement. Born of samurai lineage in what is now Ehime Prefecture, he graduated from the local samurai… … Japanese literature and theater