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The Commoner


It is 1959 when Haruko marries the Crown Prince of Japan. Thirty years later, now Empress herself, she plays a crucial role in persuading another ... Show synopsis

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An Uncommon Work of Biofiction

by Cariola on Mar 29, 2008

A fairly interesting piece of bio-fiction, based on the life of Haruko, the young commoner who married the Japanese crown prince in 1957 (now the empress). Her daughter-in-law's similar situation--i.e., her difficulty in adjusting to the royal life--has recently been in the news again, and the book ends with an empathetic moment between the two women. (SInce the current emperor has no son, there is a movement on to allow a female to rule.) Should be of interest to those who enjoy reading about upper class life in modern Asia.


the voice

by dusk on Mar 20, 2008

if? - then? beautiful questioning of the nature of the ruling class and the power of tradition in extreme chaos - poetic clues of the true reasons for many political and corporate conglomerate happenings affecting world culture from 1930's to present day

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