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Twelve Views from the Distance

Mutsuo Takahashi


This memoir traces a boy’s childhood and its intersection with the rise of the Japanese empire and World War II. In twelve chapters that visit and revisit critical points in his boyhood, this book presents a vanished time and place through the eyes of an accomplished poet. Recounting memories from youth, the text captures the full range of an internal life as a boy, shifting between experiences and descriptions of childhood friendships, games, songs, and school. The text also discusses the budding awareness of his sexual preference for men, providing a rich exploration of one man’s early queer ... More

Keywords: Japanese empire, poet, Takahashi Mutsuo, youth, childhood, sexual preference, queer life, rural southwestern Japan, oral tradition, customs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780816672776
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816672776.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mutsuo Takahashi, author