Kishoutenketsu Mini-study: The Great Cocktail Quest

I discovered that NHK World has uploaded a bunch of videos – quite a change as it used to be very hard to find NHK content online.  What especially interested me now was not only the content, but also that these videos offer a great opportunity to study the kishoutenketsu structure in a new format.Continue reading “Kishoutenketsu Mini-study: The Great Cocktail Quest”

Quality Ingredient of Writing

I don’t often watch videos online these days but whenever I do, I tend to gravitate towards food shows. What struck me recently was the emphasis the majority of these shows place upon quality, local ingredients.  It made me wonder, what is the equivalent in writing?  For me, the three “pillars” of fiction writing areContinue reading “Quality Ingredient of Writing”

Kishoutenketsu’s Musical “Cousin”

An interesting side effect of researching and searching for examples of kishoutenketsu has been an appreciation for the Western narrative structure. Both have their uses: Western structure is very good at getting through a series of events, moving from point A to point B, while kishoutenketsu, in my opinion, is great at revealing a greaterContinue reading “Kishoutenketsu’s Musical “Cousin””

Kishoutenketsu – Thoughts on “Ten”& Examples

(This post will continually be updated as I come across more examples and deepen my understanding – feel free to leave a comment if you have examples to share as well!) Since reviewing the resources I have thus far on kishoutenketsu (起承転結) in my previous post, I’ve been pondering further what has made it soContinue reading “Kishoutenketsu – Thoughts on “Ten”& Examples”

Some kishoutenketsu resources

I grew up reading manga but didn’t learn about kishoutenketsu, 起承転結, the narrative structure that governs most (all?) manga until several years ago. Since then, I’ve been fascinated with the structure (even spent a whole year studying it), analyzing manga for it while also experimenting with how to bring it to life in written form.Continue reading “Some kishoutenketsu resources”

Reflection: Of Leaves and Water, part 2

To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to revisit the “tea universe” again. In 2018, the goal had simply been to publish a completed piece online every week. But as is my habit, I’d tried to make it into something much more elaborate. ‘It will be my masterpiece,’ I’d thought, havingContinue reading “Reflection: Of Leaves and Water, part 2”

Reflection: Of Leaves and Water

My first mini collection of short stories is available for purchase on Amazon: Of Leaves and Water: A mini collection To be honest, I never planned to publish my first collection while in the middle of a pandemic. But I guess it’s more because I didn’t think 2020 would be The Year of the Coronavirus. IContinue reading “Reflection: Of Leaves and Water”