#AtoZChallenge: F is for Fujita-san


by Lillian Csernica on April 6, 2018

 

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Tanaka Fujimaro (田中 不二麿, 16 October 1845 – 8 September 1909) was a Japanese statesman and educator in Meiji period. On him I have based the character of Fujita Nobuhiro. Fujita-san is a member of the Japanese diplomatic corps assigned to Dr. Harrington as his translator. Fujita-san is most often present when Dr. Harrington pays a visit to Kiyomizudera to check on his patient, the Abbot.

Fujita-san is a good example of a member of the samurai class who weathered the Meiji Restoration successfully. Literate, educated, from a good family, Fujita-san’s talent for languages has made him well-suited for dealing with the abundance of foreigners present in Japan. It has not yet come out in the stories, but Fujita-san speaks not only Japanese and English but French and German as well.

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5 responses to “#AtoZChallenge: F is for Fujita-san

  1. Nilanjana Bose

    Really know very little about Japan except what I learnt at school. I find their art pretty fascinating. And oh yes, their poetry is beyond sublime!

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  2. I’d love to hear more about the real world model for your character…

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  3. Hi Lillian. I am so behind in reading blogs. I’ve never been so behind in reading as this year, but hey! Lets play some catch up 😉

    What an interesting character! I think we seldom realise that in Japan, in that period, there were individuals who were opened to the outside world. I think these are the most interstign characters, the ones with more potentialities.

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  4. Pingback: Reflection–How the #AtoZChallenge Took Me Deeper Into My Fictional World | Hopes and Dreams: My Writing and My Sons

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