Donald Keene: A True Teacher

Born 18 June 1922 – Donald Keene, American scholar, teacher, writer, and, above all, translator and interpreter of Japanese literature and culture. My personal debt to sensei Keene is immense: He helped introduce me to things Japanese, and his insightful and cogent writings refined my understanding of them throughout my teaching career. I strongly recommend Keene’s books – both translations and scholarly works – to anyone who desires an appreciation of the surpassingly lovely complexities that attend Japanese culture.

Donald Keene has always been profoundly respected in Japan, but perhaps never more so than when, shortly after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in 2011, he moved to Japan, acquired Japanese citizenship, and took a Japanese name.

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