In this paper, I have tried to show how the Zen Concept of Affinity influenced Kitahara Hakushu’s “Suzume no Seikatsu”(1920). This long poem in prose, which describes a sparrow's way of living, has something very important to help us understand Hakushu’s writings.
He says, “I watch a sparrow. This is to watch or observe myself. I can understand what the sparrow is thinking. This is just the same as what I have in mind. The sparrow is me, and I’m the sparrow. All I want to say is that the sparrow and I are of a mind.”
I examine how his thought developed. When we read the poem, concentrating on the concepts of self and Ego, it is clear that his thought originates in Zen.