Category Archives: Classical Japanese Literature

Kokinshu 117

A poem to celebrate the 春分の日 shunbun no hi (the spring equinox) and the cherry blossoms that will soon be blooming all across Japan. This poem was written by Ki no Tsurayuki, the poet / scholar who wrote the famous preface to … Continue reading

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Hyakunin Isshu No. 9

Hyakuninisshu 009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Ono no Komachi`s famous poem from the Hyakunin Isshu \ – How the color has faded from the flowers. As I gaze in reverie at the falling rain,  I find my beauty, too, has fallen … Continue reading

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Hyakunin Isshu No. 13

Recently I’ve been attempting to memorize all of the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu (a famous collection of 100 poems by 100 poets), so you’ll probably be seeing a lot of little posts like this. This poem was written by the retired Emperor … Continue reading

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Lessons in Classical Japanese Poetry 3: Makurakotoba and A Personal Poem by Hitomaro

First of all I would like to apologize for my loooong absence. I had my hands full between the JAT Translation contest and JLPT N1 study which I needed to focus on after that. Plus, I’m not going to lie, … Continue reading

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Lessons in Classical Japanese Poetry 2: Hitomaro and Akahito

This is my second post on classical Japanese literature. This time I focus on two famous mid-Man’yōshū poets, Kakinomoto no hitomaro and Amabe no akahito. We saw in my previous post that early Manyoshu poems

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