Category Archives: Japanese Poetry

Edits to previous posts…

Hello all! Just a quick note to inform my wonderful readers that I have done a bit of polishing of some of my previous posts. Looking back I found a few clunky phrases and even some things that were totally … Continue reading

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At Least Your Sensibility

Hello dear Readers! I’m terribly sorry for the long absence, but I have been very busy with this awful thing called Life. Anyway, a friend of mine recently introduced me to a poem by Ibaraki Noriko (1926-2006) that really stuck in my … Continue reading

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Alone by Tanikawa Shuntaro

Alone Tanikawa Shuntaro Listening to “Pavane pour une infante défunte,” I think it might be better to live my whole life alone The image of me eating fresh-made buckwheat pancakes covered with maple syrup floats before my eyes

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Battleaxe

Another one by Tanikawa from the collection 『世間知ラズ』 Seken shirazu (Ignorant), the title poem of which I translated before. It’s one of my favorite books. Hope you all enjoy this one! ~苦栗鼠 Battleaxe I got up after nine, drank some coffee … Continue reading

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One of the Days Before Eventually Returning to the Soil

Naoko over at The Lost Notebook Returns recently translated this poem by Tanikawa Shuntaro and we had a discussion about the title, which is quite difficult to translate. After putting so much thought into just the title, I thought I might … Continue reading

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