Category Archives: Japanese Poetry

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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This Person’s Already… (by Tanikawa Shuntaro)

Today marks three full revolutions we’ve made around the sun since the great earthquake which devastated the Tohoku region of Japan. With death on the mind this solemn day I’ve translated this poem. Let’s remember that those who died still live … 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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“Sunset” by Shuntaro Tanikawa

Sunset By Shuntaro Tanikawa Sometimes I reread poems I wrote long ago I don’t ask textbook questions like “what was the author feeling when he wrote this?” When you write a poem, there is nothing but the feeling of wanting … Continue reading

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