Tag Archives: Japanese poetry

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 Advertisements

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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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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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“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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