Tag Archives: Poetry

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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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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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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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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