The Man'yoshu Poems in Karatsu
Oldest Anthology of Japan
I am going to write this month about the Man'yoshu and the poems of Karatsu in that anthology.
The Man'yoshu means literally "Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves". This is the oldest existing anthology of Japanese poetry, compiled sometime after 759AD during the Nara Period.
The compiler is thought to be Otomo no Yakamochi, who was a high rank nobleman of the time's dynasty.
Over 4500 poems were gathered here, whose writers range from Emperors, Noble men to unknown soldiers or farmers of 4th to 8th centuries.
Man'yoshu has been a home town for Japanese mind. People are proud if even only one poem mentions their place.
Karatsu has 30 poems, and besides the capital cities of the time, it is amazingly many!
I will pick up some of Karatsu poems from Man'yoshu. Please excuse my poor translation.
Everybody is a poet once in a while.
I feel happy when I see dew drops on Hagi flowers, shadows of geese flying away,
the glorious evening sun setting into the sea...........
Then I try to write a nice poem, beautiful and touching....
And give it up!
Please send me your poems instead.
Let me share your happiness of being a poet.
Thank you very much for joining me.
I hope you will visit us again next month.
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