What’s the use?: Basho’s Poetics


Bunjin is referred to as an intellectual who lives in literature, prefers creative solitude, appreciates arts and natural beauty. Basho was one of those bunjin but was painfully aware of their lack... Read More

Maverick in Style: Basho’s Poetics


Since serenity and simplicity are characteristic to his later works, especially in his most popular traveling journal, Oku no Hosomichi, and are often associated with Basho’s prominent style,... Read More

The Joke

Brandi Carlile、歌詞(Lyrics)『The Joke』日本語訳(Japanese Translation)

The great songs broaden our scope of interpretation. The Joke by Brandi Carlile is that kind of song. Some take it as a song challenging the current sociopolitical situation, about those... Read More

Loneliness and Snow: Lyricism of Kokinshu


When snow carpets the ground, your lives seem shut off from the rest of the world. No one dares to visit you in the mountains. Having no contact with the outside world, you seem like inexistent.... Read More

Yugen and Snow Falling Through the Branches: Lyricism of Kokinshu


When you are waiting for someone to come so long and getting so nervous that every tiny bit of sign seems to indicate the arrival. At the times when aristocratic houses were not fully enclosed by... Read More

New Year’s and the Snow: Manyo (Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves)


Manyo-shu is the oldest anthology of short poems (waka, directly translated as short songs) in Japanese history, including 20 volumes and 4,536 short poems and Chinese verse. This huge collection... Read More

First Love and Toson Shimazaki :Spring Dreams

島崎藤村『若菜集』詩「初恋」英語訳(English Translation)

Spring dreams are enchanting, whether they be reminiscence of good ol’ days or aspirations for days to come. This daydream-like poem has made Toson Shimazaki (1872-1943) a poet remembered by... Read More

Catch The Wind and Happy End: Spring Dreams

はっぴいえんど、歌詞(Lyrics)『風をあつめて』(English Translation)

Spring dreams are magical in that they provide nostalgic reminiscences for those remembering good ol’ days. “Catch the Wind” by Happy End (1969-1972), one of the most important... Read More