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Japanese Death Poems
Japanese Death Poems
by Yoel Hoffman
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Although the consciousness of death is in most cultures very much a part of life, this is perhaps nowhere more true than in Japan, where the approach of death has given rise to a centuries-old tradition of writing jisei, or the "death poem" written in... (read more)

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The Pillow Book (Penguin Classics)
The Pillow Book (Penguin Classics)
by Sei Shonagon
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The classic portrayal of court life in tenth-century Japan Written by the court gentlewoman Sei Shonagon, ostensibly for her own amusement, The Pillow Book offers a fascinating exploration of life among the nobility at the height of the Heian period... (read more)

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The Tale of Genji
The Tale of Genji
by Murasaki Shikibu
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This biographical novel centers around the amorous exploits of Prince Hikaru Genji, whose elegance and talent epitomized the values of Heian Japan, an era in which indigenous Japanese culture still held prominence over the Chinese culture that would come... (read more)

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One Robe, One Bowl: Zen Poetry of Ryokan
One Robe, One Bowl: Zen Poetry of Ryokan
by Ryokan
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The hermit-monk Ryokan, long beloved in Japan both for his poetry and for his character, belongs in the tradition of the great Zen eccentrics of China and Japan. His reclusive life and celebration of nature and the natural life also bring to mind his... (read more)

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Sky Above, Great Wind (12 Edition)
Sky Above, Great Wind (12 Edition)
by Kazuaki Tanahashi
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“The Zen monk Ryokan has become one of the most popular poets in Japanese history. Living in a small mountain hut rather than a temple, and preferring to play with children to ceremonies, he captured his warm humanity, gentle humor, and deep spirit... (read more)

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The Tale of Genji: Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition
The Tale of Genji: Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition
by Shikibu Murasaki
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [1169]-1182).... (read more)

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Traditional Japanese Poetry: An Anthology
Traditional Japanese Poetry: An Anthology
by Steven Carter
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This anthology brings together in convenient form a rich selection of Japanese poetry (more than 1,100 poems) in traditional genres. A collection of translations of Japanese poetry ranging from choka of the early court to twentieth-century waka. Carter... (read more)

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Love Poems from the Japanese (Shambhala Library)
Love Poems from the Japanese (Shambhala Library)
by Kenneth Rexroth
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Drawn from classical, medieval, and modern sources—including the imperial collections of the Manyoshu and Kokinshu—the poems in this collection are some of the greatest love poems from the Japanese tradition. The poems range in tone from the... (read more)

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Life of an Amorous Man
Life of an Amorous Man
by Saikaku
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First published in 1682, The Life of an Amorous Man depicts the pursuits and follies of the most glorious age of Japan, when wealthy commoners could rise above the warrior caste and indulge in the free and easy life of Japan's pleasure houses. The hero... (read more)

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Ten Foot Square Hut & Tales of the Heike
Ten Foot Square Hut & Tales of the Heike
by A L Sadler
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Readers of medieval Japanese literature have long been captivated by its romance and philosophy. In this volume, two acclaimed thirteenth century classics, The Ten Foot Square Hut and Tales of the Heike, are presented in translation. The Ten Foot Square... (read more)

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One Hundred Poems from the Japanese
One Hundred Poems from the Japanese
by Kenneth Rexroth
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The poems are drawn chiefly from the traditional Manyoshu, Kokinshu and Hyakunin Isshu collections, but there are also examplaes of haiku and other later forms. The sound of the Japanese texts i reproduced in Romaji script and the names of the poets in... (read more)

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The Demon at Agi Bridge and Other Japanese Tales
The Demon at Agi Bridge and Other Japanese Tales
by Haruo Shirane
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Burton Watson and Haruo Shirane, renowned translators and scholars, introduce English-speaking readers to the vivid tradition of early and medieval Japanese anecdotal ( setsuwa) literature. These orally narrated and written tales drew on both local folk... (read more)

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Just Living: Poems and Prose by the Japanese Monk Tonna (Translations from the Asian Classics)
Just Living: Poems and Prose by the Japanese Monk Tonna (Translations from the Asian Classics)
by Tonna
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One of the best scholar-translators in the field presents a selection of writings by Tonna (1289--1372), an outstanding medieval Buddhist poet-monk, very little of whose work has been translated until now. Tonna was regarded as the leading Nijo? poet of... (read more)

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The Ink Dark Moon: Love Poems by Ono No Komachi and Izumi Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Court of Ja Pan (Vintage Classics)
The Ink Dark Moon: Love Poems by Ono No Komachi and Izumi Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Court of Ja Pan (Vintage Classics)
by Komachi
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These translated poems were written by 2 ladies of the Heian court of Japan between the ninth and eleventh centuries A.D. The poems speak intimately of their authors' sexual longing, fulfillment and disillusionment.... (read more)

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Five Women Who Loved Love
Five Women Who Loved Love
by Saikaku
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First published in 1686, this collection of five novellas was an immediate bestseller in the bawdy world that was Genroku Japan, and the book's popularity has increased with age, making it today a literary classic like Boccaccio's Decameron, or the works... (read more)

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Moon Woke Me Up Nine Times: Selected Haiku of Basho
Moon Woke Me Up Nine Times: Selected Haiku of Basho
by David Young
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Vivid new translations of Basho's popular haiku, in a selected format ideal for newcomers as well as fans long familiar with the Japanese master. Basho, the famously bohemian traveler through seventeenth-century Japan, is a poet attuned to the natural... (read more)

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Collected Haiku of Yosa Buson
Collected Haiku of Yosa Buson
by Yosa Buson
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"Lovers of haiku will rejoice at the arrival of this book, the first complete translation of the collected haiku of Yosa Buson...rendered into English with obvious care and devotion...Through Buson we realize what haiku is best at expressing—this... (read more)

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One Hundred More Poems from the Japanese (New Directions Book)
One Hundred More Poems from the Japanese (New Directions Book)
by Kenneth Rexroth
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The original texts are presented in romaji, the transliteration into the Western alphabet, in this collection representative of a wide range of classical, medieval, and modern poetry.... (read more)

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The Old Tea Seller: Life and Zen Poetry in 18th Century Kyoto
The Old Tea Seller: Life and Zen Poetry in 18th Century Kyoto
by Norman Waddell
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Baisao was an influential and unconventional figure in a culturally rich time period in Kyoto. A poet and Buddhist priest, he left the constrictions of temple life behind and at the age of 49 traveled to Kyoto, where he began to make his living by... (read more)

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The Tale of Genji (Tuttle Classics of Japanese Literature)
The Tale of Genji (Tuttle Classics of Japanese Literature)
by Lady Murasaki
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Centuries before Shakespeare, Murasaki Shikibu's The Tale of Genji was already acknowledged as a classic of Japanese literature. Over the past century, this book has gained worldwide acceptance as not only the world's first novel, but as one of the... (read more)

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