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I was so pleased to come across the Waka Poetry site again after several years. It has changed a lot and has a lot to look at!

Doctor Thomas McAuley of the School of East Asian Studies at the University of Sheffield (UK) runs the site. He announced the publication of 3 Japenese poetry e-books today for Kindle. They are:

McAuley, Thomas E. (2016) An Anthology of Classical Japanese Poetry: From Man'yōshū to Shinkokinshū (ASIN: B01MTUKF9K)

McAuley, Thomas E. (2016) Sanekata-shū: The Personal Poetry Collection of Fujiwara no Sanekata (ASIN: B01N47WSOL)

McAuley, Thomas E. (2016) Two Hundred Poem Sequences: The Entō Onhyakushu and Keiun Hyakushu (ASIN: B01N9BKS6A)

I gave them a look-over. Simply and nicely done. VERY reasonable prices compared to what poetry translations usually cost! The Anthology is $8, Sanekata Shu is $3, and Two Hundred-Poem Sequences is $2.99. Considering what Japanese literature books tend to sell for (unless you find them used, and even then! It's a small market, after all...), these are an incredible bargain!

I was especially excited to see the Two Hundred-Poem Sequences book, since I am researching that topic now, and am trying my hand at a hundred-poem sequence myself.
ext_51796: (evening_kaze_hikaru)
[identity profile] reynardine.livejournal.com
Noooo! I was just going to write a little article for the local Shire of Cum an Iolair newsletter about the Tanabata festival. I figured I'd mention a few period celebratory practices, and of course I want to cite where I found them. Problem is...Tanabata was POPULAR. I've found mentions in at least 5 diaries, plus it looks like Tale of Genji has something, and I'm betting Eiga Monogatari does also, but of course it doesn't have a subject index. Found an article on JSTOR arguing that Tanabata came to Japan _before_ the commonly-stated date of 755 AD, based on the number of poems in the Man'yoshu (the last of which is dated 759 AD). And poems! Lots of poems. Man'yoshu, Kokinshu, probably more. Lady Daibu's diary has an entire chapter of poems devoted to Tanabata (51 poems!) And there's a Noh play on the subject, too.

This is just supposed to be a little write-up about the festival. I think I'll keep it simple, but there's enough here for a decent research paper.

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