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ONE BLOSSOM’S WORTH: TWO “PLUM” HOKKU

The connection of plum blossoms and spring, historically, is well known.  As I have written before, however, the ume no hana spoken of in old Japanese hokku — conventionally translated as “plum blossoms,” were not really plum blossoms as we … Continue reading

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THE SCENT OF — WELL, ACTUALLY THE JAPANESE APRICOT

Here are a few spring hokku by Bashō. I have divided all but the last into three parts:  First, the romanized Japanese and a rather literal translation; second, a “formal” translation of the original; third, a rewritten “American” version. (M)ume … Continue reading

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HARMONY OF CONTRAST: PLUM BLOSSOMS AND CHARCOAL DUST

Plum blossoms; They scatter on an empty sack Of charcoal.                   That is a rewriting of a hokku by Yayū. It is of course a spring hokku. There are, as I have … Continue reading

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