Introductory Waka Poetry Class Special Edition “Utamakura List Map”

Famous places and historic sites that are regularly mentioned in waka poems are called ``utamakura.'' There are three patterns in the establishment of utamakura. One is the association from the hanging words, the second is the unique characteristics of the place, and the last is the standardization of the song about the place. In any case, Utamakura has been sung since ancient times...

10 Greatest Hits of Famous Waka Songs Every Japanese Must Learn!

``Yamato songs are the seeds of people's hearts, and can be interpreted as the leaves of various words.'' Kokin Wakashu (Kana Preface) This is the famous phrase at the beginning of the Kana Preface to Kokin Wakashu by Tsurayuki Ki. Waka poems written from the human heart have been composed countless times. This time, the huge...

Introductory Waka Poetry Class Special Edition: “Kokin Waka Collection: List of Scenery of the Four Seasons”

We have listed the main sights that appear in the four seasons (spring, summer, fall, and winter) of the Kokin Wakashu, and arranged them in the order in which they were first introduced. Now you can see at a glance the objects that represent the changes of the four seasons and their flow. It is also categorized into ``flowers'', ``weather'', and ``birds and beasts'', so when composing a song, you can ``get lost in the fog''...

What is Kokin Wakashu? ~Understanding the origins of Japanese beauty~

What is Kokin Wakashu? It is simply a "crystal of beauty." In other words, talking about Kokinshu is the same as talking about beauty. To put it simply, in the 5th year of Engi (905 A.D.), by imperial order of Emperor Daigo, Tomonori Ki, Tsurayuki Ki, Mitsune Bonkochi, Tadami Mibu, and others...

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