What is the meaning of composing waka in modern times?

In recent years, there has been a "Reiwa tanka boom." One article stated, ``More and more young people are composing their own songs using pop words and posting them on SNS.'' However, this is just a ``Tanka'', and ``Waka'' remains the same as ``The unknown things of the buried tree...''

About Kazuyo Higuchi (Natsuko)’s song

Kazuyo Higuchi studied poetry, calligraphy, and classical literature such as The Tale of Genji at the poetry school ``Hagi-no-sha,'' run by the poet Utako Nakajima. The writing style of ``eclectic eclectic style'' and the underlying theme of ``unrequited love'' that are common to Kazuyo's works had their foundation in the classical education she learned at Hagi-no-sha.

Learn each movement of "Hyakunin Isshu (List)", a requiem for Waka and the Heian Dynasty!

``Hyakunin Isshu'' is a requiem written by ``Fujiwara Teika'', a poet who is dedicated to the art of poetry, for the Rising Sun Dynasty and its cultural pillar, waka. → ``Hyakunin Isshu is a requiem for waka and the dynasty.'' It has a clear main focus on Tenchi and Emperor Jito in the opening chapter, and Toba and Juntokuin in the final chapter...

Why is Hyakunin Isshu boring?

Hyakunin Isshu is one of the best anthologies that conveys the gorgeous dynasty culture to this day. You may have learned it at school, or you may have come across it while playing karuta during New Year's. At a time when Japanese culture is rapidly becoming obsolete, this collection of poems that allows people to easily access classical literature has great value.

Dysfunction of modern tanka and the collapse of the “literary world”

When we think about the differences between modern tanka and classical waka, we can think of various key points such as title and meter, but I think the fundamental difference lies in the ``realism.'' Waka poetry is, so to speak, ``fictional literature,'' in which a man becomes a woman and vice versa, and a great aristocrat becomes a poor peasant...

"Reiwa 3rd Year Poetry Ceremony" Interpretation of Princess Mako's song (The Color of Umelon)

On March 26th, the ``Utakai Hajime no Gi'', which had been postponed due to the coronavirus, was held. The humble traditional event has suddenly started to attract the attention of the people, and of course it all started with a poem by Princess Mako that was composed last year. "I wonder if a moon rabbit lives in Mochizuki...

Live commentary! Rokuhyakuban ``New Year's Day Banquet Ichiban'' ~Toshinari's Declaration~

Live Commentary: Finally, the Rokuhyaku Uta-Ai has finally begun. First, from the left! ! ! DJ: Shh! please be quiet. Live commentary: Huh? DJ: The lecture will begin. The ``lecturer'' recites the song. By the way, the person standing next to me is the ``Yomishi''...

Live commentary! Rokuhyaku Utaai “Athletes Entrance” ~Shunsai Tsutsu~

In the 5th year of Kenkyu (1194), a historic song concert was held, hosted by Sadaisho Yoshitsune. This is what is known in the world as the ``600 song group''. This is an attempt to provide a live commentary of the event in a fun way, with commentary from Waka DJ Ucchi. Live commentary: Well, let's start with the red corner...

The goddess of Japanese poetry you should know! "Saho Hime", "Tatsuta Hime", "Itsuhime", and "Uji no Hashi Hime"

The ancient Japanese believed that eight million gods resided in the universe, and they naturally mentioned gods in waka poetry. This time, we would like to introduce four goddesses that you should especially know about. Saho Hime As the name suggests, Saho Hime is located near Todaiji Temple...

Impressionism of waka that shines in the Middle Ages! Learn about Kyogoku Tamekane and the “Kyogoku-ha”

This time, we will introduce Kyogoku Tamekane and the Kyogoku school, which are unique in classical waka poetry. However, I wonder why not many people know about the Kyogoku school, or even the imperial anthologies they helped compile, ``Gyokuyo Wakashu'' and ``Fuga Wakashu.'' It's that "100 people...

Learn about the battle between impurity and aesthetics, and the lamentations of Kokinshu.

The greatest feature of the imperial collections of waka poems, including the Kokinshu, is that they have two major themes: seasonal songs and love songs, and that they are arranged in an orderly manner over time. However, as for whether this "aesthetics" is pervasive in every corner of the songbook, the truth is that it is...

“Appreciating the chant at the beginning of the song session” Princess Yoshiko ~ Key points of the style and title ~

Continuing from the last time about Princess Mako, let's take a look at the song that Princess Kako recited at the beginning of the song session. Princess Yoshiko's tanka poems, starting with Eishin in 2020, can be viewed on the Imperial Household Agency's website as of 2020. →"List of themes for the beginning of the song party" Heisei 2...

“Appreciation of Eishin at the beginning of the song session” Imperial Princess Mako ~Changes in style and Mochizuki’s rabbit~

The annual ``Utakai Hajime no Gi'' was held in 2020, and in 2020 there was some excitement that was not seen in previous years. If anything, it's a tanka about ``His Imperial Highness Princess Mako''. The content of the poem became the subject of gossip, whether it was a poem about an unfulfilled fiance or not. true...

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