When the sadness of the world exceeds personal pain

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Hiroko OZAKI


Two tanka anthologies, Natsubane (Feathers in Summer) by UMENAI Mikako and Tomodachi ni deau no wa yoi koto (It’s so good to see friends) by YABE Masayuki, with a very modern perspective on our society, are reviewed here. From cameo observations of solitude and nature to war and daily life, both anthologies portray poignant themes of contemporary life through the medium of classical Japanese poetry.


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