Kakinomoto no Asomi Hitomaro
Kakinomoto no Asomi Hitomaro Poems
- On Seeing A Corpse On The Shor... On the sands of Sanuki's ...
- To The Far-Reaching To the far-reaching Heavens has gone My...
- A Twist Of Folded Grass A twist of folded grass, your ...
- On The Death Of His Wife (I) By the Karu road, under the ...
- On The Sea At Omi On the sea at Ômi, Plovers fly the waves ...
- Distant As The Heavens Distant as the heavens, 'long lengthy...
- Coarse Woven Cloth Coarse woven cloth The beach at ...
Kakinomoto no Hitomaro (c. 662 - 710) was a Japanese poet and aristocrat of the late Asuka period. He was the most prominent of the poets included in the Man'yōshū, and was particularly represented in volumes 1 and 2. In Japan, he is considered one of the Thirty-six Poetry Immortals. After the Heian period he was often called "Hito-maru"
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On Seeing A Corpse On The Shore
On the sands of Sanuki's shore
folk gather fine seaweed,
and the eye never wearies of this fair land,
a divine land, most excellent, exalted.
Of Iyo's faces it's the one,
as our fathers always said,
for ever perfect—
as earth and sky,
and sun and moon.
And now from Naka's harbor
the ship is under weigh
and over sea I sail
blown by timely breeze towards
the cloudy margin of the sea.
Amid the waters I watch
the ever restless waves,
and on the shore-sands
hear the whitening breakers;
the whale-embracing sea
is vast and awe ...