Yamabe no Akahito

(700-736 / Japan)

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Yamabe no Akahito (700 - 736) was a poet of the Nara period in Japan. The Man'yōshū, an ancient anthology, contains 13 choka ('long poems') and 37 tanka ('short poems') of his. Many of his poems were composed during journeys with Emperor Shōmu between 724 and 736. Yamabe is regarded as one of the kami of poetry, and is called Waka Nisei along with Kakinomoto no Hitomaro. He is ... more »

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  • Dave Lund (4/23/2013 10:01:00 PM)

    I like To the fields in spring time though I prefer the transaltion done by Steven Carter in his book Traditional Japanese Poetry - An anthology as the language he uses in more suggestive. That said, I don't know which is a truer representation of the original.

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Best Poem of Yamabe no Akahito

If The Tide Is Out

If the tide is out
Go cut me jewelled seaweed!
If my darling, at home waiting,
Wants a beach gift
What should I give her?

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