By Harold Stewart
One hundred eighty web page not easy conceal e-book of Haiku poems and work. released via Charles E. Tuttle corporation in a primary variation reward e-book in 1993.
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They say that when a person’s fortunes are on the wane, he begins to think of doing evil. I can’t believe you are in your right mind when I see you this way! This land of ours may be no bigger than a millet seed, a far-off border region. Yet ever since it has been ruled by descendants of the Sun Goddess Amaterasu3 and the heirs of the august Amanokoyane4 have aided them in ordering the state, donning armor has been deemed a violation of the code of decorum for one who has risen to the office of prime minister, has it not?
In the future, if people should choose to speak slanderously of us, I suppose he will issue an edict calling for the destruction of our house. And once we’ve been branded enemies of the state, it will be too late to do a thing about it! “Until these matters quiet down, I am considering moving the retired emperor to the Northern Palace in Toba or else bringing him here. What do you think of that? If I do that, the Northern Warriors, his personal guards, will probably shoot some arrows this way. You can pass the word along to our samurai to be prepared.
4. Kumano Shrine is actually a grouping of three shrines on separate mountains in Kii Province. The shrines and their surroundings became an important site for both Shinto and Buddhism during the late Heian period and an important pilgrimage destination from the late Heian period until the present. 5. Rokuhara, an area in Kyoto east of the Kamo River across Fifth to Seventh Avenues, was where the Taira situated their family’s headquarters. 6. Pines, turtles, and cranes are symbols of longevity.
A Net of Fireflies: Japanese Haiku and Haiku Paintings by Harold Stewart