Can you learn Japanese by studying Japanese Death Poems? Let’s find out! In the post we have a look at a death poem by Koha 香波 from 1897. We analyse the language, and have a think about what it might all mean.
Graded Japanese Reading & Listening Practice
For over a thousand years Japanese people have had a tradition of writing poems on their death bed. These poems provide an intriguing window into the most intimate thoughts of people far removed from us by time and geography. And yet they voice thoughts that are timeless and universal.
Here we take a lot a poem by Chirin from 1794, translate the poem, analyse the language and provide some correlations with English texts.
Article in Japanese and English about Live Painting artist Kohei Kondo and his experience of Covid-19 in Japan.
Graded Japanese reading practice, abridged-text version of the classic children’s story Chichan No Kageokuri by Kimiko Anma in Japanese and english. This story is read by millions of Japanese children every year as part of their studies and helps teach about the trials the Japanese people faced during world war two.
New year = new life, right? Or at very least, new inspiration. Japan has a long tradition of coming up with the pithy one-liner. So I’ve put together a collection of Japanese quotes and wisdom and life advice from calligraphy to comics, sports-people to samurai, car commercials to kawaii characters. If you want to delve …