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1000 Poems from the Manyoshu: The Complete Nippon Gakujutsu by Anonymous

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Relationship from the 8th century and previous, the Manyoshu is the oldest jap poetry anthology. The 1,000 poems selected for this recognized choice have been selected via a exclusive scholarly committee in line with their poetic excellence, their position in revealing the japanese nationwide spirit and personality, and their cultural and historic significance.  textual content is in English merely.

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Xlix Turning to food, the main article of diet was, of course, rice-a staple which was destined to shape Japan's industrial structure for all the succeeding ages, and even to colour the religious life of the nat10n. Millet, kzbi (Panicum miliaceum), barley and hie (Panicum frmnentaceum) served as supplements to, or substitutes for, rice. The subsidiary dishes included vegetables, both cultivated and wild, such as wild celery, bracken shoots, yam, lettuce and other greens, onion and garlic, and sea-weeds of various kinds ; such fish foods as bream, bonito, bass, carp, trout, eel, abalone, crab, mussel, etc.

These young men, taken out of their lowly cottages in Eastland, bravely set forth for the far island of K yushii, leaving behind them their beloved parents, their wives and their sweethearts-who clung to them, 'even as the creeping bean-vine clings to the wild rosc:-bush by the wayside ' (No. 777), or who ' wept, standing in the reed-fence corner ' (No. 778). Their patriotic zeal is well illustrated by the following poem: I will not from to-day Turn back toward homeI who have set forth As Her Majesty's humble shield.

In the 4th year of the Empress Kogyoku's reign (645) the Soga usurpers were put to death, Emishi, the father, at his home and Iruka, the son, 1U the Council Hall of the Palace. The heroes of this historic drama which paved the way for the Taika Reform, were the Prince Naka-no-oe (later, the Emperor Tenji) and Kamako (later, Fujiwara Kamatari) of the priestly clan of Nakatomi. In the same year the system of eras was established, to the first of which the name Taika was given. Hence the name of the series of reforms which were begun with that year.

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