Translator channels poet Miyazawa

Sep 25, 2013

Translator channels poet Miyazawa

by Scott Dixon

When author and translator Roger Pulvers first arrived in Japan in 1967, he could not read or write the language and asked a friend to recommend “the most beautiful Japanese” literature. “(The friend) said, well, that’s Miyazawa Kenji,” Pulvers explained, recalling his struggles as ...

Long-gone writer tells it how it is

Aug 24, 2013

Long-gone writer tells it how it is

by Roger Pulvers

When Kenji Miyazawa was writing his stories and poems nearly a century ago, Japan was a country with a two-pronged mission: To become the first non-white, non-Christian nation to create a modern prosperous state — and to be the leader of an Asian revival. ...

Aug 24, 2013

Politicians

by Roger Pulvers

They’re just a bunch of scaremongers Raising alarm wherever they can And drinking their fill all the while fern fronds and clouds the world is that cold and dark But before they know it These fellows Rot all on their own Are washed away ...

Aug 24, 2013

Strong in the Rain

by Roger Pulvers

Strong in the rain Strong in the wind Strong against the summer heat and snow He is healthy and robust Free from desire He never loses his temper Nor the quiet smile on his lips He eats four gō of unpolished rice Miso and ...

Kenji Miyazawa pupil records found at school

May 24, 2013

Kenji Miyazawa pupil records found at school

Transcripts of Kenji Miyazawa (1896-1933), a famous Iwate-born poet and author of children’s literature, have recently been found at Hanamaki Elementary School in Hanamaki, Iwate Prefecture, where he was enrolled. Miyazawa received the grade of “ko,” the highest in the three-level system, in all ...