WHITE PETALS by Harue Aoki. Shichigatsudo, 2008, 126 pp., ¥1,500 (paper)

The hefty bilingual edition of the classic poetry collection “Hyakunin Isshu” has a nonce subtitle on the inside: “100 Poets: Passions of the Imperial Court.” The rationale informing the passionate lives of emperors and court officials is described in a helpful introduction by the distinguished modern poet Mutsuo Takahashi, who sets this work on a par with “The Tale of Genji.”

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