Words and phrases

新型(しんがた)コロナ novel coronavirus

感染拡大 (かんせんかくだい) spread of infection

伴(ともな)う associated with, go with

注目 (ちゅうもく) attention

集(あつ)める to attract

東京 (とうきょう) Tokyo

新宿 (しんじゅく) Shinjuku

歌舞伎町 (かぶきちょう) Kabukicho

働(はたら)く to work

ホストたち male host club workers

歌集 (かしゅう) collection of poems

万葉集 (まんようしゅう) Manyoshu, Japan’s oldest poetry anthology

短歌研究社 (たんかけんきゅうしゃ) Tanka Kenkyu Co., Ltd.

出版(しゅっぱん)する to publish

愛 (あい) love

言葉 (ことば) word

女性 (じょせい) woman

もてなす to entertain

プロ professional

作品 (さくひん) work

本職(ほんしょく)の professional

歌人 (かじん) poet

高(たか)く highly

評価(ひょうか)する to evaluate

独(ひと)り歩(ある)きする to take on a life of its own, to have its own wings

夜(よる)の街(まち) nightlife district

イメージ image

裏側 (うらがわ) back side, behind

等身大(とうしんだい)の life-size, true-to-life, real-life

素顔 (すがお) natural face, one’s real self

のぞく to get a glimpse of

行(い)けたら行(い)く to go if one can

そんなこと any such thing, thing like that

別(べつ)に not particularly

聞(き)く to ask, to hear

今日 (きょう) today

会(あ)いに来(く)る to come to see

君 (きみ) you

好(す)き like

風早涼太 (かぜはやりょうた) Ryota Kazehaya

約 (やく) approximately

900首 (きゅうひゃくしゅ) 900 poems

厳選(げんせん)する to select strictly, carefully

収録(しゅうろく)する to record

姫 (ひめ) princess

呼(よ)ぶ to call

客 (きゃく) customer

思(おも)いをはせる to think of

歌 (うた) poem

〜から…まで from 〜 to…

千円 (せんえん) ¥1,000

前借(まえが)り advance loan, advance on salary

口(くち)にする to eat

おにぎり rice ball

一個 (いっこ) one piece

我 (われ) I

悔(くや)しさ chagrin

武尊 (たける) Takeru

向上心 (こうじょうしん) ambition, aspiration

にじむ to exude

多彩(たさい)な multihued, diverse

内容 (ないよう) contents

際立(きわだ)つ to stand out

Quick questions

1) 歌舞伎町が注目を集めたきっかけは何ですか?

2) 歌集には、どのくらいの数の作品が収録されましたか?

3) 歌集にはどのような内容の歌が収録されていますか?


The male hosts who work in the Kabukicho district of Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, an area that attracted attention associated with the infectious spread of the novel coronavirus, have published a collection of poems, “The Host Manyoshu” (Tanka Kenkyu Co., Ltd.). The work, by men who are pros at entertaining women with words of love, is even highly evaluated by professional poets. It gives a glimpse of the real-life face that’s behind the (negative) image of a “nightlife district” that becomes a character unto itself.

“‘I’ll go if I can’ (you say) though I didn’t particularly ask/ but I like the you who is coming today to meet me” (by Ryota Kazehaya)

Around 300 poems were recorded from around 900 poems that were carefully screened for the collection. From one poem that thinks of a female customer called “Princess” to a work that expresses ambition (saying), “A single rice ball I ate after getting a ¥1,000 salary advance is my taste of chagrin” (by Takeru), the diverse contents stand out.


1) What caused Kabukicho to attract attention?


The spread of infection of the novel coronavirus.

2) How many works were recorded in the collection?


About 300 poems were recorded.

3) What kind of contents have been recorded in the collection?


From a poem for a female customer to a piece that is full of ambition.

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